2020 Season
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  • Tuesday   August 4, 2020
  • First Presbyterian Church • 3:00 PM
  • SkanFest U: Radical Beethoven
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  • Thursday   August 6, 2020
  • First Presbyterian Church • 8:00 PM
  • Opening Night
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  • Friday   August 7, 2020
  • First Presbyterian Church • 8:00 PM
  • Christmas in August
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  • Saturday   August 8, 2020
  • Robinson Pavilion at Anyela's Vineyards • 8:00 PM
  • Chick Corea & The Spanish Heart Quartet with Special Guest Rubén Blades
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  • Tuesday   August 11, 2020
  • First Presbyterian Church • 3:00 PM
  • SkanFest U: Radical Beethoven
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  • Thursday   August 13, 2020
  • First Presbyterian Church • 8:00 PM
  • Calidore Quartet: The Hunt
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  • Friday   August 14, 2020
  • First Presbyterian Church • 8:00 PM
  • The Russian Soul
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  • Saturday   August 15, 2020
  • Robinson Pavilion at Anyela's Vineyards • 8:00 PM
  • Rhiannon Giddens
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  • Tuesday   August 18, 2020
  • First Presbyterian Church • 3:00 PM
  • SkanFest U: Radical Beethoven
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  • Thursday   August 20, 2020
  • First Presbyterian Church • 8:00 PM
  • The Kreutzer Sonata
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  • Friday   August 21, 2020
  • First Presbyterian Church • 8:00 PM
  • ECCO: Divertimento
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  • Saturday   August 22, 2020
  • Robinson Pavilion at Anyela's Vineyards • 8:00 PM
  • Time for Three & ECCO
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  • Tuesday   August 25, 2020
  • First Presbyterian Church • 3:00 PM
  • SkanFest U: Radical Beethoven
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  • Thursday   August 27, 2020
  • First Presbyterian Church • 8:00 PM
  • The End of Time
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  • Friday   August 28, 2020
  • First Presbyterian Church • 8:00 PM
  • Claremont Trio & Davóne Tines: The Voice Within
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  • Saturday   August 29, 2020
  • Robinson Pavilion at Anyela's Vineyards • 8:00 PM
  • Beethoven's Ninth
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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.