Caramoor appoints Edward J. Lewis III new president and CEO.

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Newly appointed President & CEO of Caramoor, Edward J. Lewis III. Photo courtesy of Caramoor

Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts this week announced the appointment of Edward J. Lewis III as president and CEO of the Katonah performing arts venue. Lewis, who will officially take on the role on May 1, will succeed interim CEO Nina Curley.

“I am excited about the opportunity to bring together all of my experiences as a music

student, professional musician, arts faculty member and arts administrator, as well as my

passions for nature and history,” Lewis said in a statement. “Together, we will focus on enhancing its distinctive setting and world-class performances to ensure that Caramoor is a place that reflects a broad and inclusive sense of community and that delights both artists and audiences.”

Earlier this week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that starting April 2, music venues can reopen with limited capacity, in-person concerts. Caramoor had recently announced its  spring 2021 livestream schedule, including a classical, vocal performance by Dashon Burton and David Fung on March 21 and a conversation with composer Paola Prestini and author Sonu Shamdasani on March 28.

When Lewis steps into his new role at the helm of Caramoor, he will bring with him two decades of experience in performing arts leadership. An accomplished violist who has been a member of the Dallas Opera and Dallas Chamber Orchestras, he comes to Caramoor from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he currently serves as Vice Chancellor for Advancement. Caramoor Chairman James A. Attwood, Jr. said of Lewis, “his passion for excellence, innovation, inclusivity and audience development aligns perfectly with ours. We have never been more optimistic as we look towards the future.”

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