to the Sevenars Music Festival!
"One of the best small music
festivals in the USA"
Thank you all for making our Golden Anniversary
special in the Summer of 2018!!
we look forward to sharing the next 50 with you!
Our six 2019 concerts at Sevenars are Sundays at 4:00 PM, July 14- August 18th
Renowned Artists -- Prizewinning Newcomers
Sevenars 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!
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
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
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!