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Elinor Freer, David Ying to be featured in Creative Conversations April 25

Award-wining musicians Elinor Freer and David Ying, currently serving their last year as co-artistic directors of the Skaneateles Festival, will be featured speakers in the next Creative Conversations, presented by the Skaneateles Area Arts Council (SKARTS).

The program will run from 6 to 8 p.m., April 25 at The Loft at 42 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles. SKARTS president Holly Gregg will moderate.

The event, featuring an open discussion with questions from the audience, “will provide an opportunity for the audience to learn more about how this husband-and-wife team discovered their musical gifts and blossomed in a highly competitive field,” Gregg said. It will not include a performance.

Ying, cellist in the Grammy Award-winning Ying Quartet, has also won recognition as an individual artist, including prizes in the Naumburg Cello Competition and the Washington International Competition. With the quartet, he has performed worldwide at such diverse venues as the White House, Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House. He earned degrees from the Juilliard School and the Eastman School of Music, where he is on the cello and chamber music faculty.

Freer, a pianist, has built a versatile career as a soloist and chamber musician, performing across the United States and Europe. She was one of two American pianists selected to perform throughout China in tours designed to promote cultural relations. For her efforts to bring classical music to new audiences, she has received multiple grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. She, too, is on the faculty of the Eastman School of Music.

Their imaginative view of music has helped earn the Skaneateles Festival a devoted following and national recognition, including a special ASCAP award for adventurous programming.

“Our community owes a debt of gratitude to this wonderful couple,” Gregg says. “The work they did for the Skaneateles Festival illustrates their excellence and much-deserved accolades.

Tickets may be purchased for $25 at skarts.org/tickets. Attendance is limited and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are requested by April 20.

For more information, contact Jean Vincent at info@vincentmccabe.com or visit skarts.org.

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