Skaneateles Festival begins Aug. 8

Four weeks of summer in a land of music

A past concert given at Brook Farm as a part of Skaneateles Festival.

A past concert given at Brook Farm as a part of Skaneateles Festival.

A small town has been making a big splash for over three decades with just a few key ingredients: top performers, adventurous programming, and a community that knows how to celebrate summer (and make a killer picnic). The Boston Globe, Bon Appetit, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and National Public Radio’s "Performance Today" all agree that the Skaneateles Festival, tucked away in the Finger Lakes, is a rare opportunity to witness extraordinary music-making. Each year more than 7,000 listeners trek to the scenic village to hear some of today’s finest musicians give intimate performances of masterpieces old and new. Weekday concerts take place in the acoustic haven of the beautiful First Presbyterian Church, and, on Saturdays, listeners roll out the picnic blankets for signature outdoor concerts at the lakeside estate of Brook Farm, where the rolling lawn slopes down to the water itself. The 2013 Skaneateles Festival runs from Thursday, August 8 through Saturday, August 31. For more information, visit the festival website at skanfest.org.

Since 1980, the Skaneateles Festival has grown from a few concerts in the local library to a month-long celebration each August that attracts some of the world’s finest musicians, involves more than 125 community volunteers, and draws audiences from all over the Northeastern United States.

Artistic Directors David Ying (cellist) and Elinor Freer (pianist) have crafted four themed weeks designed to delight, enlighten and inspire:

Week one: the voice

From ancient times onwards, nearly all cultures have used singing for pleasure comfort, and ritual. This week we consider the human voice to be the ultimate musical instrument, and we’ll hear works by some of the great song and opera composers, as well as music that makes string instruments “sing.” Join us for a fascinating intersection between sung text and instrumental playing caped off by the Skaneateles debut of one of the world’s great a capella groups, Anonymous 4.

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