Meet the Team! + Happy Hour Music QuaranTalk

Meet the Team!

On this week’s episode of The Loon Call, we’re excited to introduce you to some of our wonderful Caroga Arts team members who work tirelessly to make Caroga Arts possible!

Thank you to our entire Caroga Arts team and family for your continuing dedication to Caroga Arts! Join Judy and help us continue our mission by making a monthly donation to Caroga Arts!


JOIN US THIS THURSDAY!

Caroga Arts welcomes Music QuaranTalk special guests violinist Benjamin Kronk (CLMF ’17-’19) & cellist Julian Müller (CLMF ’13-’18)!

Julian met Kyle when they discovered their love for music and sports at Cleveland Institute of Music. Ben met Kyle in Prague, Czech Republic during a summer music festival program. Both Julian and Ben have become beloved by the Caroga Lake community through their extensive residencies throughout the year!

Thursday, May 21, 2020 – LIVE from 5:15 – 6:00 pm EDT

Benjamin Kronk, Chicago-based violinist (CLMF ’17-’19)

Julian Müller, NYC-based cellist (CLMF ’13-’18)

Moderated by Kyle Price, Artistic & Executive Director of Caroga Arts

RSVP on Eventbrite to receive an invitation link via email.

Happy Hour Music QuaranTalk offers a fun opportunity to get to know our CLMF Artists and learn more about music and performance. Talks may include discussions on the life of an artist, their experience at Caroga Lake Music Festival, and more. Join us for an interactive musical talk and enjoy from your home with a glass of wine or your favorite drink!

QuaranTalks are open to the public and welcome all ages.

Donations to our virtual tip jar will be split between our special guests and Caroga Arts. Any amount is appreciated!

Benjamin Kronk, violin

Currently based out of Chicago, Benjamin graduated with his Master’s from McGill University, studying with Alexander Read. His recording with the National Orchestral Institute in 2017 was nominated for a GRAMMY for “Best Orchestra Performance”, and he made his solo debut with the National Repertory Orchestra in 2018. He has attended many festivals including the Colorado College Summer Music Festival, the National Repertory Orchestra, the National Orchestral Institute, Prague Summer Nights Festival, and Caroga Lake Music Festival. Previous member of the Andrew Alden Ensemble, Benjamin has been a substitute violinist for Symphoria. Born in Minnesota, raised in France and Germany, Benjamin received his Bachelor’s from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester New York, under Juliana Athayde.

Julian Müller, cello

American-German cellist, Julian Müller performs frequently as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player in the United States and Europe. Hailed as “…haunting and mesmerizing…” by the USA Today, Julian appeared as soloist with the Louisville Orchestra, performing the world premiere of the ballet How They Fade, composed by him and art-pop band, YASSOU, on a commission from the Louisville Ballet Company. Müller has been presented on NPR Live, in collaboration with pianist, Sergei Babayan, performing works of Schubert and Schumann. Müller has performed with Simone Dinnerstein as a member of Ensemble Baroklyn and with Matt Haimovitz’s ensemble, UCCELLO. As an orchestral musician, Müller performs frequently with Orchestra of St. Luke’s and is a member of the Montclair Orchestra. In competitions, Müller has won first prize at the Uel Wade Music Competition and first prize at the Schenectady Symphony’s Stefan Concerto Competition. Müller holds a Master of Music Degree and Professional Studies Diploma with honors from the Mannes School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music degree with honors from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Müller is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at Rutgers University, where he studies with Jonathan Spitz.


Lakeside Classics

We are excited to present to you a series of recorded CLMF performances from our archives! Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks, and enjoy our new selections below.

John Williams: Theme from Schindler’s List 
Benjamin Kronk, violin; Kelly Talim, violin; Caroga Arts Ensemble

BETTI: “C’est Si Bon” (arr. A. Vitnitsky)
Chelsea Sharpe, Delaney Meyers, violins; Alice Ping, viola;
Jose Guzman, guitar; Jordan Calixto, bass

Important Announcement from Caroga Arts

Dear friends, 
 

Around this time of year, Caroga Arts is usually hustling in preparation for the big Summer season and the Caroga Lake Music Festival. Volunteers are contacting prospective meal and housing donors, season schedule flyers are appearing in mailboxes, and artists are counting down the days until the festival begins.

For the last couple of months, however, we have been carefully analyzing the potential impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Therefore, it is with heavy heart and great sadness to share that due to COVID-19 we have made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel the regularly programmed Caroga Lake Music Festival in 2020. The health and safety of our community, artists, and staff are our top priority and this was the most sensible decision for everyone in mind. 

We are already hard at work planning the 2021 season which will celebrate the 100th birthday of Sherman’s and the 10th anniversary of Caroga Lake Music Festival. We are also developing virtual platforms for Caroga Arts to continue to engage with our community, friends and artists.

Here are some virtual programs we currently offer, and we will continue to expand our online activities in the coming months as well as explore social distancing possibilities. Whether close to home or from afar, we’re committed to reigniting the Caroga Experience. 

  • Happy Hour Music QuaranTalk (Thursdays): A fun interactive live webinar to get to know our CLMF Artists (free event, donations to the Virtual Tip Jar are split between artists and Caroga Arts). RSVP for today’s Music QuaranTalk here.

  • Your Body Is Your Strad Virtual Institute (June 2-13): With a lineup of star-studded faculty from the U.S. and Europe, the Virtual Institute is an enrichment program for students, professionals and educators worldwide. Learn more and register here. 

  • Caroga Reflections (coming soon!): A call for stories surrounding first-hand experiences at the MyHil/Schine property and Sherman’s Amusement Park to archive the properties’ history and help shape our vision for the future of the historic sites.

We are looking forward to building a bigger than ever Caroga Lake Music Festival season in 2021 on the grounds of Sherman’s Park – which our team will continue to make improvements on this summer – and throughout the community. It is your dedication to Caroga Arts that will carry us through these unprecedented times, and we are forever grateful. Caroga Arts will be waiting on the other side of the door with great anticipation, and as soon as we are able to open that door, together, we’ll celebrate the return of life and music in the serene backdrop of the Adirondack mountains. Thank you for your continuing support.

Stay well and healthy, 

Kyle Price
Artistic & Executive Director 

Rick Ruby
Board Chair


 

SPAC collaborates with Caroga Arts

Caroga Arts is excited to collaborate with Saratoga Performing Arts Center for its online “Learning Library” initiative! Musicians from Caroga Arts will be creating educational video content that will be available for all students, families and teachers who are stuck at home during the pandemic. Read more here.

YOU’RE INVITED!

Caroga Lake Music Festival has fostered many personal connections over the years.

Stephanie Price-Wong, CLMF founder Kyle’s sister, has seen the festival from day one and has been a dedicated CLMF Artists for almost 10 years! Alix Raspé Gray met Kyle when she was in 6th grade through his aunt Connie who was Alix’s orchestra teacher. Since then, Alix’s connection with Kyle’s family grew through spending summers together at Caroga Lake Music Festival. Hear their stories at this Thursday’s Happy Hour Music QuaranTalk!

Thursday, May 14, 2020 – LIVE from 5:15 – 6:00 pm EDT

Special Guests:
Stephanie Price-Wong, viola, KASA Quartet member (CLMF ’12-’19)
Alix Raspé Gray, harp, Columbus Symphony (CLMF ’15-’17, ’19)

Moderated by Kyle Price, Artistic & Executive Director of Caroga Arts

RSVP on Eventbrite to receive an invitation link via email.

Happy Hour Music QuaranTalk offers a fun opportunity to get to know our CLMF Artists and learn more about music and performance. Talks may include discussions on the life of an artist, their experiences at Caroga Lake Music Festival, and more. Join us for an interactive musical talk and enjoy from your home with a glass of wine or your favorite drink!

QuaranTalks are open to the public and welcome all ages.

Donations to our virtual tip jar will be split between our special guests and Caroga Arts. Any amount is appreciated!

Special Guests:

Stephanie Price-Wong grew up in a musical and arts administrative family that instilled and nurtured her passion in the art, performance, and education of chamber music. She is currently the Assistant Artistic Director and Fellowship Program Director of the Chamber Music Connection based in Worthington, Ohio. Stephanie also runs a private viola and violin studio and is the Adjunct Viola Professor at Ohio University. In addition to her work in Ohio, she is the Artistic Administrator for Caroga Arts Collective and the Administrative Director of the National Summer Cello Institute. Stephanie has been a performing artist at CLMF since it’s founding in 2012 and went on tour in Switzerland with CLMF. She received a Master of Music from the Eastman School of Music with a certificate in Arts Leadership. In 2012, she graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she was the recipient of the Alumni Jim Hall Graduate Studies Scholarship. Stephanie currently resides in Westerville, Ohio where she enjoys spending time with her son, Felix (yes, named after Mendelssohn!), husband, David, and dog, Bridget.

Alix Raspé Gray, professionally known as Alix Raspé, is an award-winning classical harpist, chamber musician, music educator and musical entrepreneur. Alix currently serves as an Associate Harpist for Columbus Symphony. Alix has performed with New World Symphony, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the NY Pops, the Symphony of New Hampshire, Symphoria, Portsmouth Symphony and more. While maintaining her own thriving teaching studio, Alix also coaches harp and chamber music for Chamber Music Connection (CMC) and also serves as their Marketing Director. Alix was formerly on the faculty of Note-Worthy Experiences from 2018-2019 as their harp teacher, as well as the Harp Specialist at The Harp Connection. In 2018, Alix was a Harp Fellow at Tanglewood Music Center.

Alix graduated from New England Conservatory with a Masters in Harp Performance and New York University with a Bachelor of Music with a minor in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies. Prior to attending NYU, Alix attended Juilliard Pre-College. Alix currently resides in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Erik, and their miniature Australian Shepherd, Ollie.

You can hear Alix with Roger Daltrey of The Who, The Late Late Show with James Corden, IHeartRadio, with artist MAX, the soundtrack of RuPaul’s Drag Races (Season 5), the film Reservation Road and WMNR Fine Arts Radio.

The Loon Call – May 11, 2020

This week on “The Loon Call” Kyle highlights performances from CLMF ’15, ’19 and the CLMF Switzerland tour ’17. Excerpts feature Alix Raspé Gray on harp and Stephanie Price-Wong on violin/viola.

Lakeside Classics

We are excited to present to you a series of recorded CLMF performances from our archives! Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks, and enjoy our new selections below.

GOLUBEV: Harp Quintet in C minor, Op.39
Alix Raspé, harp; Joseph Kromholz, violin;
Stephanie Price-Wong, viola; Deborah Barrett Price, viola; Noah Koh, cello

“Danny Boy” arr. Jacob Collier (trans. by A. Schwartz and K. Price)
KASA Quartet

Happy Hour Music QuaranTalk: Aaron Schwartz & Ken Kubota

YOU’RE INVITED!

Did you know: Many CLMF Artists, who now call Caroga their summer home, were just friends of Artistic Director Kyle Price at first?

For instance, violinist Aaron Schwartz was Kyle’s freshman roommate at Cleveland Institute of Music. And cellist Ken Kubota was Kyle’s childhood friend who played chamber music together growing up in Columbus. OH. Hear more about Aaron and Ken this Thursday at our live interactive Happy Hour Music QuaranTalk!

Thursday, May 7, 2020 – LIVE from 5:15 – 6:00 pm EDT

Special Guests:
Aaron Schwartz, violin, KASA Quartet member (CLMF ’12, ’14-’20)
Ken Kubota, cello, JHMJams founder (CLMF ’14-’20)

Moderated by Kyle Price, Artistic & Executive Director of Caroga Arts

Please RSVP on Eventbrite to receive an invitation link via email.

Happy Hour Music QuaranTalk offers a fun opportunity to get to know our CLMF Artists and learn more about music and performance. Talks may include discussions on the life of an artist, musical works, music history, and more. Join us for an interactive musical talk and enjoy from your home with a glass of wine or your favorite drink!

QuaranTalks are open to the public and welcome all ages.

Donations to our virtual tip jar will be split between our special guests and Caroga Arts. Any amount is appreciated!

From CLMF 2016, Aaron and Ken perform some “Djangology” in Kyle’s room; produced by JHMJams


May 7 QuaranTalk Special Guests:

Aaron SchwartzAaron Schwartz is an accomplished orchestral, chamber, fiddler, and jazz musician. He creates chamber music arrangements and performs them regularly as a performing artist with the Caroga Lake Music Festival and as a founding member of the KASA Quartet.As an orchestral musician, Aaron is Concertmaster of Opera Project Columbus and Assistant Concertmaster of LaCrosse Symphony. He also performs in CityMusic Cleveland, Nat28, and the Ohio Valley Symphony. He has soloed with the Danville Symphony and participated in master classes with Rachel Barton Pine, Peter Salaff, Michael Tree, Joseph Silverstein and the Cavani String Quartet. As a teacher, Aaron is an Associated Faculty member at the Chamber Music Connection in Worthington, Ohio where he coaches chamber music and improvisation.Aaron received a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance and an Advanced Musical Studies Certificate from Carnegie Mellon under the tutelage of Andres Cardenes.

Ken Kubota

Ken James Kubota, celebrated by The New York Times for his “dynamic performance,” has found unprecedented success in a career spanning performance, education, and social media. He is best known for founding the viral video series JHM Jams: unique arrangements of pop tunes performed by a rotating cast of top classical and jazz musicians. Recognized by Glamour Magazine, the series has received over 3,000,000 YouTube views and has led to high-profile performances in Google’s YouTube Space and Harlem’s Apollo Theatre.

A passionate educator and Juilliard graduate, Mr. Kubota also serves as cello instructor at top preparatory schools in the nation, including Peabody Preparatory, and has spoken to students at Juilliard as an authority on entrepreneurship.

Singer Demi Lovato watches CLMF Artists perform her song on Ken’s JHJams

The Loon Call – May 4, 2020

On this week’s episode of The Loon Call, Kyle shares his stories of growing up playing chamber music with Ken Kubota and Aaron Schwartz.

Today is #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving and unity as a response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. If you are able, we hope you will consider contributing to Caroga Arts so we can continue our mission to Reignite the Caroga Experience. We deeply appreciate your support – no amount is too little during these unprecedented times.

Thank you from the entire Caroga Arts family.

Lakeside Classics
We are excited to present to you a series of recorded CLMF performances from our archives! Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks, and enjoy our new selections below.
Schoenberg: Notturno for Strings and Harp
Caroga Arts Ensemble, Aaron Schwartz, solo violin
Gade: String Octet in F major, Op 17 (IV. Finale Allegro vivace)
Andy Liang, Aaron Schwartz, Mark Chien, Wes Luke, violins; Tonya Burton, Deborah Price, violas; Kyle Price, Ray Kim, cellos

Caroga Concert Bulletin- Concert Week 1

Caroga Lake Music Festival returns this week for its 8th summer! Presenting more than 40 events and 140 artists, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Join us for music, merriment and much more!

Wednesday, July 17, 8:00 PM

Encore! Jazz Sessions: David Cook Trio
The Arts Hub, 2055 NY-10, Caroga Lake
General Admission $12 online, $15 at door 
Purchase Tickets

David Cook Trio is returning to Caroga Lake for this season’s opening Encore! Jazz Sessions. The trio played a sold out show at CLMF’s very first Encore! Jazz Sessions in 2017. Renowned jazz pianist David Cook has released 2 critically acclaimed albums on the Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records Label. He has music directed for 10-time Grammy- Award winner Taylor Swift as well as broadway sensations, Ben Platt and Shoshana Bean.

Stump City Brewery will be serving drinks at this event.

Thursday, July 18, 5:30 PM

Concert at Gloversville Library 
Gloversville Library, Carnegie Room
58 E Fulton St, Gloversville
Free
Artist Sponsor: Ellen Wood

Caroga Lake Music Festival is excited to perform at the newly renovated historic Gloversville Library! In 2017, CLMF played a fundraiser concert in support of the Gloversville Library renovations. This performance will mark the first CLMF concert in the Carnegie Room since its renovation was completed.

Friday, July 19, 7:00 PM

Caroga Chapel Concert
Chapel Rd, Caroga Lake
Free
Artist Sponsor: James and Anita Long

Where Caroga Lake Music Festival began back in 2012! Caroga Chapel has been a significant place for CLMF Resident Artists since the festival’s beginning as their “home” venue and rehearsal space. Hundreds of CLMF world-class artists have performed at the weekly series. Every Friday at 7pm!

Saturday, July 20, 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Concert for Kids & Instrument Petting Zoo
Sherman’s Amusement Park, Caroga Lake
Free

Concerts for Kids are fun for the whole family! We’ll take you on a musical journey to explore classical music for kids at Sherman’s Amusement Park. Enjoy an engaging concert for kids by the CLMF Resident Artists and try out some instruments at the Instrument Petting Zoo!

Instrument petting zoo generously provided by Nightingale’s Violin Shop.

Saturday, July 20, 7:00 PM

Sherman’s Revival Series: Flame the Band and Caroga Arts Ensemble
Sherman’s Amusement Park, Caroga Lake
Free

Since 2003, Flame has captured the world’s attention and has made it their mission to change the world through music. The 8-person cover band from Gloversville, NY features powerful vocals, rich harmonies and a wide array of instruments. Flame strives to inspire others with disabilities by helping to change the way the public perceives people with disabilities by increasing the awareness and acceptance of all people, regardless of their differences. Flame returns to Sherman’s and joins forces with the Caroga Arts Ensemble! Not to be missed, your two favorite local music ensembles perform an energetic live show.

Sunday, July 21, 11:30 AM

Sunday Brunch & Concert
Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts
2736 NY-30, Gloversville
$35
Purchase Tickets

Join us for a delicious brunch and concert with the CLMF Resident Artists at the Paul Nigra Center for the Creative Arts! There’s no better way to start off your Sunday than enjoying brunch while listening to live classical music.

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