Lake George Music Festival
Written by Steve Arnold on February 21, 2016
Voted “Best Annual Event” (LG.Com) in 2015, the Lake George Music Festival has brought together professionals, current students or faculty, or alumni from many prestigious institutions including the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the symphonies of Atlanta, Charlotte, Richmond, Kansas City, New World, Dallas, Boise, Detroit, San Antonio; the Pittsburgh Opera, the Ying Quartet, Astral Artists, Young Concert Artists; and nearly every music conservatory in the nation including the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, and the Eastman School of Music.
Live festival recordings have been featured on a variety of radio programs including NPR’s “Performance Today.”
For close to two weeks, the public can attend this series of live chamber music and orchestra concerts, children’s concerts, open rehearsals, pre-performance workshops, and various outreach events. All events are offered with a “pay what you can” admission. The festival is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization and relies on annual contributions and grants to balance its budget.
Lake George, nicknamed the Queen of American Lakes, is a long, narrow oligotrophic lake located at the southeast base of the Adirondack Mountains, in the northeastern portion of the U.S. state of New York.
It lies within the upper region of the Great Appalachian Valley and drains northward into Lake Champlain and the St. Lawrence River drainage basin. The lake is situated along the historical natural (Amerindian) path between the valley of the Hudson River and that of the St. Lawrence, so lies on the direct land route between Albany, New York and Montreal, Canada.
The lake extends about 32.2 mi (51.8 km) on a north-south axis, is quite deep, and varies from 1 to 3 miles (1.7 to 5 km) in width, presenting a significant barrier to east-west travel. Although the year-round population of the Lake George region is relatively small, the summertime population can swell to over 50,000 residents, many in the Village of Lake George region at the southern end of the lake