BOLTON LANDING – Acclaimed musical theater historian John Kenrick will present “Hamilton – The Man, The Musical, The Cultural Phenomenon!,” on Wednesday, August 16 at 2 PM. This highly anticipated studio talk uncovers how Lin-Manuel Miranda’s trailblazing blending of hip-hop and Broadway styles created the revolutionary musical Hamilton. Mr. Kenrick will share performance videos and other media that lend insight into how the life story of America’s most controversial founding father became the basis for one of the most acclaimed Broadway musicals of all time.
“I think show business history is the most fascinating subject in the world. My goal is simple: to make it as entertaining and exciting for others as it is for me,” says Kenrick. » Continue Reading.
BOLTON LANDING – Boyd Meets Girl, the popular guitar-cello duo will perform at The Sembrich on Wednesday, July 26 at 7:00 PM as part of the lakeside museum’s Trailblazers summer festival. Boyd Meets Girl pairs Australian classical guitarist Rupert Boyd with American cellist Laura Metcalf. The duo has toured the world sharing their eclectic mix of music from Debussy and Bach to Radiohead and Beyoncé, and their two studio albums have been streamed well over 2 million times on Spotify alone. “We’re delighted that Boyd Meets Girl is able to join us this season at The Sembrich” says Artistic Director Richard Wargo. “Boyd Meets Girl is precisely the type of ensemble that we had in mind when we established our outdoor Promenade Series a year ago — engaging, virtuosic performers; an eclectic, imaginative mix of repertoire presented with sophistication and wit.”
Both acclaimed soloists in their own right, Boyd has been described as “truly evocative” by The Washington Post, and as “a player who deserves to be heard” by Classical Guitar Magazine, while Metcalf, also a member of the ensembles Break of Reality and The Overlook has been called “brilliant” by Gramophone. Boyd Meets Girl has toured throughout the USA, India, Nepal, New Zealand, and every state and territory in Australia, including engagements at Caramoor, Newport Music Festival, Bargemusic, Moab Music Festival and many others.
The duo arranges much of their repertoire themselves, drawing inspiration from artists across all genres, and often speak from the stage about the works to create an engaging, conversational concert experience that breaks down boundaries not only between musical genres but between audience and performer. Tickets can be purchased via phone at (518) 644-2431 or online.
Friday, July 28 Seagle Festival will present the children’s opera The Ugly Duckling at The Sembrich on Friday, July 28 at 10 AM. This charming children’s opera by composer Andrew Duncan and librettist Steven Malone, will be sung in English and is appropriate for children pre-K to 6th grade. “We are delighted to continue our annual partnership with Seagle Festival and bring the children’s opera here to Bolton Landing,” says Artistic Director Richard Wargo. “Every year, we welcome children from across the Lake George region to experience opera at The Sembrich, one of the Adirondack’s most unique operatic landmarks.”
The production is approximately 35 minutes long and will be followed by a Q&A session. Admission to the event is free. Reservations are encouraged and can be made via phone at (518) 644-2431 or online.
Wednesday, August 2 The traditional music trio Grosse Isle was born out of the “absolutely magical” collaboration between three exceptional musicians from Quebec and Ireland (The Irish Music Magazine). Together, Sophie Lavoie du Lac-St-Jean (fiddle, piano, vocal), André Marchand the legendary (guitar, vocal), and Fiachra O’Regan, Irish champion (uilleann pipes, whistle, banjo) shine with their rich and enveloping music. These musicians all have a national and international reputation as a duo mainly in the case of Sophie & Fiachra and within several groups for 40 years as far as André Marchand is concerned (La Bottine Souriante, Les Charbonniers de l’Enfer and others).
The band name refers to the story of the mass arrival of the Irish in the 19th century, on Grosse Île in the St. Lawrence River, as they fled the Great Famine. It is a striking encounter between two peoples and two cultures.
About The Sembrich Experience music, history, and nature at The Sembrich in Bolton Landing. The Sembrich features museum exhibitions and an annual summer festival with an exciting mix of world-class musicians, noted musical scholars, a free film series, and the opportunity to enjoy it all on the beautiful shores of Lake George. Listed on the National Historic Register, The Sembrich was once the teaching studio of Polish soprano Marcella Sembrich, one of the most famous musicians at the turn of the 20th century. Visitors can discover her storied legacy, which includes over 400 performances at the Metropolitan Opera and faculty positions at both the Juilliard Graduate School and the Curtis Institute of Music. With a treasured museum, performance series, and over four wooded acres of nature trails to explore, The Sembrich is truly a unique cultural experience!
The Sembrich’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. The Sembrich is located at 4800 Lake Shore Drive, Bolton Landing, NY 12814. For more information, visit www.TheSembrich.org or contact us at (518) 644-2431 or email Office@TheSembrich.org.
Bolton Landing, NY – The Sembrich staff has recently announced a roundup of events to suit a variety of interests including the following programs, The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing – Evelyn Nesbit and the Scandal, Murder and Trial of America’s Gilded Age, Alma Mahler and Her Charmed Circle, and “A Tribute to David Smith” with Hub New Music. See below for additional details about these events.
Bolton Landing, NY – The Sembrich is pleased to announce its 2023 Summer Festival Trailblazers. From David Smith to Marin Alsop and Alma Mahler to Philip Glass, the singular achievements of outstanding individuals in arts and culture will be celebrated throughout the season by a stellar line-up of today’s finest concert artists! Trailblazers includes 23 individual events throughout the summer months beginning on June 11 and running through August 30. Tickets are on sale for all events.
Bolton Landing, NY – The Sembrich was awarded a total of $120,400 in grant funding from New York State to support new and ongoing initiatives. The funds were awarded through two agencies, the NYS Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and I LOVE NY/New York State’s Division of Tourism.
“We are grateful to the State of New York, the Council on the Arts, and I LOVE NY for their partnership and support,” says Director of Institutional Advancement Caleb Eick. “These funds will allow us to continue to grow and expand our programs and presence in our community. We are excited to undertake new initiatives and further solidify The Sembrich and our region as a world-class cultural destination.”
BOLTON LANDING – Acclaimed trumpet player Chris Coletti presents a lakeside evening of reimagined favorites from the Classical and Jazz repertoires on Wednesday, August 31 at 7:30 p.m. Comfortable in many styles, the program includes a Baroque concerto to showcase his skill on piccolo trumpet, classical works by Clara Schumann and Lili Boulanger, and an arrangement of Gershwin’s Three Preludes for trumpet and piano. Rounding out the program and highlighting Coletti’s “jazzy” side, are the Harry James “concerto,” a four-minute joyride through some of the famous band leader’s most virtuosic trumpet solos, and Coletti’s own arrangement of Astor Piazzolla’s ever-popular Libertango.
BOLTON LANDING – The Sembrich brings Seagle Festival to the lakeshore for a live performance of the children’s opera The Three Bears by Jonathan Stinson on Wednesday, July 20 at 10 am.
“We are so excited to collaborate with Seagle Festival to create accessible performances for our youngest audiences,” said Director of Outreach Caleb Eick. “This year’s production of Stinson’s The Three Bears is a humorous new take on the original story that will entertain both children and adults in the audience.”
The production of The Three Bears is approximately 40 minutes long and will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience. The story follows the traditional fairy-tale with the added twist that Goldilocks is a homeless orphan. The show resonates with the principles of equality, fair-treatment, and empathy.
The Sembrich has announced its 2022 Summer Festival Reimagining the Classics. The festival will explore reinvention – from transcriptions and arrangements of beloved classics, to rhapsodies and variations on themes of popular composers. Some events will return to the intimacy of the historic Sembrich Studio and others will be held under a lakeside performance tent. Events will begin in June and run through early September. Tickets are now on sale for all events in the 2022 summer festival.
“We’re delighted to present another summer of music here on Lake George,” said Artistic Director Richard Wargo. “Reimagining the Classics will explore all manner of reinvention and present a variety of refreshing new takes on classical favorites. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to reimagine many aspects of life, including the way we present and experience music. This summer’s festival will incorporate the best of those bold reinventions, including the introduction of our new outdoor Promenade Series.”
BOLTON LANDING – The Sembrich continues its Nature & Music Summer Festival with its 2021 membership event “Voice of the Mountains: Jeanne Robert Foster, An Adirondack Legacy,” on Saturday, July 17 at 2:00 PM. The event is a weaving of stories, songs, and readings celebrating Adirondack poet Jeanne Robert Foster and her love for the outdoors. Performers Eileen Egan Mack and Dan Berggren bring Jeanne’s neighbors of yesterday back to life, giving voice to the people and places that might otherwise be forgotten. Be prepared for an entertaining journey back in time, with twists and turns to enjoy.
The Sembrich — a cultural center in Bolton Landing that honors international opera singer Marcella Sembrich at her former teaching studio — has announced the cancellation of its season, 20/20: Musical Visionaries.
An announcement from the nonprofit was posted today: “Although we lament not being able to present our planned summer festival this year, we will be focusing on ways to be helpful to you during this difficult time. New, unique online content will be developed for our website, TheSembrich.org, which we hope you will visit often and find engaging. We are also increasing our activity through social media, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Please consider following us to receive updates regarding our activities.
Pending permission from the appropriate governmental authorities, we hope to open our grounds to the community for peaceful walks with appropriate social distancing. We will continue to follow all CDC, state, and local guidelines for safety. It is currently unknown whether or not we will open the museum in 2020.”
The Sembrich Summer Film Series will continue on Monday, August 13th, at 7:30 pm with a screening of George Takei’s Allegiance, The Broadway Musical on the big screen at the Bolton Town Hall. Admission is free.
Filmed live on Broadway in January of 2016 during the last weeks of its run, Allegiance tells the story of the Kimura family, whose lives are upended when they and 110,000 other Japanese-Americans are forced to leave their homes following the events of Pearl Harbor. » 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.
It is the balance of arts and nature that draws my family to the Adirondacks. We have always been the type of people that have hiked a High Peak and then gone to a play at one on the area’s professional theatres or musical venues. Whether past of present, the Adirondacks continue to be a source of inspiration to a variety of performers as well as patrons of the arts.
For anyone interested in history and opera, the original The Magic Flute costume display at The Sembrich, Bolton Landing is worth a visit. According to Executive Director Beth Barton Navitsky the opportunity to see Marcella Sembrich’s original Queen of the Night costume from the 1900 Metropolitan Opera’s premiere of Mozart’s The Magic Flute will be ending September 15, 2015. » Continue Reading.
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