Caroga Arts Bulletin #3 – Festival Week 1

July 15-22, 2018

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

With musicians Graeme Steele Johnson, Clarinet; Andy Liang, Violin; Aaron Schwartz, Violin; David Wong, Violin; Adam Dorn, Violin; Meredith Peacock, Violin; Sophia Cho, Violin; Vinicius Sant’Ana, Violin; Nicole Sauder, Violin; Deborah Price, Viola; Stephanie Price-Wong, Viola; Jebat Kee, Viola; Amber Archibald, Viola; Ken Kubota, Cello; Julian Muller, Cello; Kyle Price, Cello; Daniel Lim, Cello; Ryan Louie, Cello; and Nathan Chan, Cello.


WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 7:00 PM:
Concert at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Little Falls
7:00 pm
Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 588 Albany St., Little Falls, NY
Free
http://carogaarts.org/event/concert-at-emmanuel-episcopal-church-little-falls/

THURSDAY, JULY 19, 1:30 – 2:30 PM:
Quartet Performance at Gloversville Library
Gloversville Library, 34 West Fulton St. (interim location)
Free
Caroga Lake Music Festival looks forward to returning to the historic Gloversville Public Library to present an hour of quartet favorites. In 2017, the festival performed at a fundraising concert for the library’s building renovation. The library building was erected with funds provided by Andrew Carnegie. The cornerstone was laid on August 27, 1904. Albert Randolph Ross, an architect with the New York firm of McKim, Mead and White, designed this masterpiece of Beaux Arts style, which, since 1976, has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
This concert will take place in its temporary location at 34 West Fulton Street in Gloversville, NY.
http://carogaarts.org/event/quartet-gloversville-library/

THURSDAY, JULY 19, 7:00 PM:
Caroga Chapel Concert
106 Chapel Road,  Caroga Lake
Free
Where it all began in 2012! Caroga Chapel Concerts feature a variety of our musicians in small chamber groups as well as large orchestra.
http://carogaarts.org/event/caroga-chapel/

FRIDAY, JULY 20, 5:30-9:00 PM:
Caroga Arts Collective Gala
Sherman’s Amusement Park, W. Caroga Lake Shore Road
Caroga Lake, NY
Enjoy a memorable night full of music at Sherman’s Amusement Park on July 20, featuring cocktails, dinner, and live music with Caroga Lake musicians and featuring pop soul singer Cara Samantha with her guitarist, guitarist Eli Menezes.

Contributions help support Caroga Arts Collective’s mission to reignite the Caroga Experience through interdisciplinary and inter-arts collaborations among musicians, artists, scholars, and their communities. In the 2018-2019 season, Caroga Arts plans to expand its engagement with the community by presenting a Collective of artists for fall, winter and spring residencies and continue to develop its new home on the MyHil Property.
http://carogaarts.org/event/caroga-arts-collective-gala/

SATURDAY, JULY 21, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM:
Quartet Performance at Mohawk Harvest Cooperative Market
Mohawk Harvest Cooperative Market, 30 N Main St.,  Gloversville
Free
An hour of quartet favorites with Caroga Lake musicians.
http://carogaarts.org/event/quartet-mohawk-coop/

SATURDAY, JULY 21, 7:00 PM:
Sherman’s Revival Series: Cara Samantha
Caroga Lake Shore Road, Caroga Lake</span
Free
This concert to be held in memory of Ruth Abdella

Pop soul singer from New York City, Cara Samantha, a three-time Caroga veteran (2014, 2015, 2016) will join guitarist Eli Menezes to perform on the opening weekend of Sherman’s Revival Series. One of New York City’s most active singers, Cara Samantha received the “golden ticket” during Hollywood Week on American Idol, Season 12, and performs as lead singer on the popular “Key of Awesome Parody” videos that have attracted millions of viewers.
Watch: Cara Samantha

The Caroga Arts Collective is proud to promote the return of Sherman’s Amusement Park to its former glory as a lakeside summer destination for fun, frolic, and events. Join us at Sherman’s this summer for seven special events!
http://carogaarts.org/event/shermans-revival-series-cara-samantha/

SUNDAY, JULY 22, 6:00 PM:
The Barge at Canada Lake Marine
Barge at Canada Lake Marine, 103 Old State Rd,  Caroga Lake
Free
Generously hosted by the Fielding family from Canada Lake Store and Marine.

With musicians of the Caroga Lake Music Festival. One of Caroga’s favorite and most unique venues, The Barge at Canada Lake is framed by true Adirondack lake and mountain scenery.
http://carogaarts.org/event/barge-canada-lake/

 

Caroga Arts Bulletin #2 – Film and Visual Art Debut at Caroga Arts

The “MyHil” Film Series and the InterArts Symposium

As we mark the third full season of the Caroga Arts Collective, we have expanded our events to include film, visual art, poetry and photography through our newest program, the MyHil Film Series in addition to our second InterArts Symposium.

The MyHil Film Series derives from the history of the recently donated 10.5-acre MyHil estate, former home to the Schine family, known for their key role in the development of the American cinema experience. The Schine family and Hildegarde Schine, after whom MyHil is named, owned movie theaters across the country and as well as in the Caroga Lake area. They often premiered films in private showings at their estate for guests, including Elvis Presley, Irving Berlin and others.

This year features three films in several venues, all different in genre and all free to attend.

The InterArts Symposium serves as a collaborative and experimental platform for artists to engage with fellow participants in discussions surrounding arts connections to the community while preparing a final showcase, which combines their interests and helps shape their experience for the week.

The MyHil land, donated by Bruce and Richard Veghte, will allow the Caroga Arts Collective to proceed with the first phase of fulfilling its stated mission of having a positive economic and an inspiring artistic impact on Caroga Lake and in the Southern Adirondack region. Caroga Arts’ vision for this project is to create a year-round interdisciplinary artist community which will ultimately become the future home for Caroga Lake Music Festival.


MyHil Film Series Screenings

FILM #1:
Performance, Talk and Film Screening: Chasing Coral
July 10 @ 7:00 pm
Boathouse of Caroga Lake, 2090 NY-10
Caroga Lake, NY
Free
Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world. Featuring a recorded discussion with Kyle Price and a Chasing Coral Film Representative followed by showing of the film.
A MyHil Film Series Screening.

FILM #2:
Performance, Talk and Film Screening: Ghost Lake
July 12 @ 7:00 pm
Nick Stoner Inn, 1810 NY-10
Free
At this lake you can’t tell the living from the dead until you’re one of them. The ghosts in this lake can see Rebecca and she can see the ghosts. For reasons locked in mystery, they have risen from their watery graves to kill. She alone can see them and if no one will believe her, then no one will survive. Q&A with Jay Woelfel, the Academy Award-Winning writer and director of the film, followed by screening. Please note: This is a horror movie.
A MyHil Film Series Screening.

FILM# 3:
Performance, Talk and Film Screening: The Red Violin with Elizabeth Pitcairn and CLMF Orchestra
July 25 @ 7:00 pm
Pine Lake Pavilion, Timberline Lane, Caroga Lake
Free
Hear the 1720 Red Mendelssohn Stradivarius instrument, formerly owned by composer Felix Mendelssohn’s family, that inspired the film, The Red Violin, with world-class violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn performing The Red Violin Suite with the CLMF Orchestra. Stay an extra hour to watch the film and participate in a talk. Music from The Red Violin was composed by John Corigliano and received an Academy Award in 1999 for Best Original Score. Elizabeth Pitcairn is also music director of the Luzerne Music Center. Please note: The Red Violin is an R rated film.
A MyHil Film Series Screening.

InterArts Symposium

InterArts Symposium resident artists spend a week devoted to experimenting, collaborating, practicing and performing artistic creative projects, showcasing their finished works at the end of each week.

InterArts Showcase #1
Nick Stoner Inn, Caroga Lake
July 13 @ 7:00 pm
Nick Stoner Inn, 1810 NY-10  Caroga Lake, NY

InterArts Showcase #2
Stump City Brewing, Gloversville
July 14 @ 4:00 pm
Stump City Brewing is a craft brewery in Gloversville, New York. Come see the finished work while imbibing a pint of freshly made beer!

Caroga Concert Bulletin: June 7-16, 2018

Hear the music, Summer is here!

National Summer Cello Institute and Feldenkrais for All Performers begins today! And the 7th season of the Caroga Lake Music Festival is upon us! We’ve rounded up the news for the first few concerts in this Caroga Concert Bulletin, and we’ll repeat every two weeks all summer.

First up: National Summer Cello Institute presents cellist Mike Block in concert – Free!

Thursday, June 7 @ 7:00pm, Nick Stoner Inn, 1810 NY-10

 

Back by popular demand! Mike Block, the cellist from Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, performs with fellows from the National Summer Cello Institute and Feldenkrais for All Performers Workshop.

The National Summer Cello Institute (NSCI) is a two-week intensive workshop combining the principles of somatic education with varied approaches to cello mastery designed to redefine how cellists perform and teach. The one-week Feldenkrais for All Performers Workshop teaches body awareness, a technique that has proven to be highly effective in alleviating pain, anxiety, and movement difficulties.

The purpose of the NSCI and Feldenkrais workshops is to help musicians become aware of the intimate relationship between the way that they use their body and the music that they create. NSCI participants experience an introduction to Feldenkrais with fellow musicians, artists, and dancers and continue in private lessons, master classes and seminars dedicated to expanding artistic freedom.

Both workshops originated at the University of Wisconsin-Madison by Uri Vardi, professor of cello at the university. Kyle Price, Caroga Lake Music Festival founder, attended these and subsequently earned a doctoral degree from UW-Madison. He recommends them highly!

This concert is free with donations accepted

Finale Concert: National Summer Cello Institute

Saturday, June 16 @ 7:00 pm, Caroga Chapel, 106 Chapel Rd

Featuring twenty five top cellists from across the country in a “cello choir concert,” a culmination of two weeks studying with renowned faculty from The Juilliard School, the Eastman School of Music, University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Berklee College of Music. Directed by CLMF’s Deborah Barrett Price and Uri Vardi, professor of cello at UW-Madison.

This concert is free with donations accepted

NSCI 2015 Cello Choir performs Artistic Director Kyle Price’s Requiem

 

Sherman’s Revival Series: Sawyer Fredericks 

Friday, June 8 @ 7:00 pm, Sherman’s Amusement Park
Free tickets required for admission

Sawyer Fredericks, the “musical pride” of Glen, New York, who won “The Voice” television singing competition in 2015 when he was 15 years old, will perform at Sherman’s Amusement Park on June 8.

This event is free, however, tickets are required for admission. Get your tickets before they run out!Tickets are available for pick up from sponsoring locations or online at Eventbrite. Limited to 4 tickets per person.

Tickets are available at:

The Boathouse of Caroga Lake, 2090 NY-10, Caroga Lake, NY 12032
Campers Corner Store, 3044 NY-29A, Caroga Lake, NY 12032
Canada Lake Store, 103 Old State Rd, Caroga Lake, NY 12032
Culligan Water Conditioning, 74 Union St, Fultonville, NY 12072
Nick Stoner Inn and 19th Hole, 1810 NY-10, Caroga Lake, NY 12032
Pine Lake Lodge,  1050 NY-10, Caroga Lake, NY 12032
Pleasant Lake Inn, 5083 State Hwy 29 A, Stratford, NY 13470
Reel Seafood Company, 195 Wolf Rd, Albany, NY 12205
Vrooman’s Hotel, 2040 NY-10, Caroga Lake, NY 12032

Reserve free tickets on Eventbrite

 

VIP Pass – Support live music in Caroga Lake and meet Sawyer Fredericks!

VIP1 – Contribute $75 for a VIP1 pass and receive:
— Reserved seats in front rows
— Reserved parking
— Meet Sawyer Fredericks in person
—  Exclusive invitation to his pre-show soundcheck

 

VIP2 – Contribute $40 for a VIP2 pass and receive:

— Reserved seats in front rows
— Reserved parking

Email info@carogaarts.org to reserve your VIP pass now!

All proceeds and donations support Caroga Arts’ free programming to help revitalize life, culture and business in Caroga Lake through concerts, educational outreaches and events for the community.

Read about our entire season!

 

Tickets Now Available for Sawyer Fredericks in Concert June 8 at Sherman’s

Sawyer Fredericks, the “musical pride” of Glen, New York, who won “The Voice” television singing competition in 2015 when he was 15 years old, will perform at Sherman’s Amusement Park in Caroga Lake on June 8, kicking off the 7th season of the Caroga Lake Music Festival.

Concert admission is free; however, tickets are required. Pick up your tickets now at participating stores and restaurants- see list below.

Sherman’s is located at West Caroga Lake Shore Road, Caroga Lake, New York. (Look for the Ferris wheel!)

Support music and arts in the southern Adirondacks- Purchase a VIP pass to Sawyer Fredericks! See details below.

The concert will start at 7:00 PM, and the park will open for admission at 5:00 PM.

In March, Fredericks, known for his original renditions of well-known folk songs as well as his own songwriting, released his third album, “Hide Your Ghost,” a mostly-analog recording made at Dreamland Recording Studios in Woodstock, New York.

Fredericks’s first-place “The Voice” prize was $100,000 and a recording contract. Before that, however, he was known as a local musician, playing at local farmers’ markets, open mics, and iconic New York venues like Caffe Lena, the Towne Crier Cafe and The Bitter End. On reality TV, he quickly won over broad audiences with his genuine delivery and unique arrangements of classic songs. Fredericks then released his debut album, A Good Storm, with Republic Records, a blend of soulful folk, blues, and rock, entirely written or cowritten by Sawyer. His 2016 A Good Storm tour included 62 shows across the US.

Tickets are available from the following restaurants and retailers:

The Boathouse of Caroga Lake, 2090 NY-10, Caroga Lake, NY 12032
Camper’s Corner Store, 3044 NY-29A, Caroga Lake, NY 12032
Canada Lake Store, 103 Old State Rd, Caroga Lake, NY 12032
Culligan Water Conditioning, 74 Union St, Fultonville, NY 12072
Nick Stoner Inn & 19th Hole, 1810 NY-10, Caroga Lake, NY 12032
Pine Lake Lodge, 1050 NY-10, Caroga Lake, NY 12032
Pleasant Lake Inn, 5083 State Hwy 29 A, Stratford, NY 13470
Reel Seafood Company, 195 Wolf Rd, Albany, NY 12205
Vrooman’s Hotel, 2040 NY-10, Caroga Lake, NY 12032

Support live music and art in Caroga Lake – and meet Sawyer Fredericks!
Buy a VIP pass for $75, and receive:
— Reserved seats in front rows
— Reserved parking
— Meet Sawyer Fredericks in person
–Exclusive invitation to his pre-show soundcheck

All proceeds and donations support Caroga Arts’ free programming to help revitalizing life, culture and business in Caroga Lake through concerts, educational outreaches and events for the community.

Email info@carogaarts.org to reserve your VIP passes now! Limited availability. First-come, first-serve.

Please note: Glass containers are not allowed at Sherman’s. And please leave your pooch at home!


Since 2012, Caroga Lake Music Festival has brought the charms of live classical, jazz and pop music to the southern Adirondacks. Now organized as the non-profit Caroga Arts Collective, the festival offers a rich and varied menu of live music, film screenings, and educational music and art gatherings at venues in Caroga Lake and beyond. Most festival events are offered for free, supported generously by area businesses, foundations and private individuals.

 

2018 Caroga Lake Season Announcement

The 7th Annual Caroga Lake Music Festival

2018 Season Highlights

Since 2012, Caroga Lake Music Festival has brought the charms of live classical, jazz and pop music to the southern Adirondacks. Now organized as the non-profit Caroga Arts Collective, the festival offers a rich and varied menu of live music, film screenings, and educational music and art gatherings at venues in Caroga Lake and beyond. Most festival events are offered for free, supported generously by area businesses, foundations and private individuals.

Events are held from June 7 to August 19; please check our events page for a full list.

The long-term goal of the Caroga Arts Collective is to offer year-round arts residencies and education to the Caroga Lake region. 

Highlights of our 2018 season include:

Encore! Jazz Sessions with Kittel & Co. (mandolin, guitar and fiddle, July 27); The Matthew Whitaker Trio (jazz piano, August 3); the J-Music Pocket Band (jazz saxophone, August 10); The Glenn Zaleski Trio (jazz piano, August 17).

Sherman’s Revival Series. Caroga Arts Collective is proud to promote the return of Sherman’s Amusement Park to its former glory as a lakeside summer destination for fun, frolic, and events. Join us at Sherman’s this summer for seven special events: Sawyer Fredericks (folk, June 8); Cara Samantha (pop, July 21); Musical Storytelling: A Kids Concert (July 28, noon); MARO (indie folk, July 28, evening);  Matthew Whitaker Trio (jazz piano, August 4); Rhythm Future Quartet (gypsy jazz, August 11); SAUNDERS FEST (bluegrass, Geoff Saunders & family, August 11).

Artist in Residence Concerts: Musicians of the Caroga Lake Music Festival will be featured guests at venues in Gloversville, Peck’s Lake, Cooperstown (new in 2018) , Ghent, Woodstock, Albany, Johnstown, Cobleskill, Mayfield, Lake Luzerne, and Dorset (Vermont). Additional venues may be announced at later dates.

Caroga Chapel Concerts. The original home of the Caroga Lake Music Festival, an intimate setting for mostly classical music performed by festival performers, weekly starting June 16.

–The Barge at Canada Lake Concerts. Classical, jazz and folk music performed on a floating barge at Canada Lake Store & Marine, with audience seating on shore. July 22 & August 5. Generously hosted by the Fielding family.

— Summer String Project Concerts. The Summer String Projects offer local music students from Schoharie, Fulton and Montgomery Counties the chance to experience, learn and share music with the Caroga Lake Music Festival artists for five days leading up to a finale side-by-side performance at the Arkell Museum in Canjoharie (August 8 for Schoharie County) and at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Cobleskill (August 9 for Fulton & Montgomery Counties).

Fulton and Montgomery Counties Summer String Project: 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: 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 Lake Music Festival: Saratoga Arts made this program possible with a Community Arts Grant funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Sponsors:
Arkell Hall Foundation
Fenimore Asset Management & FAM Funds
The Faith Ann Takes Family Fund

Caroga Arts Collective’s corporate sponsorships offer tremendous visibility, promotion and exclusive opportunities to arrange for booths at events and hire CLMF Artists to perform at your venue of choice.  If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please visit www.carogaarts.org/sponsor or contact Alix at development@carogaarts.org.

Caroga Arts Collective also offers advertisement opportunities in our Season Program Book, distributed at every CLMF concert. The Program Book provides a unique opportunity for businesses to advertise and supporters to share a personal message.  Please visit www.carogaarts.org/advertise or contact Hina at operations@carogaarts.org

History of the Caroga Lake Music Festival

Presented by Caroga Arts Collective, Caroga Lake Music Festival (CLMF) is a five-week summer music festival in the southern Adirondacks of New York State, started in 2012 by then 19-year-old cellist Kyle Barrett Price, who had summered since early childhood at his grandmother’s home on Caroga Lake. Now in its seventh season, CLMF brings accomplished musicians from all over the world to participate in week-long residencies in Caroga Lake. These artists include musicians from leading professional orchestras, chamber ensembles, and opera companies, as well as faculty artists from prestigious conservatories and universities among many others. CLMF is known for unique concerts that embrace many genres of music, from classical to pop and jazz, performed by both singers and instrumentalists in ensembles of varying size. CLMF has grown tremendously since its inception in 2012 from eight musicians in one week to over eighty-five musicians in five weeks in 2017 who perform at venues all over the southern Adirondacks.

In 2016, the festival was absorbed into the Caroga Arts Collective, which includes several additional components: Your Body Is Your Strad, which include the National Summer Cello Institute, formerly based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Feldenkrais for All Performers, an annual seminar on the Feldenkrais method of body awareness; MyHil Film Series, presenting films and film discussions with producers and actors; and the InterArts Symposium, a collaborative workshop showcasing interdisciplinary arts.

The long-term goal of the Caroga Arts Collective is to offer year-round arts residencies and education to the Caroga Lake region.

In the mid-1900s, the town of Caroga Lake was famed for a lakeside amusement park called Sherman’s, long shuttered, that was similar to legendary Coney Island, with a carousel, a merry-go-round and numerous entertainments. The creation of the music festival, strongly supported by prominent local businesses, has injected the local region with summer activities that have contributed a significant economic boost. In 2018, the former Sherman’s Amusement Park will host seven of the festival’s major concerts.

 

Meet violist Eva Kennedy, a Caroga original

Old friends to reunite in Caroga Lake Music Festival

Columbus, Ohio native Eva Kennedy is a violist who met Kyle Price when she was a rambunctious pre-teen and he was just beginning his adolescent growth spurt.

Through grade school, high school and eventually in college at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), they played music together and established a strong friendship. Eva performed at the first Caroga Lake Music Festival in 2012 and now, after an absence of six years, she’ll be back the week of July 23 to mesmerize us all with some enchanting works for string instruments.

A long-ago string quartet, Accelerando String Quartet: Kyle Price, cello (14); Claire Watkins, violin (14); Meredith Kufchak, viola (13); Eva Kennedy, violin (12).

“Kyle Price is one of my oldest friends,” Eva writes. “We met at the Chamber Music Connection of Columbus, Ohio, when I was seven years old and he was about nine or ten. We started playing together right away and continued until he graduated high school. And, as we each attended CIM, we also played together for the year that we overlapped there.

“During this time–and because of the amazing privilege of playing with such wonderful friends–I fell head over heels in love with chamber music, and it has been what I wanted to do with my life for as long as I can remember. In fact, I came to CIM in large part due to its reputation as a great chamber music school.

“I have learned so much and had many wonderful experiences there, but the best by far has been the joy of playing with the quartet I’m in now, the Callisto Quartet. We formed at CIM in 2016, became serious very quickly, and hope to pursue a career together playing chamber music. Our travels this year will take us to London for the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition in April and to Melbourne, Australia for the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition.

 

 

The Callisto Quartet: L-R, Rachel Stenzel and Paul Aguilar, violin; Hannah Moses, cello (also a CMC alum who grew up playing cello with Kyle); Eva Kennedy, viola.

“We are so excited to be able to come to Caroga this summer after returning from Melbourne! The chance to work with some amazing colleagues, learn some new repertoire, and maybe even relax a little will be very welcome! On a personal note, I’m so thrilled to be able to come back to Caroga–I participated in its very first year and had a blast, but every summer since, I’ve had scheduling conflicts. I’m so happy to finally be able to return, see how the festival has grown, and play great music with some of my very favorite people.

“Both the Melbourne and Wigmore competitions require seven full works. At each one, we will perform Haydn’s Quartet op. 71 no. 1 in Bb major; the Mozart “Dissonance,” Quartet; Beethoven’s Quartet op. 59 no. 2, called “Razumovsky”; Brahms’s Quartet op. 51 no. 1 in C minor; and Bartok’s Quartet no. 6.

“Each competition also requires a contemporary work. For Wigmore Hall, it’s “The Four Quarters” by Thomas Adès, which was written in 2010; for Melbourne, it’s “Balderdash” by Holly Harrison, which was commissioned specifically for the competition and written in 2018.

“I’m not sure what we’ll play at Caroga–after spending the whole year intensively preparing this repertoire, it will be really fun to play something new!”

 

Summer Concerts return to Sherman’s – Teen Piano Sensation Coming to Caroga – Meet Our New Board Members

Summer Concerts return to Sherman’s!

Sherman’s on the Lake: what a beautiful, dreamy place to hear live music! Melodies floating through the air as you sip your glass of wine, friends and family at your side, knowing that every single note helps to restore a special piece of Caroga history, and moves toward a new vision of the future.

Summer 2017: Live music on Caroga Lake at Sherman’s Amusement Park

With all that in mind, we’re happy to announce that Sherman’s is already reserved for six concert dates.

Young Jazz Keyboard Sensation Coming to Caroga!
Matthew Whitaker
Matthew Whitaker

On Friday, August 3 and Saturday, August 4, New York City teen piano/Hammond organ powerhouse Matthew Whitaker will bring his unique gift to the stages of Nick Stoner Inn and Sherman’s Amusement Park.

“If you thought God was good to grant us one Stevie Wonder, what would you say to two? Hackensack’s Matthew Whitaker happens to be blind – that’s the least of the resemblance – but he’s also a 15-year-old piano powerhouse who has rocked Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center and festivals in France, Italy, Morocco and Japan.” – 17 People to Watch in 2017, North Jersey News, December 29, 2016.


Born prematurely at 23 weeks, Matthew survived and was given a small keyboard at age three. He taught himself to play piano, then the Hammond organ. Now 17, Matthew studies classical piano and drums at The Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School of the Lighthouse Guild in New York City. It is the only community music school for the blind and visually impaired in the US. He also attends the Manhattan School of Music’s Pre-college Jazz Program.

Matthew has received the “Outstanding Soloist Award” from Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Charles Mingus High School Competition & Festival and the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival. Read his full biography.

At Caroga Lake Music Festival, the Matthew Whitaker Trio will perform selections from his first album, “Outta the Box,” and other electrifying jazz charts, in addition to performing with the CLMF Orchestra.

  • Encore! Jazz Sessions: Friday, August 3 at 10pm at Nick Stoner Inn with the Matthew Whitaker Trio
  • Sherman’s Revival Series: Saturday, August 4 at 7pm with the Matthew Whitaker Trio and the CLMF Orchestra

Matthew’s father, interviewed on the Today Show, had this to say about this son: ” Matthew just assumes that everyone he meets, they’re smiling at him. And that is the reason why he’s so full of love.”

Stay tuned for more updates on our upcoming 7th season of Caroga Lake Music Festival, July 16 to Aug 19, 2018. Full season announcement: April 15!

Welcoming Two New Board Members

Mary Peck, a resident of Caroga (Green Lake), has attended performances of the Caroga Lake Music Festival since its inaugural year in 2012.  Mary has graciously volunteered to donate housing and meals for the past four years and helped to coordinate housing for the past two years. As a previous member of the Advisory Council, Mary acted as the Advisory Council Co-Liaison to the board. We are thrilled to welcome Mary as a new board member.

Nancy Purcell, a resident of Caroga (East Caroga Lake), is the lead vocalist and acoustic guitarist for the well-known Durey Creek Bluegrass Band. Nancy has attended Caroga Lake Music Festival concerts for the past four seasons and has been active as a volunteer for the organization, providing housing and meals to our musicians. We welcome Nancy Purcell to our board and look forward to gaining her insight on multiple facets of our arts organization through her experiences as a performer and community member.

On that note…

Stephen Smith, CEO of L.L. Bean and Caroga Arts’ founding Board member, will deliver Dickinson College’s Commencement address on Sunday, May 20. He also will receive a Doctor of Business Management honorary degree. Congratulations, Steve! Read more here.


Our Condolences to the Abdella Family

We were very saddened to hear about the passing of a friend and supporter of our organization, Ruth Abdella, just over two weeks ago. Ruth was a teacher, educator and lover of music. She attended Caroga Lake Music Festival concerts including the Sherman’s Revival Series last season with her husband, George. We will miss her and extend our condolences to the Abdella family. In lieu of flowers, George and Ruth have decided to invite those to commemorate Ruth by donation to the Caroga Arts Collective, for which we are extremely humbled and grateful for. Please see her obituary here at this link.

An Inside Look at Caroga Lake Music Festival

In the summer of 2016, videographer Evan Daniels documented the story of Caroga Lake Music Festival. We’re extremely thankful for his hard work and excited to introduce to you our first short documentary.

New Year News! Looking Back, Looking Forward

Greetings from the New Year!

As 2018 gets its sea legs, planning is underway for another Caroga experience in the southern Adirondacks! Between now and our full season announcement coming in April, we will offer a few reminiscences from last summer and updates about Caroga Arts Collective.


Look who has joined Caroga Arts!

The Caroga Arts family is growing! We’re incredibly excited to introduce our newest additions to the team.

Kathy Esposito, Marketing Director

Katherine Esposito, Marketing Director
Publicist and Concert Manager at University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Mead Witter School of Music, Kathy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in journalism, promoting musicians and publicizing performances. Kathy grew up in Massachusetts and western New Jersey, adores the Adirondacks and hopes to relocate there as soon as possible!

 

 

Alix Raspé, Development Director

Alix Raspé, Development Director
Awarded Associate Harpist of the Columbus Symphony and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Alix joins Caroga Arts with great entrepreneurial and development experience from her previous works in Boston and Dorset where she founded a music festival. Alix has been a CLMF Artist since 2015.

 

 

 

Stephanie Price-Wong

Stephanie Price-Wong, Artistic Administrator
Though she has been assisting CLMF since its inception in 2012, we wanted to formally introduce Stephanie as the new Artistic Administrator! Stephanie is also Adjunct Viola Professor at Ohio University and Assistant Artistic Director and Fellowship Program Director at Chamber Music Connection.

 


Your Body Is Your Strad presented by Caroga Arts in 2018

National Summer Cello Institute
June 2-17, 2018

Feldenkrais for All Performers
June 2-7, 2018

Two intensive weeks combining the principles of somatic education with varied approaches to cello mastery designed to redefine how cellists perform and teach. Participants experience an introduction to Feldenkrais with fellow musicians in the Feldenkrais For All Performers program, and continue in private lessons, master classes and seminars dedicated to expanding artistic freedom.

InterArts Symposium returns
July 9-14, 2018 in Caroga Lake

This unique event focuses on Caroga Arts’ mission to create extraordinary experiences in Caroga Lake through interdisciplinary and inter-arts collaborations among musicians, artists, scholars, and their communities. InterArts Symposium will present two showcases in Caroga Lake as well as educational events for the community.
CLMF Concerts in Caroga
2018 CLMF concerts will include Sherman’s, Barge at Canada Lake, and Nick Stoner Inn – stay tuned! Season Announcement: April 15, 2018

Save the date! Caroga Chapel Series

Where it all began in 2012, Caroga Chapel remains a favorite, intimate concert series:

Thursday, July 19 at 7pm
Friday, July 27 at 7pm
Friday, August 3 at 7pm
Friday, August 10 at 7pm
Friday, August 17 at 7pm

Remembrance of Jonah Poplove

The Caroga Arts family is heartbroken to have lost a great friend, colleague, an extremely gifted musician and CLMF Artist (’15 & ’17) last year. Jonah brought such a bright presence and optimism to our group and his family expressed how happy, comfortable and at home he felt with all of us at CLMF, and how grateful and thankful they were for us and our time with him. When his parents visited Caroga, they had dinner at Nick Stoner Inn with the musicians and attended various concerts both years he was in Caroga. We will miss him dearly and will always be remembered at Caroga Lake Music Festival.