Welcome to the Sevenars Music Festival!
of the best small music festivals in the USA"
Welcome to our 50th Season (49th Anniversary) in the Summer of
Sundays, 4:00 PM, July 9- August 13th
World Renowned Artists
-- Prizewinning Newcomers
Sevenars Concerts, established in 1968, was selected one of the six best small music festivals in the USA by Time
Magazine. Founded by internationally known pianist Robert and his celebrated composer/songwriter/pianist wife Rolande Young
Schrade, it all began with "Family Concerts" starting in 1968 in the small Methodist Church of the idyllic town
of South Worthington, Massachusetts, a village now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Robert and Rolande
included in their concerts their five young pianist children, Robelyn, Rhonda Lee, Rolisa, Randolph, and Rorianne (hence the
name "Sevenars" as all seven performers had names starting with the letter "R"), and concerts drew growing
crowds that spilled out of the church. A larger space was needed!
In 1976, the concerts moved across the little street to the
historic Academy building, established in 1895 by Russell Conwell, founder of Temple University and author of the famous
"Acres of Diamonds" lecture. Sevenars was incorporated as Sevenars Concerts, Inc. and was then able to branch out,
becoming an official non-profit organization under IRS Code 509(A)(1), Section 501(c)(3). In the years that followed Sevenars
was able to present over 300 guest artists, both world-renowned performers and prizewinning newcomers. Enrichment programs
for schoolchildren and arts and crafts exhibits have also been presented, but the concerts were "a natural"
- partly due to the in the landmark Academy's miraculous acoustics.
In 1978, Robelyn Schrade, already garnering raves following her sold-out New York recitals,
married outstanding New Zealand pianist, David James, and the concerts became "Schrade-James family" concerts. All
the young musicians started accumulating accolades in New York and elsewhere, and 1980 saw the New York Lincoln Center Debut
of this "Remarkable Assemblage of Pianists" (Allen Hughes, New York Times). The Schrade-James daughter,
Lynelle James, arrived in 1985 and joined the concerts at age five (appearing in New York with the family's 25th anniversary
Lincoln Center concert), and son Christopher arrived in 1990, also joining the concerts at age five (and appearing in the
year 2000 at Lincoln Center).
Though all family members are kept
busy with individual concerts, recording, teaching, conducting, and other pursuits (with Christopher James becoming
the family's first dedicated cellist!), Sevenars is still run by Schrades and Jameses, with love and devotion. Despite the
severe blows of losing beloved Robelyn Schrade-James in 2014, and founders Robert and Rolande Schrade in 2015, we are determined
to continue the beautiful legacy they created with us all - and with you, our most wonderful and loyal audiences!
Sevenars in the evening -- please visit in the Summer, 2017, to see Sevenars in the sunshine!
Concerts are held at the Academy,
South Ireland Street and Rte. 112, South Worthington, MA 01098
(Mailing address: Sevenars, 80 East End Avenue, Ste. 3G,
New York, N.Y. 10028)
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.
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!
For further information, click the Information option of the menu to the left of this
or email Sevenars@aol.com
or call: 413-238-5854
This project is funded in part by the Cultural Councils of
Amherst, Hadley Huntington, Plainfield, and Worthington, local agencies which are funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural
Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Sevenars is deeply grateful for the help of these supportive