2019 Season
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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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  • 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 • 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
  • SkanFest U: Music and the Visual Arts
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  • Wednesday   August 14, 2019
  • The Mandana Barn • 11:00 AM
  • KidsFest with Susan Reed: Listen to the Water
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  • Skaneateles • 6:00 PM
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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News

Obituary for Louise Robinson

"May you walk gently
through the world
and know its beauty
all the days of your life."

- Apache Blessing

Louise Robinson's death on Monday, October 22nd at 94 years of age concludes her gentle walk through a life filled with the beauty of family, friends and music.

Louise and her husband, David Robinson, both vocalists, met in choir at Penn State, married, and went on to sing in the musical communities wherever they lived. Their love of music helped found the Skaneateles Festival in 1980. For the next 40 years they dedicated their lives to guiding and nurturing a musical adventure, bringing in a remarkable cast of characters along the way. The Festival set its roots in Skaneateles Library Hall and grew to national stature, attracting thousands of audience members to summer concerts on the lawn of Brook Farm, the Robinsons' lakeside home, each summer.

After David Robinson's death in 2006 Louise continued their Festival mission attending meetings, going to concerts and hosting musicians at Brook Farm. Two years ago she participated in the Festival's move to its new home at Anyela's Vineyards where concerts take place in the specially constructed Robinson Pavilion.

Louise Robinson is survived by her sister, Janet Bush, and her sister-in-law, Claire Shaw; her five children and their spouses - Peggy (John), Claire (Rob), Dana (Cathy), Deborah, and Eleanor (Ken); her twelve grandchildren - Jason, Joanna, Gabrielle, Gretchen, Audrey, Caroline, Dwight, Duncan, Sidnie, Madeline, Tyler, and Ethan; her eleven great-grandchildren - Kaolin, Edan, Desraeli, Juliet, River, Charlie, Rose, Genevieve, Bodey, Georgia, Eleonora, and Elliot; and many beloved Robinson, Earnshaw, Neff, and Bush relations.

A devoted mother to her own family, Louise became a "mother" to many Festival musicians, friends, and staff, both young and old, Louise often said, "We are in the business of making happy memories here." And "here" seemed to be wherever and with whomever she landed.

A concert in celebration of her life will be held on August 24 during the 2019 Skaneateles Festival.

Contributions may be made in her name to the Skaneateles Festival. Donations can be mailed to 97 East Genesee Street, Skaneateles, New York 13152 or made online here.