Friday, March 15, 2024

The Sembrich Announces Centennial Season Events

2024 Festival Graphic Logo

BOLTON LANDING – The Sembrich announces its 2024 summer festival “A Century of Sembrich.” Celebrating 100 years of Marcella Sembrich’s musical legacy on Lake George, the 2024 festival boasts a spectacular line-up of today’s acclaimed concert artists and features works by composers in Sembrich’s own artistic circle. 

The 2024 festival begins on June 5 and runs through August 31. Highlights of the 2024 festival include:

A Juneteenth Celebration with Composer Anthony Davis (June 19 – 7:00 PM)
The Sembrich celebrates Juneteenth with Pulitzer prize-winning composer Anthony Davis. Soprano Christine Jobson, bass-baritone Carl DuPont, and pianist Alan Johnson perform excerpts from Davis’s acclaimed operas, X – The Life and Times of Malcolm X, Amistad, Tania and The Central Park Five, all portraying momentous actions and engagements crucial to black Americans. Composer Davis will also treat the audience to a piano improvisation and a discussion of his works.

A Night at the Museum – Centennial Benefit (July 11 – 7:00 PM)
For one night only, literary dramatist Betty Spinelli and members of The Sembrich Board and Staff will offer an exclusive glimpse into the Gilded Age life of Marcella Sembrich by showcasing a selection of her treasured and rarely displayed possessions, including a diamond bracelet from the Czar of Russia, a silver tribute from Enrico Caruso, and the famous Queen of the Night costume from the Metropolitan Opera premiere of Mozart’s The Magic Flute

World Premiere: At That Hour – A Chamber Opera After James Joyce (August 24 – 7:00 PM)
A shared love of classical music brings together two unlikely souls in this Joyce-inspired chamber opera written expressly for The Sembrich studio.  Also on the program, works by Haydn and Beethoven. Commissioned for The Sembrich’s 2024 centennial celebration in partnership with The American Center for New Works Development at Seagle Festival, this new work by Composer-in-Residence Richard Wargo will be performed by artists from Seagle Festival and the Hyperion String Quartet.

Chopin by Candlelight (August 31 – 6:00 PM)
The Sembrich brings down the curtain on its centennial summer with an elegant candlelit evening featuring music by one of the world’s most beloved composers, Frédéric Chopin. Piano virtuoso Christopher Johnson performs some of the most enduring works by this “Poet of the Piano,” exploring the master’s full range of expression, from the brilliant and heroic to the poetic. Johnson will pay tribute to Marcella Sembrich with a delightful paraphrase by Franz Liszt of the soprano’s signature song, Chopin’s “The Maiden’s Wish.” The performance will be followed by a Parisian-style lakeside reception, accompanied by the string duo of Amanda and Jonathan Brin.

WindSync Woodwind Quintet. Photo by Carlin Ma.

Family Events in Bolton Landing
Two fun-packed family events come to Bolton Landing as part of the festival! 

  • “Interstellar Cinderella” performed by WindSync (July 25 at Rogers Park) is a delightful performance for the entire family, introducing five wind instruments of the orchestra, complete with costumes and choreography. 
  • “Dragon’s Breath” performed by emerging artists from Seagle Festival (August 1 at The Sembrich) is charming original children’s opera by Evan Mack, with a libretto by Joshua McGuire, exploring themes of coping with anger and other difficulties faced by young people.  Follow young Alan as he gains wisdom in dealing with his own emotions.

Alfred Z. Solomon Masterwork Series
Featuring some of the finest concert artists on the classical music scene, the Masterwork Series celebrates monumental figures in Marcella Sembrich’s artistic circle. 

  • “Classical Splendor” (July 6 – 7:00 PM) features violinist Ruben Rengel and pianist Ahmed Alom performing works of Brahms, Lizst, Stravinsky, and more.
  • “Composers Sembrich Knew” (August 4 – 7:00 PM) is an evening of chamber music by members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, including works by Puccini, Brahms, and Kreisler.
  • “Violinist Kinga Augustyn” (August 17 – 7:00 PM) brings the acclaimed violinist back to Bolton Landing for an evening of masterworks, including the de Beriot concerto performed by Marcella Sembrich at the Metropolitan Opera in 1884.

World Music Wednesdays
The Sembrich’s popular lakeside matinee series celebrates music from around the globe. This year’s events include “Harmonia Ensemble” (July 17 – 2:00) highlighting music from Marcella Sembrich’s homeland in Eastern Europe, “Jomion and The Uklos” (August 7 – 2:00 PM) exploring unique traditions from West Africa, and “Cantrip” (August 28 – 2:00 PM) closing the series with beloved Celtic tunes.

Marcella Sembrich (I.C. Mackeown. Date Unknown). From The Sembrich Collection.Promenade Series
Perfect for a casual evening or date night on the lakeshore, this outdoor concert series features multi-genre works by some of the most unique musical ensembles. This year’s series features the Zeger – Pesaturo accordion/violin duo (July 13 – 7:00 PM), the cutting-edge woodwind quintet WindSync (July 27 – 7:00 PM), and acclaimed guitar/violin duo ArcoStrum (August 21 – 7:00 PM). 

Tickets and the full-season schedule are available at TheSembrich.org/festival

The Sembrich’s 2024 Summer Festival “A Century of Sembrich” is made possible, in part, by support from the New York State Council on the Arts, Town of Bolton, Warren County, Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust, Touba Family Foundation, and the generosity of local businesses and individuals. Additional support is provided by a Market New York grant awarded to The Sembrich from I LOVE NY/ New York State’s Division of Tourism through the Regional Economic Development Council initiative.

 

Photos:
WindSync Woodwind Quintet – Photo by Carlin Ma
Marcella Sembrich (I.C. Mackeown. Date Unknown). From The Sembrich Collection.

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