Caramoor Presents a Spring Benefit

Caramoor Presents a Spring Benefit Evening
Katonah, NY – March 30, 2011

For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Cohn Dutcher Associates
Dan Dutcher, 917.339.7157, [email protected]
Whitney Holden, 917.339.7188, [email protected]


Cabaret in the Music Room with Karen Oberlin
“The Wizard of Words: Yip Harburg’s Songs of Wit and Wisdom”


“Thrilling! Oberlin is as lovely to look at as she is to hear.” –New York Observer
“Beyond having a pretty voice, poise and interpretive insight, Oberlin has impeccable style (and) musical intelligence” –The New York TimesKATONAH, NEW YORK — Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts presents a spring benefit on Saturday, April 30 at 8:30pm in the Music Room of the historic Rosen House. Headlining the evening is Mac, Bistro, and Nightlife Award winner Karen Oberlin – one of the leading interpreters of the Great American Songbook – who will perform her highly-acclaimed cabaret show paying homage to lyricist Yip Harburg. 

E.Y. “Yip” Harburg, who collaborated with many of America’s greatest composers, including Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern, Vernon Duke and Burton Lane, brought the “Rainbow” to both Finian’s Rainbow and The Wizard of Oz. Harburg once said, “I am one of the last of a small tribe of troubadours who still believe that life is a beautiful and exciting journey with a purpose and grace which are well worth singing about.”

Karen Oberlin will take audience members on that journey – from Oz to Glocca Morra, and beyond – on April 30 with such favorites as “Over The Rainbow” and “April In Paris”, along with rare, unearthed treasures connected by fascinating and witty stories.

After the performance, attendees will be invited to a champagne and dessert reception with Ms. Oberlin. The benefit co-chairs are Adela and Lawrence Elow from Katonah, NY, who share their love of cabaret by generously underwriting this benefit evening.

This benefit supports Caramoor’s mission, which is to “enrich the lives of its audiences through innovative and diverse musical performances of the highest quality, mentor young professional musicians, and engage young children through interactive, educational experiences that deepen their relationship to and understanding of music.”

About Karen Oberlin
Hailed as one of premier interpreters of the Great American Songbook, Nightlife, Bistro, and MAC Award-winning vocalist Karen Oberlin has appeared at major New York venues such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Feinstein’s at the Regency, Town Hall, Iridium Jazz Club, Merkin Hall and The Metropolitan Room, among others. She recently received rave reviews for her three-week engagement at the legendary Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel, of which New York Times critic Stephen Holden wrote “Beyond having a pretty voice, poise and interpretive insight… Ms. Oberlin has impeccable classic pop style (and) musical intelligence.” Rex Reed, of the New York Observer, called the performance “thrilling,” and continued, “Oberlin is as lovely to look at as she is to hear — subtle, elegant and musically spot on. She’s a keeper!” Nationally, she has performed at Guild Hall in the Hamptons, The Ordway Theatre in St. Paul, The Prince Theatre in Philadelphia, and the Royal Room at the Colony Palm Beach, to name a few. She entertained sold-out audiences at the Oak Room to launch the release of her highly lauded debut CD, “My Standards” (Miranda Music), and her second disc was the award-winning, “Secret Love: The Music of Doris Day” (Miranda Music). She can be heard on a number of compilations, including the newly discovered musical by Duke Ellington and Herb Martin, “Renaissance Man,” in the all-star CD version, “Secret Ellington” (True Life), which featured Joe Lovano, Grover Washington, Jr. and Freddy Cole, among others. Her newest album, recorded live at the Algonquin, was released in November 2010.

Ms. Oberlin appeared in more than 100 Off-Broadway performances of the smash-hit show “Our Sinatra,” and has performed her own shows nationally and abroad. She had the honor of being part of the first-ever Cabaret Conventions in both Philadelphia and the Hamptons, and has performed in the New York shows at both Jazz at Lincoln Center and at Town Hall—where she was also featured in the Broadway By The Year series. Along with playing Maureen in the first staged incarnation of the now-legendary Broadway show Rent, Ms. Oberlin has also held lead roles at such prestigious theatres as the North Carolina Theatre, the Palace Theatre in Louisville, among others. She has appeared as a professional actress in everything from Shakespeare to national commercials and feature films, including a recurring role on “All My Children”. She also enjoyed being part of a professional a cappella group called “Where’s The Band?” for many years. Aside from her career as a performer, Ms. Oberlin enjoys leading master classes in acting, singing and interpreting song, and teaches at Singers Forum in New York City.

About Caramoor
Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts – a performing arts center located on a unique 90-acre setting of Italianate architecture and gardens in Westchester County, NY – 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 around music. For more information go to or call (914) 232-5035.

Tickets to the evening are $75, $125, and $200 for premium seating. All but $30 is tax-deductible, as provided by law. To purchase tickets, contact Christine Bosco, the Director of Special Events at 914-232-1492 or [email protected]

For press tickets, please contact Whitney Holden at 917-339-7188 or [email protected]

This benefit is made possible by generous funding from Adela and Lawrence Elow