to the Sevenars Music Festival!
"One of the best small music
festivals in the USA"
Welcome to our Golden Anniversary in
the Summer of 2018!!
7 Sundays at Sevenars, 4:00
PM, July 8- August 19th
World Renowned Artists -- Prizewinning Newcomers
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 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, 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!
Sevenars in the evening -- please visit in the Summer, 2018, to see Sevenars in the sunshine!
Concerts 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)
is by suggested donation (suggested $20 per person), by cash or check at the door.
No tickets or reservations are required or accepted.
Complimentary refreshments are offered at intermission.
All music lovers welcome, though we ask that children (and adults) be able to
sit quietly so as not to disturb others.
No cellphones or recording devices are to be turned on at concerts, out of respect to performers' rights and in the spirit
of live music.
We look forward to seeing you there!
For further information, click the Information option of the menu to the left of this
or email Sevenars@aol.com
or call: 413-238-5854
We have recently learned that
we were awarded a grant (for 2018) from the Hinsdale-Peru Local Cultural Council!!
We are so deeply
appreciative and want to make up for the months during which we did not know of the grant (due to the award letter not reaching
We are currently sending reimbursement forms
and meanwhile send enormous thanks in advance of receiving the actual funds!
This project is funded in part by the Cultural Councils of Blandford, Chesterfield, Hinsdale-Peru,
Huntington, Montgomery, Plainfield, and Worthington, local agencies which are funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural
Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Sevenars is deeply grateful for the help of these supportive