From the Press:
*“The historic Academy was nearly filled to capacity … thrilling and mesmerizing their listeners
… a roof-raising standing ovation…”
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 Music” (headline)
*“Sevenars has emerged as a summer
for music lovers.”
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."
From the feature
article:" The Sevenars Concerts: Forty Years of Love and Devotion" in Classical
Voice of New England, 2008
article, see www.CVNewEng.org)
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
(with 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. The Schrades' combination of musical and
familial ties is strong medicine for a needful world"