2018 Season
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  • Tuesday   August 7, 2018
  • First Presbyterian Church • 3:00 PM
  • SkanFest U: Leonard Bernstein's America
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  • Wednesday   August 8, 2018
  • the home of Craig and Barbara Froelich • 6:30 PM
  • An "Extraordinary" Summer Suite
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  • Thursday   August 9, 2018
  • First Presbyterian Church • 7:00 PM
  • Backstage Pass: Beyond the Notes
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  • First Presbyterian Church • 8:00 PM
  • Opening Night
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  • Friday   August 10, 2018
  • First Presbyterian Church • 8:00 PM
  • The Danish String Quartet
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  • Saturday   August 11, 2018
  • Robinson Pavilion at Anyela's Vineyards • 7:30 PM
  • The Joshua Redman Quartet
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  • Tuesday   August 14, 2018
  • First Presbyterian Church • 3:00 PM
  • SkanFest U: Leonard Bernstein's America
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  • Thursday   August 16, 2018
  • First Presbyterian Church • 8:00 PM
  • Eliot Fisk: A Family Affair
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  • Friday   August 17, 2018
  • First Presbyterian Church • 7:00 PM
  • Prelude Concert
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  • First Presbyterian Church • 8:00 PM
  • America Singing
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  • Saturday   August 18, 2018
  • Robinson Pavilion at Anyela's Vineyards • 7:30 PM
  • Leonard Bernstein's Candide
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  • Sunday   August 19, 2018
  • First Presbyterian Church • 2:00 PM
  • KidsFest: Bernstein on Broadway with The Knights
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  • Tuesday   August 21, 2018
  • First Presbyterian Church • 3:00 PM
  • SkanFest U: Leonard Bernstein's America
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  • Thursday   August 23, 2018
  • First Presbyterian Church • 7:00 PM
  • Backstage Pass: Why Schubert?
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  • First Presbyterian Church • 8:00 PM
  • Schubert Up Close
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  • Friday   August 24, 2018
  • First Presbyterian Church • 8:00 PM
  • Songs from Home
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  • Saturday   August 25, 2018
  • Robinson Pavilion at Anyela's Vineyards • 7:30 PM
  • Beethoven under the Stars
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  • Tuesday   August 28, 2018
  • First Presbyterian Church • 3:00 PM
  • SkanFest U: Leonard Bernstein's America
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  • Wednesday   August 29, 2018
  • The Mandana Barn • 11:00 AM
  • KidsFest: Drum it Up!
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  • Thursday   August 30, 2018
  • First Presbyterian Church • 8:00 PM
  • Jupiter String Quartet & Andy Akiho
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  • Friday   August 31, 2018
  • First Presbyterian Church • 8:00 PM
  • Beethoven's Last Call
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  • Saturday   September 1, 2018
  • Robinson Pavilion at Anyela's Vineyards • 7:30 PM
  • The Mark O'Connor Band
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Thursday   August 9, 2018 First Presbyterian Church   •   7:00 PM

Backstage Pass: Beyond the Notes

Tai Murray and Xavier Foley join composer-clarinetist Derek Bermel to discuss their collaboration on the new Festival-commissioned work. Find out how the composer turns inspiration into notes and the performers turn notes back into inspiration.

    



Musicians:

Derek Bermel
Derek Bermel
Composer
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Derek Bermel, Composer

Composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel has been widely hailed for his creativity, theatricality, and virtuosity. Artistic Director of the American Composers Orchestra, Bermel is also curator of the Gamper Festival at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Director of Copland House's emerging composers institute Cultivate, and recently enjoyed a four-year tenure as artist-in-residence at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton. He has received commissions from the Pittsburgh, National, Saint Louis, and Pacific Symphonies, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, WNYC Radio, La Jolla Music Society, Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Guarneri String Quartet, De Ereprijs (Netherlands), violinist Midori, and electric guitarist Wiek Hijmans among others. His many honors include the Alpert Award in the Arts, Rome Prize, Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships, American Music Center's Trailblazer Award, and an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; commissions from the Koussevitzky and Fromm Foundations, Meet the Composer, and Cary Trust; and residencies at Yaddo, Tanglewood, Aspen, Banff, Bellagio, Copland House, Sacatar, and Civitella Ranieri.

Performing:
Thursday, August 9

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



Guest Artist Sponsors:

Derek Bermel sponsored by The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation & David and Deirdre Stam