Family Friendly Programming at the 2013 Summer Music Festival

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Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts presents
Family-Friendly Programming at the 2013 Summer Music Festival

Katonah, NY– Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts offers fun activities for the entire family! Bring a picnic, spread out a blanket, and enjoy great music together. Designed to create exciting, enriching experiences for the whole family, Caramoor’s family music programs aim to deepen a child’s knowledge of and passion for music by presenting high quality concerts in a unique, arts-rich setting. Children of all ages will have the opportunity to dance to live music, interact with the musicians, get to know their instruments, and ask questions. From Dancing at Dusk and Pops Patriots and Fireworks to the American Roots Music Festival, these concerts present music that will appeal to toddlers, teens, and everyone in between and beyond.
Adults and children alike are invited to dance to live music, meet with musicians and discover musical cultures around the world, during the Dancing at Dusk series at Caramoor this summer. Taking place on Caramoor’s Friends Field, the entire family can enjoy late afternoons filled with Swing Dancing (June 26), Salsa (July 10), Hungarian Folk Music (July 24), and Caribbean Soul (August 7). These events introduce children to music in a comfortable, outdoor, and family fun setting.
Wednesday, June 26: Swing Night with Dandy Wellington And His Band
The fifth season of Dancing at Dusk comes out swingin’ with the sounds of the 1930’s and 40’s! Inspired by the Big Band Era of Jazz, Dandy Wellington and his band will create a world of well-dressed music that will have you jumping and jiving to the sounds of a bygone era – from the golden age of cinema to the bounce of New Orleans. Come dressed in your vintage best and make the most of this season’s exciting opener!
Wednesday, July 10: Salsa Night with the Funky Guajiros
This party is not for sitting! The experience of hearing and moving to the music of the Funky Guajiros has been likened to the discovery of a beautiful secret. With a sound unmistakable and unique, their music transcends the stock music of Salsa pick-up bands. Sweet Son Montuno blends with the modern funk of Timba and goes straight to your soul, pulling you to the dance floor. A night dedicated to a deep love for Cuban music and dance that is not to be missed!
Wednesday, July 24: Dancing Under the Tree of Life with the Eletfa
Hungarian Folk Band
Életfa, which means the Tree of Life, symbolizes the core mission and passion of the band, which is to preserve the past while passing it on to the next generation. Join us for Caramoor’s version of a Táncház (a Hungarian folk dance party) and experience the joy of authentic Hungarian folk music, song and dance from the villages of present day and historic Hungary.
Wednesday, August 7: Caribbean Soul with La Troupe Zetwal
Zetwal is a multicultural dance group that performs traditional Haitian folklore dances with live drumming, Zouk (a French Caribbean social dance) and Soukous (an Angola-based rhythm). On the Island of Hispanola, old traditions, songs and dances (mostly of Congo and Dahomey origin) evolved and mixed with elements of Arawak (indigenous Haitian Indian) and French culture to form a new, uniquely Haitian dance expression.Zetwal will bring their exuberant joy in dance and music making for a night celebrating the beauty of this culture in a way you may never have seen before.
The American Roots Music Festival, a daylong celebration of folk, string band, country, blues, gospel, and bluegrass music, returns to Caramoor on Saturday, June 29. Beginning at 12:00 noon, the family-friendly festival takes place throughout the grounds of Caramoor and provides a day of live music and activities for adults and kids. Festival-goers can lounge and picnic while enjoying folk-rock band David Wax Museum, traditional folk music icon John McCutcheon, blues and gospel group Heritage Blues Quartet, rising stars acoustic string band trio The Stray Birds, Nashville-based country duo Doug & Telisha, alternative/traditional folk bandSpuyten Duyvil and the heralded Walkabout Clearwater Chorus. The day continues with the Social Music Hour at 6:00pm – an all-ages workshop and sing-along with some of the festival performers. Headlining the festival at 7:30pm in the Venetian Theater is The Del McCoury Band and the world premiere of “Del & Woody.” The project features unheard and unsung words of Guthrie set to music by the great bluegrass musician, including a multi-media presentation featuring Guthrie’s original words, drawings and other materials from the archives that inspired this performance.
Caramoor will celebrate Independence Day with a tribute to Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn and the Harlem Jazz Craze in a program called The “A” Train to Harlem. Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn were joined at the musical hip, producing great tunes for the Duke Ellington big band at the Cotton Club. Ellington expert Darius de Haas and Manhattan Transfer’s Janis Siegel sing and scat their way through the Ellington Songbook. Jamie Bernstein fills in the historical background with little-known stories about Harlem’s golden age of jazz and Michael Barrett will lead his favorite cats from the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in many of the Duke’s original charts.

Dancing At Dusk:
Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children

American Roots Music Festival:
Daytime-only tickets are $25.00. Full festival tickets (which include the evening show) are $35.00, $45.00, $55.00. Children under 18 are half price for both daytime only and full festival tickets.

Pops, Patriots and Fireworks:
Tickets are priced at $30.00, $40.00, $50.00, $60.00, $70.00. Children under 18 half price.
To order tickets, call the Box Office at 914.232.1252 or visit Groups of 16 or more may purchase discounted tickets by contacting Matthew Scarella at 914.232.5035 ext. 252 or [email protected]
For press tickets, images, artist information or interviews, contact: Brittnee Walker at 412.601.2474,[email protected]
“We built a home, my husband and I, not to be old or new, just to be beautiful. And we built it for music.” ~ Lucie Rosen

Caramoor, the country estate of Walter and Lucie Rosen, was where they built their home and filled it with treasures. Enjoying the pleasure their friends took in the beauty of Caramoor with its art collection, gardens, and musical programs, in 1946 the Rosens established a public trust to open Caramoor to the community. Their musical evenings were the inspiration for the Caramoor Summer Music Festival, now in its sixty-eighth year, and the ongoing Music in the Rosen House series.

Since its founding, Caramoor has gained international renown as a cultural institution, presenting music of all types and inspiring artists and audiences alike.

Caramoor enriches the lives of its audiences through intimate, innovative and diverse musical performances of the highest quality. Education is a valued component of Caramoor’s mission, and Caramoor offers programs for the mentoring of young professional musicians as well as curriculum-based programs for school children emphasizing music, history and visual and decorative arts. Caramoor is often described as “a Garden of Great Music,” where audiences are invited to explore the beautiful grounds and gardens, discover the fascinating collection of period rooms and antiquities in the Rosen House, and enjoy beautiful music in the Music Room, Spanish Courtyard and Venetian theater.
Summer concerts take place in two outdoor theaters: the 1,714-seat, acoustically superb Venetian Theater and the more intimate, romantic 558-seat Spanish Courtyard. In the fall and winter all concerts are presented in the magnificent Music Room in the Rosen House. Caramoor’s gardens, also used for concerts, are also well worth the
visit and include nine unique perennial gardens. Among them are a Sense Circle for the visually handicapped, the Sunken Garden, a Butterfly Garden, the Tapestry Hedge, and the Iris and Peony Garden.
By car from the West Side of Manhattan and New Jersey, take the Saw Mill River Parkway north to Katonah. Exit at Route 35/Cross River. Turn right and, at the first traffic light, make a right turn onto Route 22 south. Travel 1.9 miles to the junction of Girdle Ridge Road. Follow the signs to Caramoor. (For detailed directions call 914.232.5035 and press 2, or online at Parking at Caramoor is free.

By train, take the Harlem Division of the Metro-North Railroad to Katonah, New York. Taxi service from the station to Caramoor (5 minutes away) is available.
Performances are made possible, in part, by ArtsWestchester
with funds from Westchester County Government.
Performances are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts
with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
The 2013 International Music Festival is supported in part
by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.