The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Sevenars Music Festival announces its 53rd Anniversary Season

WHAT: Sevenars Music Festival announces its 53rd Anniversary Season
WHEN: Sundays at 4pm from July 11 through August 16
WHERE: The Sevenars Academy, 15 Ireland St, MA-112, South Worthington, MA

Phone: 413-238-5854

Sevenars is delighted to announce its 53rd anniversary season of music, classical and jazz, solo and chamber, in idyllic South Worthington, Massachusetts. For over a half century, this family-founded festival has presented performances by acclaimed artists with the warm atmosphere and perfect acoustics of the historic Academy in South Worthington. Admission remains by donation only (suggested $20 per person). There will also be virtual selections from concerts presented in the summer over the internet, and also some opportunities to meet the artists via Zoom. For more information, as dates for virtual plans and Covid guidelines for live concerts evolve, please visit the Sevenars website in April for updates on protocols for attendance. Meanwhile, the six live concerts are as follows:

On July 11, the traditional family concert opens the season, with members of the Schrade and James families, the nucleus of Sevenars, playing piano solo, piano duo, and cello music including works by Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Debussy, Arvo Pärt, William Grant Still, and late festival founder Rolande Schrade, plus a newly transcribed duo work of Piazzolla in honor of his 100th anniversary.

On July 18, chamber music lovers will thrill to the sounds of the Elm Chamber Ensemble, a piano trio led by music faculty of Smith College. Violinist Joel Pitchon, cellist Volcy Pelletier, and pianist Yu-Mei Wei, will share a rich program of Beethoven, Brahms, and more.

On July 25, renowned pianist Jiayan Sun performs Beethoven's final three Sonatas, masterpieces for which this thoughtful pianist has been praised by critics. Though Beethoven's 250th anniversary was "quarantined" in 2020, we celebrate his entire year through December 16, 2021.

August 1 will mark a long-awaited return of chamber music from the Taconic Music Festival, led by the brilliant pair of Ariel Rudiakov and Joana Genova. The string quartets planned are by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and Stephen Dankner, plus the sensational "Strum" by Jessie Montgomery.

August 8th the beautiful and dynamic duo of violinist Alexis Walls and Sevenars pianist Lynelle James will bring a program of Franck, Brahms, and more, and the ever-popular Sparkman Trio will close the season on August 15th with inimitable jazz clarinet stylings by Bob Sparkman in a perfect meld with pianist/composer Jerry Noble and Kara Noble on bass guitar.

Details will follow and be available at the website as updates are made.

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