Caramoor is thrilled to present a full summer season of 35 live, in-person performances this year, with an intensive seven-week festival (June 19–Aug 8) followed by two post-season concert series (Aug 13–Sep 12). All held outdoors on the cultural arts destination’s idyllic Westchester campus, this year’s offerings illustrate its continued commitment to adventurous programming across the genre spectrum, with world premieres of new Caramoor commissions from Saad Haddad and Shodekeh and a new piece by Valerie Coleman; U.S. premieres by Natalie Dietterich, Kate Moore and Hilary Purrington; New York premieres of important new works by Douglas J. Cuomo and Nico Muhly; and two major experiential, site-specific works by John Luther Adams and Donald Nally. Other festival highlights include an Opening Night Gala featuring Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra; solo recitals by guitarist JIJI and pianists Richard Goode and Conrad Tao; the return of the annual Jazz Festival, American Roots Music Festival and Pops & Patriots concert; a special 91st birthday celebration for Stephen Sondheim; and performances by a starry lineup of artists and ensembles, including Alarm Will Sound, Apollo’s Fire, Chanticleer, Leonidas Kavakos, Amjad Ali Khan & Sharon Isbin, Pekka Kuusisto, Joan Osborne, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, PUBLIQuartet, Sō Percussion, The Crossing, The Knights, Verona Quartet with David Fung, and Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Caramoor’s orchestra-in-residence for the past 42 summers.
Caramoor has been committed to public health and safety since the start of the pandemic, and the 2021 festival has been designed in accordance with all the latest state and federal guidelines. All between 60 and 90 minutes in duration and without intermission, the summer concerts will as always take place outdoors, in the Venetian Theater and other venues on the picturesque estate, now with reduced capacity. As well as attending concerts, visitors are invited to explore Caramoor’s newly renovated, landscaped Italianate and woodland gardens; interact with nature and architecture on socially distant walks and picnics; and discover the site-specific sound art installations of Sonic Innovations (Fridays through Sundays, June 11–Oct 10). With more than 80 acres of woodlands, gardens, sound art and outdoor performance space, the Westchester cultural arts destination is well-positioned to participate responsibly in New York’s re-opening process.