Welcome to the Sevenars Music Festival!
of the best small music festivals in the USA"
Many thanks to our wonderful audiences
for making 2016 a beautiful season.
visit us for our 50th Season (49th Anniversary) in the Summer of 2017!
Sundays, 4:00 PM, July 9- August 13th
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
In 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 miraculous acoustics.
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).
Though all 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!
Concerts (Sundays July 9 -August 13, 2017)
are held at the Academy, South Ireland Street and Rte. 112, South Worthington, MA 01098
(Mailing address: Sevenars, 80
East End Avenue, Ste. 3G, New York, N.Y. 10028)
Admission is by suggested
donation of $20 per person (or more) by cash or check at the door. No tickets or reservations are required or accepted.
are offered at intermission.
We look forward to seeing you there!
For further information,
click the Information option of the menu to the left of this page
or email Sevenars@aol.com