Swing time at Caramoor

Caramoor opens its park while welcoming Charles Turner III & Uptown Swing.

f you’re a fan of Caramoor in Katonah, then you know the clever center for music and the other arts – famed for its summer festival, palazzo-like house museum and lovely grounds – has made lemonade out of coronavirus lemons this year, salvaging some of its season. This weekend Caramoor kicks off its “Concert Live on the Lawn” series with Charles Turner III & Uptown Swing.

A regular of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s late-night dance sessions, vocalist Turner and his five-piece rhythm and horn section will offer jazz sounds from the Harlem Renaissance to the present day on Caramoor’s Friends Field.

Although the 7 p.m. Aug. 1 performance is sold out, there will be a delayed stream at 7 p.m. Aug. 2 that’s available for 24 hours.  In case of rain, the concert will take place on Sunday, Aug. 2 and will be streamed on Monday, Aug 3. (Audience capacity is especially limited due to health and safety guidance. All artists and dates are subject to change and cancellation without notice as Caramoor works closely with local health experts and officials.) Tickets for the delayed stream are $10; free for members.

Caramoor will also open to the public as a park where visitors can enjoy the renovated grounds and sound art. The capacity is limited to 100 guests with advance reservations and timed entries. The park will open on Saturday, Aug. 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and on Sunday, Aug. 3, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Visitors are invited to bring their own picnics. Admission to Caramoor as a Park is $10 per car, with members admitted free.

Up next for Caramoor is Sandbox Percussion, hailed by The Washington Post for “revitalizing the world of contemporary music.” In a performance from Caramoor’s Music Room, recorded in advance, the quartet joins forces with virtuoso pianist Conor Hanick for the world premiere of a new concerto by Pulitzer Prize finalist Christopher Cerrone. Scored for solo prepared piano and percussion quartet, the work crowns an all-contemporary program of music by steel pan specialist Andy Akiho, Guggenheim fellow Juri Seo, longtime Sandbox collaborator David Crowell and Amy Beth Kirsten of “BBC Music.” The concert will be accompanied by a live Q & A.

Tickets for this 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6 livestream, which go on sale Saturday, Aug. 1, are $10; free for members. (The livestream will be available until 9 p.m. Aug. 6.)

For more, visit caramoor.org.

– Georgette Gouveia

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