2019 Season
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  • Tuesday   July 30, 2019
  • First Presbyterian Church • 3:00 PM
  • SkanFest U: Music and the Visual Arts
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  • Thursday   August 1, 2019
  • First Presbyterian Church • 8:00 PM
  • The 40th - Opening Night in Memory of Beth Boudreau
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  • Friday   August 2, 2019
  • First Presbyterian Church • 8:00 PM
  • Aizuri Quartet: Different Trains
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  • Saturday   August 3, 2019
  • Robinson Pavilion at Anyela's Vineyards • 8:00 PM
  • Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn
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  • Tuesday   August 6, 2019
  • First Presbyterian Church • 3:00 PM
  • SkanFest U: Music and the Visual Arts
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  • Wednesday   August 7, 2019
  • First Presbyterian Church • 8:00 PM
  • Hilary Hahn & Lera Auerbach: Dreams and Visions
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  • Thursday   August 8, 2019
  • First Presbyterian Church • 8:00 PM
  • Hilary Hahn & Lera Auerbach: Dreams and Visions
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  • Friday   August 9, 2019
  • First Presbyterian Church • 7:00 PM
  • Backstage Pass: 40 Years: How to Plan a Festival (in 400 Easy Steps)
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  • First Presbyterian Church • 8:00 PM
  • Piano Festival
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  • Saturday   August 10, 2019
  • Robinson Pavilion at Anyela's Vineyards • 8:00 PM
  • Hilary Hahn: Bach Under The Stars
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11 12 13
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  • Tuesday   August 13, 2019
  • First Presbyterian Church • 3:00 PM
  • SkanFest U: Music and the Visual Arts
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  • Wednesday   August 14, 2019
  • The Mandana Barn • 11:00 AM
  • KidsFest with Susan Reed: Listen to the Water
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  • Skaneateles • 6:00 PM
  • Summer Suite
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  • Thursday   August 15, 2019
  • First Presbyterian Church • 7:00 PM
  • Backstage Pass: Finding the Muse: Then and Now
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  • First Presbyterian Church • 8:00 PM
  • The Romantic Imagination
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  • Friday   August 16, 2019
  • First Presbyterian Church • 8:00 PM
  • All in Rhythm
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  • Saturday   August 17, 2019
  • West Genesee High School • 8:00 PM
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
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18 19 20
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  • Tuesday   August 20, 2019
  • First Presbyterian Church • 3:00 PM
  • SkanFest U: Music and the Visual Arts
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  • Thursday   August 22, 2019
  • First Presbyterian Church • 7:00 PM
  • Prelude Concert featuring Kaelem Michel
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  • First Presbyterian Church • 8:00 PM
  • Bon Appétit!
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  • Friday   August 23, 2019
  • First Presbyterian Church • 8:00 PM
  • Café Music
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  • Saturday   August 24, 2019
  • Robinson Pavilion at Anyela's Vineyards • 8:00 PM
  • Festival Finale in memory of Louise Robinson: with David Zinman and the Festival Orchestra
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Thursday   August 9, 2018 First Presbyterian Church   •   8:00 PM

Opening Night

On Opening Night, marvel at jaw-dropping virtuosos double-bassist Xavier Foley and violinist Tai Murray, who perform separately, and then together, in a Festival commission by award-winning composer Derek Bermel for bass, violin, and actor. The Festival Artistic Directors start off the evening with Mendelssohn’s luminous Variations for Cello and Piano, and the program closes with Ralph Vaughan Williams’ ravishing, romantic Piano Quintet.

Program:

Mendelssohn: Variations concertante, Op. 17
Paganini, arr. Milstein: Paganiniana
Xavier Foley: Falling Seagull
Derek Bermel: Encounter with the Moon
Vaughan Williams: Piano Quintet

    



Musicians:

Xavier Foley
Xavier Foley
Bass
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Xavier Foley, Bass

Winner of a 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant, double bassist Xavier Foley has captivated audiences "with superbly executed performances… playing fluidly and passionately" (Splash Magazines). In the 2017-2018 season, Mr. Foley appears as soloist with the Orchard Park Symphony Orchestra, and performs recitals at the Port Washington Library, the Paramount Theatre, the Perlman Music Program Alumni Recital Series, the Harriman-Jewell Series, and at the Buffalo Chamber Music Society. As a Winner of the 2016 Young Concert Artists International Auditions along with four Performance Prizes, he gave his New York and Washington, DC debut recitals this season, which included two of his own compositions. Mr. Foley has appeared as soloist with the Atlanta Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Brevard Concert Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Sphinx Symphony Orchestra and with the Sphinx Virtuosi at Carnegie Hall. His numerous prizes include Philadelphia's Musical Fund Society, First Prizes at Astral's 2014 National Auditions, Sphinx's 2014 Competition, and at the 2011 International Society of Bassists Competition. Xavier Foley has participated in the Marlboro Music and the Delaware Chamber Music Festivals.

Performing:
Thursday, August 9

Tai Murray
Tai Murray
Violin
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Tai Murray, Violin

An inspiring talent with a silky and sweet tone from even the highest registers of her instrument, impeccable intonation, dexterity, subtlety yet always vigorous and dramatic, the well-schooled and hugely musical Tai Murray has become an essential personality in today's classical musical world. She is a former BBC young generation artist and member of the Marlboro Festival and of Lincoln Center's Chamber Music Society. Living between New York and Berlin, Tai has been heard on stages such as the Barbican, Queen Elisabeth and London Royal Albert Hall, aside orchestras such as Chicago Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Manchester BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.

Performing:
Thursday, August 9

Masumi Per Rostad
Masumi Per Rostad
viola
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Masumi Per Rostad, viola

The Grammy Award-winning Rostad has received praise for his rich and expressive tone, energy, and commanding presence, and has been described by critics as an "electrifying, poetic and sensitive musician." In addition to performing, Rostad teaches at the Eastman School of Music. As a member of the Pacifica Quartet, Masumi has performed and toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Other honors include the Cleveland Quartet Award and the Avery Fisher Career Grant. As a soloist, Rostad has appeared at prominent festivals including Spoleto USA, Music@Menlo, Marlboro, and Rockport Chamber Music; collaborated with such string quartets as the St. Lawrence, Pavel Hass, Emerson, and the Ying Quartet.

Performing:
Thursday, August 9


Concert Sponsors:

Gwen Birchenough, and Dave Birchenough & Carrie Lazarus

Guest Artist Sponsors:

Xavier Foley sponsored by Mary Cotter
Tai Murray sponsored by Andrea Latchem