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Not far from the main
entrance to Caramoor is the Venetian Circle. The Circle
is framed by the 17th century Swiss Gates where one
can see two large Pegagus sculpted by Malvina Hoffman.
Off the circle is the
Venetian Theatre, the main stage of the Caramoor Music
Festival. The festival, started by Walter and Lucie
Rosen the creators of Caramoor, celebrates the excellence
of music and opera. Every year the Festival holds
concerts and performances featuring world renowned
performers and artists in every field. From small
concerts held in the Spanish Court to full productions
of operas in the Venetian Theater, the Festival showcases
the best of the musical arts.
Caramoor is the legacy
of Walter and Lucie Rosen who built the great house
and filled it with their treasures. Walter Rosen was
the master planner for the Caramoor estate, bringing
his dream of creating a place to entertain friends
from around the world to reality. Their musical evenings
were the seeds of the International Music Festival
The Rosens purchased the
Caramoor Estate, named after owner Caroline Moore
Hoyt, in 1928 in order to build a summer home. "We
built a home, my husband and I, not to be old or new,
just to be beautiful. And we built it for music,"
Mrs. Rosen was often quoted as saying. In 1945, after
the death of their son in World War II, the Rosens
bequeathed the Caramoor estate as a center for music