Welcome to the Sevenars Music Festival!
"One of the best small music festivals in the USA"
to our wonderful audiences for making 2015 a beautiful season.
visit us for our 49th Season (48th Anniversary) in
the Summer of 2016!
Sundays, 4:00 PM, July 10- August 14th
World Renowned Artists -- Prizewinning Newcomers
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.
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, 2016 to see Sevenars in the sunshine!
July 10 to August 14th
Concerts (Sundays July 10 -August 14, 2016) are held at the Academy, South Ireland Street and Rte. 112, South Worthington, MA 01098
(Mailing address: Sevenars, c/o R. Schrade, 30 East End Avenue, Ste. 3A, New York, N.Y. 10028)
Admission: $20 General (refreshments included).
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 project is funded in part by the Cultural Councils of
Blandford, Chesterfield, Cummington, Huntington, Montgomery, Plainfield, Russell, 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!