The Sembrich has announced its 2022 Summer Festival “Reimagining the Classics,” featuring transcriptions and arrangements of beloved classics, to rhapsodies and variations on themes of popular composers, will begin in June and run through early September.
Some events will be held in the historic Sembrich Studio in Bolton Landing on Lake George, and others will be held under a lakeside performance tent. Tickets are now on sale for all events in the 2022 summer festival.
Highlights of The Sembrich 2022 Summer Festival include:
Reimagining The Classics: Breaking Operatic Traditions* – Michael Capasso, New York City Opera General Director, will share his insights on favorite works by Verdi and Puccini, exploring a variety of productions and performance practices from the past 150 years. Soprano Kristin Sampson illuminates the afternoon with famous arias.
Promenade Series – This new outdoor series, modeled on the famous Proms of London, features a wide range of musical styles including classical, light classics, and jazz. This year’s Promenade Series performers include the trio Empire Wild, the comedically virtuosic Bridge & Wolak Music & Comedy Duo, and trumpeter Chris Coletti.
Spectacular Stradivarius: Elizabeth Pitcairn and The Red Violin – Celebrated violin virtuoso Elizabeth Pitcairn and her legendary “Red Mendelssohn” Stradivarius join her Luzerne Music Center colleagues for an evening of violin showpieces and chamber music. This event will be a fundraiser to help support The Sembrich’s Studio Centennial Campaign.
Touba Family Foundation World Music Wednesday Concerts – This lakeside series, now in its 12th season, explores musical traditions from around the globe. This year’s concerts will feature music from French Canada by ensemble É.T.É., exotic strains of flamenco, jazz, Balkan, classical, bluegrass, and North and East African music by The Brooklyn Nomads, and melodies from the Celtic regions by Boston-based group Fellswater.
The Sembrich Film Series – This year’s films focus on reinvention in several forms and include film adaptations of the popular musicals Dear Evan Hansen (2021), West Side Story (2021), and In the Heights (2021). Also featured is the classic Dracula (1931) with a new score by Philip Glass and a special screening of Sunrise, A Song of Two Humans (1927) with a live musical score performed by the Brooklyn-based duo Tenth Intervention.
Strings of The Philadelphia Orchestra – Hear the Philadelphia sound performed by Sembrich board member and violinist Philip Kates with four colleagues in a concert of reimagined musical gems highlighted by a transcription of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata Op. 101 for string quintet.
Adirondack Shakespeare Company: Merry Wars – A unique theatrical experience performed in various locations on The Sembrich’s grounds. Follow a broad range of the Bard’s characters through a series of skirmishes with scenes from Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, Taming of the Shrew, and King Lear.
Masterwork Series – This year’s Masterwork Series performances return to the Sembrich Studio for evening performances of monumental classical works. The newly renovated studio will host a 4th of July celebration with pianist Simon Mulligan, a performance by the Bridge & Wolak Duo, and an evening of reimagined masterworks by pianist Christopher Johnson.
GALA: A Kind of September – An Evening with Kate Baldwin – For one night only, The Sembrich takes on the aura of an outdoor New York City supper club, a lakeside Feinstein’s 54 Below, with an exclusive performance by one of Broadway’s current-day stars, Kate Baldwin. Hailed by the NY Times as “the redheaded firecracker” and acclaimed for her roles in Hello Dolly!, Finian’s Rainbow, and Big Fish, Baldwin performs signature songs from her Broadway career, and shares personal anecdotes about how each song became part of her life.
For more information, to view additional events, or to purchase tickets visit The Sembrich website.