Photo by Gabe Palacio
Safely opening an arts institution in the age of COVID-19 is no easy task, but Caramoor is set to do just that with its flexible summer schedule. Gifted with expansive outdoor performance spaces set on arcadian grounds, Caramoor is in a unique position to offer a range of performances, both virtual and in-person, in a manner consistent with current social-distancing measures.
Caramoor’s Summer 20/2.0 programming features four live, open-air concerts available to the public on the venue’s Friends Field, where small audiences spaced appropriately can enjoy a host of jazz, American roots, mariachi, and swing music. Over the summer, guests also have the opportunity to enjoy seven live-streamed performances from The Rosen House’s Music Room, including the world premiere of works by musicians Anna Clyne and Christopher Cerrone.
According to Jeff Haydon, Caramoor’s CEO, the summer programming marks a unique moment in the institution’s history. “Caramoor is excited to announce Summer 20/2.0, pivoting from our traditional summer offerings with a three-part plan to safely inspire audiences just when it’s needed the most,” says Haydon. “With more than 80 acres of woodland gardens, sound art, and outdoor performance spaces, we feel we are uniquely positioned to offer new ways to gather — both virtually and in person.”
Haydon adds that Caramoor also hopes “to open outdoor spaces to the public in mid-July so that visitors can enjoy socially distanced picnics and walks amidst our gardens and sound art.” Either way, there will be plenty of culture to soak in safely this summer on Caramoor’s bucolic grounds.