Skaneateles Festival heads into final week

— For the fourth and final week of the Skaneateles Festival, Aug. 29 through Sept. 1, strings are the thing as the festival closes with return visits from two favorite, in-demand ensembles.

Tf3 brings its innovative, highly entertaining style back to Brook Farm, and the dynamic musical electricity of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra lights up the evening on closing night. With winning selections from Dvorak to bluegrass and beyond, these performances are sure to make their mark on summer’s finest evenings.

Members of ECCO will serenade wine lovers enjoying the breathtaking view of the lake in “A Musical Happy Hour” at Anyela’s Vineyards after work at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 29.

On Thursday, members of ECCO will again team up for music by Kodaly, Schulhoff and Dvorak — all full of heart and pizzazz, just like the region’s wines tasted the night before.

On Friday, the genre-obliterating, “classically trained garage band,” Tf3 (Time for Three), will return to Brook Farm to perform everything from Bach to the Beatles, along with their own compositions inspired by classical, jazz, bluegrass, and much more.

Tf3 suddenly garnered acute attention in the music world during July 2003, when a lightning-induced power failure at Philadelphia’s Mann Center for the Performing Arts allowed them to shine. While technicians attempted to restore onstage lighting, Tf3 members, who were scattered throughout The Philadelphia Orchestra, gathered in front and obliged the waiting audience with an impromptu jam session that included works as far afield from the originally scheduled symphony as “Jerusalem’s Ridge,” “Ragtime Annie,” and “The Orange Blossom Special.”

The crowd went wild, and things for the trio just haven’t been the same since.

On Saturday, Sept. 1, the 2012 Season comes to a close when the complete ECCO performs under the stars at Brook Farm in a program that includes works by Holst, Barber, Stravinsky and Dvorak.

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