June 26, 2012

Attending the Caramoor Opening Night Gala With my Nephew, Christopher Herbert

Last Saturday, June 23rd, was the opening night gala of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, right near my home in Katonah, New York.  I asked my nephew, Christopher Herbert, to join me for the evening.  Chris, a very talented musician, knows a great deal about classical music and is always a wonderful companion at musical events.  Caramoor is a 90-acre estate where Lucie and Walter Rosen built an Italianate-style villa and gardens to entertain their friends from around the world.  In 1946, the Rosens opened their property as a performing arts center with a concert series that soon evolved into the Caramoor International Music Festival Felix Mendelssohn began his masterful incidental music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream as a teenager, when he composed the Overture.  Only a few years before his death did he complete the incidental music, which includes the world-famous Wedding March.