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Summer Events 2021


Stewart’s Signature Series Celebrates Community and Partnerships

Stewart’s Signature Series is a line-up of premiere summer events made possible through a generous grant from Stewart’s Shops and the Dake Family. In 2021, we recognize and celebrate our local partners who work together with us to create community connections and student opportunities. 

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Talking into the Future with SITI Company
Friday, June 18
7:00 p.m.

Presented as part of the Summer Theater Workshop with SITI Company

Saratoga Springs, NY has been an artistic home for SITI Company since 1992. In its long-running partnership with Skidmore College, SITI has developed the vast majority of the ensemble’s repertoire—over 47 productions in total—and built a global community through training and education. Gather for an evening of storytelling and robust conversation as we highlight the importance of symbiotic partnerships between institutions and artists. We will discuss how some of SITI Company’s seminal productions would not have come into being without the early support of Skidmore College.

Sunday, June 27
noon - 6:00 p.m.
Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Presented by the Skidmore Jazz Institute in partnership with the Saratoga Performing Arts Center as part of the Freihofer’s Jazz Festival (Absolutely Live Entertainment)

2021 Jazz Journalist Association's "Mid-Size Ensemble of the Year," Artemis is an all-female supergroup comprising of the most acclaimed musicians in modern jazz. Featuring pianist and musical director Renee Rosnes, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, tenor saxophonist Nicole Glover, bassist Noriko Ueda, and drummer Allison Miller. Rosnes, Jensen and Glover have close ties to Skidmore’s Jazz Institute having served on the faculty and staff previously. ARTEMIS conjures a powerful collective voice from this quintet of visionary bandleaders and composers. Named after the Greek goddess, the group is distinctive not only for bringing together artists, each renowned for their own remarkable solo career; but for its multi-generational and globe-spanning line-up, with members hailing from the US, Canada, and Japan. Their Blue Note Records debut was released in September 2020.


James Francies Quartet
Thursday, July 1
7:00 p.m.
Caffe Lena

Presented by the Skidmore Jazz Institute in partnership with Caffe Lena

Pianist, producer, and composer James Francies has released “713,” a vivid tribute to his Houston hometown that is the first single from his forthcoming album Purest Form, due for release on Blue Note Records May 21. The group also features Jeremy Dutton (drums) and Burniss Travis (bass). Francies and Travis are former Skidmore Jazz Institute students.  


Literary Reading with Joyce Carol Oates and Percival Everett
Tuesday, July 20
7:00 p.m.

Presented by the New York State Summer Writers Institute in partnership with Northshire Bookstores

Free online link available here:

Celebrated author Joyce Carol Oates (Zombie, Blonde, The (Other) You: Stories) and Novelist Percival Everett (Telephone: A Novel)


For information on other events offered this summer, consult the College’s Online Event Calendar or these program websites: 

Skidmore Jazz Institute

SITI Company Summer Theater Workshop

New York State Summer Writers Institute