Skaneateles Festival in 30th year

It's almost time for this year's Skaneateles Festival.

The annual music festival kicks off Aug. 12 and runs through Sept. 5. Now in its 30th year, the festival will be a celebration of three decades of music by featuring memorable performances along with some old festival friends.

Mark Kaplan, Steve Doane, Michelle LaCourse and Andres Cardenes will all be back and renowned guitarist Eliot Fisk will give a solo recital.

The festival will celebrate music from New York for an entire week, called "I Love New York," with music by composers who lived in or were inspired by New York, including Michael Torke, Nathaniel Dett, Samuel Barber, Virgil Thompson and Sergei Rachmaninoff.

The centerpiece will be a world premiere by young composer Carter Pann that celebrates life in Central New York. This lively work -- for violin, clarinet, cello, piano and narrator -- will be based on original poems submitted in 2007 by members of the community.

The week will conclude with a magical evening of Broadway tunes under the night sky at Brook Farm.

Come celebrate the 30th season of world-class music by the lake. The 2009 season runs from Wednesday Aug. 12 through Saturday Sept. 5.

The event is sure to be a magical musical season.

For more information and a full schedule of events for this year's festival, visit skanfest.org.

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