Merestead in Mount Kisco was just another one of Wetchester's many historic properties—albeit a beautiful early-20th-century, 28-room Georgian mansion—offering house tours and hiking trails. Then, thanks to an exciting new partnership with Copland House, the 130-acre estate tranformed into a bustling, lively hub for the creative arts. Gifted composers are invited—some with entire production teams in tow—to use the estate as artists' residences (outbuildings such as root cellars are now studios). The space comes with many built-in opportunities for the composers to share their work with the general population. The "cow barn" has been remodeled into a state-of-the-art distance learning, recording, webcasting, and performance venue with a full slate of concerts from visiting artists.
When Copland House set about transforming an empty historic property into an oasis for musical artists-in-residence, it was looking “to establish a unique artistic hub that may nurture the next Copland, Gershwin, or Bernstein,” says Michael Boriskin, Copland House’s artistic and executive director. And we’re all the better for it. We get to see works-in-progress, up-and-coming talent, and the acclaimed Ensemble Music from Copland House, often with a chance to chitchat with the artists involved afterward. It’s intimate and innovative—and all ours.