Explore the enchanting harmony of nature and music in a unique all-outdoor series!
For nearly a century, The Sembrich studio and grounds have served as an idyllic retreat for artists and public alike. Join us beneath the performance tent on our beautiful lakeside property for exciting nature-inspired programs. Concertgoers are welcome to bring their own portable folding chairs or use those provided by The Sembrich. Ushers will ensure appropriate social distancing when seating attendees.
Below is the schedule for the The Sembrich's 2021 Summer Festival!
2021 Young Performers' Showcase
- Celebrate our local region with the area’s most promising high school and college students in this recital of vocal and instrumental music, in both classical and musical theater styles.
Crescendo (2019) - Free Film Festival
- A timely drama telling the story of a world-famous conductor striving to form an Israeli-Palestinian youth orchestra amid political tensions.
Brasslands (2013) - Free Film Festival
- Brooklyn-based Balkan brass band Zlatne Uste sets out to compete in the world’s largest trumpet festival in Serbia. Features a live introduction by the band’s founding member Michael Ginsberg.
Zlante Uste Balkan Brass Band - The Touba Family Foundation World Music Wednesdays
- Take a musical tour of the Balkan region with North America’s premier Balkan brass band! Serbian wedding music, Bulgarian traditional songs, Roma celebrations from Macedonia, and more!
The Lark Ascending: Violin and Nature - Alfred Z. Solomon Masterwork Series
- Experience nature’s beauty in musical form with violin virtuoso Kinga Augustyn, from singing birds in Ralph Vaughan Williams’ soul-captivating Lark Ascending to Japanese cherry blossoms in Yui Kitamura’s Yumezakura. Includes works by Bartók, Gershwin, and de Sarasate.
Rowing by Moonlight With Composer Peter M. Wyer - The Sembrich's 2021 Flonzaley Resident Artist
- This insightful talk reveals what interests Wyer in music, philosophy, and life. The event concludes with a walk along The Sembrich’s shoreline paths to explore, with the composer, what he looks and listens for when creating a soundscape to pair with nature.
The Cunning Little Vixen (2003) - Free Film Festival
The perfect film for a casual family night out, Geoff Dunbar’s delightfully animated version of Janacek’s opera tells the tale of a bold young fox on her journey through life.
Seagle Festival Children's Opera - The Three Bears - Children's Opera
- Film screening ideal for music lovers of all ages, with a live introduction and activities to enhance the experience! Entertaining new take on the classic fairy tale performed by members of the Seagle Festival. (Admission is Free)
Scrag Mountain Duo: The Living Earth
- The innovative Scrag Mountain Duo, soprano and string bass, performs music inspired by nature that evokes the beauty and grandeur of Earth, including a "Duet with Lake George" when composer Evan Primo transforms the natural sounds of the lake environment into a new composition. A truly original and exciting event!
Moscow Nights - The Touba Family Foundation World Music Wednesdays
- Moscow Night’s lively performance presents an authentic picture of Russian folk traditions and culture. Lilting Balalaikas, dynamic Bayan Accordion, unique Treshotky & Loshky, humorous dances, and superb vocals create an exhilarating performance.
The Maestro (2018) - Free Film Festival
Intrigue surrounds budding film composer Jerry Herst following the Second World War when he moves to Hollywood to study with renowned master teacher Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.
Under the Mulberry Tree
- Savor an evening of opera and jazz favorites with the Chelsea Opera, including the Flower Duet from Lakmé and Chuck Mangione’s Land of Make Believe.
Music for the Great Outdoors
- Hailed as a “wizard of the accordion,” Michael Bridge gives a lively performance of classical and popular gems, utilizing both an acoustic and digital accordion. Featuring the iconic outdoor work, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.
Nature, Our Gentlest Mother
- Marcella Sembrich was known to say “Nature is the supreme teacher.” Sopranos Sylvia Stoner and Suna Gunther present a concert along with pianist Michael Clement celebrating the relationship of women and nature in song.
Call of the Wild: Horns of the Philadelphia Orchestra - Alfred Z. Solomon Masterwork Series
- Celebrate the horn in all its majesty, from traditional hunting calls to masterful concerti. Featuring Jennifer Montone and Jeffrey Lang of The Philadelphia Orchestra, with a cornucopia of musical delights including Orchestra violinist Philip Kates’s composition “Legende,” written for legendary French horn player Mason Jones.
Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019) - Free Film Festival
- The story behind Fiddler on the Roof, one of Broadway’s most beloved musicals, and its creative roots in early 1960s New York, when “tradition” was on the wane.
The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc - The Touba Family Foundation World Music Wednesdays
- This fiddle trio from Norway, Sweden, and the Shetland Islands, known for its gripping and unique blend of music, is passionate about performing together, and has been described as lively, intense, and invigorating.
Songs to the Moon: Mad Scenes, Love Songs and Other Lunar Events - Alfred Z. Solomon Masterwork Series
- A rhapsodic evening featuring soprano Alexandra Nowakowski, winner of The Kosciuszko Foundation Marcella Sembrich International Voice Competition in a program that revels in the allure of the moon, including Dvorak’s Rusalka, Verdi’s Falstaff, and Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. Special premiere of a new arrangement of “Moonrise,” from Richard Wargo’s Chekhov-inspired opera, A Visit to the Country.
Under the Greenwood Tree: Shakespeare in Nature
- Join the Adirondack Shakespeare Company for a socially distant walking performance on The Sembrich’s lakeside grounds. Specially curated for the Sembrich landscapes and waterscapes, these musical and dramatic selections from Shakespeare’s plays speak to the beauty and magic of the natural world.
A Beethoven Gala - 2021 Annual Gala Performance
- Enjoy an evening at the lake in true Viennese style. The premiere al fresco musical experience on Lake George features Beethoven’s delightful outdoor opus, Serenade in D major, Op. 25 for flute, violin and viola presented by a trio from the Lake George Music Festival.
Blinded by the Light (2019) - Free Film Festival
- In 1987 England, a Pakistani teenager finds inspiration and discovers his own voice through the music of American rock star Bruce Springsteen.