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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 of today.

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 and art.

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