Marrying in the Magic Garden

In 1983 Carole Demas and Stuart Allyn approached the Caramoor administration with a unique request: could they get married on the Caramoor grounds? Thirty years later what once was out of the ordinary and a do-it-yourself adventure is now an endearing off-season tradition and a smooth as silk operation, with a catering company and other vendors available to help occasions run effortlessly.

Ms. Demas and Mr. Allyn met on the set of The Magic Garden, a children’s show broadcast on WPIX from 1972 to 1984. Ms. Demas hosted the show along with Paula Janis and a few puppet friends, while Mr. Allyn, a Broadway sound designer, worked behind the scenes. Because they met in one “magic garden,” they wanted to celebrate their wedding in a real-life magic garden – the flowers and greenery of Caramoor’s enchanted landscape. Read more

Playing Matchmaker with the Evnin Rising Stars

Using a Venn diagram may seem like a strange way to plan the Evnin Rising Stars mentoring program, but it’s exactly what Pamela Frank relies on each summer to guide her through the planning process.

As artistic director, its Ms. Frank’s job to select the repertoire, mentors, and students for the annual program, which began as a series of master classes with André Previn in 1992. Over the years, the program’s structure evolved into its current format – six to eight young musicians come to Caramoor each fall for a weeklong residency led by Ms. Frank and two distinguished artists. After spending the week Read more

Nicholas Cords

Nicholas Cords

Nicholas Cords

Violist Nicholas Cords has performed with the Caramoor Virtuosi nearly every year for the past fifteen years or so. Beyond his remarkable performances with the Virtuosi, Nicholas Cords is known for having an open mind with a unique appreciation for the music of non-Western cultures.  In order to maintain his exposure to worldwide music, Cords is a member of Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, a musical collective that metaphorically uses the historic Silk Road trading route to demonstrate musical exchange and creativity in the present.  In addition to performing with the ensemble, he has taken a role in the organization and development of new creative projects, programming for concerts and museum residencies and as an active part of two long-term residencies with the group. His worldly musical experience and extensive travels with Silk Road have made him “a more empathetic and flexible musician,” he self-claims.  Cords’ ability to admire and respect the works of other musicians has also helped him develop as a solo artist.  He is a founding member of Brooklyn Rider, an innovative string quartet that is making their encore performance at Caramoor this summer – you may remember their impressive performance at last year’s summer festival! According to NPR, the quartet is “recreating the 300-year-old form of string quartet as a vital and creative 21st century ensemble.”  This summer, we will be lucky enough to hear Nicholas Cords with the Caramoor Virtuosi on June 27 and 28 and on July 7 with Brooklyn Rider!

Music in the Rosen House Spring 2013

For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Lois Cohn Associates

MARCH 10 – MAY 11, 2013 Read more

Caramoor’s Jazz Festival celebrates 20th season

By Susan Wolfert

It started with a single performance in 1994, but today the Jazz Festival is an integral part of Caramoor’s annual musical menu, and this summer, celebrates its 20th anniversary. This year’s festival, taking place July 26-28, celebrates the art form, its deep cultural history, and a gathering of talent – iconic and emerging – second to none.

A chance meeting between Caramoor Managing Director Paul Rosenblum and jazz DJ and producer Jim Luce at a kindergarten parents’ breakfast in Manhattan gave rise to a happy, successful, and long-lasting collaboration that first brought jazz to Caramoor.

Every jazz festival at Caramoor since its inception has been produced by Mr. Luce, who believes New York is the center of the jazz world, but performances Read more

Art of the Duo

By William Robin

First rule of Art of the Duo: You do talk about it, but make sure you don’t call it an accompaniment. It’s what every violinist learns in the first week of Juilliard, or any other conservatory for that matter. The pianist is not your backup. The pianist is an equal partner. Each of Beethoven’s 10 sonatas – half of which were performed last summer and the remaining five will be featured June 30 – is, in fact, titled “Sonata for Piano and Violin.” These are no virtuoso-laden concertos, but instead a dialogue where the violin is allowed to gracefully share the stage with the piano.

Before Beethoven’s time, the violin was a mere addition to the piano sonata, an optional part doubling the pianist’s right hand. Building on concepts Mozart developed, Beethoven brought new force to the violin’s role. What’s remarkable about Beethoven’s music is his care for balance; the way he created a powerful drama from the interaction Read more