Sevenars Concerts, Inc., est 1968

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 Sevenars Music Festival
Est. 1968
South Worthington, Massachusetts ~ Mail/Office: New York, NY
 
"One of the best small music festivals in the USA"
(Time Magazine)

 

Contact Info and Mailing Address

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World Renowned Artists -- Prizewinning Newcomers  
 
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Reservations not required or taken.  

Admission will be, as ever, by donation at the door (suggested $20).

Call 413-238-5854 if you have questions.

 

 

COVID 

 

Distancing 

 We are recommending three-feet physical distancing between parties for all performances. Although physical distancing is no longer required in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, it is recommended for patrons who are unvaccinated per guidelines from the Center for Disease Control .

 

Vaccination status and Masks:

*As with most organizations, we are NOT checking vaccination status, so the risk level of attending a concert is roughly that of being in other public spaces. 

 

In light of the new CDC suggestion and surges in July, we are asking all guests to wear a mask until further notice.

If you do not have a mask with you, we can provide one.

 Thank you for understanding.

 

 

There will be sanitizers available on the premises. 

 

Sevenars will not be liable for personal health decisions in this challenging environment.  

We urge you to attend only if you are well and without symptoms. 

We appreciate your forbearance with updates to guidelines, which will be posted here www.sevenars.org. 

 

THANK YOU!

 

 

 

 A Bit of Sevenars History

 

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!

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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)

 

 

We look forward to sharing great music with you!

 

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We are overwhelmed with gratitude at receiving 17 Local Cultural Council Grants this year!

 

 This 2021 project was made possible in part by the LCC's (Local Cultural Councils) of the following towns:

 Ashfield, Becket, Blandford, Chester, Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Hinsdale-Peru, Huntington, 

Lee, Montgomery, Northampton, Plainfield, Russell, Southampton, West Springfield, and Worthington.

These LCC's are local agencies which are funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council,

a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

We are deeply grateful!

 

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Sevenars Concerts, Inc. is a non-profit organization  under IRS Code 509(A)(1), Section 501 (c)(3) ~ To reach by phone, call (413) 238-5854 ~ Send emails to: sevenars@aol.com