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Opening Night: Eliot Fisk & Friends

July 27 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Skaneateles Festival 

Opening Night: Eliot Fisk & Friends 

Thurs. July 27, 2023 

This concert is presented by Joan Christy and Sharon Ryan in memory of their dear friend, Carolyn Stein.

7:00 PM BACKSTAGE PASS: Guitar virtuoso and Syracuse native Eliot Fisk joins Festival Artistic Directors Aaron Wunsch and Julia Bruskin for a discussion of Fisk’s life in music, the magic of the guitar, and a preview of the new season.

World-renowned guitar virtuoso and Syracuse native Eliot Fisk opens the 2023 Festival with a celebratory program for guitar and strings. By turns lively and lyrical, the program showcases Fisk’s “fine balance of focused introspection and incendiary virtuosity” (New York Times): Bach’s famous Chaconne in D minor (arranged by Fisk), evocative Spanish music, a showpiece by Paganini, and Boccherini’s exuberant Spanish-flavored fandango for guitar, strings, and castanets.


PAGANINI – Sonata Concertata for Guitar and Violin

GEORGE ROCHBERG – selections from American Bouquet (dedicated to Eliot Fisk)

J.S. BACH, arr. FISK – Chaconne from Partita in D minor, BWV 1004

Three Spanish pieces by BOCCHERINI, HALFFTER, and ALBÉNIZ:

ENRIQUE BOCCHERINI – “La Maja de Goya” from 12 Tonadillas en estilo antiguo 


ISAAC ALBÉNIZ – Sevilla from Suite española, No. 1, Op. 47

LUIGI BOCCHERINI – Quintet for Guitar and Strings, G. 448 (“Fandango”) featuring Julia Bruskin, cello 

Eliot Fisk

Thurs. July 27

Eliot Fisk

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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.

There are a variety of ways to get tickets!

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!

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Skaneateles Festival Office
97 East Genesee Street
Hours: M-F 10am – 5pm

Purchase at the Door

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


July 27
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm


First Presbyterian Church
97 East Genesee St
Skaneateles, NY 13152 United States
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