A Quartet of Quartets

A QUARTET OF QUARTETS
Katonah, NY ~ June 8, 2012
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Press Contact: Lois Cohn Associates

CARAMOOR INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL PRESENTS
A QUARTET OF QUARTETS
BRENTANO STRING QUARTET
SUNDAY, JULY 8 AT 4:30PM IN THE VENETIAN THEATER
LINDEN STRING QUARTET
2011-12 ERNST STIEFEL STRING QUARTET-IN-RESIDENCE
FRIDAY, JULY 13 AT 8:00PM IN THE SPANISH COURTYARD
BROOKLYN RIDER
FRIDAY, JULY 20 AT 8:00PM IN THE SPANISH COURTYARD
PACIFICA QUARTET
FRIDAY, JULY 27 AT 8:00PM IN THE SPANISH COURTYARD

KATONAH, NY – The Caramoor International Music Festival presents A Quartet of Quartets – a series of four performances taking place over the month of July. Each program showcases one of four critically acclaimed string quartets: the Brentano String Quartet, the Linden String Quartet, Caramoor’s 2011-12 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence, Brooklyn Rider; and the 2001-02 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence and Grammy® Award-winning Pacifica Quartet.
The first of these programs will take place on July 8 at 4:30pm in the Venetian Theater and will celebrate theBrentano String Quartet’s 20th anniversary as a quartet. This performance, called ‘Fragments: Connecting Past and Present,’ is a Caramoor co-commission of pieces written by six living composers, based on fragmentary works by past masters.
On July 13, the Linden String Quartet, the 2011-12 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence, will complete its residency at Caramoor with a concert in the Spanish Courtyard at 8:00pm. Joining the quartet for the performance is singer-songwriter and musical polymath Gabriel Kahane. The program features the world premiere of Mr. Kahane’s Volume XIII of Caramoor’s commissioning project: A String Quartet Library for the 21st Century and the New York premiere of his composition Come on All You Ghosts for string quartet and voice, along with works by John Corigliano and Beethoven.
The genre-defying string quartet Brooklyn Rider, known for their eclectic repertoire and electrifying performances, will make its Caramoor debut with an eclectic program of works by Beethoven, Ljova, the group’s violinist Colin Jacobsen, and Seven Steps composed collaboratively by the ensemble’s four members on July 20 at8:00pm in the Spanish Courtyard.
Concluding the series, the Grammy® Award-winning Pacifica Quartet, Caramoor’s 2001-02 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence, teams up with Anthony McGill for a concert program of Mozart, Smetana, and Janácek onJuly 27 at 8:00pm in the Spanish Courtyard.
TICKETS
Tickets range in price from $15 – $40 per concert. To purchase, call 914.232.1252 or visithttp://www.caramoor.org/. Groups of 16 or more may purchase discounted tickets by contacting Matthew Scarella at 914.232.5035 ext. 252 or matthew@caramoor.org.
PRESS TICKETS
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ABOUT CARAMOOR
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 planted the seeds for 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 trust 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
Concerts take place in two outdoor theaters: the 1,714-seat, acoustically superb Venetian Theater and the more intimate, romantic 558-seat 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 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 4, or online at http://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:
http://www.caramoor.org/pdf/Festival_Listings.pdf
CREDITS
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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