Celebrating Bernstein’s 100th in Woodstock, NY

Caroga Arts Ensemble On Tour!

Woodstock, NY & Dorset, VT


Maverick Chamber Orchestra Concert
Maverick Concert Hall
120 Maverick Road, Woodstock, NY 12498
Students $5/General Admission $30 (tickets at door)
About the Program:
Leonard Bernstein (arr. Alexander Platt and Robert Osborne):
SONGFEST, a Cycle of American Poems for Six Singers and Orchestra (1977)
A Collaboration with Actors and Writers Theater, and the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice

Alexander Platt, conductor
Caroga Arts EnsembleKyle Price, director

Seung Jeon, Flute
Tamara Winston, Oboe
Graeme Steele Johnson, Clarinet
Arleigh Savage, Bassoon
Joanna Schulz, Horn
Emily Schaefer, Horn
Alex Mayon, Trumpet
Chris Brosius, Trombone
Andy Liang, Violin
Aaron Schwartz, Violin
Stephanie Price-Wong, Viola
Kyle Barrett Price, Cello
Jon Borden, Bass
Michael Tsang, Electric Keyboard
Steven Beck, pianist
Garry Kvistad and Russell Hartenberger, percussionists
Singers: Barry Banks, tenor; Matthew; Gamble, baritone; Sarah Heltzel, mezzo-soprano; Nancy Allen Lundy, soprano; Robert Osborne, baritone; Anna Tonna, mezzo-soprano
Reciters: Katherine Burger, Dannah Chaifetz, Sarah Chodoff, Mary Gallagher, Davis Hall, Mikhail Horowitz, Nicole Quinn, Edwin [Eddie] Sanchez, John Seidman, David Smilow, Lori Wilner, Shelley Wyant
In celebration of the centenary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein, Maverick Concerts’ Music Director Alexander Platt will conduct his 2011 chamber-orchestra version of SONGFEST (1977), one of Lenny’s most powerful and poignant compositions, which was triumphantly presented at Ravinia Festival on July 4, 2013. The orchestral song cycle celebrates 300 years of the nation’s artistic past through words of thirteen renowned poets and is as wildly eclectic as our multicultural nation itself. This special collaboration with two of the newer entrepreneurial summer festivals in our region – the Caroga Lake Music Festival presented by Caroga Arts Collective and the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice – will feature remarkable soloists, percussionists Garry Kvistad and Russell Hartenberger, pianist Steven Beck and the Actors and Writers Theatre Ensemble.

“Originally written in celebration of the nation’s Bicentennial, SONGFEST is a broad and vital celebration of American music and poems, in all their glorious and difficult diversity,” said Alexander Platt. “Gaudy, grasping and grand, it is unique work in Bernstein’s output: in some quarters immediately dismissed as an antique, but increasingly seen as a work newly relevant to our times.”

United Church of Dorset and East Rupert
143 Church St, Dorset, VT
Student $10/Adult $15
Former Dorset Chamber Music Residency participants and members of Caroga Arts Ensemble join for a reunion concert in Dorset, Vermont. The concert will feature the award-winning KASA Quartet, clarinetist Graeme Steele Johnson and harpist Alix Raspé in a return to her hometown following a summer as a fellow at Tanglewood Music Center.

See complete performance schedule for Caroga Arts Ensemble members in Dorset, Vermont.

Caroga Concert Bulletin – Festival Week 5

7th Annual Caroga Lake Music Festival
Week 5: August 13 -19

Join us in Caroga Lake, Gloversville, Cooperstown and Ghent for a varied assortment of classical, contemporary, jazz and pop music!

With musicians Kayoko Mizakawa, Piano; Logan Contreras, Voice; Armando Contreras, Voice; Jazimina MacNeil, Voice; Seung Jeon, Flute; Graeme Steele Johnson, Clarinet; Arleigh Savage, Bassoon; Kaleigh Acord, Violin; Rebecca Benjamin, Violin; John Bian, Violin; Eva Dove, Violin; Aniela Eddy, violin; Josh Henderson, Violin; Ben Kronk, Violin; Andy Liang, Violin; Valerie Sanders, Violin; Aaron Schwartz, Violin; Tonya Burton, Viola; Andrew Griffin, Viola; Deborah Price, Viola; Jameel Martin, Viola; Stephanie Price-Wong, Viola; Jenna Heawon Shin, Viola; Ray Kim, Cello; Ken Kubota, Cello; Mitch Lyon, Cello; Scott McCreary, Cello; Julian Muller, Cello; Kyle Price, Cello; Nathan Chan, Cello; Jon Borden, Bass; Jordan Calixto, Bass; Nicholas Villalobos, Bass; Nate West, Bass

Concert & Ice Cream at Caroga Museum
145 County Rd 111, Caroga Lake

The Caroga Museum in New York State’s Adirondack Park is comprised of a charming old farm house, an exhibit barn, a general store, a cobbler’s shop, an ice house, and the most recent addition, Sherman’s Park Arcade.

Dinner & Music at Origins Cafe, Cooperstown
558 Beaver Meadow Rd, Cooperstown

Artist in Residence Concert – Musicians of the Caroga Lake Music Festival debut in the charming baseball town of Cooperstown at Origins Cafe. $35 buys a seasonal, locally-sourced dinner buffet and concert! To reserve your dinner and seat, please call Origins Cafe at 607-437-2862.

You are invited:
Volunteer Appreciaton Pre-concert Reception

Caroga Chapel Concert
106 Chapel Road, Caroga Lake

CLMF’s premiere of American composer Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring. Featuring a variety of CLMF resident artists in small chamber groups as well as large orchestra!

In appreciation of the extraordinary volunteers who helped make Caroga Lake Music Festival a success this season, Caroga Arts would like to invite all volunteers and friends to a pre-concert reception. Enjoy drinks and light refreshments starting at 6:00pm at Caroga Chapel on Friday, August 17.

Encore! Jazz Sessions: Glenn Zaleski Trio
Nick Stoner Inn, 1810 NY-10, Caroga Lake

Jazz piano trio with New York City’s Glenn Zaleski, a semi-finalist in the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition and a finalist for the 2011 APA Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, 2:00 – 10:00PM
Sherman’s Revival Series: SAUNDERS FEST
Sherman’s Amusement Park, Caroga Lake

Don’t miss the biggest event of the season! The multi-musical Saunders family, bluegrass virtuosos and Canada Lake residents, will perform an all-day bluegrass festival featuring Grammy-Award winning bassist, vocalist and banjo player Geoff Saunders from the Mark O’Connor Band and mandolin and banjo player Rob Saunders, among other family members. They’ll be joined by Crooked North, Kate Lee & Forrest O’Connor, Chris Wilson and local bluegrass bands for an afternoon of pure banjo thrills and open jam sessions!

Line up:
Crooked North
Saunders Family Band
Kate Lee & Forrest O’Connor
Chris Wilson
Caroga Lake Chamber Players
Durey Creek

Brunch & Concert at Paul Nigra Center
Paul Nigra Center for the Creative Arts, 2736 New York 30, Gloversville

Back by popular demand, CLMF perform their final 2018 season concert in the Caroga region at the Paul Nigra Center in Gloversville. Have a delicious brunch in the Grand Gallery while enjoying the incredible sounds of the musicians of the Caroga Lake Music Festival.

The brunch menu will include quiche, stuffed French toast, bacon, sausage, potatoes, salad greens, refreshments and desserts.

Concert at Hawthorne Valley School
Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School, 330 Co Rd 21C, Ghent, NY

Artist in Residence Concert – CLMF musicians return to Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School for the season finale featuring music of multiple scopes and genres.

Caroga Concert Bulletin – Festival Week 4

7th Annual Caroga Lake Music Festival
Week 4: August 6 -12

Join us in Cobleskill, Canojaharie, Cooperstown, Gloversville, and Caroga Lake for a varied assortment of classical, contemporary, jazz and pop music!

You’re never too young to play music! Local children experience the “Instrument Petting Zoo” with CLMF Artists at a Kids Concert at Sherman’s. Thank you Nightingale Violin Shop for the instruments!

With musicians Logan Contreras, Voice; Armando Contreras, Voice; Nicole Heinen, Voice; Esther Park, Piano; Zsolt Bognar, Piano; Graeme Steele Johnson, Clarinet; Alex Mayon, Trumpet; Mason Yu, Violin; Erica Tursi, Violin; Clayton Tillotson, Violin; Aaron Schwartz, Violin; Andy Liang, Violin; Ben Kronk, Violin; Eva Dove, Violin; Michael Chien, Violin; Stephanie Price-Wong, Viola; Deborah Price, Viola; Alice Ping, Viola; Jinsun Hong, Viola; Alejandro Duque, Viola; Nathan Watts, Cello; Kyle Price, Cello; Julian Müller, Cello; Ken Kubota, Cello; Alex Cox, Cello; Jordan Calixto, Bass; Nate West, Bass


The Summer String Projects provide local music students from Fulton, Montgomery and Schoharie Counties the opportunity to experience, learn and share music with the Caroga Lake Music Festival artists for five days leading up to finale performances. Thank you to the agencies who support these endeavors!

Fulton & Montgomery Counties: Summer String Project Finale Concert
Arkell Museum, 2 Erie Blvd, Canajoharie

Saratoga Arts made this program possible with an Arts Education Grant funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Schoharie County: Summer String Project Finale Concert
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church
138 Washington Ave, Cobleskill

This event is made possible in part with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the NYS Council on the Arts, administered in Schoharie County by the Greene County Council on the Arts through the Community Arts Grants program.

Caroga Chapel Concert
106 Chapel Road, Caroga Lake

Don’t miss! This week you’ll hear some of Opera’s favorite songs from Bizet’s Carmen and Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Featuring a variety of CLMF resident artists in small chamber groups as well as large orchestra!

J-Music Pocket Band Returns!

Encore! Jazz Sessions: J-Music Pocket Band
Nick Stoner Inn, 1810 NY-10, Caroga Lake

Back by popular demand! J-Music Pocket Band is an innovative jazz ensemble performing arrangements of Japanese pop and video game music. With Patrick Bartley, Jr., a Grammy-nominated saxophonist, composer, and bandleader.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 11, 9:30-10:30AM
Quartet Performance at Cooperstown Farmers’ Market
101 Main Street, Cooperstown

Come visit the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market to experience the agricultural bounty of the region and hear live music!
Gypsy Jazz with Rhythm Future Quartet

Sherman’s Revival Series: Rhythm Future Quartet
Sherman’s Amusement Park, Caroga Lake

The acoustic jazz ensemble Rhythm Future Quartet has a straightforward agenda: to keep the spirit of gypsy jazz alive and expanding in today’s musical universe. The virtuosic foursome, named for a Django Reinhardt tune, offers up a newly minted sound, influenced by the classic Hot Club of France, yet wholly contemporary. Learn more here!

Concert at Peck’s Lake Marina
180 Peck Lake Rd, Gloversville

Artist in Residence Concert – Musicians of the Caroga Lake Music Festival debut in neighboring Peck’s Lake for an late afternoon concert on the water at the popular Peck’s Lake Marina.

Thank you to Main Motorcar for the sponsor vehicle! 🚗