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Cooperstown Summer Music Festival

  • July - August

19th Cooperstown Summer Music Festival SeasonLinda Chesis, Artistic Director, Founder and FlutistConcert for SpringSunday, May 7, 4 pm at the Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake Street, Cooperstown, NY The Festival begins its 19th season with a special concert for spring featuring the pastoral beauty of Brahms Horn Trio, and works by Beethoven and Eric Ewazen performed by Gilbert Kalish, piano; Carmit Zori, violin; Eric Reed, horn; and Linda Chesis, flute.Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 6 in A Major, Op. 30, No. 1Eric Ewazen: Ballade, Pastorale and DanceBrahms: Trio for piano, violin and horn in E flat major, Op. 40Breath and Hammer: Clarinet, Piano and Beyond Sunday, July 9 7:30 pm at The Star Theater, 44 Main Street, Cherry Valley, NYGrammy nominated clarinetist David Krakauer and pianist Kathleen Tagg take you on an expansive musical journey. Enhanced by an immersive video feed, this unique collaboration is made up of Krakauer & Taggs arrangements of John Zorn, Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, and Cuban percussionist Roberto Rodriguez plus original compositions with influences ranging from African drumming patterns to romantic symphonic music to klezmer. Presented with Cherry Valley Artworks.Paysages Jasper String QuartetFriday, August 4 at 7:30 pm at Christ Episcopal Church, 46 River Street, Cooperstown, NY Winner of the prestigious CMA Cleveland Quartet Award, the Jasper String Quartet returns to the Festival to perform Dvoraks American Quartet, Caroline Shaws Valencia, Haydns Fifths and with flutist Linda Chesis, Zhou Tians Viaje.Cooperstown Summer Music Festival Family Music Fest Saturday, August 5 at 11 am at Templeton Hall, 63 Pioneer Street, Cooperstown, NYKids and their families are invite to use their musical imagination to find the story within music in this fun and engaging performance featuring the Jasper String Quartet. Just $5 per person. Tickets will be sold at the door.Folk Variations featuring pianist Gilles VonsattelSunday, August 6 at 7:30 pm at the Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake Street, Cooperstown, NY Acclaimed Swiss pianist Gilles Vonsattel is joined by the Jasper String Quartet and Linda Chesis in a folk-inspired program including works by William Grant Still, Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues by Frederic Rzewski, and one of the most beloved chamber music works, Dvoraks Piano Quintet in A major.Cooperstown Summer Music Festival: All-MozartFriday, August 11 at 7:30 pm at Christ Episcopal Church, 46 River Street, Cooperstown, NYFeaturing the sublime clarinet quintet performed by Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet; Miho Saegusa and Katherine Fong, violins; Dov Scheindlin, viola; Clancy Newman, cello; and Linda Chesis.Time for Three Sunday, August 20 at 7:30 pm at the Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake Street Cooperstown, NYTime for Three – violinist Nicolas (Nick) Kendall, violinist Charles Yang, and double-bassist Ranaan Meyer – is a group that defies any traditional genre classification. Dont miss the virtuosity and showmanship of Americas favorite classical garage band. In 2014 Time for Three released their debut Universal Music Classics album, Time for Three. The ensemble has also embarked on major commissioning programs to expand its unique repertoire for symphony orchestras. To date, the group has performed hundreds of engagements, from sell-out concerts at the 2014 BBC Proms to residencies at the Kennedy Center and Sun Valley Summer Symphony. TV performances include appearing on ABCs Dancing with The Stars, and an Emmy-winning show Time for Three in Concert premiered by PBS.Cooperstown Summer Music Festival Benefit Concert at Hyde HallFriday, August 25 at 6:00 pm at Hyde Hall, 267 Glimmerglass State Park Road, Cooperstown, NYLinda Chesis, flute; Sarah Cunningham, viola da gamba; and Bradley Brookshire, harpsichord perform baroque favorites in a benefit concert to support both Hyde Hall and CSMF. Sparkling wines and cheese will be served. $35/person.Four Seasons: Vivaldi and PiazzollaSunday, August 27 at 7:30 pm at the Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake Street, Cooperstown, NYJoseph Lin, first violinist for the Juilliard String Quartet, joins the Verona Quartet, winner of the 2015 Concert Artists Guild Competition, and harpsichordist Bradley Brookshire to perform Vivaldis beloved Four Seasons and Piazzollas tango-inspired version. Hailed by The New York Times as an 'outstanding ensemble of young musicians', the Verona Quartet is a winner of the 2015 Concert Artists Guild Competition, and in just three years, has earned a stellar reputation for delivering a sensational, powerhouse performance (Classical Voice America) every time they take the stage. Musical America recently selected the group as New Artists of the Month for May 2016. By Heart: The Chiara String QuartetOctober 8 at 4 pm at Christ Episcopal Church, 46 River Street, Cooperstown, NY The Chiara String Quartet performs works by Shostakovich, Britten and Mendelssohn from memory, and a quintet by Ginastera with flutist and Festival artistic director Linda Chesis.Britten: Three DivertimentiGinastera: Impresiones de la PunaShostakovich: String Quartet No. 8 in C MinorMendelssohn: String Quartet in A minor, Op. 13More about the Cooperstown Summer Music FestivalThe Cooperstown Summer Music Festival began with three events in 1999, and since then has offered the region more than 100 performances, from classical to contemporary, jazz to bluegrass, cabaret and children's concerts. Past seasons have featured: Midori, Hank Jones, the American String Quartet, the Tokyo String Quartet, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Tim Fain, Bill Charlap, Hilary Kole, Simone Dinnerstein, and Mark O'Connor.The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival, under the artistic direction of flutist Linda Chesis, brings top classical and jazz artists to perform in and around Cooperstown. Concerts are held at the Otesaga Resort Hotel, Christ Episcopal Church, Templeton Hall, Hyde Hall, and the Star Theater (Cherry Valley).'First-rate performing artists and rewarding, listener-friendly programming help catapult CSMF to the 'major leagues' of summer music festivals.'-critic David AbramsThe Cooperstown Summer Music Festival has 'a track record of bringing in fine performers.'–The New Yorker

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Cooperstown Summer Music Festival
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PO Box 230, Cooperstown, NY, 13326
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