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Welcome2016 ConcertsFrom the PressDirections and InfoArtistsProgram: July 10, 2016Program: July 17, 2016Program: July 24, 2016Program: July 31, 2016Program: August 7, 2016Program: August 14, 2016
 
2016 Concerts

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  Sunday, July 10 at 4PM: The Schrade-James Family Musicians, piano solo, duo, and cello

This year especially we celebrate the life of Robert Schrade, pianist “First class by anybody’s standards” (Virgil Thomson), and co-founder of Sevenars with his adored wife, musician Rolande Schrade. With Rolande, beloved daughter, pianist Robelyn Schrade-James, and all of his family of Schrades and Jameses, he led Sevenars close to its half-century milestone in 2018. The family musicians have for decades attracted devoted audiences and glowing accolades from the press, whether at Sevenars, Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, throughout the US, Canada, New Zealand, France, Italy, or Fiji. They’ve been heard in chamber, solo, and orchestral appearances, and on radio, television, and numerous highly praised recordings. The family now includes four pianists, David James, Randolph Schrade, Rorianne Schrade, and Lynelle James, and cellist Christopher James. As individuals they have garnered countless awards and as a family were the first listed on Steinway’s global artists roster (as well as individual listings). Their “agile, intensely musical performances” (N.Y. Times) reflect the joy instilled deeply by their predecessors. Their program will include works by Mozart, Beethoven, Borodin, Poulenc, Milhaud, and more.

 

 

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Sunday, July 17 at 4PM: Greenwood Chamber Players: Flute and Strings

The Greenwood Chamber Players first delighted audiences at Sevenars in 2015 with their first-rate playing as well as their winning personalities, and we are ecstatic to have them back! Composed of leading players of the nation’s orchestras and concert stages, and now faculty or friends of local musical magnet, Greenwood Music Camp, the ensemble includes stellar young flutist Christina Jennings (hailed as “an extraordinary musician” American Record Guide), and her husband, sought-after violist Matthew Dane, both enjoying busy careers in Boulder Colorado (hear them while they are in the Northeast!). Joining them and well-known to Massachusetts audiences are exciting New Bedford concertmaster Jesse Holstein, masterful Smith College cellist Volcy Pelletier, and much lauded violinist/violist Ron Gorevic. These brilliant and energetic players will thrill you with an inspired and eclectic program including a vibrant quintet by Kuhlau (sometimes called “the Danish Beethoven”), the beautiful Impresiones de la Puna by Argentine composer Ginastera (for the 100th anniversary of his birth), and much more! 

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Sunday, July 24 at 4PM: From Leipzig to Paris, with Piano, Oboe, Bassoon, and Violin

Join us for an incredible program ranging from Bach’s Double Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C Minor, to gems of the French repertoire, played by master musicians. Pianist, Sayuri Miyamoto, alumna of of Juilliard and Yale and recipient of numerous awards (NY Japanese American Association Music Award, concerto prizes, and more) joins husband, oboist and conductor, Joel Bard, graduate of the Cleveland Institute (with John Mack), as well as of Juilliard (MM with Muller, Ehrling, and separately Leonard Bernstein). Sought after violinist Adela Peña returns to Sevenars after appearing here repeatedly as founding member of the Eroica Trio, celebrated worldwide for their concerts and recordings. Master bassoonist Stephen Walt joins Sayuri and Joel in Poulenc’s sparkling Trio for Piano, Oboe, and Bassoon, plus solos played on a Heckel bassoon made in 1958 for his father, principal bassoonist with the BSO, and nicknamed “The Brussels” after being exhibited there at the 1958 World’s Fair as a model of German artisanship.

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Sunday, July 31 at 4PM: Piano Quartets and more from the Manchester Music Festival
 
Manchester Music Festival performers return to Sevenars this year by popular demand with another amazing program for four musicians, and they’re offering a musical feast of the richest and most impassioned chamber music repertoire. At the heart of the ensemble are Sevenars favorites, brilliant Bulgarian violinist Joana Genova and much sought after violist and conductor Ariel Rudiakov, both directors of the highly regarded Manchester Music Festival. Performing with Ariel and Joana will be rising star cellist Ben Capps, called “most appealing” (NY Times) and “virtuosic and impassioned” (Barre Montpelier Times), and recently back from performances in China, Greece, and Spain. Pianist Vassily Primakov, prizewinning virtuoso, is praised consistently lavishly for his “technical wizardry” (NY Concert Review) and has dazzled audiences worldwide with his fire and lyricism. The program will include Mozart’s universally loved Piano Quartet in G Minor, Rachmaninoff’s magnificent Sonata for Piano and Cello, and Fauré’s transcendent Piano Quartet in C Minor. Prepare for an unforgettable afternoon of music! 

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Sunday, August 7th at 4PM: Young Artist to Watch, George Bowerman, pianist

Sevenars is delighted to present, in its inaugural “Young Artist To Watch” concert, pianist George Bowerman. Native of Springfield, Massachusetts, Mr. Bowerman is graduate of Dickinson College in 2012 (BA) and has distinguished himself in the Seattle International Piano Competition, the North York Music Festival in Ontario (“Best Advanced Pianist”), and recently as a major prizewinner in the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition. He is an alumnus of many premiere summer programs, from Eastman to Brevard Music Center, and has performed frequently throughout the Northeastern US and Canada. Notable solo performances have been at New York’s Steinway Hall, Newport’s Belcourt Castle, on recital series in New Haven, Philadelphia, Massachusetts, and Toronto, as well as in collaboration with a wide array of charitable organizations including “Music for Missions” and “Hands Together” to fund construction of a music school in Haiti. He has studied with Jamie Parker, Jennifer Blyth, Samuel Hsu, and Ellen Buoniconti and is currently working with internationally known pedagogue John O’Conor. His program will include Beethoven's Sonata in E-flat Op. 27, No 1, Brahms Fantasies, Op 116 (complete), and Chopin's 24 Preludes, Op. 28 (complete).




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 Sunday, August 14: Jerry Noble and Friends, Piano, Clarinet, Violin, Cello
 
This will be another stunning “Jerry Noble and friends” program - definitely not to be missed! Inimitable pianist and composer, Clifton “Jerry” Noble, Jr., will again wear several hats, thrilling both classical and jazz lovers. Opening will be Sevenars' own wonderful cellist Christopher James, in collaboration with Jerry Noble in music of Debussy.The program will progress to some of Noble’s own exciting new compositions, including “Fiddle in the City" – a thriller for violin and piano, performed with renowned violinist and Smith College Professor Joel Pitchon (“superb” NY Times).  Pitchon, who plays a 1686 Guarnerius, premiered this work February, 2016. In addition, we’ll hear Noble’s 1984 Piano Trio, with Noble, Pitchon, and his wife, cellist extraordinaire, Volcy Pelletier. After intermission, Noble will perform his always-entrancing jazz improvisations with clarinet wizard Bob Sparkman, who has produced his golden phrases with The Jazzmen, The Bourbon Street Six, the Gotham Jazz Band, and Fats Waller’s trumpeter Herman Autry (among others).Capping off the program will be Sweet Suite (Sweet Georgia Brown, Sweet Sue, Sweet Lorraine, and more) with a quartet of Noble, Sparkman, Pitchon, and Pelletier. It doesn't get better than this!

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