Happy Golden Anniversary, Sevenars!
Join us for Seven concerts this year - Sundays,
July 8th- August 19th at 4PM
tuned for more details as we update our site!
Sunday, July 8 at 4 PM: The Schrade-James Family, Cello, Piano, Solo, Duo
Schrade and James family
members pay tribute to three extraordinary musicians and people, Robert and Rolande Schrade, and Robelyn Schrade James, without
whom these fifty years of concerts would not have been born. Members of the Schrade and Jameses 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
piano, cello, solo, and duo repertoire by Bach, Chopin, Ravel, and others.
Come help us mark this special occasion!
As a special treat, we will be joined in several selections by Emmy-winning television journalist Magee Hickey of
WPIX (formerly WABC, WNBC, WCBS). Unbeknownst to many (despite performing in major New York venues), she is also an inspired
flutist who studied at the Fontainebleau School of Music (sitting in on the classes of the legendary Nadia Boulanger)
and has played duets with James Galway (taking pointers on how to get that clear, brilliant Galway sound)!
Sunday, July 15 at 4 PM: The Revere Piano Quartet
The Revere Piano Quartet, four distinguished musicians extremely vital to New England’s chamber music
scene, bring to Sevenars a program of sumptuous and powerful Romanticism! 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),
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. Their program will include Dvořák’s beloved E-flat Piano Quartet and the incredible and rarely played work
by Korngold, his Suite
for 2 violins, cello and piano left hand only, commissioned by the famous pianist Paul Wittgenstein (who had lost his right
arm in WWI). This music speaks of survival in the face of adversity and is sure to inspire!
Sunday, July 22nd at 4 PM: Christopher
James, cello, and Luis Ortiz, piano
Kingdon Schrade James, cellist, and pianist Luis F. Ortiz, will play a recital of masterpieces by Beethoven, Brahms, Prokofiev,
and others. Both have distinguished themselves in competition (Christopher, Bronx Arts Ensemble’s Young Artist Competition
and Luis, New England Philharmonic Young Artist Competition, among others), and both have studied with luminaries in their instruments (Diane Chaplin, Michael Reynolds, Nelita True, Margo
Garrett), and at major festivals and schools, including Tanglewood, Bard, Eastman, Music Academy of the West, and Juilliard. This year, with the Chelsea Symphony, Christopher performed at Symphony Space
and Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, while earning his master’s degree in psychology from Teachers College,
Columbia University (graduating magna cum laude)! Mr. Ortiz,
also amazingly multi-faceted, has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Rochester, in addition to his B.M. and
M.M. degrees from Juilliard where he is currently working as a staff pianist, performing regularly in New York in important
venues. Don’t miss this dynamic duo!
July 29 at 4 PM: The Piazzolla Trio, piano and strings
performances from Barbados to New York, the Piazzolla Trio has thrilled audiences and been featured as a “Must-See Concert”
(Carib Journal). Founding dynamo, Albanian Gjilberta Lucaj, has performed in Mexico, China, South Korea, Europe, Afghanistan,
and major NY venues (as well as recording and performing for Beyoncé, Coldplay, and before numerous dignitaries). She
is also a composer, actress, and model. Violinist Anat Almani (included in Henry Roth’s book, Violin Virtuosos from Paganini to the 21stCentury) made her concerto debut at age 16 in Carnegie Hall and has since soloed with
orchestras from Israel to Colombia, and on radio and television worldwide. Pianist Lynelle James, “a remarkably sensitive
chamber collaborator” (Classical Voice
of New England), has been in demand since early
acclaimed performances at Lincoln Center and her concerto debut at age ten in New Zealand, performing in festivals across
the US, New Zealand, Canada, and Italy, where she was broadcast as a prizewinner at the Schlern Festival. Together, the three
will present a feast of Mozart, Rachmaninoff, and of course Piazzolla, of tango fame!
Sunday, August 5th, at 4 PM: Lynelle James, pianist
Back from a year of accolades
and honors, including American Record Guide’s Critics’ Choice List for 2017, Lynelle James returns to Sevenars
with a dazzling solo program of Mozart, Liszt, Chopin, and more! As a student of her grandparents, Rolande and Robert Schrade,
and daughter of pianists Robelyn Schrade-James and David James, she
captured audiences’ hearts from her earliest performances (Lincoln Center, NY) in which she was praised for “real
tenderness” and “the extroversion of a committed performer” (NY Times). She was recently likened to “the young
Martha Argerich” in “gut-wrenching … and technically immaculate” playing (Alan Becker, ARG)
on her 2017 CD, released under the Blue Griffin label. Recipient of a doctorate from the University of Michigan under noted
pianist Arthur Greene, she has played in the major venues of NY, toured and lectured at colleges and universities, throughout
the US, and performed in recitals and festivals internationally.
August 12th at 4PM: The Bob Sparkman Trio
“The Bob Sparkman
Trio combines the gifts of jazz clarinetist Bob
Sparkman with those of Jerry Noble, as classical and jazz pianist, guitarist, and composer,
and those of Kara Noble, bass guitarist and vocalist. Clifton “Jerry” Noble is a sought-after
composer of works performed internationally, as well as being the incredibly gifted staff pianist for Smith college. He has
enjoyed more than twenty years of jazz collaborations with clarinet wizard Bob Sparkman, and together theyhave attracted devoted
fans of their concerts and numerous coveted 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 versatile musical support including expert vocals. As Jerry’s wife and
longtime musical partner, Kara has special insight into his compositions, as well as her own inimitable touch! For a special treat Jerry and Kara will pair up for an exciting new set of duets which Jerry composed and will perform with her - "Souvenirs from Ireland" inspired
by their recent trips to County Kerry!
Sunday, August 19th at 4PM: "Seven R's at Sevenars" with Rorianne Schrade, piano
Coming out of a year that saw her seventh recital in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Rorianne was featured glowingly
in several reviews and described by ConcertoNet.com as having “formidable
technique,” “color and zest … that reached out to the packed Weill Recital Hall audience.” Along
with performing, her season including teaching as well as reviewing concerts for New York Concert Review, which, prior to
her joining their staff, had published reviews of her by noted reviewer Harris Goldsmith praising her “nuance and flexibility
that had this listener thinking of Rachmaninoff’s own recordings! In honor of the 50thanniversary of Sevenars
(named after the seven “R”-named Schrade family members), and in homage to a similar program concept of her father
Robert Schrade, Rorianne has selected a program of famous and lesser-known composers with “R” names – Rachmaninoff,
Ravel, Rameau, Respighi, Ries, Rodrigo, and Roussel (and possibly one to grow on!).
This recital will be repeated in a special encore presentation
at the White Church Music Series in Blandford, MA, August 25th at 7:30 PM with thanks to the Town of Blandford's Local Cultural
Council for their generous grant to Sevenars Concerts, Inc., for season 2018.
For more information on the Blandford White Church series, please click the link below:
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
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