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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.
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!
Sunday, July 24 at 4PM: From Leipzig to Paris, with Piano, Oboe, Bassoon, and Violin
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.
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!
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).
Sunday, August 14: Jerry Noble and Friends, Piano, Clarinet, Violin,
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!