Skaneateles Festival

Catalyst Quartet & Karen Slack

Fri. August 19, 2022

7:00 PM Backstage Pass (for ticket holders only)

8:00 PM

First Presbyterian Church

Freedom’s Voice

The Catalyst Quartet joins soprano Karen Slack, recently featured at the Met in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, for an all-American program that probes the nature of freedom. Hear works by Gershwin, African American spirituals, and Florence B. Price’s intense Piano Quintet in E minor.


Four Spirituals for Soprano and String Quartet, arr. STEPHEN TAYLOR

FLORENCE PRICE Negro Folksongs in Counterpoint (feat. Aaron Wunsch, piano)

SCOTT GENDEL Kids who Die (with text by Langston Hughes), in a new version by the composer for soprano and string quartet

FLORENCE PRICE Piano Quintet in E minor (feat. Aaron Wunsch, piano)

GERSHWIN “The Man I Love” from Lady Be Good! and “I Got Rhythm” (feat. Aaron Wunsch, piano)

Four American Folk Songs, arr. CATALYST QUARTET


Backstage Pass at 7:00 PM (for ticket holders only)
Deep River: Spirituals and the American Musical Tradition
Join the Catalyst Quartet for a discussion about the African American spiritual and its influence on composers, including Florence Price and George Gershwin.


Karen Slack

Artist Sponsored by:

Andrea Latchem






Catalyst Quartet

Artist Sponsored by:

Patricia A. Lynn-Ford & Steven J. Ford




Thank You to Our Event Sponsors


First Presbyterian Church

The facility was rebuilt in 1998 and the church committed to using the building as a community resource to provide space for and host various Art Shows and Music Festivals, Education programs, Co-ops, and Community based youth programs.

97 E. Genesee St, Skaneateles, NY 13152

Parking for the First Presbyterian Church along Genesee Street or in the municipal parking lot located behind M&T Bank on Genesee St. or Doug’s Fish Fry on Jordan. There is also free parking at Skaneateles High School.

From Syracuse and points east: Take Rte. 690 West to 695 West, then follow exit sign to Rte. 5 West. At the second light, turn left onto Rte. 321 (Bennetts Corners Road). Follow 321 until it ends in downtown Skaneateles. Turn left onto Genesee Street. The church is on the left, directly across from Lakeside Park and the Episcopal Church.

From Auburn and points west: Take Route 20 (Genesee Street) to Skaneateles. Go through the center village and the church will be on the left, directly across from Lakeside Park and the Episcopal Church.


Doors open at 7:30pm – Concerts begin promptly at 8pm

The church is air-conditioned and the seats are cushioned church pews.

All seating is “first come, first served” with“A” ticket seating being designated in the front rows of the church and “B” ticket seating in the back ½ of the church.


Light refreshments may be available for purchase at Intermission. There are many restaurants located in the Village within an easy walk or short drive of the church. See listing of “Friends of the Festival” restaurants.


We are happy to accommodate any accessibility needs of patrons and handicap seating is available in all price levels. Please call our office at 315-685-7418 so that we can ensure the best accommodations.


Attendance may be at capacity, so come early to assure yourselves of parking nearby and the seating you prefer.

Acoustics are outstanding in the church, so there are no bad seats sound-wise, but as with all venues, aisle seats may be at a premium.

Bathrooms are located in multiple locations at the church.


A variety of Skaneateles Festival merchandise will be available for purchase before each concert and during intermission.

Guest artist CDs may be available on the nights they perform.

Credit cards and cash are both welcome.


We would love for you to take lots of photos before and after the concerts and tag us on social media! We ask that you be considerate during the concert by silencing your phones and being aware of how your photography may be affecting your neighbors’ experience; we want everyone to enjoy the music in the moment. Please do not use flash during the concert.


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Plan Your Trip

Skaneateles is the eastern gateway to the Finger Lakes Region of Central New York State. Our Lake is at the center of all we do, and is the lifeblood of the community. Within the Village and the surrounding environment there is a variety of wonderful places to eat, shop, stay, and explore what makes Skaneateles so unique.

Upcoming Weekend Events

Thur. August 18

Catalyst Quartet & Karen Slack

Event Sponsored by

Dan Fisher, Lori Ruhlman, Holly Gregg, and Patience Brewster

with additional support from Syracuse Sounds of Music

Fri. Aug. 19

Karen Slack and the Catalyst Quartet

Event Sponsored by:

Jessica and Toby Millman, Josh and Allison Wells

with additional support from New Music USA

Sat. Aug. 20

Christian McBride and Inside Straight

Get a ticket discount by bundling!

Want to get a discount while seeing multiple performances? Consider getting a ticket package like a Week Pass, Saturday Series, or a Season Pass!

We hope to see you soon!