Music at the Mansion

music_at_the_mansion_logo_color_100x36The Friends of Crawford Park are proud to present Music at the Mansion, an acoustic music series held at the historic Crawford Mansion on the grounds of Crawford Park in Rye Brook, NY.

The mission of Music at the Mansion is to raise money for the park through a series of musical events that feature a combination of nationally-renowned and exceptional local talent. The music will be eclectic, diverse, and will definitely entertain you. Our intimate venue seats about 100 and we host shows approximately every two months. Previous shows have featured Bill Kirchen, Sloan Wainwright, Guy Davis, and more.

Upcoming shows:

Sat., Mar. 18, 2017, 8PM: Vance Gilbert w/ guest Paul Sforza
Sun., Apr. 2, 2017, 3PM: Opera at the Mansion
Sat., May 20, 2017, 8PM: Jazz at the Mansion featuring: Erena Terakubo

SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 2017, 8PM:
Vance Gilbert w/ guest Paul Sforza
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Vance GilbertVance Gilbert burst onto the singer/songwriter scene in the early 90’s when buzz started spreading in the folk clubs of Boston about an ex-multicultural arts teacher who was knocking ’em dead at open mics. Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Vance started out hoping to be a jazz singer, and then discovered his affinity for the storytelling sensibilities of acoustic folk music. Once word got out about Gilbert’s stage-owning singing and playing, Shawn Colvin invited him to be special guest on her Fat City Tour. Noted not only for being the ever consummate performer, Gilbert has recorded 12 albums, including 4 for Philo/Rounder Records and a duo album with friend Ellis Paul. Along with being opener of choice for artists as varied as Aretha Franklin, Arlo Guthrie, and Anita Baker, 2006 and 2007 found Gilbert opening 140+ shows for comedian George Carlin. Most recently he’s the opener of choice for Paul Reiser and The Subdudes.

Considered by many to be an integral part of the national folk scene, Gilbert’s approach to the acoustic singer songwriter idiom is significant. Gilbert’s compositions, while frequently employing sophisticated melodies and harmonies that attest to his jazz roots, remain sublime attestations to the storyteller’s craft. He even has a tune on a Grammy Nominated children’s album. How rounded is that?

Paul SforzaRye Brook native and New York City-based Paul Sforza’s latest single “Eternity” is an instantly memorable slice of acoustic pop/soul that evokes classic sounds of the 70s. It’s the first track from his recently released EP Make Something Beautiful, produced by Scott Patton, best known for his guitar work with hit country duo Sugarland. Before returning home to New York, Paul spent many fruitful years on the Atlanta music scene, where his debut album Lifelines received praise for its “impeccably crafted” songs from Creative Loafing, Atlanta’s #1 lifestyle publication. Since his return home, Paul’s songs have garnered critical praise as well as listener interest, including semifinalist honors in the 2013 UK Songwriting Contest and Honorable Mention in the 2014 SongDoor International Songwriting Contest. Paul has continued to build his NYC following with performances at Rockwood Music Hall, Pianos, The Bitter End, The Knitting Factory, The Bowery Electric, Caffe Vivaldi, and Silvana.

Tickets for this show are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Doors open at 7PM. Refreshments are available at the show, including beer and wine.

SUNDAY, APRIL 2, 2017, 3PM:
An Afternoon of Opera and American Classics
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Spend a spring afternoon in Crawford Mansion enjoying an amazing lineup of classically-trained vocalists. Join Savannah Bisset (Soprano), Cara Collins (Mezzo Soprano), and Christopher Cooley (Pianist) in an afternoon of Opera and American classics. Program highlights include Gounod, Händel, Offenbach, Puccini, and Verdi.

Savannah BissetSavannah Bisset, soprano, made her New York debut as Marguerite in André Grétry’s Richard Coeur-de-lion which was reviewed in the “New York Times” and “Opera News”. Bisset has performed with the NY Opera Exchange, LOFT Opera, and New York Lyric Opera Theatre, singing the role of Mozart’s Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, as well as with the Cantanti Project performing Marguerite from Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots, and Ophélie in Thomas’ Hamlet. Recent engagements have included recital performances in Canada and the United States, including singing the role of Pamina in The Magic Flute at Opera on the James in Virginia, and Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto.

Cara CollinsMezzo-soprano Cara Collins is a senior at the State University of New York, Purchase College Conservatory of Music, where she studies under the direction of Dr. Sherry Overholt. Recently she has performed the role of Elizabeth Proctor in Robert Ward’s The Crucible. She has also performed as Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro, Mutter and Sandmännchen in Hänsel und Gretel, and Hippolyta in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Cara will play the role of Ottavia in L’incoronazione di Poppea in the Conservatory’s Spring production. In concert, Cara has performed as a mezzo-soprano soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria, the Saint-Säens Christmas Oratorio, Händel’s Messiah, and Mozart’s Vespers.

Christopher CooleyChristopher Cooley has concertized with various instrumental and vocal soloists in five continents, as well as Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall. As a soloist, he has played with the University of Texas Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of Florida, and the Musica Bella Orchestra of New York. As a collaborative pianist, he has served on the staff of Opera Lirica (Orvieto, Italy), Centro Studi Italiani (Urbania, Italy), Ibla Grand Prize Competition (Sicily) in which he was also a winner, the Austrian-American Mozart Academy (Austria), Opera Ischia (Forio, Italy), the Castleton Festival (Virginia), and the Piatigorsky Seminar for Cellists (L.A.). Since 2006, Mr. Cooley has collaborated regularly with soprano Lauren Flanigan on music written for her by composers from Stephen Schwartz to Thomas Pasatieri. They have performed together at numerous venues, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Café Sabarsky’s Cabaret series at the Neue Gallerie, the McCarter Theater in Princeton, and the George London Foundation Recital Series at the Morgan Library. Chris holds degrees from Florida State University, the University of Texas-Austin, and a doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music. He is also an accomplished composer, arranger, and orchestrator.

Advance tickets for this show are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. At the door, the prices are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Doors open at 2PM. Refreshments are available at the show, including coffee and tea.

SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017, 8PM:
Jazz at the Mansion featuring: Erena Terakubo
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Erena TerakuboErena Terakubo was born in Sapporo, Japan in 1992. She began playing the alto saxophone at the age of nine. Between the ages of 10 and 15, she participated in the Sapporo Junior Jazz Orchestra, where she had the opportunity to have jazz clinics with musicians including Herbie Hancock and Tiger Okoshi. Terakubo later attended the Berklee Five-Week Summer Performance Program, where she was rewarded a full-tuition scholarship and was selected for the Berklee Summer Jazz Workshop with Terri Lyne Carrington. In 2011, she was chosen as one of just six Presidential Scholars from across the world to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, graduating in 2014.

In 2010, she recorded her first album, “North Bird” with Kenny Barron, Christian McBride, Lee Pearson, and Peter Bernstein. The album was released in Japan by Japanese major record label King, reached no. 1 on the Japanese jazz charts, and was awarded Swing Journal’s Gold Disc. Later that year, she performed with Ron Carter, Omar Hakim, and Will Boulware as part of the Tokyo Jazz Festival. In 2011, Terakubo recorded her second album, “New York Attitude” with Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, Lee Pearson, and Dominick Farinacci, and in 2013, her long-awaited third album “Burkina” with Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, Lenny White & Jimmy Cobb set a high valuation on her ability.

Her concert appearances have included Tokyo Jazz Festival, Sapporo City Jazz Festival, Jazz Week Osaka 2010 (with Michel Camilo Trio), Nagoya Jazz Festival (with Yosuke Yamashita), Kitara Hall (with Sapporo Symphony Orchestra), and D.C. Jazz Festival 2012. She has been fortunate to work with musicians such as Sadao Watanabe, Terumasa Hino, Eddie Gomez, Jimmy Cobb, and Anthony Jackson.

Tickets for this show are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Doors open at 7PM. Refreshments are available at the show, including beer and wine.


CaramoorWe are pleased to be a cultural partner with the Caramoor Center for Music and Arts in Katonah, NY.

Captain Lawrence Brewing CompanyThe Captain Lawrence Brewing Company kindly donates the beer which is sold at our shows. Their brewery is located in Elmsford, NY.

Sound City Music of Stamford CT does an excellent job of ensuring that the PA system sounds great at our shows. They also have rehearsal spaces for musicians.

Acoustic Live has listings of live music around the NYC area.


Music at the Mansion would like to thank:

Town of Rye for providing the mansion for our use.
Port Chester Council for the Arts for providing our stage and lights.


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