2021 is the 10 year anniversary! 

A premier music arts festival for classical and new music - surrounded by the beautiful Adirondack Mountains

This year's event will be held at the Fort William Henry's Carriage House! 

Season Passes on sale May 1st, Single Tickets on sale July 1st.

Take the time to visit and enjoy the professional music performed at the Lake George Music Festival!

The always popular and entertaining Lake George Music Festival is a premier musical arts festival. Lake George is a destination for classical and new music - surrounded by the beautiful Adirondack Mountains and the stunning beauty of Lake George - the Queen of the American Lakes.

Musicians of professional orchestras, students of music conservatories, faculty, and alumni from many prestigious institutions, emerging young professionals and celebrated artists from around the world perform in the Lake George Area in New York's Southern Adirondacks.

For two weeks the musicians present traditional and experimental concerts, open rehearsals, receptions, and informal talks.

Live festival recordings have been featured on a variety of radio programs including NPR's Performance Today.

Concerts and open rehearsals are held in historic locations, are family-friendly, casual and take place just a short, scenic drive from Lake George throughout Warren County communities.

The Festival will continue to entertain from the Opening Ceremony to the closing Full Orchestra Concert.

The President and the Board of Directors of the Lake George Music Festival invite you to visit and enjoy all the performances presented.

In-Person Concert Policies:

  • Doors will open no earlier than 30 minutes before curtain.

  • Please arrive on time – ticket holders who arrive after the performance has begin will be denied entry without refund.

  • Guests will be asked to complete a quick health screening questionnaire upon entry.

  • Seating will be spread out in a way that allows for social distancing and couples/families can be seated together.

  • Face coverings and social distancing are strongly encouraged for everyone. Non-vaccinated individuals will be required to wear a face covering for the duration of the performance and must maintain 6 feet of distance between others.

  • Each concert will last roughly 80 minutes with no intermission. There are no post-concert receptions this season, and guests will be asked to depart immediately at the end of the performance and to not approach the stage.

  • Our venue this year, The Carriage House on the grounds of the Fort William Henry Hotel is fully air-conditioned and well ventilated.

  • Guests are asked to bring essential personal items only.

  • Convenient parking is available on site for a small fee.

Below is the schedule for the 2021 Lake George Music Festival.

August 18 - 7:30pm

Carriage House at Fort William Henry

"Rhythm Method String Quartet" 

  • Parallels (2014), Alyssa Weinberg
  • Say (2016), Shelley Washington
  • Gone/Back (2020), Carrie Frey
  • String Quartet in G major (1929), Florence Price
August 19 - 7:30pm

Carriage House at Fort William Henry

“Hub New Music Ensemble”

  • Wavelengths (2019) – Takuma Itoh (b. 1984)
  • Missing Words XI (2020) – Eric Nathan (b. 1983)
  • Rogue Emoji (2019) – Kati Agócs (b. 1975)
August 20

Carriage House at Fort William Henry

6:30-7:00pm - "10 Year Anniversary pre-concert talk"

  • Join festival founders Alexander Lombard, Barbora Kolarova, and Roger Kalia as well as long term resident musicians and staff members for a fun discussion and Q&A about our first 10 years in Lake George!

7:30pm - “A ride on the jolly S.S. Tigor”

  • Fantaisie for Violin and Harp, Op. 124 (1907), Camille Saint-Saëns
  • Three Sarabandes: dance suite for string quartet (2018), Molly Herron
  • Furtive movements (2014), Ted Hearne
  • Monochrome (2005), Jonathan Bailey Holland
  • The Firebird (1910), Igor Stravinsky, arr. Guido Agosti
August 21 -

11:00am - “Children’s Concert in Shepard Park” a FREE concert in Shepard Park

  • Join us for a fun program for all ages, but especially those 12 an under! Featuring the New York premiere of “The Mystery of the Missing Music” by composer Jordan Kuspa. Roger Kalia conducts the Lake George Music Festival Chamber Orchestra with actors from the Adirondack Theater Festival. We will also collect donated instruments for local music students in need at this event.

1:00pm - “Rhythm Method Quartet performs student compositions” at Carriage House at Fort William Henry

  • Featuring the Rhythm Method String Quartet performing new compositions by our student composers. Program TBA from the stage.
August 22 - 7:30pm

Carriage House at Fort William Henry

"Strings old and new, borrowed and blue"

  • Quartet for four violins (1949), Grazyna Bacewicz
  • Trio for oboe, trombone and piano (1985), Ronald Roseman
  • A String Quartet is like a Flock of Birds, nine meditations and dances for string quartet (2020) Paul Novak
  • Rhapsody in blue (1924), George Gershwin arr. Henry Levine

 

August 23 -

2:00pm - 3:00pm - "Open Rehearsal at Wiawaka" at Wiawaka Center

  • Get up close and personal and watch our musicians rehearse. Be careful, they might even ask you for your opinion! 

5:00pm - 6:00pm - “Festival Happy Hour with Music Director Roger Kalia” at White Lion Room in the Fort William Henry Hotel

  • Grab a drink at the bar, and join our Music Director, Roger Kalia as he dives into and discusses our 2021 orchestra program.

7:30pm - "Last trumpet over Florence" at Carriage House at Fort William Henry

  • Swan Song (2013), David Serkin Ludwig
  • Serenata Op. 46 (1927), Alfredo Casella
  • Quintet in A minor for Piano and Strings (1936), Florence Price
August 24 - 7:30pm

Carriage House at Fort William Henry

“1, 5, or 8 more for the road”

  • Ripple (2021), Chin Ting Chan, world premiere, commissioned by and written for Barbora Kolářová solo violin
  • Soirée de Vienne, Paraphrase on Fledermaus (1926), Johann Strauss/Alfred Grünfeld
  • Afro-Cuban Concerto (2001), Valerie Coleman
    Octet in E flat Major, Op. 20 (1825), Felix Mendelssohn
August 25 - 7:30pm

Carriage House at Fort William Henry

The grand finale of our 2021 season – featuring the full orchestra comprised of our resident musicians. Roger Kalia conducts.

“LGMF Symphony Orchestra”

  • Colin Jacobsen/arr. Siamak Aghaei, Ascending Bird – 7’
  • Piazzolla, “Spring” and “Summer” from Four Seasons of Buenos Aires – 13’ featuring Barbora Kolarova violin
  • Mahler/arr. Farrington, Symphony No. 1, “Titan” – 53’