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Caroga Lake Music Festival continues to expand

Caroga Lake Music Festival continues to expand

'Each year, we’ve expanded by a week because there’s more demand'
Caroga Lake Music Festival continues to expand
A group, including founder Kyle Barrett Price (standing), prepares to perform at a previous Caroga Lake Music Festival.
Photographer: carogalakemusicfestival.org

CANAJOHARIE — The Caroga Lake Music Festival is young.

It was launched five years ago by Kyle Barrett Price, who was 19 at the time. 

But don’t let its age fool you. The festival offers up renowned talent each season and this year the season has been extended to five weeks. 

“Each year, we’ve expanded by a week because there’s more demand,” Price said. 

From July 17 through Aug. 20, there will be performances across the greater Capital Region from 70 distinguished musicians. Some artists are Grammy-award winners and others are up-and-coming resident artists for the summer.  

Performances take place on Caroga Lake, the Caroga Chapel, the Arkell Museum, the Nick Stoner Inn, on the grounds of the former Sherman’s Amusement Park. This year, the festival is also heading for the first time to Proctors in Schenectady for a performance on Aug. 9. time.

Price offered a few highlights of the season:

July 20: “After some of our concerts, we get to go to the Nick Stoner Inn for Jazz Encore Sessions. One night there’s jazz with David Cook. [He’s] the music director for Taylor Swift and he’s a really incredible jazz pianist. Another night Jason Anick will be playing there also,” Price said. Anick teaches at Berklee College of Music and will be performing gypsy jazz swing with the Jason Anick Trio on Aug.15-16.

July 29: “The Chris Jamison show at Sherman’s should be incredible,” Price said. Jamison, who was a finalist on NBC’s "The Voice," will be performing on the grounds of the former Sherman’s Amusement Park to kick off the festival’s Sherman’s Revival Series. 

“We play five concerts at Caroga Chapel. They’re really fun and very intimate. This is the first concert location we ever had, so if you really want to get to know the festival at its roots that’s where we played the most. It features all the resident artists,” Price said. 

“We’ll also be traveling with some of our resident artists. They’re part of the Chapel Series and we’ll travel to Proctors Theatre and the Arkell Museum. These artists are world-class, coming from Metropolitan Orchestra and Juilliard. It’s an impressive group,” Price said. 

Aug. 3: The festival will be holding an Open House orchestra in Johnstown. “We’re taking sign-ups either at St. John's or online, so anyone who is interested in playing with us in this concert they can sign up. We have two rehearsals leading up to that concert,” Price said. Interested musicians will work with Luc Baghdassarian, a conductor from Switzerland to put the concert together at St. John’s Episcopal Church. 

July 23 and Aug. 13: The festival takes to Caroga Lake to play right on the water at the barge behind the Canada Lake Store (103 Old State Rd., Caroga Lake). “We’re on a pontoon boat and people watch from the shore,” Price said. “It’s one of our most popular concerts. 

For the full schedule, visit carogalakemusicfestival.org.

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