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Sevenars Music Festival
August 4 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until August 18, 2019
Join us for 6 Sundays, 4:00 PM, July 14- August 18th. World Renowned Artists — Prizewinning Newcomers
Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 4PM: Viola d’Amore and more, with the Greenwood Chamber Players
Matthew Dane, viola d’amore; Christina Jennings, flute; Gregory Beaver, cello; Gregory Hayes, harpsichord
Sevenars is excited to welcome back members of the illustrious faculty of Greenwood Music Camp in a program featuring the viola d’amore, with its nationally known proponent Matthew Dane, who will share his wealth of knowledge as well as playing Vivaldi’s Concerto in D minor with superb musicians Gregory Hayes (harpsichordist and Dartmouth faculty member) and Gregory Beaver (cellist of the now-disbanded but celebrated Chiara quartet). Along with major works of Bach, Ariosti, and Garth Knox (and fiddle tunes TBA), the program will include the premiere of a new (2019) work by Geoff Hudson, pairing the viola d’amore with the flute artistry of Christina Jennings (a star flutist who happens to be Matthew Dane’s wife)! Don’t miss this unforgettable musical smorgasbord!
Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 4PM: Pianist George Bowerman
“Young Artist to Watch” (2016) Returns to Sevenars
Exciting young pianist George Bowerman returns to Sevenars by popular demand three years after giving his impressive Sevenars debut as “Young Artist to Watch.” Native of Springfield, he has distinguished himself in the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, the North York Music Festival in Ontario, and the Seattle International Piano Competition, as well as summer programs from Eastman to Brevard Music Center. Notable performances have been at New York’s Steinway Hall, Newport’s Belcourt Castle, and on recital seriesthroughout the Northeastern US and Canada. He plays a wide range of repertoire with passionate dedication and will bring us a beautifully diverse program of works by C.P.E. Bach, Franck, Brahms, and Chopin, and also an exciting work by the masterful Massachusetts composer, Stephen Dankner.
Sunday, August 11, 2019 at 4PM: Pianist David James
David James, one of New Zealand’s foremost pianists, will play masterworks by Schubert, Chopin, Brahms, Albeniz, Ravel, Lecuona, and de Falla.Though a tireless director of Sevenars for decades, he gave his last solo recital here nearly twenty years ago. Praised for “electric intensity and brilliant virtuosity” (N.Z. press) he was a top prizewinner of the prestigious University of Maryland International Competition, among others. His recordings as recitalist and soloist with orchestra for Radio N.Z. are still aired throughout N.Z., England, and Wales. His many New York appearances have included a 1980 Carnegie Recital Hall debut (presented by the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council and New Zealand consulate), and regular performances at Lincoln Center with pianist Robelyn Schrade, as well as collaborations with the distinguished University Glee Club.
Sunday August 18, 2019 at 4PM: The Bob Sparkman Trio
The Bob Sparkman Trio is a Sevenars favorite, combining the gifts of jazz clarinetist Bob Sparkman with those of Jerry Noble, classical and jazz pianist, guitarist, and composer, and Kara Noble, bass guitarist and vocalist. Clifton “Jerry” Noble is a sought-after composer of works performed internationally, as well as gifted staff pianist for Smith college. He has enjoyed over twenty years of collaborations with clarinet wizard Bob Sparkman, together attracting devoted fans of their concerts and CD recordings. Bob is a national treasure who honed his golden clarinet phrasing while playing with The Jazzmen, The Bourbon Street Six, the Gotham Jazz Band, Fats Waller’s trumpeter Herman Autry and other greats. Bass guitarist Kara Noble unites the trio with her superb musical support including versatile vocals. Come celebrate our grand finale!
Admission 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. Note: 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!
“One of the best small music festivals in the USA” (Time Magazine)