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Caramoor International Music Festival

Caramoor International Music Festival (Katonah, NY)

Caramoor Center for Music Arts 149 Girdle Ridge Road Katonah

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(June 23 – August 8, 2012) Walter and Lucie Rosen established their 90-acre Caramoor estate as an arts center in 1945 in tribute to the memory of their son; the festival grew out of a series of small, intimate concerts that the Rosens threw for their friends into its current incarnation as a  multifaceted celebration.  This seven-week series of events in upstate New York’s Westchester County presents a veritable smorgasbord of musical offerings, from chamber music recitals featuring the likes of Chopin, Schubert, and Rachmaninoff to the traditions of Brazilian Samba and Italian folk song, to concerts featuring works by emergent young contemporary composers such as Andrew Norman and Gabriel Kahane. There are numerous Family Fun events, including the Dancing at Dusk and Al Fresco Sundays outdoor series.  In addition, Caramoor presents a three-day Fall Festival and a Jazz Festival as part of the festival proper. With rain or shine concerts, free parking and an affordable gate fee, Caramoor is an excellent and accessible place to get your culture fix. (DK)

Caramoor International Music Festival Information

  • Public Transportation: Poor (the Katonah MTA train station is a 7-minute taxi ride from the Caramoor Center for Music Arts)
  • Handicapped Accessibility: Good
  • Performances/Programs: 35–40 performances during the season
  • Ticket Prices: $10–$106. Children often receive discounts
  • Membership: Individual membership is $100. Benefits include advance notice of all concerts, lectures, and special events; a subscription to the Caramoor Currentsnewsletter, delivered via mail or email; and an invitation for 2 to the annual Friends’ Garden Party
  • Other Benefits: At the Patron level ($1,500) members receive invitations to meet the artists at select Saturday evening post-concert receptions during the Summer and Fall Festivals.