Lake George Music Festival

Lake George Music Festival
August 17 to August 23, 2012
Lake George, NY

In 2011, a new tradition was born in Lake George. August of 2011 marked the first annual Lake George Music Festival, an event that brought free public concerts to locals and seasonal visitors. This festival was such a success that it is scheduled again for the summer of 2012. If you're planning a getaway to Lake George this August, book a vacation rental that coincides with this fantastic festival.

lake george music festivalThe 2012 Lake George Music Festival

In 2012, the Lake George Music Festival is scheduled for August 17 through August 23 . The caliber of musicians at this festival is very high, with individuals from the Manhattan School of Music , New England Conservatory , Pittsburgh Opera , Juilliard School , and many more. This classical music festival features a combination of open rehearsals and evening concerts, both of chamber music and full orchestras. Concerts are spread throughout a number of venues in Lake George, including churches, parks, galleries, private homes, and schools.

A Festival for Musicians and Music Fans

The Lake George Music Festival is a different type of event. While some festivals are strictly organized with no interaction between musicians and the audience, this event takes a different approach. This performance based festival allows musicians at different stages of their career to come together in a beautiful setting for rehearsing and performing. A variety of musicians are attracted to the event, including professional musicians, orchestra members, university music students, university professors, and more.

What You Will Hear

Some music fans might be curious about what kind of music will be played during the Lake George Music Festival. This is a classic music festival, focused on works composed during the 20th and 21st centuries. You can expect to hear favorites from Bach, Gershwin, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Stravinsky, Copland, and many more. It is also one of the missions of the festival to present little known works from well known composers.

Lovely August in Lake George

The festival is scheduled for mid to late August every year. This coincides with the peak of season for the region, and also is convenient for musicians with a gap in their schedules at the end of the summer, before the fall begins. Since this is one of the most popular times of year to visit Lake George, you will want to make your arrangements to visit as far in advance as possible. There are many stunning vacation rentals on the shores of Lake George. Choose one with the amenities and location that suits your needs.

Attending the Festival

One of the first questions music fans have about the Lake George Music Festival is where to buy tickets. The answer is, all events at this festival are free. Every part of the festival, from the morning rehearsals to the evening performances, is free and open to the public. If you want the best seats, be sure to arrive early. One of the festival highlights in 2012 will take place on August 23. On this evening, a concert will take place at 7 p.m. at Shepard Park in Lake George Village and will be followed by a fireworks show over the lake at 9 p.m.

Supporting the Festival

While all events are free and open to the public, many music fans choose to support the festival with a donation. Charitable donations can be made through PayPal, over the phone, or by sending a check. These donations not only help to ensure the quality of the festival but also support the student musicians that attend the festival free of charge.

Whether you're a big fan of classical music or are just starting out learning about the music genre, this festival is a great reason to plan a summer getaway to Lake George.


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