2022 COVID Guidelines

As we welcome audiences back for live performances, the health and safety of our patrons, artists, volunteers, and staff remain our highest priority. To that end, our policies and procedures are based on recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and regulations from state and local governments, as well as the best practices in the performing arts industry, and the recommendations from the dedicated and knowledgable physicians on our Board of Directors. Please note that we will continue to monitor all relevant data and recommendations closely and make appropriate adjustments as deemed safe.
  • The Skaneateles Festival will not request proof of COVID vaccination nor proof of a recent negative COVID test result.
  • Face masks are strongly encouraged inside indoor concerts but are not required. Should this change, if you have purchased tickets, you will receive an e-mail in advance with further information and masks will be provided at the door.
  • The Festival encourages audience members who feel ill or show symptoms of illness to stay home. To facilitate this, we are offering a flexible exchange policy. Call the Box Office at (315) 685-7418 and explain your situation; we will exchange your tickets to another 2022 Festival performance based on availability.

Skaneateles Festival

Catalyst Quartet & Karen Slack

Thur. August 18, 2022

8:00 pm

First Presbyterian Church

My Soul Sings

The Grammy-winning Catalyst Quartet debuts at the Festival, performing music by Haydn and brand new short works for the quartet by Andy Akiho (heard at the Festival in 2018), Kevin Puts, and Jessie Montgomery, among others. Sharing the program is rising star soprano from the Metropolitan Opera, Karen Slack (“feisty, rich voiced,” New York Times), who offers songs by Richard Strauss; Festival Artistic Directors Julia Bruskin and Aaron Wunsch also perform Rachmaninoff’s passionate Cello Sonata.


HAYDN String Quartet, Op. 76, No. 4 (“Sunrise”)


STRAUSS Selected songs (feat. Karen Slack, soprano & Aaron Wunsch, piano)

RACHMANINOV Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19 (feat. Julia Bruskin, cello & Aaron Wunsch, piano)

Catalyst Quartet

Abi Fayette, violin

Karla Donehew-Perez, violins

Paul Laraia, viola

Karlos Rodriguez, cello

Karen Slack

Artist Sponsored by:

Andrea Latchem





Aaron Wunsch

Artist Sponsored by:

The Skaneateles Consortium-

George Bain
Sam and Debby Bruskin
Dana and Susan Hall
Judy Robertson

Catalyst Quartet

Artist Sponsored by:

Patricia A. Lynn-Ford & Steven J. Ford




Julia Bruskin

Artist Sponsored by:

The Skaneateles Consortium-

George Bain
Sam and Debby Bruskin
Dana and Susan Hall
Judy Robertson

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.


Got questions? We’ve got you covered. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions below to to ensure you have the best experience at your event.

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

Fri. Aug. 19

Karen Slack and the Catalyst Quartet

Event Sponsored by

Jessica & Toby Millman and Josh & Allison Wells




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!