Sevenars Concerts, Inc., est 1968

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 Sevenars Music Festival

Est. 1968

 
"One of the best small music festivals in the USA"
(Time Magazine)

 

        
     
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 The Sevenars concert hall known as The Academy, South Worthington, MA.

Sevenars Summer Concerts 2024


  

World Renowned Artists -- Prizewinning Newcomers   

 

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Welcome to our 56th Anniversary! 
Live Concerts start July 14 and continue each Sunday at 4pm through August 18 
 
 


 

 

Reservations are not required or taken. All are welcome on first-come-first-served basis.

There is, as ever, no required admission cost, however donations are welcome at the door by cash or check.

($20 per person is suggested to help defray expenses).

 

 

 

 A Bit of Sevenars History

 

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 Schrade 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! 

 

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.

 

In 1978, 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, founders Robert and Rolande Schrade in 2015,  Randolph Schrade in 2022, and David James in 2024, just this May, we are determined to continue the beautiful legacy they created with us all - and with you, our most wonderful and loyal audiences!

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We look forward to sharing great music with you!

 

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 A Word of Thanks

 

Sevenars is deeply grateful to many loyal friends, individual donors, and volunteers. It is sustained, as ever, by the volunteer efforts of its Directors. 

 

This 2024 season in particular is made possible in part by the LCC's (Local Cultural Councils) of the following towns:

  Chesterfield,  Gardner, Huntington, Lee, Montgomery, Northern Berkshire, Russell, Westford, West Springfield, Wilmington, and Worthington.

 

These LCC's are local agencies which are funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council,

a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

We are deeply grateful!

 

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Massachusetts Cultural Council


 
 
 
 
 
 
 Sevenars Contact and Other Info
 
Sevenars Concerts, Inc. is a non-profit organization under IRS Code 509(A)(1), Section 501 (c)(3) and registered as a Public Charity in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
To reach by phone, call (413) 238-5854 ~ Send emails to: sevenars@aol.com 
 

 

Live Concerts are held at the Academy, 15 Ireland Street just off of Rte. 112, Worthington, MA 01098

Mailing address: Sevenars, 80 East End Avenue, Ste. 3G, New York, N.Y. 10028
 

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