2019 Concerts - check back in the Spring of 2020 for next season's listings!
Six concerts at the Academy in 2019
- Sundays, July 14th- August 18th at 4PM
Also, we are excited to be reaching underserved audiences at assisted
living centers, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, and similar facilities, and if you would like to be considered for
inclusion among these, please call 413-238-5854 or write to Sevenars@aol.com
Stay tuned for more details as we update our site!
Sunday, July 14, 2019 at 4PM: our “Bastille Day” season opening
with a French accent!
Schrade and James Family musicians open the season with a festive program featuring “Carnival of the Animals”by Camille Saint-Saens -with special guest Magee Hickey narrating!
Members of the Schrade and James
families have attracted a loyal following of audiences and press, whether at Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall,
throughout the US, Canada, New Zealand, France, the UK, Italy, or Fiji, in chamber, solo, and orchestral appearances, and
on radio, television, and numerous highly praised recordings. As individuals they have garnered dozens of awards and accolades
and as a family were the first listed on Steinway’s global artists roster (as well as individual listings). This year’s
program will include works by Chopin, Ravel, Debussy, Saint-Saens, and Franck for piano, cello, solo, and duo piano played
by Rorianne Schrade, David James, Lynelle James, and Christopher James. Featured will be the deservedly popular “Carnival of the
Animals” (Camille Saint-Saëns) with Rorianne and Lynelle as duo pianists and Emmy-winning television journalist
Magee Hickey (of WPIX, formerly WABC, WNBC, WCBS) reciting the delightful accompanying verses by Ogden Nash!
July 21, 2019 at 4PM: The Revere Piano Quartet - A Salute to British Music
Tae Kim, violinist/violist Ronald Gorevic, cellist Eugene Kim, and violinist Jin-Kyung Joen
The Revere Piano Quartet returns to Sevenars after powerhouse
performances here last season! These four exciting musicians have created a program of rare and beautiful works from “across
the pond,” including the colorful Phantasy for Piano Quartet and Pensiero and Allegro Appassionato for Viola and Piano
by Frank Bridge and William Walton’s Piano Quartet (1919, when the composer was a teenager). Pianist Tae Kim,
hailed as a “radiant talent” (The Boston Globe), and Smith College violinist/violist Ronald Gorevic,
“a musician first and foremost” (NY Times), will join forces with the husband-wife pair of cellist Eugene
Kim and violinist Jin-Kyung Joen, together called “masterful” (The Boston Musical Intelligencer).
All four are sought after for their teaching and solo, orchestral, and chamber music performances throughout the US and abroad.
Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 4PM: d’Amore! with
the Greenwood Chamber Players
Matthew Dane, viola d’amore; Christina Jennings, flute;
Gregory Beaver, cello; Gregory Hayes, harpsichord
Sevenars is excited to welcome back members of the illustrious faculty of Greenwood Music
Camp in a program featuring the viola d’amore, with its nationally known proponent Matthew Dane, who
will share his wealth of knowledge as well as performances! The program pairs old and new, featuring Vivaldi’s
Concerto in D minor with superb musicians Dane, Gregory Hayes (harpsichordist
and Dartmouth faculty member) and Gregory Beaver (cellist of the now-disbanded but celebrated Chiara quartet).
Along with major works of Bach, Ariosti, and Garth Knox (and Celtic fiddle tune TBA), we'll
hear movements from Mozart's Duo in B-flat, K. 424, pairing the viola d’amore with the flute artistry of Christina
Jennings (a star flutist who happens to be Matthew Dane’s wife)! Don’t miss this unforgettable musical
Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 4PM: Pianist George Bowerman
"Young Artist to Watch" (2016) Returns to Sevenars
Exciting young pianist George Bowerman returns to Sevenars by
popular demand three years after giving his impressive Sevenars debut as “Young Artist to Watch.” Native of Springfield,
he has distinguished himself in the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, the North York Music Festival in Ontario,
and the Seattle International Piano Competition, as well as summer programs from Eastman to Brevard Music Center. Notable
performances have been at New York’s Steinway Hall, Newport’s Belcourt Castle, and on recital seriesthroughout
the Northeastern US and Canada. He plays a wide range of repertoire with passionate dedication and will bring us a beautifully
diverse program of works by C.P.E. Bach, Franck, Brahms, and Chopin, and also an exciting work by the masterful Massachusetts
composer, Stephen Dankner.
Sunday, August 11, 2019 at 4PM: Pianist David James
James, one of New Zealand’s foremost pianists, will play masterworks by Schubert, Chopin, Brahms, Albeniz, Ravel,
Lecuona, and de Falla.Though a tireless director of Sevenars for decades, he gave his last solo recital here nearly twenty
years ago. He returns from months in New Zealand which included performing in his hometown of Gisborne. Praised for “electric
intensity and brilliant virtuosity” (N.Z. press) he was a top prizewinner of the prestigious University of Maryland
International Competition, among others. His recordings as recitalist and soloist with orchestra for Radio N.Z. are still
aired throughout N.Z., England, and Wales. His many New York appearances have included a 1980 Carnegie Recital Hall debut
(presented by the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council and New Zealand consulate), and regular performances at Lincoln Center with
pianist Robelyn Schrade, as well as collaborations with the distinguished University Glee Club.
Sunday August 18, 2019 at 4PM: The Bob Sparkman Trio
The Bob Sparkman Trio will lead you on a swingin' jazz journey, visiting many
of the nostalgic destinations in the American Songbook. Tunes like "Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans,"
"Stars Fell On Alabama," "Can't Get Indiana Off My Mind," "Moonlight in Vermont," and "Basin
Street Blues" are only a few of the stops on this magnificent musical meander. With Bob on clarinet, Jerry on piano,
and Kara on bass, your tour is in good hands. Bon Voyage!
Sparkman Trio is a Sevenars favorite, combining the gifts of jazz clarinetist Bob Sparkman with
those of Jerry Noble, classical and jazz pianist, guitarist, and composer, and Kara Noble, bass
guitarist and vocalist. Clifton “Jerry” Noble is a sought-after composer of works performed internationally, as
well as gifted staff pianist for Smith college. He has enjoyed over twenty years of collaborations with clarinet wizard Bob
Sparkman, together attracting devoted fans of their concerts and CD recordings. Bob is a national treasure who honed his golden
clarinet phrasing while playing with The Jazzmen, The Bourbon Street Six, the Gotham Jazz Band, Fats Waller’s trumpeter
Herman Autry and other greats. Bass guitarist Kara Noble unites the trio with her superb musical support including versatile
vocals. Come celebrate our grand finale!
Admission 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.
Note: 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!