A small sampling of words from the press:
"Since 1968, Sevenars has been a crown jewel in the musical scene of Western New England."
Westfield News, ArtsBeat (2021)
"Tanglewood, Sevenars Showcase Great Music"
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.
Founders 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."
The Springfield Republican (2018)
historic Academy was nearly filled to capacity … thrilling and mesmerizing their listeners … a roof-raising
Springfield Republican (2017)
*“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 Music” (headline)
*“Sevenars has emerged as a summer ‘must’ for music lovers.”
Westfield News, Arts
*"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"
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!"
(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. "