The 33 year old Chilean saxophonist Melissa Aldana dazzled the Caramoor audience when she kicked off Caramoor’s Fall – Spring Season on Friday September 30th. If you’ve been to a concert in the Music Room of the Rosen House you know it’s the “heart” of Caramoor: a breathtaking, space in which to experience live music. Within this intimate venue, you can enjoy chamber music, jazz, American roots, and American Songbook featuring artistic masters and emerging talents from near and far.
Next up, Vermont based Kat Wright will return to Caramoor following her appearance at the 2021 American Roots Music Festival. Described as “a young Bonnie Raitt meets Amy Winehouse”, she’ll perform her original music and soulful covers in the Music Room on October 14th.
The Fall line-up also features The Evnin’ Rising Stars (Oct 29 and 30), pianist Jeremy Denk (Nov 6), The 2022-2023 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence, the Ivalas Quartet (Nov 13), and Iestyn Davies, countertenor with Thomas Dunford, lute (Nov 20). TIP: Caramoor’s Spring concerts are also on sale now so you can order ahead and secure your seats.
Fall Benefit Concerts:
Olivier-nominated actress Sierra Boggess will be at Caramoor on Saturday October 22nd for the annual “Cabaret in the Music Room” benefit concert and Josh Ritter will perform on Saturday December 3rd at 8PM in an yet another exceptional benefit concert to celebrate and support Caramoor’s programming throughout the year. Josh Ritter is a singer/songwriter who has been compared to the likes of Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen by critics and fans alike. This acoustic solo performance in the Music Room is part of his tour of intimate venues where he hopes to form a deeper connection with audiences.
On Sunday October 16th at 3PM Caramoor will host its second annual celebration of the holiday Día de los Muertos and will welcome the Calpulli Mexican Dance Company for an outdoor celebration on Friends Field: a fun-filled afternoon of live music, dance, and stories, all capturing the colorful, passionate, inviting traditions of Latin America. This event is free, however Caramoor asks that people RSVP on the Caramoor website (www.caramoor.org)
Another special family program is slated for Sunday December 11th at 2 and 4 PM in which musician, storyteller, and educator Reggie Harris will bring an uplifting concert of songs and stories about the Underground Railroad, one of the most important chapters in American History. This program celebrates the quest for freedom and holiday joy, as Harris shares how the winter holidays offered a moment of hope — and a rare opportunity to escape — for enslaved people. Note: the 4PM performance has been specially designed to be sensory-friendly for those who are neurodivergent, have sensory sensitivities, or just need a bit more space to enjoy the music.
German a cappella vocal ensemble Calmus will perform a Christmas A Capella concert on Saturday December 10th (3pm and 5pm). The holiday program will span early music to contemporary Christmas favorites. The popular Holiday Tea Musicales, are an annual holiday tradition featuring charismatic musicians, festive decorations, and tea service in the majestic Music Room . Following the spirited performance, tea service includes an assortment of finger sandwiches, scrumptious holiday treats, and a variety of teas (or hot chocolate with marshmallows for children!). The Holiday Tea Musicales take place at 2PM daily from December 14th – 18th. They’re popular and dates are quickly filling up! You can find more information about Caramoor’s Holiday events here: (https://caramoor.org/events/category/genre/holiday-music/)
Explore Caramoor: Open Grounds and Rosen House Tours
Caramoor’s beautiful grounds are open to the public at no charge for picnics, walks and exploring the sound art collection now through October 16th, Friday – Sunday 10AM – 4PM (tip: check the website for occasional changes to these days/times). Rosen House Tours allow you to discover the eclectic home that Caramoor founders Lucie and Walter Rosen built for music and encounter the history and treasures within! Inside you’ll find art and furnishings from the Renaissance, Chinese art, and entire rooms from the great houses of Western Europe. Tours are approx. 45 minutes. Docent guided tours are $15/Free for Children and All Membership levels, advance registration required. Please check the website for scheduled tours or call their box office at 914.232.1252 to see if a guide is available for your ideal timeslot.
There are so many ways to enjoy this “gem in our midst”, we hope to see you there this Fall!