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Lake George Music Festival
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Nestled in the natural beauty of the Adirondack mountains and the shoreline of Lake George in upstate New York is the historic Carriage House on the grounds of Fort William Henry Hotel. Visitors experience a full two weeks of chamber music and orchestral concerts curated by Artistic Directors Barbora Kolarova and Roger Kalia, as well as all the summertime favorites Lake George has to offer.
Our 2023 season will be held August 6-17, 2023.
Again this coming season, we will present our concerts at the Carriage House at Fort William Henry. With a 2 million dollar + renovation now complete, its resurgence into the spotlight recently has been part of a broader effort to see Lake George become a cultural tourism destination; featuring this revitalized, year-round indoor performance space.
Full and 3-day Festival Passes are now on sale. Single tickets will be sold at the door (no online orders for single tickets).
Convenient parking is available on site for $10 per concert. You can also purchase a full parking pass for the entire festival.
2023 Concert and Event Schedule
(more events added frequently, check back often for updates!)
(Location: The Carriage House unless otherwise noted)
August 6th, 6:30pm – Opening Celebration! This exclusive event is only open to passholders, host families, board members, and donors; and of course all our musicians and staff! Join us for some delicious food and drink at the beautiful newly renovated Carriage House! Opening remarks by founders Alexander Lombard, Barbora Kolarova, and Roger Kalia as well as other Lake George community leaders. FREE with festival pass or 3-day pass. No single tickets available.
August 8th, 3:00pm – Victorian Tea Party. Join us as we attempt to recapture the romance of Lake George’s Gilded Age days. Featuring performances by our fellowship scholarship recipients in support of our scholarship fund. $35. Not included in a Festival Pass/3-Day pass.
August 9th, 7:30pm – Festival Symphony Orchestra. Shepard Park, Lake George Village. Celebrate opening night with guest ensemble ARKAI and the Lake George Music Festival Symphony Orchestra. Roger Kalia, conducts. Presented in partnership with the Lake George Arts Project. FREE.
August 10th, 7:30pm – An evening of chamber music performed by our exceptional roster of mentors, artists in residence, and fellows. Featuring guest artist Ani Kavafian, violin. $20. Fireworks show over the lake following the concert at 9:30!
August 11th, 7:30pm – An evening of chamber music performed by our exceptional roster of mentors, artists in residence, and fellows. $20.
August 12th, 7:30pm – An evening of chamber music performed by our exceptional roster of mentors, artists in residence, and fellows. Featuring guest artist, Michael Brown, piano. $20.
August 13th, 1pm – PIANO MANIA returns! An fun afternoon piano recital featuring our exceptional roster of piano mentors, artists in residence, and fellows. $20.
August 14th, 7:30pm – An evening of chamber music performed by our exceptional roster of mentors, artists in residence, and fellows. Featuring guest artist and clarinetist Sam Boutris. $20.
August 15th, 5:00pm – Festival Happy Hour with Music Director and Conductor, Roger Kalia. Grab a cocktail or glass of wine and learn more about the festival’s 2023 orchestra repertoire. Location: Tankard Tavern at Fort William Henry Hotel. FREE with festival pass or 3-day pass.
August 15th, 7:30pm – An evening of chamber music performed by our exceptional roster of mentors, artists in residence, and fellows. Featuring guest artist William Purvis, horn. $20.
August 16th, 7:30pm – An evening of chamber music performed by our exceptional roster of mentors, artists in residence, and fellows. $20.
August 17th, 2pm – Be there for 10 world premieres by the fellows of our Composition Institute directed by Alyssa Weinberg. New pieces for string quartet performed by the Rhythm Method. $10.
August 17th, 6:30pm – Pre-performance discussion with composer Sheridan Seyfried and conductor Roger Kalia. Learn more about the evening’s world premiere! FREE with festival pass.
August 17th, 7:30pm – The Grand Finale Symphony Orchestra concert conducted by Roger Kalia. Program to feature the world premiere performance of Sheridan Seyfried’s new Symphony and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. $30. WMHT’s Rob Brown to give opening remarks and curtain call speech. Fireworks show over the lake following the concert at 9:30!
Note on Chamber Music Repertoire:
The festival is structured as a high level artist retreat for musicians. Chamber works chosen to be performed are a result of a very dynamic and immersive process within our community. We first assemble a roster of musicians from around the world, then based on who is attending and their individual interests, we discuss with them what they would be interested in performing publicly. While we often won’t know until mid-summer when/what will be on the schedule, performances here always provide exciting musical discoveries and represent the joyous spirit and dedication to excellence of the entire Lake George Music Festival community.
2023 Orchestral Highlights:
Saint-Saens, “Bacchanale” from Samson et Dalila
John Williams/arr. Lavender, A Tribute to John Williams
Dvorak, Carnival Overture
Igor Stravinsky, The Firebird Suite (1919)
Sheridan Seyfried, The Promise of America (world premiere performance)
Chamber Music Repertoire for 2023:
Dvorak, Piano Quintet No. 2
Dvorak, String Quintet No.2, Op.77
Mendelssohn, Piano Sextet
Farrenc, Piano Quintet
Beethoven, Piano Trio Op. 1, No.3
Schumann, Piano Quartet
Martinu, La Revue de Cuisine
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Nonet
Alyssa Weinberg, String Quartet (world premiere)
Daniel Sabzghabaei, String Quartet (2020 composition competition winner)
Paul Frucht, String Quartet (2023 composition competition winner)
David T. Little, (piece TBA)
Jonathan Bailey Holland, Monochrome
David Ludwig, world premiere performance of a new violin solo for Barbora Kolarova
Eddie McGuire, Guest Sextet
Henri Tomasi, “To be or not to be” for tuba and three trombones
Amy Beach, Piano Quintet
Nielsen, Woodwind Quintet Op.43
Gabriella Smith, Riprap
Cras, Quintet Harp Quintet
Lauren Bernofsky, Haubrich Suite
Samuel Barber, Summer Music
Jennifer Higdon, Dark Wood
Event times and information subject to change and not guaranteed.