to the Sevenars Music Festival!
"One of the best small music festivals
in the USA"
World Renowned Artists -- Prizewinning Newcomers
Thank you all for making our 51st anniversary
season special in the Summer of 2019!!
Now we look forward to sharing the next 50 with you!
Our seven 2020 concerts at Sevenars will take place Sundays
at 4:00 PM, July 12nd - August 23rd
Please check back for more information in the Spring of 2020!!
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, 2019, 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 page
or email Sevenars@aol.com
or call: 413-238-5854
This 2019 project is
funded in part by the Cultural Councils of Amherst, Blandford, Hinsdale-Peru, Huntington, Montgomery, 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 towns.
is also deeply grateful for the support of Westfield News Group, publisher of the Westfield News, The Original Pennysaver,
Longmeadow Press, and Enfield Press.