Below are concerts we enjoyed in the Sevenars Season 2014 ~ please check back in the spring for 2015
Thank you all for making it a great season!
July 13, 2014 at 4 PM: Traditional Family Concert:
The Schrade/James Family Musicians
The Schrade/James Family musicians are unique among
musical families, with three generations still performing together yearly at Sevenars, and each musician recognized for an
ever-expanding list of achievements, accolades and awards. All three generations have attracted audiences through recitals,
chamber music, orchestral appearances, radio broadcasts, and television programs, as well as several highly praised CD recordings.
The Schrade Family Pianists are the first family of musicians to be listed on Steinway’s global artists roster and have
been cited for “agile, intensely musical performances” (N.Y. Times). This yearly event has been called "More
than a concert- there is something profound at work. The Schrades’ combination of musical and familial ties is strong
medicine for a needful world.” (Springfield Newspapers)
July 20, 2014, at 4 PM: Lynn Klock, Saxophone
Klock, saxophonist, helps celebrate the 200th birthday of the saxophone's inventor, Adolphe Sax! One
of the nation's leading teachers and performers of the saxophone, Lynn Klock gave his Carnegie Hall debut in 1978, where he
premiered a composition by Andrzej Dutkiewicz. He has been a guest soloist with countless professional
orchestras and bands including the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra, Belgian Air Force Band,
West Point Band, and many others. Works written for Lynn Klock include one by recent Pulitzer Prize winner Lewis Spratlan,
Others include Pulitzer Prize-winning composers Gunther Schuller, John Harbison, and Michael Colgrass as part of the World
Wide Commissioning Project. In collaboration with pianist Clifton J. Noble, Jr., Mr. Klock will bring to Sevenars monuments
of the classical saxophone literature including the Glazunov Concerto for Alto Saxophone, and works commissioned by Mr. Klock
by Catherine McMichael, Paul Kinsman, and Clifton J. Noble, Jr.
27, 2014, at 4PM: Manchester Music Festival at Sevenars:
The Manchester Music Festival returns
to Sevenars after dazzling 2013 performances! Four of the MMF's outstanding chamber musicians team up in a program that will
include Mozart's E-flat Piano Quartet, K. 493, the Brahms Piano Quartet, Op. 25 in G minor, plus pairings to be announced.
Stellar Bulgarian violinist, Joana Genova, has been concertmaster and soloist with numerous orchestras, as well as collaborator
with illustrious ensembles including the Shanghai Quartet. Ariel Rudiakov, sought after as violist and conductor, is a third-generation
musician who is currently Artistic Director of the Manchester Music Festival, and Music Director and conductor of the Danbury
(CT) Symphony Orchestra. Performing with Ari and Joana will be rising star Michael Brown, Concert Artists Guild winner who
has been called "a young piano visionary" (New York Times). Completing the quartet will be internationally known
cellist, Alexis Pia Gerlach, a Lincoln Center favorite who has been lauded by the press for "gripping emotion" and
Sunday, August 3rd, 2014, at 4 PM: The Allant Piano
Allant Piano Trio is quickly establishing itself as one of the most exciting ensembles today. Pianist, Beth Nam, violinist
Anna Park and cellist Alina Lim formed the trio in 2010 at the Juilliard School, and have since been winners of the prestigious
Beverly Hills Auditions in Los Angeles and the Jonathan Madrigano Entrepreneurship Grant from the Juilliard School. In demand
for performances from California to Canada, Norway, and Korea, they gave a highly acclaimed debut recital at Carnegie's Weill
Recital Hall in New York this February. One critic wrote, "I would defy even the most exhausted and jaded listener to
experience even a moment of boredom in this group’s high-voltage evening." (New York Concert Review).
They will repeat works from their winning debut, including Mendelssohn's Trio Op. 49, Beethoven's Op 70, No. 1 ("Ghost")
and exciting works by Kelly-Marie Murphy and Sun-Young Park, the latter composed especially for them.
Sunday, August 10th, 2014, at 4 PM: Bob, Jerry, and Friends
Bob Sparkman, Jerry Noble, and
Friends, now a tradition at Sevenars, shares with listeners an inimitable
jazz style shaped by their years of friendship and collaboration with legends of the jazz world. They will perform traditional
hot jazz standards as performed by luminaries such as Teddy Wilson and Edmond Hall and will be joined this year by percussionist
John Van Eps (arranger and producer for Chicago and other bands) in repertoire from the recordings of Lionel Hampton and Red
Norvo. Clifton "Jerry" Noble, Jr., pianist, composer, and accompanist at Smith College, is known from numerous recordings,
including his popular series with clarinetist Bob Sparkman. Sparkman, who has played with The Jazzmen,
The Bourbon Street Six, the Gotham Jazz Band, and Fats Waller’s trumpeter Herman Autry (among many others), enchants
listeners with his songful renderings. Cellist Christopher James, alumnus of festivals at Tanglewood, Soundfest, and Bard,
has joined "Bob, Jerry, and Friends" for the past two years and will bring additional musical surprises!
Sunday, August 17, 2014, at 4 PM: Lynelle James, Piano
Lynelle James, pianist,
began performing at age 5 as student of her grandparents. Rolande and Robert Schrade. An early performance led Bernard Holland
of the N.Y. Times to praise her “real tenderness” and “the extroversion of a committed performer.”
She has performed at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center, NY and recently received her doctorate from the University
of Michigan, where she studied with noted pianist Arthur Greene and completed a dissertation exploring the piano music of
Nikolai Roslavets. In addition to being a favorite at Sevenars, she has appeared at festivals in California, New York, Banff
(Canada), and the Schlern Music Festival in northern Italy where, as a prizewinner, she performed at Prösels Castle.
Lauded as a "truly fine musician," she "knows how to let the music’s beauty stand out and speak for itself
and she executes it superbly" (Boston Musical Intelligencer). She will perform a program of Bach, Chopin, Ravel, and
is by donation at the door. Suggested donation is $20 per person. Refreshments are served.
Come early for a good seat, and stroll around
"the setting is indeed vernally delicious."
Harry Rolnick for ConcertoNet.com