Summer Fairs & Festivals in Hudson Valley, Upstate NY 2012

Summer’s in full swing, and the Valley is buzzing with events for all ages

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Caramoor International Music Festival, Katonah NY

(June 23-Aug. 8)

Though this will be his last year as chief executive and general director of Caramoor’s renowned summer event, Michael Barrett’s enthusiasm for the richly diverse classical, jazz, Latin, and American Roots festival remains. Wagering that audiences will not find the 67th season “anything less than wonderful,” Barrett highlights the expanded American Roots Music Festival (June 30); the American premiere of Rossini’s Ciro in Babilonia (July 7) featuring the return of celebrated contralto Ewa Podles in the title role; and Pablo Heras-Casado’s debut as the new principal conductor of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s (July 15). The concerts take place outdoors in the gardens at Caramoor, an early 20th-century, Mediterranean-style villa.

Other season highlights include a performance by Grammy Award-winner Paquito D’Rivera during this year’s Sonidos Latinos program (July 6); a new program, “Gospel According to Caramoor,” with performances by the Harlem Gospel Choir and the Lee Boys (Aug. 5); three-time Grammy winner Dee Dee Bridgewater at the Jazz Festival (July 28); and the all-Gershwin “Pops, Patriots, and Fireworks” concert, directed by Michael Barrett (July 4). $10-$100; 914-232-1252 or

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