Welcome to Sevenars Season 2015!
|Robelyn Schrade-James and Rolande Schrade
Sunday, July 12
at 4 PM: Opening Tribute Concert
our angels, Rolande Young Schrade and Robelyn Schrade-James (pictured left), who nurtured
Sevenars from its inception, the Schrade/James Family musicians, three generations that now include five
pianists and a cellist, will combine solos and duos. Family members have attracted audiences through recitals, chamber music,
orchestral appearances, radio and television programs, and several highly praised CD recordings. As individuals and as a family,
they have consistently received glowing accolades from the press, garnering countless awards and a listing on Steinway’s
global artists roster as a group (as well as individually). Their “agile, intensely musical performances” (N.Y.
Times) will be sure to offer something for everyone. Performers will include Randolph Schrade, David
James, Rorianne Schrade (click here for website), Christopher James, and Lynelle
James (click here for website) Adding
to the program will be acclaimed soprano, Anita Anderson Cooper, singing patriotic songs and timeless classics
by Rolande Young Schrade, with renowned collaborator, Grant Moss.
Sunday, July 19 at 4 PM: Chamber Music from the Manchester Music Festival comes
The Manchester Music Festival (click here for website) has had a long and wonderful relationship with Sevenars for many
years. This year MMF returns to Sevenars with an all-star ensemble of five outstanding musicians performing a stunning program
including Frank Bridge’s Piano Quintet, Franck’s Cello Sonata, plus works by Ravel and Lili Boulanger. At
the heart of the ensemble are Sevenars favorites, brilliant Bulgarian violinist Joana Genova and much sought
after violist and conductor Ariel Rudiakov. Performing with Ariel and Joana will be Edward Arron (click here for website),“one of New York's most exciting young cellists” (The New Yorker), Korean-born
pianist Jeewon Park (click here for website), known for her “infectious exuberance” (New York Times), and violinist Austin
Hartman, member of the Naumburg Award-winning Biava String Quartet. Prepare for a memorable afternoon of music!
Sunday, July 26 at
4 PM: Greenwood Chamber Players Greenwood Music Camp, beloved by alumna Robelyn Schrade-James, has been
a local treasure and musical magnet for decades. In her honor, Sevenars is fortunate to present renowned members of Greenwood’s
faculty in special collaborations. Composed of leading players of the nation’s orchestras and college faculties, the
ensemble includes flutist Christina Jennings (“an extraordinary musician” American Record
Guide, click here for website), New Bedford concertmaster Jesse Holstein, esteemed violist Matthew Dane
(click here for website), Smith College cellist Volcy Pelletier, Dartmouth pianist Gregory Hayes, and Alisa
Pearson (click here for website) praised as “a fine soprano,” (The Republican). Music will include Mozart’s Flute Quartet in
D Major, K. 285, Beethoven’s String Trio Op. 9, No. 3 in C minor, and the East Coast premiere of Robert Spillman’s
“An Emily Dickinson Notebook.” A beautiful afternoon awaits!
Sunday, August 2, at 4PM: Violinist Kinga Augustyn, with Lynelle Schrade James, pianist
Sevenars audiences are still raving about young virtuosa Kinga
Augustyn (click here for website), known as “stylish and vibrant” (The Strad Magazine), “a violinist for whom nothing
sems too difficult” (Nowy Dziennik Polish Daily News), and “an adventurous performer valuable to New York’s
scene” (NY Concert Review). Soloist with many orchestras in the United States and Europe, and recitalist and chamber
musician with appearances in Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and countless others, she has Bachelor and Master degrees from
The Juilliard School and a doctorate from SUNY Stonybrook. Her fast-growing discography includes premieres and Polish specialties.
Her Sevenars program will include works by Bach, Paganini, Tchaikovsky, Bartok, Szymanowski, Wieniawski, Kreisler, and Sarasate.
She will be joined by pianist, Lynelle Schrade James (click here for website), an active collaborator as well as soloist (see below).
| Jerry Noble and Bob Sparkman
Sunday, August 9, at
4PM: Jerry Noble and Friends
Jerry Noble and Friends, now a traditional concert at Sevenars, has for years brought listeners into
the wonderful jazz world of pianist Clifton “Jerry”
Noble, Jr. and clarinetist Bob Sparkman (click here for website). Tapping years of friendship and collaboration with jazz legends,
they play together seamlessly and beautifully. Noble, a pianist and composer of national signifi- cance, is especially popular
in Western Massachusetts. He works as a pianist at Smith Colllege, and is known through numerous recordings, including his
much loved piano-clar- inet CD series. Sparkman, who has played with The Jazzmen, The Bourbon Street Six, the Gotham Jazz
Band, and Fats Waller’s trumpeter Herman Autry (among others), enchants his listeners with his golden tone and effortless
phrasing. Cellist Christopher Schrade James (see below) has joined this concert for the past several years
with tremendous response. He will add Debussy’s Sonate to the program’s French flavor.
Sunday, August 16, at 4PM: The James Family Musicians
The James family comes together for an afternoon of exciting solos and duos! Pianist David James,
praised for “playing on a big Romantic scale” (N.Y. Times), has enjoyed decades of recitals, major prizes, concerts
with his wife Robelyn Schrade-James, chamber tours, concerto engagements, and broadcasts in his native NZ. Daughter Lynelle Schrade James (click here for website), pianist, has been praised for“real tenderness”
and “the extroversion of a committed performer” (N.Y. Times). She has played at festivals in Europe, Canada, throughout
the US, and NZ. Highlights of this season included appearances with the World Youth Alliance Chamber Orchestra and recitals
in halls and university series in Florida, Utah, and New York. Son Christopher Schrade James, cellist, alumnus
of Tanglewood, Soundfest, and Bard, has appeared with orchestra as prizewinner, in frequent New York concerts, in premieres
by Mimesis and the Composer’s Voice, chamber programs at the Lucy Moses School, with Brooklyn Music Teachers Guild,
and in numerous outreach and charity performances, including for the American Cancer Society.
Admission is by donation
at the door. Suggested donation is $20 per person. Refreshments are served.
Come early for a good seat, and stroll around outside.
"the setting is indeed vernally delicious."
Harry Rolnick for ConcertoNet.com