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Skaneateles Festival: Week four

— Masterpiece (măs’t∂r-pēs΄) n. 1. An outstanding work of art or craft. 2. Something superlative.

Stellar musicians like pianist Jon Nakamatsu (Van Cliburn Competition Gold Medalist), soprano Sari Gruber (Naumburg Competition winner), violinist Steven Copes (St Paul Chamber Orchestra concertmaster), and others close this year’s festival with a week of timeless masterpieces. For ethereal beauty, we’ll hear Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock; for melancholy and soul, the Brahms Clarinet Quintet; for exuberant folk music, Dvorak’s Dumky Trio; for stunning melodic beauty, Villa Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5. And the list goes on.

Each historic piece this week stands the test of time because of the universal human qualities it conveys. It’s the kind of music we live for.

Wed. Aug. 31, 8 p.m.: Special Event: Solo recital with Jon Nakamatsu, piano

First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee St.

Rameau: Gavotte and Doubles

Liszt: Dante Sonata

Beethoven: "Moonlight" Sonata

Chopin: Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise in E-flat, Op. 22

Featuring: Jon Nakamatsu

Tickets: $25 all seats, free for children 12 and under

Thur. Sept. 1, 8 p.m.: Chamber Music Concert

First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles

Wolf: Italian Serenade

Schubert: Der Hirt auf dem Felsen (The Shepherd on the Rock)

Debussy: Première Rhapsodie

Brahms: Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op. 115

Featuring: Jon Nakamatsu, piano; Sari Gruber, soprano; Jon Manasse, clarinet; Steven Copes, violin; David Ying, cello; Carol Rodland, viola

Tickets: $18 to $24, free for children 12 and under

Fri. Sept. 2, 8 p.m.: Chamber Music Concert

First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles

André Previn: Four Songs for Soprano, Cello, and Piano

Brahms: Sonata in E-flat for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 120 No. 2

Dvorak: Piano Trio in E minor, “Dumky”

Featuring: Jon Nakamatsu, piano; Sari Gruber, soprano; Jon Manasse, clarinet; Steven Copes, violin; Elinor Freer, piano; David Ying, cello

Tickets: $18 to $24, free for children 12 and under

Sat. Sept. 3, 7:30 p.m.: Festival Grand Finale with the Ying Quartet

Brook Farm, 2870 West Lake Road, Skaneateles

Villa-lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 for Soprano and 8 Cellos

Weber Clarinet Quintet in B Flat Major op. 34

Mendelssohn Octet for Strings in E-flat major, Op. 20

Featuring: the Ying Quartet; Sari Gruber, soprano; Jon Manasse, clarinet; Steve Copes, violin; Annaliesa Place, violin; Melissa Matson, viola; Mimi Hwang, cello

Tickets: $25 & $30, free for children 12 and under

(Rain location: after 3pm, call 315-685-7418 or visit www.skanfest.org)

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