The Lake George Music Festival (LGMF) is quickly becoming known as the premier music festival in the country with 5,000 visitors making the trek to Lake George each summer to participate in the area’s 10-day, collaborative artists retreat. Alexander Lombard, CEO and Founder of LGMF, began the Festival in 2011 with a razor-sharp focus of creating a cultural renaissance for the arts and music in Lake George. Lombard’s vision is to return the community to its heritage as an arts and cultural destination; reminiscent of the 1920s and 1930s when artists like Georgia O’Keefe, Alfred Stieglitz and Samuel Barber called Lake George home.
The Festival’s recently launched video will be used as a catalyst to generate increased awareness for the area’s cultural renaissance, and to help recruit musicians for the Festival from over one hundred identified conservatories. The Festival’s application process for musicians is highly competitive. Of the 300 applications received annually, only a dozen will make the final cut. Video applications are currently underway with live auditions taking place in New York City on January 31st at the Manhattan School of Music.
“Audiences can expect the same level of artistry in 2016 as in previous years. We take our high-level roster of young professionals very seriously,” noted Lombard. The Festival gives young professionals, between the ages of 20 to 35, the rare opportunity to collaborate and play with the top musician in their field (many of which are first chairs), composers and conductors during the ten-day retreat.
The Festival attracts a diverse, multi-cultural, multi-generational audience each year. When asked about the attraction to classical music in today’s digital world, Lombard explained, “When you come to one of our formal concerts, you get the rare opportunity to unplug for an hour or two and simply listen to your thoughts and the music …it’s what I call device-free absorption. It’s great to just turn it off… and listen to the concert.”
The Festival recently received a $49,000 grant from New York State’s Regional Economic Development Council for workforce development and a prior grant from New York State Council on the Arts of $50,000 for general expenses including commissioning a new piece of music about Lake George, hiring composers and guest artists. To learn more about the 2016 Lake George Music Festival and their initiatives visit them on Facebook or at www.lakegeorgemusicfestival.com.