This family-based music festival, founded by Robert and Rolande Schrade and named after the first letter of their
names and those of their five children, opened its 51st anniversary season on “Bastille Day” with an exhilarating
program of French music performed (mostly) by members of the extended Schrade-James family.... The joyous atmosphere of this musical
family gathering was an auspicious launch to this beloved festival’s second half-century."
Sevenars Music Festival 50th Anniversary season
opened Sunday afternoon to a full house at the Academy in South Worthington.
Robert and Rolande Schrade would have been gratified by how faithfully their surviving children and grandchildren have preserved
the commitment to great performance of great music that has been a hallmark of Sevenars since its inception."
historic Academy was nearly filled to capacity … thrilling and mesmerizing their listeners … a roof-raising
*“Among local summer music festivals, Tanglewood may have the bigger name, but the music
making at Sevenars is just as distinguished, the venue is a lot more intimate, and the repertoire on any one program is likely
to be a good deal more eclectic.”
*“Tanglewood, Sevenars Showcase Great
*“Sevenars has emerged as a summer
‘must’ for music
News, Arts Beat (2016)
*"I was frankly overwhelmed
by the beauty of the Sevenars sounds in this wooden auditorium..."
*"Although the musicians
may “relax” with their audience, which they view as their guests and friends, their playing is in no way relaxed
or scaled back; it is serious, world-class professional...It is the combination of all of these elements, the fine music,
the unique attractive and charming venue with good acoustics in its lovely setting, the musicians (hosts, hostesses, and visiting),
the warm welcome and ambiance, and the personalized touches that make this festival at the same time different from so many
others and so very special, and have kept people coming back regularly (sometimes persistently!) for so many years. If you
find yourself in Western Mass on a summer Sunday afternoon and want a rewarding and satisfying experience, head to So. Worthington
to hear a Sevenars concert."
the feature article:"The Sevenars Concerts: Forty Years
of Love and Devotion"
Classical Voice of New England, 2008
(For complete article, see www.CVNewEng.org)
* "Generations of audiences have thrilled at the many recitals of this highly spirited group -- be it a full family affair
or a solo performance when one of them takes the stage alone"
New York Concert Review,
Vol 9, #2
* "The music may be high-powered, but
on concert day the ambiance is still down-home and family."
The Boston Globe (feature)
* "The ambiance at Sevenars is as important as the music.
The lovely New England setting and the warm presence of a closely-knit and musically-dedicated family bring us back to values
in danger of neglect"
Daily Hampshire Gazette
* "The Schrade family, three generations of it, is filled with sound musicians"
The New York Times
* "a priceless gift to offer the world"
* "Where the spirits are lively and the concerts even more so!"
listing of Sevenars as "one of the best small music festivals in the U.S.A.")
* "More than a concert--there is something profound at work. "