A new beginning for Sherman’s

What a year it’s been for the Caroga Arts Collective! In November, Caroga Arts received word that Sherman’s Amusement Park is being gifted to us by local donor George Abdella. The beautiful and historic Sherman’s is being placed in our care to steward it for generations to come. We are so excited for our future, the future of Sherman’s, and the future of Caroga Lake!

To recap the 2018-19 season, Caroga Arts hit a record-breaking number of events throughout the year. Caroga Arts successfully presented its first year-round program with the Winter, Spring, and Summer Residency, which included school outreaches, community classes, and engaging showcases.

The 8th Annual Caroga Lake Music Festival presented 30 performances featuring more than 120 world-class artists and bringing over 6,000 audience members to Caroga Lake and beyond. This past season’s CLMF brought new artistic facets to the festival including America’s Got Talent magician Steven Brundage at Sherman’s and a collaborative ballet and orchestra performance featuring Caroga Arts Ensemble and Utica Dance.

Jazz prodigy Matthew Whitaker returned for our 4th Annual Gala, and we celebrated July 4th at our first Red, White, Blues & Bluegrass festival with music, art, festivities and fireworks.

For the second year in a row, Caroga Arts attracted nationwide talent to Caroga Lake for the National Summer Cello Institute and invited award-winning film directors and producers to speak at the 2nd Annual MyHil Film Series.

As we look forward to our 2020 season, we are filled with gratitude to you as one of our patrons and ask you again to consider being a part of the exciting growth of the Caroga Arts Collective. This year we are implementing our new Adopt-an-Artist program. Each summer we have more than 75 Resident Artists. You may adopt one of these artists and you will get to know them up close and personally. Donors who adopt an artist will receive two passes to a ticketed concert (presented by Caroga Arts) of their choice and an invitation to an exclusive artist/sponsor only event.

Whether you joined us for a special evening with Terre Blair Hamlisch at the Caroga Chapel, discovered something new with the “Cello Goblin” at The Arts Hub or danced in the rain to Indie pop band Air Traffic Controller, we hope you will come back next season and join our growing community for fun and fellowship.

In addition to all of our performances and outreaches, Caroga Arts invites you to support us at the 5th Annual Gala on July 25, 2020 and Caroga Arts Golf Outing on August 9, 2020. Stay tuned and sign up for our free newsletter, follow us on Facebook or check our website carogaarts.org to keep up with our latest developments.


Sincerely,

Kyle Barrett Price
Artistic & Executive Director



Santa surprised everyone by arriving on a horse-drawn wagon, and then handed out candy canes to the children. There was holiday music performed by the Caroga Arts musicians inside the Carousel, carol singing by the bonfire, a variety of warm beverages and cookies, and lots of holiday spirit!

CLMF WinterFest 2019

The music never stops!

CLMF WinterFest: December 16 – 20, 2019

World-class musicians from the Caroga Lake Music Festival return to Caroga next month to celebrate the holiday season. Join us for this very special week of musical festivities!


Enjoy a night of jazz with Richard & Geoff Saunders at Nick Stoner Inn!

Make it an extra special night out with our Concert + Dinner Package! For $40 enjoy a delicious meal at the Nick Stoner Inn restaurant before the show. Online reservations required. Learn more


Wheelerville School Side-by-Side Concert

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 6:30pm 
Wheelerville School, Caroga Lake
Free Admission

CLMF Musicians will join the Wheelerville School Band for a side-by-side performance at the end of their holiday concert.


Featuring Caroga Arts Ensemble and mezzo-soprano Jazimina MacNeil, the Holiday Classics program will include selections from Handel’s Messiah and Holiday favorites!


Celebrate the Holidays with music form Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and more with the Caroga Arts Ensemble at The Glove Theatre!

Caroga Holiday Tree Lighting

Celebrate the holiday season at the Caroga Holiday Tree Lighting!

Saturday, November 30
Sherman’s Amusement Park
4:00 – 6:00pm

4:00pm Enjoy Hot Chocolate, Eggnog, and Cookies
4:30pm Carol Singing by Bonfire
5:00pm Tree Lighting Ceremony
5:15pm Holiday Sing-A-Long with CLMF Musicians

Bring your friends and family to Sherman’s for an evening of hot beverages, delicious snacks, carol singing, and tree lighting festivities! There will be a bonfire to keep us warm.

This event is free and open to all


GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. This year’s GivingTuesday is December 3, 2019.

We encourage you to celebrate generosity on this global day of giving and support Caroga Arts by donating on our Facebook, website or by check.

Additionally, Facebook will match up to $7 million in donations made on Facebook to US nonprofits on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 8am EST on December 3, 2019.

Join the movement! Save the date!

Thank you, Caroga!

Through our community, Caroga Lake Music Festival grows, and local partners benefit

Heartfelt thanks to our volunteers, local businesses, and community

We look back with warmhearted gratitude at the 8th Annual Caroga Lake Music Festival. Our homegrown festival has become one of the fastest growing in the northeast. We were thrilled to feature a wide variety of unique performances with top artists in a welcoming environment. We also expanded learning opportunities in our educational work with students in schools and camps. We aspire to make our  concerts accessible and enjoyable for all children, families, and the community!

As your community organization, Caroga Arts aims to help revitalize local business, culture, and life. Since 2014, we have worked hard toward developing a valuable shared community arts and education campus for our town. In 2017 we launched the groundbreaking Sherman’s Revival Series. These special events open to the community laid out a path for bringing Sherman’s back to life in the heart of our larger Town Center area. We gladly paid the Town for the use of the grounds. Our local volunteers also gave time to tend the gardens, add blooming flowers, mow the lawns, do some painting, and address other fix-up jobs. To our joy, others who used the property also started to leave the site better than they found it. We celebrate this summer’s growth with hugely successful performances, learning, recreation, and memory making. We remain deeply grateful to work with you to reignite Sherman’s as a great family destination!

We thank the entire community. We also give special thanks to those who actively participated in our year-round programs. Thousands of people came out to join the fun. More than a hundred performers shared their talents. More than twenty different regional venues opened their doors for events. Hundreds of people took part in our annual fund campaign. Many also donated housing, meals, goods, and services. We welcomed back and added to our advertising partnerships. We worked with numerous for-profit businesses and non-profit community organizations. We partnered with others to help them raise money and/or carry out their programs—including the Town of Caroga Summer Youth Program, Caroga Lake Volunteer Fire Company, Wheelerville School, Caroga Lake Volleyball Club, Micropolis Cooperative Inc, Mohawk Harvest Cooperative Market, Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts, Stump City Brewery, Caroga Historical Museum, Gloversville Library, The Glove Theatre, Saratoga Performing Arts Center Classical Kids Program among many others. In our ongoing circle of giving and growth, we look forward to more participation and more partnerships in the future.

While we now host year-round events, we especially enjoy all the music under the summer skies at the Caroga Lake Music Festival. The Caroga Arts family sincerely thanks you for joining us to be part of this inspiring community experience!

Thank you to our volunteers!

Caroga Arts is grateful for the support from our volunteers who join forces to help make Caroga Lake Music Festival a great success. Thank you!


Caroga Arts Ensemble in the News

On August 24, Caroga Arts Ensemble was invited back to the historic Maverick Concerts in Woodstock, NY to perform Mahler, arr. Schoenberg: The Song of the Earth with conductor Alexander Platt and singers from The Metropolitan Opera, Elizabeth Bishop and Barry Banks.

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 
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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.

Opening Week In Caroga!

TWO EVENTS THIS WEEK!

It’s Opening Week in Caroga Lake and we’re thrilled to begin the summer season with two special events! Renowned cellist Mike Block from Silk Road Ensemble returns this Tuesday. On Saturday, MyHil Film Series presents a film screening of “Strangers on the Earth” and talk with Film Director Tristan Cook, plus a special performance by National Summer Cello Institute fellows.

Tuesday, June 4 at 7pm
Pine Lake Lodge
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More details

Saturday, June 8 at 7pm
Caroga Chapel
Free! Donations appreciated
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Buy a Season Pass for access to all Caroga Arts events!

$80 for admission to all Caroga Arts presented concerts! (Up to $115 value)


Season Posters Now Available!

We heard your voices! And we are happy to share that the 2019 CLMF Season poster, designed by local artist Linda Hinkle, are available for purchase!


Remembering Richard Clark Veghte

We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend Richard Veghte, a life-long aficionado of opera and classical music. Richard was active in supporting the mission of Caroga Arts and with his brother, Bruce Veghte, donated the MyHil Property to Caroga Arts in 2016. We celebrate Richard’s spirit and continue to commemorate his impact through our music making this summer and beyond.

First Summer Program Starts Thursday!

National Summer Cello Institute returns to Caroga

On May 30, the National Summer Cello Institute and Feldenkrais for Musicians return to Caroga, bringing some of the top cellists from across the country and abroad. The Cello Institute will feature renowned cellists Uri Vardi (Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison), Timothy Eddy (Professor at Juilliard School), Daniel Grosgurin (Switzerland), and Mike Block.

Don’t miss our Opening Night!

Returning to Caroga Lake for the third year in a row, cellist Mike Block from Silk Road Ensemble is a pioneering cello player, singer, composer, and educator, hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as the “ideal musician of the 21st century.”


The Sale of Sherman’s to Caroga Arts

Town of Caroga Attorney Gregory Dunn discussed the legal and financial reasoning behind the board’s support of selling the town owned Sherman’s property to the Caroga Arts Collective at the Town Meeting on May 22.

The Leader-Herald published a two-part article detailing the conversations from the meeting. Learn more in the articles below!

The Sherman’s property as seen Wednesday evening. (The Leader-Herald/Josh Bovee)

Single Tickets On Sale Now!

2019 CLMF Tickets On Sale!

Get ready for another season of music under the summer skies! We have some very special guest artists coming to Caroga that you won’t want to miss!

Sunday, August 11 at 6pm, Pine Lake Pavilion
$20 online/$25 at door/$10 children 7-12 years (6 & under free)
Purchase Tickets

The price of a movie ticket!

Tickets are only $12 online/$15 at door for all shows listed below
$5 for children 7-12 years (6 & under free)

Tuesday, June 4 at 7pm
Pine Lake Lodge

Purchase Tickets

Returning to Caroga Lake for the third year in a row, cellist Mike Block from Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble is a pioneering cello player, singer, composer, and educator.

Wednesday, July 17 at 8pm
The Outdoorsman

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The renowned jazz pianist and Taylor Swift’s Music Director David Cook is returning to Caroga Lake once again, after a sold out show in 2017, with his trio for this season’s opening Encore! Jazz Sessions.

Wednesday, July 17 at 8pm
The Outdoorsman

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Rushad Eggleston aka the “Cello Goblin” is one of the most impressive alternative cello players, a kazoo player, a wild jazz vocalist, and an inventor of his own language both verbally and musically. 

Wednesday, July 31 at 8pm
The Outdoorsman

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Based in Madison, WI, Mr. Chair is a true “multi-genre” musical. Known for blending musical genres, they play rock, jazz, modern classical, and contemporary improv-based styles through original compositions.

Saturday, August 3 at 7pm
Sherman’s Amusement Park

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America’s Got Talent finalistand Saratoga Springs native Steven Brundage shocked judges including Simon Cowell with his remarkable Rubik’s Cube magic. 

Wednesday, August 14 at 8pm
The Outdoorsman

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In the words of music icon Quincy Jones, “This girl is IT!” Jazz bassist and vocalist Katie Thiroux brings her multi-talent with her trio to the season’s final Encore! Jazz Sessions.


JUST ADDED!


MyHil Film Series: “Strangers On The Earth”
Film Screening and Q&A with Director Tristan Cook
Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 7:00PM
Caroga Chapel
Free, donations appreciated
Special performance by National Summer Cello Institute fellows!

Dane Johansen, an American cellist who ventured to walk the Camino with his instrument on his back, performing music for his fellow pilgrims along the way.

CLMF Artist News

On May 19, CLMF Artist and clarinetist Graeme Steele Johnson (CLMF ’16-’19) appeared as a speaker at TEDx Oaklawn with musicians from the Caroga Arts Ensemble which included violinists Nathan Olson (co-concertmaster, Dallas Symphony) and Christabel Lin (Austin Opera), violist Lydia Umlauf (Dallas Symphony), and cellist Kyle Price (CLMF Artistic & Executive Director). Graeme’s topic was “Music about Nothing: Seinfield and the Classical Style.”

Season Pass On Sale Now!

Join us at the lake for an exciting summer season of music, magic, dance and more! While most concerts presented by Caroga Arts Collective are free with donations appreciated, we have some special shows you won’t want to miss! Become a Season Pass holder and get ready for an unforgettable summer.


$80 for admission to all Caroga Arts presented concerts!
$40 Season Passes for children ages 7-12; children 6 and under are free

Single Ticket sales begin on May 16 at www.carogaarts.org

Most Concerts & Events are free with donations greatly appreciated.


SPAC Educational Outreach in Photos

Last week musicians from the Caroga Arts Ensemble presented a week-long education residency for Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) through its Classical Kids program. Thank you SPAC for hosting us!

Additionally, the musicians visited Wheelerville School in Caroga Lake to work with students from the Band and give a special school performance. The musicians visited seven schools in total!

8th Annual Caroga Lake Music Festival

40 Community Events & Concerts
100+ World-Class Artists

A Season of Music, Dance, and Magic!

The 8th Annual Caroga Lake Music Festival will bring new artistic facets to the festival including America’s Got Talent magician Steven Brundage, a Saratoga Springs native, at Sherman’s Amusement Park in Caroga Lake and a musical dance collaboration with Caroga Arts Ensemble and Utica Dance at The Glove Theatre in Gloversville.

For the first time in 2019, Caroga Lake Music Festival is excited to present the Red, White, Blues & Bluegrass on July 5th in celebration of the country’s Independence at Sherman’s. This free community event will feature Grammy-Award winners Kate Lee & Forest O’Connor, Dealt the Blues, Insolent Willies and Durey Creek Bluegrass Band.

Caroga Arts Ensemble will team up with NBC’s The Voice winner Sawyer Fredericks at Pine Lake Pavilion, as well as Flame the Band from The Lexington Center at Sherman’s. Back by popular demand, jazz piano prodigy Matthew Whitaker and Caroga Arts Ensemble will perform together at the 4th Annual Caroga Arts Collective Gala at Sherman’s on July 27.

The popular Encore! Jazz Sessions will see Taylor Swift’s Music Director and jazz pianist David Cook, the unique “cello goblin” Rushad Eggleston, jazz vocalist-bassist Katie Thiroux praised by Quincy Jones, gypsy jazz Jason Anick Trio, the modern classical band Mr.Chair, and cellist from Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble Mike Block. Other featured artist include Billboard Hot 100’s Air Traffic Controller at The Barge at Canada Lake and a lineup to be announced later for CLMF’s Americana Music Festival, SAUNDERSFEST.

Over 70 CLMF Resident Artists, which include some of the world’s top artists from across the country, will gather in Caroga Lake for a five week residency to collaborate and engage in the communities across the northeast. The Caroga Chapel Series, a free CLMF Resident Artist concert series, will be held every Friday at 7pm between July 15 – August 18. This season’s program will include Barber Knoxville Summer 1915, Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals, Bernstein Serenade, John Williams Schindler’s List, Shostakovich Piano Concerto, and works by major composers spanning from six continents for various sized ensembles.

Concerts coming to you…
Caroga / Gloversville / Johnstown / Little Falls / Cobleskill / Mayfield / Canajoharie / Cooperstown / Ghent / Woodstock / Highland Park

Today in Caroga:

Resident Artists visit Wheelerville School

Spring Resident Artists will visit Wheelerville School in Caroga Lake, NY on May 7 to do a workshop with students from Wheelerville School Band. To conclude the educational outreach, musicians from the Caroga Arts Ensemble will perform a mini concert from 1:00-1:30pm which is open to the public!

Caroga Arts Ensemble Educational Outreach

This week, musicians from the Caroga Arts Ensemble will also be in residence at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) to present a week of educational outreaches and performances in the Saratoga Springs area through SPAC’s Classical Kids program. Come hear these musicians at our last Dine, Listen & Learn event on Thursday, May 9, 5:30pm at Pleasant Lake Inn!