Somebody must have liked what they heard this summer at the Caroga Lake Music Festival.
The Caroga Arts Collective, the not-for-profit group that oversees the Caroga Lake Music Festival, announced Friday that it had received an anonymous $125,000 matching grant for the construction of a new performance venue.
"This is a huge moment for our organization, and it's a very exciting time," said CAC founder Kyle Price, who started the Caroga Lake Music Festival outside his grandmother's house back in 2012. "We got a lot to do, it's going to be all hands on deck raising this money, and we will definitely be using our artistic ability to move our fundraising campaign forward."
Price said his organization has leased the old Sherman Amusement Park in the past to host its annual summer series of events, as well as a handful of other venues in the Caroga Lake area, including the Nick Stoner Inn, the Caroga Chapel and the Canada Lake Store on the Caroga Lake waterfront.
"We've talked for a while about having our own place in Caroga, and the owner who assigned the property to us is supporting us and would be open to us taking over Sherman's," said Price. "I think we'll still rent out other venues in the area for performances, but it would be great to have our own place for some big performances and for rehearsals."
Price, an Ohio native who spent most of his summers in the Caroga Lake area, Price has lured some of the best classical musicians from around the country to upstate New York the past few years, and earlier this summer the CAC hosted a free performance by 2015 "The Voice" winner Sawyer Fredericks. The ACA is also home to the National Summr Cello Institute and a week-long InterArts Showcase, a multi-discipline symposium.
Price, a cellist himself, is currently in the Chicago area performing with the Wisconsin Philharmonic, and will return to Caroga Lake on Sept. 18 for a pubic hearing on the proposed transfer of property.
"We don't have any details yet, but we anticipate that the musicians will be indoors and the audience will be outdoors in some kind of amphitheater," said Price. "We're up next to the Adirondacks. We have to take advantage of our outdoor setting."
Price is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Cleveland Institute of Music. He was recently named winner of the 2018 Schubert Club Competition.