7:00 PM BACKSTAGE PASS: Join composer Nailah Nombeko; soprano Kearstin Piper Brown; Harriet Tubman’s great-great-grand niece, Judith Gladys Bryant; and the Festival’s Artistic Directors for a conversation about Harriet Tubman’s life in the area, her enduring influence, and the new work about her to be premiered later the same evening, Fortitude.
The Festival celebrates the 200th anniversary of Harriet Tubman’s birth with a program of American music on themes of struggle and hope. Samuel Barber’s intense Cello Sonata (with Artistic Directors Julia Bruskin and Aaron Wunsch), William Grant Still’s Violin Suite based on Harlem Renaissance art and spirituals, and songs by Porter and Gershwin are preludes to a Festival-commissioned dramatic portrayal of Harriet Tubman by Nailah Nombeko, featuring rising opera star Kearstin Piper Brown.
BARBER – Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 6
MARGARET BONDS – Troubled Water
WILLIAM GRANT STILL – Suite for Violin and Piano
NAILAH NOMBEKO – Fortitude World Premiere, commissioned by the Skaneateles Festival
From the Great American Songbook:
HAROLD ARLEN – A Sleepin’ Bee
JEROME KERN – Can’t Help Loving that Man
COLE PORTER – So in Love
HAROLD ARLEN – Over the Rainbow
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.
Presale tickets refer to all tickets that are sold before the day of the concert. There are no special requirements to be eligible to purchase presale tickets!
Skaneateles Festival Office
97 East Genesee Street
Hours: M-F 10am – 5pm
On concert nights, if tickets are still available, they can be purchased at the venue entrance as follows:
First Pres. Church – side entrance off the parking lot – beginning at 7:30pm
Robinson Pavilion – tent near the Tasting Room – beginning at 6:00pm