Saturday, August 11, 2018

Two Weeks of the Lake George Music Festival

Celebrating its 8th year, the Lake George Music Festival (LGMF) continues to stretch the boundaries of classical music. The goal of the LGMF is continue to respect and preserve the music that has stood the test of time while showcasing the art of current musicians. For two weeks the festival brings world class chamber musicians, orchestras, and choir music throughout the village of Lake George and beyond.

President and CEO Alexander Lombard said their mission is to continue to bring classical music to the community and provide a living breathing art form. During the festival’s two week schedule the core of the events remain within the Village. Some venues extend into the neighboring communities like North Creek, Silver Bay and Saratoga Springs to draw awareness to their programming as well as provide unique experiences to their musicians.

“One new event is the Wiawaka Holiday House Wine and Chocolate Tasting,” says  Lombard. “This outdoor concert will be under a tent with Adirondack Winery featuring their wines as well as North Creek’s Barkeater Chocolates. We always love to keep it local.”

Not only does LGMF utilize local products and unique venues, Lombard is showcasing a part of Lake George’s history with an event at the Wiawaka Holiday House, a historic women’s only retreat.

“Back in the day Georgia O’Keefe stayed at Wiawaka and drew inspiration from the area for her art. Now we get to go there and make great music,” says Lombard. “It is still a women’s only retreat, but men are allowed on the property for special events.”

Lake George Music Festival wants to continue to take classical music off its pedestal. Whether it’s a concert on the Lake George Steamboat Company’s Minni Ha-ha or an outdoor performance at Shepard’s Park Amphitheatre, LGMF is making the streets of Lake George about world-class music.

Tickets are on sale online or by calling (518) 791-5089. Tickets vary in price based on event venue and activity. Discounts are available for groups as well as students. All children (6-18) are admitted free to those events not serving food or beverages.  The LGMF opens on August 12 and concludes August 24.

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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