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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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  • 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 • 8:00 PM
  • Piano Festival
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  • Saturday   August 10, 2019
  • Robinson Pavilion at Anyela's Vineyards • 8:00 PM
  • Hilary Hahn Plays Bach Under The Stars
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  • Thursday   August 15, 2019
  • 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
  • Wynton Marsalis & The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
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  • Thursday   August 22, 2019
  • 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 15, 2019 First Presbyterian Church   •   8:00 PM

The Romantic Imagination

The Festival welcomes back pianist-composer Conrad Tao (“electrifying,” New York Times), whose career has taken off since he last performed here as a 14-year-old, in 2009. He partners with dramatic and charismatic violinist Stefan Jackiw (“brilliant,” New York Times) to lead a program of imaginative music by famous friends Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms, as well as by their muse, Clara Wieck (Schumann); David Ying and Elinor Freer also return to perform.

Program:

SCHUMANN: Kreisleriana, Op. 16
CLARA WIECK (SCHUMANN): Three Romances for Violin and Piano, Op. 22
BRAHMS: Sonatensatz for Violin and Piano
SCHUMANN: Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70
BRAHMS: Trio in C minor, Op. 101

    



Musicians:

Elinor Freer
Elinor Freer
piano
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Elinor Freer, piano

Pianist Elinor Freer has built a versatile career as soloist and chamber musician, performing across the United States, Europe, and China. She has soloed with numerous orchestras including the String Orchestra of the Rockies, the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, the University of Rochester Chamber Orchestra, the Dekalb Symphony, and many others. She and her husband, David Ying, served as co-artistic directors of the Skaneateles Festival for 10 years, and she frequently performs at that and other music festivals. A dedicated teacher, Ms. Freer joined the faculty of the Eastman School of Music in 2003. In addition to performing and teaching, she has founded and produced initiatives designed to bring classical music to new audiences and has presented performances across the country in settings ranging from inner city schools to psychiatric hospitals. For these projects she was awarded multiple grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Performing:
Thursday, August 15

Stefan Jackiw
Stefan Jackiw
violin
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Stefan Jackiw, violin

Stefan Jackiw made his European debut at age 14, playing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with London's Philharmonia Orchestra and taking the music world by storm. In the 20 years since then, Jackiw has appeared as soloist with the Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco symphony orchestras, as well as many others in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. He is also an active recitalist and chamber musician and has performed in numerous important festivals and concert series. Fanfare hailed his Sony recording of the complete Brahms sonatas as "the recording of the Brahms sonatas to have." Stefan Jackiw began playing the violin at age four. His teachers have included Zinaida Gilels, Michèle Auclair, and Donald Weilerstein. He holds a BA from Harvard as well as an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory, and he was awarded a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.

Performing:
Thursday, August 15

Conrad Tao
Conrad Tao
piano
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Conrad Tao, piano

Conrad Tao has appeared worldwide as a pianist and composer, last appearing at the Skaneateles Festival in 2009. He has been dubbed a musician of "probing intellect and open-hearted vision" by the New York Times, a "thoughtful and mature composer" by NPR, and "ferociously talented" by TimeOut New York. A former prodigy, Conrad has emerged as a mature, thoughtful, and thought-provoking artist with both a singular vision and the talent to realize it. Conrad's commitment to new music extends far beyond his own compositions—he dedicates significant time and resources to performing, commissioning, and curating many other bright new voices. His ceaseless exploration also lends a new, contemporary vitality to his much-lauded performances of the core repertoire. His accolades and awards include being a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, a YoungArts gold medal-winner in music, a Gilmore Young Artist, and an Avery Fisher Career Grant winner. Tao's career as a composer has garnered eight consecutive ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards and the Carlos Curinach Prize from BMI.

Performing:
Thursday, August 15

David Ying
David Ying
cello
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David Ying, cello

David Ying?is well known to concert audiences as the cellist of the Grammy Award winning Ying Quartet.?With the Quartet he has performed worldwide from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House.? The Quartet is also known for its enterprising view of concert performance, which has led to visits to the White House as well as correctional facilities, and to business schools as well as hospitals. In its collaborations, the quartet has performed with chamber music greats as well as folk musician Mike Seeger, the Turtle Island Quartet, and even actors, dancers, chefs, and magicians. David first pursued chamber music with his piano trio as a student at the Eastman School of Music. That group was awarded first prize at the Coleman Chamber Music Competition. Later he won the Naumburg Chamber Music Award with the Ying Quartet. Also highly regarded as an individual artist, he has won prizes in the Naumburg Cello Competition and in the Washington International Competition.? He often performs with his wife, pianist Elinor Freer. Together they directed the Skaneateles Festival for 10 years.

Performing:
Thursday, August 15