THE HARLEM GOSPEL CHOIR & THE LEE BOYS FOR “GOSPEL ACCORDING TO CARAMOOR”
Katonah, NY ~ June 7, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Lois Cohn Associates
CARAMOOR INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL PRESENTS
THE HARLEM GOSPEL CHOIR AND THE LEE BOYS
FOR ‘GOSPEL ACCORDING TO CARAMOOR’
SUNDAY, AUGUST 5, 4:30 PM IN THE VENETIAN THEATER
KATONAH, NY – Caramoor proudly welcomes the Harlem Gospel Choir and The Lee Boys on Sunday,August 5 at 4:30 PM for a program of joyous music in the Venetian Theater. The Harlem Gospel Choir has toured around the globe for over 25 years sharing a message of love, hope, and unity. The sacred steel ensemble, The Lee Boys, performs a unique form of Gospel infused with rhythm and blues, jazz, rock, funk, hip-hop, country, and music from various nations. Closing the 2012 festival season, the energetic and spiritual program can be enjoyed by audiences of all ages.
Tickets for Gospel According to Caramoor are $25 & $35. To order tickets, call the Box Office at 914.232.1252 or visit www.caramoor.org. 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 917.339.7183 [email protected]
Sunday, August 5 at 4:30 PM in the Venetian Theater
Gospel According to Caramoor
$25 & $35
Harlem Gospel Choir
The Lee Boys
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Harlem Gospel Choir
The world famous Harlem Gospel Choir is one of the pre-eminent gospel choirs in the world, traveling the globe to share its joy of faith through its music and raise funds for children’s charities. The Choir was founded in 1986 by Allen Bailey, who got the idea for the Choir while attending a celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the renowned Cotton Club in Harlem. The Harlem Gospel Choir strives to make the world a more loving and peaceful place. Its music and dynamic performances create a better understanding of African-American culture and the inspirational music called Gospel as it relates to the Black Church. The intention of every performance is to bring people and nations together and to give something back.
The Lee Boys
The Lee Boys are one of America’s finest African-American sacred steel ensembles. Based in Florida, the ensemble consists of three brothers, Alvin Lee (guitar), Derrick Lee and Keith Lee (vocals) along with their three nephews, Roosevelt Collier (pedal steel guitar), Alvin Cordy Jr. (7-string bass), and Earl Walker (drums). The musical genre “sacred steel” is rooted in Gospel, but infused with rhythm and blues, jazz, rock, funk, hip-hop, country, and ideas from other nations. In 2008-09 alone they performed for more than 250,000 music fans at festivals throughout the United States. The Lee Boys recorded with The Travelin’ McCourys in 2010, completing a joint album entitled “Meetin’ In The Middle” which illustrates their amazing bluegrass/sacred steel festival shows.
Caramoor is the legacy of Walter and Lucie Rosen, who built their summer home – now known as the historic Rosen House at Caramoor – and filled it with their treasures. Walter Rosen was the master planner for the Caramoor estate, realizing his dream of creating a place to entertain friends from around the world. Their musical evenings were the seeds of today’s Caramoor International Music Festival. Witnessing the pleasure their friends took in the beauty of Caramoor – the house with its art collection, the gardens, and the musical programs on summer evenings –the Rosens established a public charity to open Caramoor to the community in 1946. Lucie Rosen survived her husband by seventeen years. During those years, she expanded the Music Festival. The Spanish Courtyard was used as a setting for musical events, as it is today, and, under her direction, the great stage of the Venetian Theater was built.
Caramoor is a performing arts center located on a unique 90-acre setting of Italianate architecture and gardens in Westchester County, NY. It enriches the lives of its audiences through innovative and diverse musical performances of the highest quality. Its mission also includes mentoring young professional musicians and providing educational programs for young children centered on music. It is often described as “a Garden of Great Music”, where audiences are invited to come early, explore the beautiful grounds, enjoy a pre-concert picnic, and discover beautiful music in the relaxed settings of the Venetian Theater, Spanish Courtyard, Music Room of the Rosen House, and the magnificent gardens.
With its unique heritage, Caramoor remains a place where magical summer days and nights are shared and enjoyed by thousands. “Caramoor is the loveliest Festival of them all.” – The New York Times
Concert Venues and Gardens
Most Summer Festival concerts take place in two outdoor theaters: the 1714-seat, acoustically superb Venetian Theater and the more intimate, romantic Spanish Courtyard. Caramoor’s gardens are also well worth the visit and include nine unique perennial gardens. Among them are a Sense Circle for the visually handicapped, a Butterfly Garden, Tapestry Hedge, and the Iris and Peony Garden.
GETTING TO CARAMOOR
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 www.caramoor.org). 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.
CLICK THE FOLLOWING LINK FOR A FULL FESTIVAL CHRONOLOGY:
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 2012 International Music Festival is supported in part by
an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
CARAMOOR CENTER FOR MUSIC AND THE ARTS IS LOCATED AT
149 GIRDLE RIDGE ROAD, KATONAH, NEW YORK.
ALL PROGRAMS AND ARTISTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
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