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Annual Skidmore festival will let students play with and be inspired by professionals

The American String Quartet — from left: violist Daniel Avshalomov, cellist Wolfram Koessel, violinist Laurie Carney and violinist Peter Winograd — will be the mentoring string quartet for Skidmore’s String Festival. A concert from the quartet are Saturday and Sunday. Students will participate on Sunday. (photo: Stu Levy)
The American String Quartet — from left: violist Daniel Avshalomov, cellist Wolfram Koessel, violinist Laurie Carney and violinist Peter Winograd — will be the mentoring string quartet for Skidmore’s String Festival. A concert from the quartet are Saturday and Sunday. Students will participate on Sunday. (photo: Stu Levy)
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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Ten years ago, Michael Emery, a violinist who is an artist-in-residence at Skidmore College, had an idea to host a string festival at the college that would be open to younger players who would be mentored over a two-day period by a professional string quartet. That blossomed into a reality, and this weekend the college will celebrate the ninth annual Skidmore String Festival. The American String Quartet will provide the instruction, the ...

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