Sembrich ends season | Bolton Column

Labor Day weekend in Bolton

Rogers Park will be host to the Bolton Landing Rescue Squads Arts and Crafts Fair on Saturday, Aug. 30, and Sunday, Aug. 31, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring over 30 vendors and artisans. The Bolton Landing Chamber of Commerce will be celebrating Labor Day with music in Rogers Park by Ria Curley and Chuck Lamb - the Curley Lamb Band from 5 to 8 p.m. with a fireworks show at 8 p.m. Free admission to all activities.

Sembrich ends season

The Sembrich brings its 2014 summer season to a close in grand fashion on Saturday, Aug. 30, with a gala performance featuring acclaimed Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe in “We’ll Meet Again,” The Songs of Kate Smith. Tickets are $125 and include music, wine and delicacies at 6:30 p.m., a concert in the Sembrich studio at 7:30 p.m., and a lakeside reception following the performance.

Although Stephanie Blythe is renowned internationally for her performances on the opera stage in repertoire ranging from Verdi and Wagner to Ricky Ian Gordon, “We’ll Meet Again” reflects the singer’s deep commitment to the Great American Songbook. The program features songs made famous by Kate Smith, the popular music icon whose stirring voice helped America find its way out of the Great Depression and World War II.

“I believe these songs are very much a part of our song tradition,” says Blythe. “They need to be sung and people need to hear them.” Accompanying Stephanie Blythe in “We’ll Meet Again” is pianist and music director Craig Terry.

Among the popular standards highlighted in Saturday’s concert are “We’ll Meet Again,” “The White Cliffs of Dover,” “When You Wish Upon a Star” and the iconic classic “God Bless America,” a song that’s still played, in Kate Smith’s rendition, during the seventh-inning stretch at New York Yankees home games.

“I’m very proud to be an American singer,” affirms Blythe. “I feel it’s a responsibility as well as a joy to sing the music that is ours, and that’s why I love this program so much.”

Throughout the summer, The Sembrich has commemorated the outset of World War I in a series entitled 1914: Summer of Destiny, tracing the path that led Marcella Sembrich, over time, from the Alps to the Adirondacks.

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