Lake George Music Festival focuses on accessibility, changing perceptions of classical music

Posted on: August 13, 2018

“About 60 classical musicians have rolled into the village of Lake George for the eighth annual Lake George Music Festival, which will feature works by young composers as well as female musicians and composers of color,” writes Gretta Hochsprung in Friday’s (8/10) Post-Star (Glens Falls, N.Y.). The festival “aims to take classical music off the pedestal, [festival co-founder Alexander] Lombard said, and make it more accessible. The two-week musical event will boast a series of live chamber music and orchestra concerts, children’s concerts, open rehearsals, pre-performance workshops and other special events. Lombard, along with his co-founders Barbora Kolarova and Roger Kalia, started the festival after attending music festivals around the world…. The structure of this year’s festival differs from years past, Kolarova said. Each daily concert has a different theme attached to it, and the music centers on that theme…. All the musicians come together at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24 [for] the grand finale performance, featuring Dvořák’s ‘New World Symphony’ and a premiere by composer Christopher Rogerson…. Lombard looks forward to … the opportunity to change people’s perceptions about classical music…. ‘It’s hip,’ he said, ‘and it’s current.’ ”

Posted August 13, 2018

Pictured: Stanichka Dimitrova plays an impromptu event during the 2014 Lake George Music Festival in upstate New York. Photo: Post-Star