Caramoor is more than concerts — it is an outdoor experience. And it is opening its grounds free to the public, beginning today, Friday, June 11 through Sunday, June 13 — as well as every Friday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Oct. 10.
Visitors can explore the grounds and enjoy the gardens, fields for picnicking, the outdoor Sound Art collection, and Rosen House Tours. Tours of Rosen House are free for children and members, and $15 for all others.
During the past several years, Caramoor has invested more than $15 million in the historic Rosen House, grounds and gardens to make the 90-acre estate a truly unique destination.
On select Sundays — June 27, July 4, July 18, Aug. 1 and Aug. 8 — there will be concerts in the Venetian Theater. On those days there will be a $20 admission to the grounds for adults. Visitors will be able to hear these concert from Friends Field and stay until 6 p.m.
This weekend, Caramoor launches its “In ‘C’” Sonic Innovations initiative with a sound artist gathering tomorrow, Saturday, June 12, at 1 p.m. The event features a presentation and demonstration by Trimpin from 1:30 to 4 p.m., with sound artists stationed by works to answer questions.
The Summer Concert Series will begin the following week, with the annual Caramoor Gala on June 19 featuring Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. The season series features over 30 live in-person concerts.
The first concert of the summer, Thursday, June 24, at 7 p.m. in the Venetian Theater, features the PUBLIQuartet, winner of Music America’s Visionary Award, in a concert that asks, “What Is American?” It will explore the nation’s diverse musical heritage through recent compositions by Vijay Iyer and Jessie Montgomery, as well as two works — a reconception of Dvorak’s “American Quartet” and a celebration of Ornette Coleman’s influence on free jazz — from the Grammy-nominated quartet’s “MIND/THE/GAP” project, which uses group improvisation to bridge the gaps between musical genres.
Two days later on June 26, New Guinean singer Natu Camara will perform in the Venetian Theater at 8 p.m. She has been described as a merging of Miriam Makeba with Nina Simone, adding a dose of Tracy Chapman and a sprinkling of Tina Turner. “She mixes West African soul, rock, and pop music to build intercultural bridges that bring people together, weaving a tapestry of musical stories and visions of her beloved home,” according to Caramoor representatives.
On Friday, July 2, at 8 p.m., the Venetian Theater will host the Brianna Thomas Band in a program titled, “With Ella in Mind.”Presented in Collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center, jazz singer Brianna Thomas will pay homage to and celebrate Ella Fitzgerald and the wide breadth and scope of her repertoire and instrument.
Complete information about the program, artists and music can be found at caramoor.org/event/publiquartet-summer-2021/.
For tickets and reservations, call 914-232-1252 or visit caramoor.org.
Caramoor is located at 149 Gridle Ridge Road, Katonah.