Will Crutchfield: Interview with the Director of Opera for the Caramoor Festival

Will Crutchfield made his name as a writer and musicologist in the mid-1980s, becoming the youngest music critic in the history of The New York Times.

By John Yohalem

Caramoor 2007He returned to his theater roots in the mid-1990s to conduct opera. He has held leading positions with the national operas of Bogota, Colombia, and Warsaw, Poland, and has been Director of Opera for the Caramoor International Music Festival in Katonah, New York, since 1997. At Caramoor, he has been noted for his revivals of unusual bel canto repertory as well as for re-examinations of familiar masterpieces. This summer, Caramoor’s offerings will include H.M.S. Pinafore, on June 25 and, in two performances, on July 9 and 15, each preceded by pre-opera lectures and related concerts, Rossini’s last opera, Guillaume Tell, given in the ori Read more

A Look at What’s in a House – by Jessica Meyer

Jessica Meyer

Jessica Meyer

Each year more than 5,000 students from area schools participate in various Arts-in-Education programs at Caramoor. Jessica Meyer is a violist and composer who recently led a workshop with a class of 5th graders from Yonkers, and wanted to share her experience: 

I am really excited to be part of Caramoor’s two-day educational residencies called What’s in a House, a series of workshops where students visit with both an architect and a horticulturalist, then compose music with me based on rooms of the famous Rosen House.

When I first saw the house, I was shocked by how unique and captivating it is. I have traveled the world as a classical violist, but I have never seen a house like this! What makes it really special is that there is an entire room devoted Read more

In the Garden of Sonic Delights

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Lois Cohn Associates
Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
presents unprecedented sound art exhibition
In the Garden of Sonic Delights
Jun 7– Nov 3, 2014

More than 15 artists including Laurie Anderson, Ed Osborn, Annea Lockwood, Stephen Vitiello
and Trimpin to exhibit new site-specific sound works Read more

Caramoor Presents Chinese ‘Ambassadors’ to Enrich Local Schools

Sometimes called a Chinese fiddle, the erhu can bark like a dog, chirp like a bird, and laugh like a human. Its name might not be the easiest to remember, but this ancient two-stringed instrument produces exquisite melancholy tones suitable for sophisticated classical music. Both aspects of the erhu – its playful, amusing side, as well as its serious, melodic side – are highlighted during a special arts-in-education program designed to introduce school children to Chinese arts and culture.

Students listen to the erhu and other indigenous Chinese instruments and then enjoy a traditional tea Read more

Familiar Faces: Portrait Tour of Katonah’s Cultural Gems

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Contact: Dawn Dankner-Rosen/Jennifer Topiel, 914-747-2500
Familiar Faces: Portrait Tour of Katonah’s Cultural Gems

For the first time ever, the KMA, Caramoor, and John Jay Homestead invite you to tour these significant art collections with a focus on portraits Read more

The Miro Quartet

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Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts presents
The Miró Quartet
Sunday, October 27 at 4 P.M. in the Music Room Read more

The Dover Quartet

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Lois Cohn Associates
Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts presents
The Dover Quartet
2013-14 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence
Sunday, November 17 at 4 P.M. in the Music Room Read more