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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
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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
  • TBA • 11:15 AM
  • Hilary Hahn: BYOB(aby)
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  • 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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  • Tuesday   August 13, 2019
  • First Presbyterian Church • 3:00 PM
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  • Wednesday   August 14, 2019
  • The Mandana Barn • 11:00 AM
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  • 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
  • Robinson Pavilion at Anyela's Vineyards • 8:00 PM
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
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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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Friday   August 9, 2019 First Presbyterian Church   •   8:00 PM

Piano Festival

Celebrate the Festival’s 40th anniversary with a fun and lively all-piano program featuring combinations of 1, 2 and 3 pianists performing together – current and former Artistic Directors (Robert Weirich, Elinor Freer, Diane Walsh, Aaron Wunsch), and Skaneateles’s own Andy Russo – featuring selections by Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, and others.

Program:

MOZART, arr. CZERNY: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
SCHUBERT: Storms of Life, D. 947
BRAHMS: Rhapsody, Op. 79, No. 2
TCHAIKOVSKY: Selections from The Nutcracker, Op. 71a arr. Eduard Langer
March
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
Russian Dance [Trepak]
Petrushka's Room
The Shrovetide Fair

MOZART: Rondo in A minor, K. 511
DVORÁK: Selections from Slavonic Dances, op. 72
BIZET, arr. HOROWITZ: Carmen Variations
STRAVINSKY, arr. STRAVINSKY: Three movements from Petrushka
Russian Dance
Petrushka's Room
The Shrovetide Fair

    



Musicians:

Elinor Freer
Elinor Freer
piano
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Elinor Freer, piano

A native of Montana, Elinor Freer has built a versatile career as soloist, chamber musician, teacher, and artistic administrator. Praised for her "utmost sensitivity" (Harrisburg Patriot News) and "profound commitment and understanding" (Der General-Anzeiger, Bonn), Ms. Freer has performed throughout the U.S., Europe, Mexico, and China. A prizewinner and laureate in the Joanna Hodges and American Pianists Association Competitions, she has been the recipient of numerous awards including fellowships at Ravinia and Tanglewood. Ms. Freer holds degrees with honors from the Cleveland Institute of Music, the University of Southern California, and the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht. She feels privileged that her teachers and coaches have included Paul Schenly, John Perry, Kyoko Hashimoto, Ferenc Rados, Leon Fleisher, Peter Serkin, and Gilbert Kalish. Committed to expanding audiences, she was awarded multiple grants from the NEA to found residencies in rural Kansas and Montana, bringing music into schools, psychiatric hospitals, banks, grocery stores and more. Ms. Freer is currently chair of the chamber music department at Eastman and lives in Brighton with her husband, cellist David Ying, and their two children.

Performing:
Friday, August 9

Andrew Russo
Andrew Russo
piano
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Andrew Russo, piano

Andrew Russo is known for the diversity of his interests and experiences in music, business, and politics. He graduated from The Juilliard School, and pursued post-graduate studies in Leipzig and Paris with pianist/alternative pedagogue Frederic Chiu. He spent his early career as an advocate of American composers and American music. He has performed in many of the world's cultural capitals – Paris, London, Moscow, Rome, Brussels, Tokyo, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Buenos Aires, and more. As a finalist in the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, he became the first pianist to perform a significant work using techniques requiring the inside and frame of the piano as well as the keys. The highlight of his recording career was a 2007 Grammy nomination for his Black Box Records release of music by John Corigliano. Currently, Russo is a financial consultant and an adjunct instructor of finance at Le Moyne College. He continues to perform as a recitalist, concerto soloist, and chamber musician.

Performing:
Friday, August 9

Diane Walsh
Diane Walsh
piano
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Diane Walsh, piano

Since making her New York recital debut on the Young Concert Artists Series, American pianist Diane Walsh has toured the globe, with performances in forty-six of the fifty states and in twenty-one other countries. She has soloed with many U.S. orchestras, and she toured the country with the Orchestra of St. Luke. In Europe, she toured with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Conductors with whom she has worked include David Zinman, Seiji Ozawa, and Kazuyoshi Akiyama. She was onstage pianist for 113 performances of Moisés Kaufman's play "33 Variations" on Broadway, with Jane Fonda. She has won many honors including prizes at seven international competitions. Ms. Walsh performs at many summer chamber music festivals and was artistic director here at the Skaneateles Festival for five years. She is a member of the quintet La Fenice and of the Walsh-Drucker-Cooper Trio. She has released eighteen recordings of diverse repertoire on the Bridge, Newport, Sony, Nonesuch, Koch, Stereophile, CRI, Jonathan Digital, and Naxos labels.

Performing:
Friday, August 9

Robert Weirich
Robert Weirich
piano
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Robert Weirich, piano

Robert Weirich was the Skaneateles Festival's music director from 1991-1999. During that time, both attendance and support grew as the Festival won three Adventurous Programming Awards from Chamber Music America/ASCAP. He introduced thematic programming in his first season, In a wide-ranging career that has spanned a performance at the White House (1976) and mentoring the Gold Medal winner of the Van Cliburn competition (2001), he is most proud of his time as Festival director. In his retirement from university teaching, he is performing and giving master classes (recently in Maine, Michigan, Indiana, Colorado, and Washington), teaching privately, and writing both music and prose. He is eternally grateful to the people of central New York for their support of his efforts twenty years ago, and their continued openness to the music offered by this unique Skaneateles Festival.

Performing:
Friday, August 9

Aaron  Wunsch
Aaron Wunsch
piano
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Aaron Wunsch, piano

Pianist Aaron Wunsch enjoys a multifaceted career as a performer, presenter, and educator. Lauded for his "masterful" performances (Hartford Courant), he has collaborated in performance with cellist Lynn Harrell, clarinetists Charles Neidich and Anthony McGill, violinists Miranda Cuckson and Jennifer Koh, and the Miró, Jupiter, and Parker Quartets. He has worked with numerous composers, including Thomas Adès, Nico Muhly, and Kaija Saariaho, and makes frequent recital and teaching tours to Asia. A native of Wisconsin, he studied at Yale University, the Mozarteum in Salzburg (Fulbright Fellowship) and at The Juilliard School, and is currently on faculty at Juilliard and Artistic Director of the Music Mondays series in New York City (www.musicmondays.org) and the Skaneateles Festival (www.skanfest.org). www.aaronwunsch.com.

Performing:
Friday, August 9


Concert Sponsors:

Fred & Ginny Marty and Friends of the Festival

Guest Artist Sponsors:

Elinor Freer sponsored by Ivan and Mimi Ace
Aaron Wunsch sponsored by The Skaneateles Consortium: George Bain, Sam & Debby Bruskin, Dana & Susan Hall, and Ron Sampson
Andrew Russo sponsored by Disciplined Capital Management