DANCING AT DUSK SERIES INVITES FAMILIES TO EXPLORE THE SOUNDS OF IRELAND, GREECE, ITALY AND BRAZIL
Katonah, NY ~ May 11, 2011
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Contact: Cohn Dutcher Associates
CARAMOOR FESTIVAL’S 2011 DANCING AT DUSK SERIES
INVITES FAMILIES TO EXPLORE THE SOUNDS OF
IRELAND, GREECE, ITALY AND BRAZIL
JUNE 29, JULY 13, JULY 27 & AUGUST 10 AT FRIENDS FIELD
KATONAH, NY – One of Caramoor International Music Festival’s most popular family programs, the Dancing at Dusk series transports adults and children alike to musical cultures around the world. These interactive events, which take place on four Wednesday afternoons during the summer at Caramoor’s Friends Field – will have kids dancing, singing, and learning about the traditional music of Ireland (June 29), Greece (July 13), Italy (July 17) and Brazil (August 10). The series offers a wonderful way to have children introduced – up close – to music in a relaxed and joyful way.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011: Irish Music with a Global Twist!
Friends’ Field, 5:00pm
Cady Finlayson and Vita Tanga blend traditional Celtic fiddle tunes with American folk and world music influences. Jigs, Reels, and much, much more will make for a spirited night of fun for the whole family!
Wednesday, July 13, 2011: Opa! The Music and Dance of Greece
Friends Field, 5:00pm
Led by renowned Bouzouki player Kostas Psarros, the band Ethos will present Rebetika (often known as The Greek Blues), music from the 60’s and 70’s and also traditional folk music from different areas of Greece. Featuring extraordinary rhythms, a line-up of fascinating instruments and complete with vocalists and dance instructor, Areti Tsiola, this promises to be an exuberant show that will have everyone on their feet rejoicing, and learning a lot about the rich heritage of this remarkable country.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011: Italian Folk Song and Dance
Friends’ Field at 5:00pm
Reviving the old traditions of southern Italian music, theatre, and dance, I Giullari di Piazza will present a dazzling program featuring stilt dancing, drumming, and a dizzying variety of instruments that will have families swooning in the summer sun. Get whisked away to the lush surroundings of Southern Italy for a perfect summer evening of fun and enchantment.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011: Samba do Rio (Brazil)
Music and Dance of Brazil with Grupo Ribeiro
Friends’ Field at 5:00PM
Grupo Ribeiro is a performing arts company lead by dancer/choreographer Quenia Ribeiro. This Dancing at Duskwill feature Samba; one the most internationally recognized music and dance forms from Brazil. A patchwork of many cultural elements pieced together from Africa, Europe and the Indigenous people of Brazil and developed in the black neighborhoods of Rio by Brazilians of African descent, Samba spread to all levels of Brazilian society and represents many aspects of the Brazilian cultural identity.
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, bringing to reality 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. Realizing 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 – in 1946 the Rosens established a public charity to open Caramoor to the community. 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 around 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 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 Iris and Peony Garden, which may be enjoyed on one’s own or seen on a guided tour.
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 on-site on a first-come, first-served basis. Once on-site parking is full, alternate parking will be available with free shuttle bus service.
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.
Tickets for Dancing at Dusk are $10.00 for Adults and $5.00 for Children. To purchase, call the Caramoor Box Office at 914.232.1252 or visit www.caramoor.org.
PICNICKING AT CARAMOOR
Extend the Caramoor experience by arriving early and enjoying a picnic amidst the beautiful gardens. Concertgoers can bring their own picnic, or order one for pick-up at Caramoor by calling Great Performances® at 212-337-6055 or online at www.greatperformances.com/caramoorpicnics.
Performances are made possible, in part, by
ArtsWestchester with funds from Westchester County Government.
Performances are made possible with public funds from the
New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.
The 2011 International Music Festival is supported in part by
an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
ALL PROGRAMS AND ARTISTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
CARAMOOR CENTER FOR MUSIC AND THE ARTS IS LOCATED AT
149 GIRDLE RIDGE ROAD, KATONAH, NEW YORK.