The Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, in Katonah, New York, announced that it has achieved several benchmarks for its 2009 festival season. The Caramoor International Music Festival, which ran from June 27 to August 5, had a total of 21,222 attendees, meeting Caramoor’s revenue goal for the season and passing last year’s audience total for the same time span. Six-week ticket sales reached season projections. Festival officials attributed the favorable season turnout partly to a number of events that attracted large crowds, among them the “Bel Canto at Caramoor” opera series featuring Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore and Rossini’s Semiramide; Paquito D’Rivera and his all-Cuban Band; a two-day jazz festival; the July 4th “Pops, Patriots & Fireworks” extravaganza; banjo player Bela Fleck’s Africa Project; pianists Vladimir Feltsman and Jonathan Biss; and family-oriented concerts such as Peter and the Wolf. The Caramoor Center will inaugurate its first-ever fall festival on October 2 with an all-Beethoven concert by the New York Philharmonic.

Posted August 14, 2009