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Trailblazers Summer Festival

June 11 @ 2:00 pm

A spirit of creativity and innovation will forge the path for the 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 at The Sembrich.

2023 Schedule:

  • Sunday, June 11 at 2:00 pm – 2023 Young Performers Showcase 
    • Celebrate our region’s most promising young artists in an afternoon of vocal and instrumental music, in both classical and popular styles. Tickets: $10
  • Saturday, June 17 at 2:00 pm – In the Footsteps of Piatigorsky
    • The Sembrich and The Hyde Collection bring you this season’s member appreciation event! Join us for a studio talk and performance by cellist Evan Drachman with pianist Michael Clement dedicated to Drachman’s celebrated grandfather, Gregor Piatigorsky, one of the pre-eminent string players of the twentieth century. Drachman will explore the Adirondack life of his cellist grandfather through stories and music significant to Piatigorsky, including original compositions, arrangements and often performed works. Selected repertoire for the program includes music by Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, and Rubinstein. Tickets: $35 (Free to Members)
  • Monday, June 19 at 7:30 pm – Film: Coda (2021)
    • As a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults), Ruby is the only hearing person in her deaf family. When the family’s fishing business is threatened, Ruby finds herself torn between pursuing her passion at Berklee College of Music and her fear of abandoning her parents. Winner of the Best Picture Oscar at the 2022 Academy Awards! (Free Admission)
  • Wednesday, June 28 at 2:00 pm – Seagle Festival Season Preview
    • An entertaining sampling of the Seagle Festival’s upcoming season, including selections from Roméo et Juliette, A Little Night Music, With Blood, With Ink, and Fiddler on the Roof. Tickets: $35.
  • Saturday, July 1 at 7:00 pm – A Piano Recital by Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner
    • “Mesmerizing artistry and extraordinary ability to communicate” (The Post-Standard) describes 25-year-old Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner, winner of the 2022 Concert Artists Guild Competition. Sanchez-Werner’s multi-faceted artistry has been featured on NPR, PBS, CNN International, the Wall Street Journal, and WDR-Arte. A compelling evening of music by Schumann, Liszt, Debussy, Ponce and Stravinsky. Tickets: $50.
  • Friday, July 7 at 7:00 pm – Adirondack Jazz Repertoire Ensemble
    • An outstanding eight-piece ensemble from the Adirondack Jazz Orchestra brings the excitement of Dixieland, blues, bebop, funk and contemporary jazz to the Sembrich lakeshore. Tickets: $40.
  • Monday, July 10 at 7:30 pm – Film: Koyaanisqatsi (1982)
    • Inspired by the Hopi Indian word meaning “life out of balance,” this experimental film visually explores the effects of man upon nature and the environment, featuring a monumental score by musical trailblazer, Philip Glass. (Free Admission)
  • Wednesday, July 12 at 2:00 pm – Pedro Giraudo Tango Quartet
    • Latin GRAMMY Award-winner Pedro Giraudo masters the passionate music of his native Argentina with a performance that celebrates tango and its traditional roots while exploring contemporary sounds. Giraudo debuted his own Tango Orchestra at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing in July 2015 and since then has become an active cultural ambassador of this beautiful music from his homeland. Tickets: $30.
  • Saturday, July 15 at 7:00 pm – The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing – Evelyn Nesbit and the Scandal, Murder and Trial of America’s Gilded Age
    • This presentation with vintage photos by Betty Spinelli is a true tale of forbidden love, jealousy and mental instability that resulted in a shocking, cold-blooded murder, at a rooftop theater in New York City in front of nearly a thousand witnesses. The ensuing “trial of the century” mesmerized the public and helped close the curtains on America’s “Gilded Age.” As this bizarre story unfolds, you will be amazed to discover several local connections to Saratoga and Lake George. Followed by a lakeside champagne reception featuring a signature cocktail inspired by the era. Tickets: $60.
  • Wednesday, July 19 at 2:00 pm – Alma Mahler and Her Charmed Circle
    • Discover the life and inspirations of turn-of-the-century muse and femme fatale, Alma Mahler. Featuring quotes from Alma’s diary and music by Mahler, Strauss, and Schoenberg performed by Robert Osborne, bass-baritone and Tammy Hensrud, mezzo-soprano. Followed by a lakeside Viennese tea. Tickets: $60.
  • Saturday, July 22 at 7:00 pm – “A Tribute to David Smith” with Hub New Music
    • The Sembrich and The Hyde Collection present two newly commissioned works honoring modernist sculptor David Smith, who lived and worked in Bolton Landing. Called “contemporary chamber trailblazers” by the Boston Globe, Hub New Music is a “nimble quartet of winds and strings” (NPR) forging new paths in 21st-century repertoire. The ensemble’s ambitious commissioning projects and “appealing programs” (New Yorker) celebrate the rich diversity of today’s classical music landscape. Tickets: $50.
  • Monday, July 24 at 7:30 pm – Film: The Conductor
    • Marin Alsop, Leonard Bernstein’s protégé, reveals how she smashed the glass ceiling to become an internationally renowned conductor, becoming the first woman to serve as music director of a multitude of renowned orchestras. (Free Admission)
  • Wednesday, July 26 at 7:00 pm – Boyd Meets Girl
    • Australian classical guitarist Rupert Boyd and American cellist Laura Metcalf share their brilliant, eclectic mix of music, from Debussy and Bach to Radiohead and Beyoncé. The duo has toured the world sharing their eclectic mix of music and their two studio albums have been streamed well over 2 million times on Spotify alone. Tickets: $40.
  • Friday, July 28 at 10:00 am – Seagle Festival Children’s Opera: The Ugly Duckling
    • Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy-tale, this charming hour-long family-friendly outdoor performance explores important themes of diversity and tolerance, encouraging young people to accept differences in other people. An ideal introduction to opera for both young and old alike! (Free Admission)
  • Wednesday, August 2 at 2:00 pm – Poor Man’s Gambit
    • A riveting trio of traditional Celtic musicians, featuring a mixture of driving tunes, percussive Irish dance and three-part vocal harmony. The popular Irish-American musicians Deirdre Lockman, Corey Purcell and Federico Betti have released 3 albums and completed two international tours. Tickets: $30.
  • Sunday, August 6 at 7:00 pm – Philip Kates and Members of The Philadelphia Orchestra
    • An evening of musical delights and undiscovered gems, featuring a guest appearance by Elizabeth Starr Masoudnia for a performance of Francaix’s captivating Quartet for English horn and strings. Solo English hornist of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 1995, Elizabeth Starr Masoudnia has toured the globe with the Orchestra to wide critical acclaim with many of the world’s finest conductors. Tickets: $50.
  • Wednesday, August 9 at 2:00 pm & 3:00 pm – SOUND TRAILS, an Immersive Soundscape
    • Created by composer Jesse Gelaznik, SOUND TRAILS invites the listener into a musical fantasy, via their smartphone, as they walk the Sembrich trails, creating an experience that blends technology with poetry, music, nature and the human voice. Rain date: Thursday, August 10. Tickets: $25.
  • Monday, August 14 at 7:30 pm – Film: “tick…tick…BOOM!” (2021)
    • On the cusp of his 30th birthday, a promising young theater composer navigates love, friendship and the pressures of life as an artist in New York City. Directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda and introduced by Broadway expert John Kenrick. (Free Admission)
  • Wednesday, August 16 at 2:00 pm – Hamilton: The Man, The Musical, The Cultural Phenomenon
    • A multi-media presentation by theater historian John Kenrick on Lin-Manuel Miranda’s trailblazing blending of hip-hop and Broadway styles to create the revolutionary musical Hamilton. Kenrick will share performance videos 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. Tickets: $35.
  • Wednesday, August 23 at 7:00 pm – Genghis Barbie
    • This all-female horn experience – with arrangements of pop music from all eras, contemporary commissions and classical works – is the most innovative and energizing chamber ensemble of its generation. Tickets: $40.
  • Saturday, August 26 at 6:00 pm – Gala: Tenor Leonardo Sanchez – “Mi Mexico Querido” (“My Beloved Mexico”)
    • Join us for an elegant cantina-style evening on the Sembrich lakeshore featuring a rising star from the world of opera, tenor Leonardo Sánchez. After five years in Europe, Leonardo has returned to his native roots with a program that evokes the color, tradition, and passion of his beloved Mexico. First place winner of the Special Prize and the Youth Revelation Prize in the “Carlo Morelli” National Singing Competition at the Opera of Bellas Artes in Mexico, Leonardo Sánchez is the youngest tenor to have won this contest, considered the most important prize in Mexico and Latin America. A not-to-be-missed evening of song and sentiment accompanied by the guitar, guitarrón, vihuela, and accordion – pillars of traditional Mexican music. Honorary Committee: $250 General Admission: $150.
  • Monday, August 28 at 7:30 pm – Film: Elvis (2022)
    • Baz Luhrmann’s extravagant, operatic biopic of the King of Rock and Roll, told from the point of view of Col. Tom Parker, Elvis’ Mephistopheles-like manager, played by Tom Hanks. (Free Admission)
  • Wednesday, August 30 at 2:00 pm – Iberi
    • A treasured tradition from the Republic of Georgia, polyphonic singing has been named a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage. Experience this acclaimed male choir in a program that is haunting, uplifting, and energizing. Tickets: $30.


June 11
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