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. Adding to the program will be acclaimed soprano, Anita Anderson
Cooper, singing patriotic songs and timeless classics by Rolande Young Schrade.
Sunday, July 19 at 4 PM: Chamber Music from the Manchester Music Festival
The Manchester Music Festival 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 vibrant cellist Edward
Arron,“one of New York's most exciting young cellists” (The New Yorker), Korean-born pianist Jeewon
Park, 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), New Bedford concert- master Jesse Holstein,
esteemed violist Matthew Dane, Smith College cellist Volcy Pelletier, Dartmouth pianist
Gregory Hayes, and Alisa Pearson (“a fine sopra- no,” 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, 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, an active collaborator as well as soloist (see below).
| Jerry Noble and Bob Sparkman
Sunday, August 9, at
4PM: Jerry Noble and Friends
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. 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
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,
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 an appearance
with the World Youth Alliance Chamber Orchestra and recitals 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