a caramoor summer

Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts is set to present a full summer season of live, in-person outdoor performances at their idyllic Katonah campus.

A seven-week festival, running June 19 to August 8 will be followed by two post-season concert series: from August 13 to September 12.

Artistic Director Kathy Schuman comments, “We’re so fortunate that our outdoor venues enable us to have a full concert season this summer. Despite some operational differences, this year’s program remains as robust and varied as ever. We can’t wait to welcome audiences back to Caramoor for programs that run the gamut from celebratory to reflective. I think we’ve all deeply missed the kind of magical experience that comes from sharing live music in the company of others.”

Two major experiential, site-specific, open-air contemporary works highlight this year’s summer lineup. The first of these, The Forest (July 3) – created in response to the pandemic and the particular problems it presents for choral performance – is the creation of Donald Nally, conductor and two-time Grammy-winner. Drawing on new amplification technology to create an immersive soundscape, Nally’s work places the singers 30 feet apart from one another in Caramoor’s wooded grounds, where audience members will follow a special route at socially distanced intervals, experiencing the music as they walk.

The second work, Ten Thousand Birds (July 11), composed expressly for the chamber orchestra and customized for Caramoor by Alarm Will Sound’s Artistic Director Alan Pierson draws inspiration from the different species’ birdsongs heard at each performance location, captured in minute detail to evoke the cycle of a single day. Audience members will be encouraged to walk around and experience the music from multiple perspectives.

And to celebrate Independence Day, Curt Ebersole and the Westchester Symphonic Winds return for their annual Pops & Patriots concert (this time without fireworks). Two guest vocalists – soprano Candice Hoyes and baritone Jorell Williams – will perform a medley of Gershwin songs; the program also includes patriotic tunes, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, a special tribute to Duke Ellington, and more (July 4).

This is just a small taste of all that is going on this summer at Caramoor. For more complete coverage, visit caramoor.org

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