1 Opening night at Caramoor, Katonah's wonderful music festival, is always a festive affair. Here I am with James Attwood - Chairman-of-the Board of Caramoor and Congresswomen Nita Lowey (D, NY18th) and her husband Steve.
2 The theme of the evening was 'ethereal' to go along with the program: Mendelssohn's incidental music to A Midsummer Night's Dream, his great opus.
3 I took as my guest my talented musician nephew, Christopher Herbert, who is currently a member of the foursome, New York Polyphony, one of the world’s finest vocal chamber ensembles. http://www.newyorkpolyphony.com/ This was our table card.
4 Paul Rosenblum, Managing Director of Caramoor, was our MC for the evening. Here he was introducing James Attwood, Caramoor's newly elected Chairman-of-the-Board.
5 Jim Attwood, a partner at The Carlyle Group in NYC, is a personable and knowledgeable music aficionado who loves Caramoor. A resident in the Bedford area for more than 18 years, Jim has an intense interest in music and in providing great live music to the community.
6 Jim's message was about wisdom and its importance, personified by the wise old owl. This one, a magnificent Eurasian eagle owl called Boo, was handled by falconer, Jen Pena. Anyone who gave $500 that evening, would get their photo taken with Boo.
7 The outgoing General Director of Caramoor, MIchael Barrett, got up to speak alongside Judy Evnin, Caramoor Chairman Emerita.
8 Dinner under the tent by Great Performances: First Course - Spring Vegetable Collection of Spinach Labne, Herb Blossoms, Green Olive Croutons; Dinner - Beef Tenderloin, Olive Tapenade, Steel Cut Oat Rizotto, Roasted Market Asparagus, Balsamic Jus; Dessert - Fresh Fruit Parfait with Light Cream and Chocolate Tuile Petit Fours
9 Three vibrant trumpets announced that the concert would begin shortly.
10 Diners got up and moved to the Venetian Pavilion to hear the music. Another whimsical centerpiece - the gala flowers were done by Ned Kelly & Co.
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13 On my way to the concert, I met up with Alexander Bernstein, the son of Leonard Bernstein. He is president of The Bernstein Family Foundation, and founding chairman of The Leonard Bernstein Center For Learning.
14 Here I am with Michael Barrett, who gave Caramoor a decade of exemplary leadership. He will step down at the close of Caramoor’s 2012 Summer Festival in August and will return to Caramoor in 2013 as a pianist, mentor and conductor.
15 My nephew, Chris and Michael Barrett met for the first time and had so much to talk about.
16 The gala tent
17 Falconer Jennifer Pena with Boo, the owl - Jennifer, who learned the art and science of falconry from her father, has been presenting educational programs since she was a teen.
18 The Eurasian eagle owl is one of the largest species of owls. Jennifer and her raptors - falcons, hawks, and owls - take part in Caramoor's 'A Day in the Renaissance' educational program, teaching the history, habits, characteristics, and behaviors of raptors.
19 Caramoor, the legacy of Walter and Lucie Rosen, established the estate and built a great house as its centerpiece, filling it with treasures collected on their travels. Walter Rosen was the master planner, bringing to reality his dream of creating a place to entertain friends from around the world.
20 Their legendary musical evenings were the seeds of today’s International Music Festival that is held annually on the estate.
21 This stucco restroom building, with its red-tiled roof, was built in the Mediterranean style of the historic Rosen House at Caramoor.
22 The Play Group Theatre in White Plains, New York, provided enchanting fairies, who directed the guests towards the concert space.
23 More of the whimsical decorations
24 Posing with Jack Marczak, my friend and neighbor Peter Michaelis, and Mary Ann Hawley - on Caramoor Board of Trustees (Jack's aunt)
25 More pretty fairies
26 It was becoming dusk as we found our way to the theater.
27 The inside of the Venetian pavilion - We had wonderful seats to see the performance, which was excellent, with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s onstage and Roberto Abbado conducting.
28 The Theater is set around Greek and Roman pink marble columns, topped by Venetian arches and protected by a billowy, light-filtering tent. The seats are very comfortable.