Thursday, August 8, 2019

Lake George Music Festival Showcases New Artists

Celebrating its ninth year, the Lake George Music Festival  (LGMF) continues to stretch the boundaries of classical music.

The goal of the LGMF is to continue to respect and preserve traditional classical music while showcasing the art of contemporary musicians. For two weeks the festival brings world-class chamber musicians, orchestras, and choir music to the streets of Lake George.

According to LGMF President and CEO Alexander Lombard, the mission of LGMF is to bring classical music to the community and create positive experiences through beautiful venues and world-class music. During the festival’s two-week schedule the core events happen in the village of Lake George. Due to the popularity of the annual festival, some venues extend into the neighboring communities such as Glens Falls, Diamond Point, and North Creek.

“Our theme is limitless programming,” says Lombard. “Our goal is to always bring a variety of adventurous and contemporary musicians to the Lake George area. We are also excited to be working with a variety of people on a capital campaign to develop a performing arts center.”

Lombard says that they love their church venues and the way the community supports the festival. As the event grows in popularity they are looking toward the future. A four- to five-year timeline is mapped out to bring a performing arts center to the area.

“This year our venues are the same. People can continue to listen to any open performance for free. We also offer students half-price tickets to most performances and children up to 18 are free to almost all of the events.”

Tickets are on sale online or by calling (518) 791-5089. Tickets vary in price based on event venue and activity. Ticketed events are air-conditioned, family-friendly, and handicap-accessible. There is also free parking. 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 is open from August 11-23, 2019.

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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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