2019 Skaneateles Festival features Wynton Marsalis, Hilary Hahn 

The 2019 Skaneateles Festival includes performances from (left to right) banjo duo Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, violinist Hilary Hahn, and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. - PHOTOS PROVIDED
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  • The 2019 Skaneateles Festival includes performances from (left to right) banjo duo Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, violinist Hilary Hahn, and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.
The Skaneateles Festival has long been a summer haven for chamber music in Upstate New York. In the festival’s 2019 season, music lovers will have the opportunity to hear some of the most prominent musicians in their respective genres — classical, jazz, and folk alike. The banjo duo Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, violinist Hilary Hahn, and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis will all perform at this year’s festival.

Béla Fleck is a household name and preeminent banjo player who has cemented his reputation as a virtuosic musician as adept in the worlds of classical and jazz fusion as he is in bluegrass. On Saturday, August 3, Fleck will be joined his wife Abigail Washburn, the accomplished clawhammer banjo player and singer. The duo’s music contains rustic vibes and precise picking, while Washburn’s warm, slightly raspy vocal tone and subtle twang add authenticity to the rootsy folk tunes.

For more than 20 years, Hilary Hahn has been among the most celebrated American violinists. Her laser-like tone, clarity of expression, and unassuming demeanor have endeared her to classical music audiences. Over the course of her career, Hahn has interpreted the music of iconic composers such as Beethoven and Mozart, as well as important contemporary composers including Jennifer Higdon and David Lang. Hahn will perform with composer-pianist Lera Auerbach on Wednesday, August 7, and Thursday, August 8, in a program that includes an Auerbach world premiere commissioned by the festival. Hahn will perform two Bach violin concertos on Saturday, August 10.

Trumpet player Wynton Marsalis has been jazz’s greatest ambassador since he burst onto the scene with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers in 1980. Currently the Managing and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Marsalis is a consummate musician whose mastery of the trumpet has resulted in multiple jazz and classical Grammy awards. On Saturday, August 17, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will return to Skaneateles, anchored by Marsalis’s poignant solo phrasing and musical intuition.

Throughout the month of August, Skaneateles will host numerous classical concerts featuring top soloists such as cellists David Ying and Julia Bruskin, mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer, and pianist Andrew Russo, as well as composers Lera Auerbach and Conrad Tao, conductor David Zinman, the Aizuri Quartet, and more.

Single tickets for Skaneateles Festival concerts are now on sale. The complete festival schedule and ticket information can be found at skanfest.org.
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