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  • Tuesday   August 3, 2021
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  • Tuesday   August 10, 2021
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  • Thursday   August 12, 2021
  • West End Theatre • 8:00 PM
  • Dover Quartet
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  • Friday   August 13, 2021
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  • Bill Charlap Trio
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  • Saturday   August 14, 2021
  • Robinson Pavilion at Anyela's Vineyards • 8:00 PM
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  • Tuesday   August 17, 2021
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  • Tuesday   August 24, 2021
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  • Thursday   August 26, 2021
  • West End Theatre • 8:00 PM
  • The Voice Within
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  • Friday   August 27, 2021
  • Robinson Pavilion at Anyela's Vineyards • 8:00 PM
  • Time For Three
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  • Saturday   August 28, 2021
  • Mandana Barn • 11:00 AM
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Thursday   August 26, 2021 West End Theatre   •   8:00 PM

The Voice Within

Program:

Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11 (arrangement for piano and strings)
Florence B. Price: Fantasy for Violin and Piano in G minor
George Walker: Cello Sonata

    



Musicians:

Emily Bruskin
Emily Bruskin
violin
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Emily Bruskin, violin

Emily Bruskin has performed as soloist with the Virginia, Pacific, San Francisco Ballet, Utah, and Nashville Symphonies and has given recitals across the country and around the world in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the American Academy in Rome, the Kennedy Center, and Boston's Jordan Hall. As violinist of the Claremont Trio she has made critically acclaimed recordings on the Arabesque, Bridge, Tria, and Ongaku labels and has commissioned trios from Nico Muhly, Mason Bates, Gabriela Lena Frank, Sean Shepherd, Helen Grime and Hillary Zipper. Ms. Bruskin has appeared at the Saratoga, Mostly Mozart, Caramoor, and Ravinia festivals and has given masterclasses at Columbia University, the Eastman School of Music, and Duke University. Ms. Bruskin was a grand prize winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award and received BBC Magazine's Critic's Choice Award and the Classical Recording Foundation's Young Artist Award. A graduate of the Columbia-Juilliard program, she holds degrees in Neuroscience and in Music.

Learn more at claremonttrio.com/biography/emily-bruskin/.

Performing:
Thursday, August 26

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.

Learn more at http://claremonttrio.com/biography/julia-bruskin/.

Performing:
Thursday, August 26

Edward Castilano
Edward Castilano
bass
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Edward Castilano, bass

String bass player Edward Castilano is a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and an instructor at the Syracuse University Setnor School of Music. He played principal bass in the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra until its demise in 2011, and he appeared as soloist with that organization numerous times. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, he participated for six seasons in Gian Carlo Menottis Spoleto Festival in Italy and Charleston, South Carolina, where he made several appearances with the Lincoln Center Chamber Players. He has performed annually in the Skaneateles Festival since its inception in 1980. Additionally, Edward has appeared in concert with the Philadelphia, Savannah, and Spokane Symphonies.

Performing:
Thursday, August 26

Avery Gagliano
Avery Gagliano
piano
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Avery Gagliano, piano

Avery Gagliano, First Prize and Best Concerto Prize winner of the 2020 10th National Chopin Piano Competition, is a young artist who captures audiences with her sensitivity, emotional depth, and musical expression. Her success has taken her to stages and concert venues such as the Verbier Festival Academy, Ravinia Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Chicago's Millennium Park, WQXR Greene Space, WRTI Performance Studio, and the GRAMMY Salute to Classical Music at Carnegie Hall. This coming fall, she will make her recital debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall.

As a soloist, Avery has collaborated with several symphonies in the United States including the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra, Tuscarawas Philharmonic, MostArts Festival Orchestra, Capital City Symphony, National Chamber Ensemble, and most recently, the Oregon Mozart Players. She is also an avid chamber musician and performs as a guest artist with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players.

Avery received the Audience Prize at the 2019 Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition, was the first-prize winner of the Aspen Music Festival Concerto Competition and the MostArts Festival Piano Competition, and is a winner of 2019 National YoungArts Competition. She is an alumna of the 2019 Verbier Festival & Academy and the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, a four-year winner of the US Chopin Foundation Scholarship, a nominated recipient of the Inaugural Outstanding Young Artist Achievement Award by the National Chamber Ensemble, and has made several appearances on the National Public Radio's (NPR) From The Top.

Avery is originally from Washington, D.C., where she studied with Marina Alekseyeva. Avery currently resides in Philadelphia and studies at the Curtis Institute of Music with Gary Graffman and Robert McDonald; she has also studied with Jonathan Biss while at Curtis.

Learn more at www.averygagliano.com/about.

Performing:
Thursday, August 26

William Knuth
William Knuth
violin
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William Knuth, violin

William Knuth, violinist, has earned recognition as a solo and chamber musician. As an international prize holder and Fulbright recipient Mr. Knuth has performed throughout the United States and Europe including appearances with leading orchestras and featured performances for members of the US Department of State and the United Nations Council.

Performing:
Thursday, August 26

Melissa Matson
Melissa Matson
viola
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Melissa Matson, viola

As a founding member of the Chester String Quartet (1978-83), violist Melissa Matson performed throughout the U.S. and won top chamber music awards at the Munich and Portsmouth (England) international competitions. Melissa then joined the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) as principal violist as well as the faculty of the Eastman School of Music. She continues in both of these positions. Melissa has appeared as soloist with the RPO several times. She is a frequent performer with Chamber Music Rochester and the Skaneateles Festival. She is also a member of the newly formed Amenda Quartet whose Project Ludwig aims to study and perform all of the Beethoven string quartets. She is the artistic director of First Muse Chamber Music, also in Rochester. In addition to her teaching at Eastman, Melissa mentors the violists of the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

Learn more at rpo.org/musicians/melissa-matson/.

Performing:
Thursday, August 26

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 Ad├Ęs, 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).

Learn more at https://www.aaronwunsch.com/.

Performing:
Thursday, August 26


Concert Sponsors:

Don & Chacea Sundman
The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

Guest Artist Sponsors:

Julia Bruskin and Emily Bruskin and Aaron Wunsch sponsored by The Skaneateles Consortium: George Bain, Sam & Debby Bruskin, Dana & Susan Hall, and Ron Sampson
Edward Castilano sponsored by Koko Fuller
William Knuth sponsored by Robin and Joyce Jowaisas
Melissa Matson sponsored by Jennifer Sutherland
Avery Gagliano sponsored by Doug and Peg Whitehouse