Welcome to the Sevenars Music Festival!
"One of the best small music festivals in the USA"
Many thanks to our wonderful audiences for making 2016 a beautiful season.
Please visit us for our 50th
Season (49th Anniversary) in the Summer of 2017!
Sundays, 4:00 PM, July 9- August 20th
World Renowned Artists -- Prizewinning Newcomers
Sevenars Concerts, established in 1968, was selected one of the
six best small music festivals in the USA by Time Magazine. Founded by internationally known pianist Robert and his celebrated
composer/songwriter/pianist wife Rolande Young Schrade, it all began with "Family Concerts" starting in 1968 in
the small Methodist Church of the idyllic town of South Worthington, Massachusetts, a village now listed on the National Register
of Historic Places. Robert and Rolande included in their concerts their five young pianist children, Robelyn, Rhonda Lee,
Rolisa, Randolph, and Rorianne (hence the name "Sevenars" as all seven performers had names starting with the letter
"R"), and concerts drew growing crowds that spilled out of the church. A larger space was needed!
1976, the concerts moved across the little street to the historic
Academy building, established in 1895 by Russell Conwell, founder of Temple University
and author of the famous "Acres of Diamonds" lecture. Sevenars was incorporated
as Sevenars Concerts, Inc. and was then able to branch out, becoming an official non-profit organization under IRS Code 509(A)(1), Section 501(c)(3).
In the years that followed Sevenars was able to present over 300 guest artists, both
world-renowned performers and prizewinning newcomers. Enrichment programs for schoolchildren and arts and crafts exhibits
have also been presented, but the concerts were "a natural" - partly due to the in the landmark Academy's
Robelyn Schrade, already garnering raves following her sold-out New York recitals, married outstanding New Zealand pianist,
David James, and the concerts became "Schrade-James family" concerts. All the young musicians started accumulating
accolades in New York and elsewhere, and 1980 saw the New York Lincoln Center Debut of this "Remarkable Assemblage of
Pianists" (Allen Hughes, New York Times). The Schrade-James daughter, Lynelle James, arrived in 1985 and joined
the concerts at age five (appearing in New York with the family's 25th anniversary Lincoln Center concert), and son Christopher
arrived in 1990, also joining the concerts at age five (and appearing in the year 2000 at Lincoln Center).
family members are kept busy with individual concerts, recording, teaching, conducting, and other pursuits (with Christopher James becoming the family's first dedicated cellist!),
Sevenars is still run by Schrades and Jameses, with love and devotion. Despite the severe blows
of losing beloved Robelyn Schrade-James in 2014, and founders Robert and
Rolande Schrade in 2015, we are determined to continue the beautiful legacy they created with us all - and with you, our most wonderful and loyal audiences!
Sevenars in the evening -- please visit in the Summer, 2017, to see Sevenars in the sunshine!
July 9 to August 20th
Concerts (Sundays July 9 -August 20, 2017)
are held at the Academy, South Ireland Street and Rte. 112, South Worthington, MA 01098
(Mailing address: Sevenars, c/o
R. C. Schrade, 80 East End Avenue, Ste. 3G, New York, N.Y. 10028)
$20 General (refreshments included).
For further information, click the Information option of the menu to the
left of this page
or email Sevenars@aol.com
or call: 413-238-5854
This project is funded in part by the Cultural Councils of
Blandford, Chesterfield, Cummington, Huntington, Montgomery, Plainfield, Russell, and Worthington, local agencies which are
funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Sevenars is
deeply grateful for the help of these supportive towns!