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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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  • 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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  • Tuesday   August 13, 2019
  • First Presbyterian Church • 3:00 PM
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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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  • Tuesday   August 20, 2019
  • First Presbyterian Church • 3:00 PM
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  • Thursday   August 22, 2019
  • First Presbyterian Church • 7:00 PM
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  • First Presbyterian Church • 8:00 PM
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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 16, 2019 First Presbyterian Church   •   8:00 PM

All in Rhythm

Everyone loves the sound of the cello – can you imagine the sound of eight at once? Several illustrious cellists from Festivals past join together for cello quartets, sextets, and octets, including Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos’s pulsating Bachianas Brasileiras, a blend of Brazilian folk styles and the sound of Bach’s music. Pianist Conrad Tao and violinist Stefan Jackiw begin this pulsating program with a brand-new work by Tao and Copland’s winning Violin Sonata.

Program:

COPLAND: Sonata for Violin and Piano
CONRAD TAO: All I Had Forgotten or Tried To for Violin and Piano (new work, 2019)
PIAZZOLLA: Oblivion
PIAZZOLLA: Le Grand Tango
CHOPIN, arr. FRANCHOMME: Selections for 4 Cellos
ZANELLA: Fantasia Orientale for 6 Cellos
VILLA-LOBOS: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1 for 8 Cellos

    



Musicians:

Julia Bruskin
Julia Bruskin
cello
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Julia Bruskin, cello

Since her concerto debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at age 17, Julia Bruskin has established herself as one of the premiere cellists of her generation. She has soloed with conductor Jahja Ling at Avery Fisher Hall as well as with the Nashville, Utah, Virginia, and Pacific Symphonies, among others. She is a frequent guest at summer music festivals, now especially as co-director of the Skaneateles Festival with her husband, Aaron Wunsch. She is also a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York City. A founding member of the critically acclaimed Claremont Trio, Bruskin has recorded and toured extensively with the group. Their recording for Bridge Records of the Beethoven "Triple" Concerto with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra has received rave reviews. Bruskin teaches at the Juilliard Pre-College.

Performing:
Friday, August 16

Steven Doane
Steven Doane
cello
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Steven Doane, cello

Internationally known soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, recording artist, and pedagogue Steven Doane appears at festivals and on concert series throughout the United States and overseas. Doane received his BM from Oberlin Conservatory and his MM from SUNY Stony Brook. His teachers included Richard Kapuscinski, Bernard Greenhouse, Jane Cowan, and Janos Starker. Doane records for the Bridge label, often with Eastman pianist Barry Snyder. Their recording of the complete music of Gabriel Fauré for cello and piano was awarded the Diapason D'or in France.
At Eastman, Doane was given the Eisenhart Award for Excellence in Teaching. In addition, the New England Conservatory awarded him the Piatigorsky Prize for his teaching. With the New Arts Trio, Doane won the Naumburg Chamber Music Award in 1980. Steven Doane is currently a visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music, London, where he has done several residencies.

Performing:
Friday, August 16

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 16

Lindsay Groves
Lindsay Groves
cello
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Lindsay Groves, cello

Lindsay Groves joined the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra/Symphoria as assistant principal and later, principal cellist, after graduating from Northwestern University where she worked with Dudley Powers and Frank Miller. As founder and music director of the Skaneateles Festival, she programmed and often performed in approximately 140 concerts during its first eleven years. She was a member of the North Carolina Symphony, the JFK Center Opera House Orchestra, and the Hawaii Symphony. In addition, she has participated in festivals in North Carolina, Alaska, Colorado, California, Florida, Maine, China, Italy, and Switzerland. These efforts have resulted in memorable collaborations with, for instance, David Zinman, Claudio Abbado, Valery Gergiev, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Semyon Bychkov, Carl Maria Guilini, Schlomo Mintz, Joseph Genualdi, Hilary Hahn, Nicholas Eanet, Godfried Hoogeveen, Gary Karr, Robert Weirich, Ruth Laredo, Andre Michel Schub, and Awadagin Pratt. She has also played the Haydn, Dvorak, Elgar, and Schumann concerti with orchestras in and outside of Central New York.

Performing:
Friday, August 16

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:
Friday, August 16

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:
Friday, August 16

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:
Friday, August 16


Concert Sponsors:

Joan Christy and Barb Connor & Doug Wood

Guest Artist Sponsors:

Stefan Jackiw sponsored by Don & Chacea Sundman
Elinor Freer and David Ying sponsored by Ivan and Mimi Ace
Conrad Tao sponsored by Patience Brewster and Holly Greg
Julia Bruskin sponsored by The Skaneateles Consortium: George Bain, Sam & Debby Bruskin, Dana & Susan Hall, and Ron Sampson