The Countdown Begins!

Premiering in 15 days!

Get your grill on for the 2020 Backyard Music Festival! Caroga Arts is excited to bring you the Caroga Lake Music Festival experience to YOUR backyard in celebration of Independence Day! 

The Fourth of July Virtual Concert will feature a variety of world-class artists and musical selections from jazz to classical to ragtime to folk – and of course some classic July Fourth music!

The “Virtual” Caroga Arts Ensemble 

For the first time ever, thirty musicians from Caroga Arts Ensemble will perform virtually together to play the iconic Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, arranged by Caroga Arts artist Josh Henderson, and “Echoes Ring”, a piece commissioned in honor of MLK50 and composed by our very own Artistic Director Kyle Barrett Price. See who’s playing here!

Save the Date! Backyard Music Festival July 3 @5pm EDT

1812 Overture is in the works! Hear 30 CLMF Artists perform 1812 arranged by Josh Henderson (CLMF ‘18,’19) and conducted by Jacob Joyce (CLMF ‘19), Associate Conductor of Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra! Learn more Carogaarts.org/bmf

Posted by Caroga Arts Collective: Caroga Lake Music Festival on Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Making-of 1812 Overture: Watch how 30 musicians are playing virtually together

World-class Jazz & Ragtime Pianists

Taylor Swift’s Music Director and renowned jazz pianist David Cook will perform a jazz segment during the virtual concert. David has music directed notable artists including Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson, *NSYNC, KESHA, Halsey and Emmy/Oscar/Tony winner Ben Platt.

Making his first Caroga Arts appearance, Ethan Uslan is a ragtime pianist and 3-time winner of the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest! As a little sneak peak of what’s coming to Sherman’s in 2021, Ethan will play some music by Scott Joplin in celebration of the Sherman’s Centennial next year. 

Celebrating the Fourth of July

Vocal Quartet made up of CLMF Artists and opera singers Nicole Heinen, Logan Contreras, Jazimina MacNeil, and Armando Contreras will sing a heavenly arrangement of “America the Beautiful.”

Longtime CLMF Artists Andy Liang and Aaron Schwartz are taking the challenge of playing the notoriously difficult Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever” for two violins arranged by B. Dukov. 

The talented vocalists and multi-instrumentalists of the Saunders Family Band from Canada Lake will also join for a performance of “This Land Is Your Land.” 

Help us reach our $10,000 Matching Gift Challenge!

The Backyard Music Festival is a fundraising event to support Caroga Arts’ continued efforts to revitalize local culture, business, and life by providing unique experiences through collaborative performances, community engagement and education. All donations made to Caroga Arts between now and September 30, 2020 will be DOUBLED, thanks to a generous matching gift of up to $10,000 from Pat Lowry and Jim Hopkins.


Watch Caroga Arts on CBS 6 Albany

If you missed the Caroga Arts spotlight on CBS 6 Albany News last week, watch the feature here!


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.

“Contrasts” by Brian Shank (World Premiere)
Brian Shank, conductor; Eva Ding, flute; Kai-Ju Ho, clarinet; Aaron Schwartz, violin; Deborah Barrett Price, viola; Erica Gailing, viola; Ken Kubota, cello

GINASTERA: Quartet No. 1, Op. 20 (I. Allegro violento ed agitato)
Caroga Arts Ensemble