Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Lake George Music Festival Back For Seventh Season

Once again the Lake George Music Festival is back with a prestigious lineup of over 80 musicians from around the world.  The festival provides a buffet of musical options from orchestra and chamber music concerts, workshops to  free open rehearsals, rooftop chamber dinners or evening steamboat cruises.

President and CEO Alexander Lombard helped create the Lake George Music Festival in 2011 and continues to bring world-class chamber music to the southern Adirondacks. From August 11-24, musicians are scheduled to perform in intimate settings such as the St. James Episcopal and Sacred Heart churches, Lake George Club, The Marriott Rooftop, and Lake George Steamboat Company.

Through his own professional chamber music contacts and those of his colleagues, Lombard has pulled together musicians from many distinguished institutions including the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Pittsburgh Opera as well as symphonies from all over the country.  Students, faculty and alumni from nearly every music conservatory in the nation including the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, and the Eastman School of Music also flock to the shores of Lake George to perform throughout the two-week festival.

The festival opens August 11 with a dinner/dance benefit at the Fort William Henry Hotel. The proceeds from the opening festivities directly fund programming for young artists performing through this 2017 season.

This year’s free children’s concert will be held at the Shepard Park amphitheater on August 19 at 5 pm. The Lake George Music Festival Symphony Orchestra will perform the The Soldier’s Tale as Adirondack Theatre Festival Managing Director Bridget Dunigan narrates the story. Dancers and actors will bring the piece, based on a Russian folk tale, to life.

The Lake George Music Festival is a unique opportunity to introduce chamber music to a new audience was well as gather chamber music aficionados throughout Lake George and beyond.  Keep in mind that all students receive 50% off all Lake George Music Festival tickets. There are discounts at hotels and even a chance to win two all-access season passes. For anyone unable to attend any of the concert, all open rehearsals are free.

Photo of the Lake George Music Festival provided. 

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Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.

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