Skaneateles Festival

97 E. Genesee St.
Skaneateles, NY 13152
Phone: (315) 685-7418

Now in its 38th year, the Skaneateles Festival provides world-class music by the lake. Every August this month-long, award-winning festival hosts renowned musicians who leave big cities and major concert halls to live, eat, laugh, rehearse and perform together in the beautiful lakeside village of Skaneateles. The Skaneateles Festival has been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Country Living, and Bon Appetit Magazine. World-renowned Festival performers include Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, three-time Grammy Award winning violinist Hilary Hahn, Time for Three, pianists Joey Alexander, Peter Serkin, Misha Dichter, Garrick Ohlsson, and Jon Nakamatsu, guitarist Eliot Fisk, and famed conductor David Zinman. Thursday and Friday chamber concerts are held in a village church. Saturday concerts are held outdoors under the stars at the new Robinson Pavilion at Anyela’s Vineyards. The Skaneateles Festival offers classical and contemporary music as well as Jazz, along KidsFest! concerts for families and free community events.

Skaneateles Festival
Aug 6, 2020

Brass fanfares from past and present ring out to open the Festival, performed by the “six superb brass players” of The Brass Project (Philadelphia Enquirer). The Artistic Directors, Aaron Wunsch and... more

Skaneateles Festival
Aug 7, 2020

Christmas has inspired more music than any other holiday – the problem is, it comes only once a year. Celebrate it a second time with a musical feast for brass, strings, organ, and voice - a... more

Skaneateles Festival
Aug 8, 2020

Jazz legend and 23-time Grammy winner Chick Corea brings his latest musical adventure to Skaneateles: the Spanish Heart Quartet, a flamenco-charged ensemble of Latin rhythm masters, alongside Grammy... more

Skaneateles Festival
Aug 13, 2020

Recently awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, the charismatic Calidore Quartet is the hottest young quartet on the scene today. “Four more individual musicians are unimaginable,” writes... more

Skaneateles Festival
Aug 14, 2020

The Calidore Quartet brings its “irrepressible dramatic instinct” ( New York Times ) to a program of soulful Russian music, joined by pianist, Andrew Russo, and Artistic Directors, Aaron Wunsch and... more

Aug 15, 2020

Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens is a true musical explorer: she brings together folk, bluegrass, country, gospel, classical, jazz, and Celtic traditions into a voice all... more

Skaneateles Festival
Aug 20, 2020

The peerless string orchestra ECCO brings its “tonal radiance“ (New York Times) to an unforgettable evening of music intertwined with drama. Russian author Leo Tolstoy’s gripping thriller, The... more

Skaneateles Festival
Aug 21, 2020

The all-star players of ECCO (East Coast Chamber Orchestra) bring their signature enthusiasm and “tonal radiance” (New York Times) to a diverting program that includes a youthful string symphony by... more

Aug 22, 2020

Don’t miss the first-ever collaboration between two longtime Festival favorites, Time for Three and ECCO. Sensational string band Time for Three brings their unique blend of Americana, pop, and... more

Skaneateles Festival
Aug 27, 2020

Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time is one of music’s most moving works: its themes of eternity, transcendence, spirituality, and love fill the listener with wonder and hope. Bass-baritone Davóne... more

Skaneateles Festival
Aug 28, 2020

The “passionate” Claremont Trio (Cincinnati Enquirer) and “charismatic” bass-baritone Davóne Tines (New York Times) team up for a program of music that cultivates an interior, reflective space amidst... more

Aug 29, 2020

Just in time for Beethoven’s 250th anniversary, the Skaneateles Festival mounts the ultimate musical experience: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Hear the Skaneateles Festival Orchestra perform the choral... more