The Sembrich, located at 4800 Lakeshore Drive in Bolton Landing, has announced its 2013 summer series of chamber music concerts and more, running from June 8 through September 5. This season’s theme is “Titans of Opera.”
“Although our summer series at The Sembrich has gained a reputation over the years as a destination for intimate chamber music concerts, this season we are taking on a grander theme,” says Artistic Director Richard Wargo. “We’re honoring opera composers Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner on the bicentennials of their births, and Benjamin Britten on the centennial of his.
“But don’t expect Rhinemaidens or Valkyries to descend upon Sembrich Point!,” adds Mr. Wargo. “It’s just that we’ll be taking the opportunity of these important musical anniversaries to illuminate intimate aspects of these master composers, in miniature, with the added intimacy that The Sembrich studio affords.”
Highlights of the “Titans of Opera” season include a performance by the Hyperion Quartet of Verdi’s lone chamber piece String Quartet in E minor; Sigfried Idyll, composed by Wagner as a birthday gift for his wife and performed by members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Lake George Music Festival; Wesendonck Lieder, Wagner’s only song cycle, presented by the Brooklyn Art Song Society; and a Britten centennial tribute by Music from Salem.
Additionally, special this summer season, costumes of Madame Sembrich’s will be on display during museum hours (10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. seven days a week from June 15 to September 15).
“Two of Madame Sembrich’s rarely-seen costumes will be displayed: The garden scene gown from Verdi’s La Traviata, and a jeweled tunic she wore in Wagner’s Meistersinger,” says Beth Barton- Navitsky, the Sembrich’s executive director. “The museum is looking forward to a busy 76th year!”
The Marcella Sembrich Memorial Association, Inc. (MSMA), founded in 1940, honors international opera singer Marcella Sembrich at her former teaching studio and woodland retreat on Lake George, by continuing the tradition of musical performances. Each summer, renowned international musicians perform in The Sembrich Studio reminiscent of the chambers and salons in which chamber music was first played.
For more information, visit www.thesembrich.org or contact The Sembrich at (518) 644-2431.