Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake, has announced a new acquisition on view in its Life in the Adirondacks exhibition: a cramped, dilapidated shack, known as “The Closet” that for two summers was home to a young and talented African-American tenor, Fulton Fryar.
Through the combined efforts of Adirondack Architectural Heritage, the Seagle Music Colony, and Adirondack Experience, this historic artifact was saved from demolition and will help educate museum visitors about the history of racial discrimination in the Adirondack Park. » Continue Reading.
Back in 1957 John Seagle invited a young singer to his training program, the Seagle Music Colony. The young singer’s name was Fulton Fryar and this is significant because Fulton was the first African-American to come to the Colony. This was several years before the Civil Rights Movement would win its hard-earned victories in Congress and at this time much of America was still segregated, but John thought him talented and wanted him to come study at Seagle Music Colony.
John’s solution to accommodate Fulton for his stay in Schroon Lake was to have a small bedroom built on the side of the laundry building. Fulton sang in all the shows that summer, sang in the vesper and town concerts, and other than sleeping separately, lived a regular colony life. » Continue Reading.
Our Town Theatre Group will present Seagle Music Colony’s performance of “Boulevards of Song” on Saturday, September 16, at 7:30 pm in the Lyle Dye Auditorium at Tannery Pond Center. This performance is a musical revue of songs made popular in Broadway shows and in movies. » Continue Reading.
The Sembrich summer film series will begin on Monday, June 26th at 7:30 pm at the Bolton Free Library with the North Country premiere of Afterimage, the final film by Polish director Andrzej Wajda, who passed away in 2016 at age 90. The screening is free and open to the public.
Afterimage will be introduced by Radka Franczak, a film-maker in her own right who studied at the Wadja School in Poland under the mentorship of Wajda.
In addition to introducing the Wajda film, Franczak will present a brief preview of her own work-in-progress, a film documentary on the life of Marcella Sembrich entitled Lost Voice. » Continue Reading.
Seagle Music Colony in Schroon Lake has announced that Artistic Director Darren K. Woods, who has been in a leadership role with the company since 1996, has assumed a full time position.
Woods will continue to be Artistic Director, a position charged with the artistic direction of the company, but his duties will expand to include leadership of the Colony’s fundraising efforts. He joins Tony Kostecki, General Director and Jim Koehnle, Managing/Technical Director as the third full-time employee of the organization. » Continue Reading.
A highlight of The Sembrich schedule each summer are the season previews featuring selections from upcoming productions by Opera Saratoga and the Seagle Music Colony.
On Wednesday, June 15th at 7:30 pm, the Young Artists of Opera Saratoga present a sampling from the company’s 2016 repertoire, including excerpts from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Il Postino by Daniel Catán and The Witches of Venice by Philip Glass. General admission tickets are $25. Members of The Sembrich are invited to attend this season-opening program free-of-charge.
The Seagle Music Colony singers return to The Sembrich for their annual season preview on Wednesday, June 29th at 1:30 pm. The sold-out program features selections from The Most Happy Fella, The Elixir of Love, Roscoe and The Music Man. » Continue Reading.
The mountains, nature and waterways are just part of what makes our time in the Adirondacks so unique. The other part is the artists, musicians and performers that make the Adirondacks their home while sharing their creativity with the rest of us. Though the numerous Adirondack professional and regional theaters are offering a variety of entertainment, it’s the unique opportunities that these theaters have on the docket that I’d like to highlight.
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