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Cooperstown Summer Music Festival

  • Summer, with select concerts in the spring and early fall

Concerts this season feature beloved masterworks, like Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Dvorak’s Piano Quintet in A Major, and Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet, the creative energy and virtuosity of Breath and Hammer and Time for Three, a Family Music Fest, and a Benefit at Hyde Hall. Artists are a mix of returning favorites—the Chiara String Quartet, Gil Kalish, the Jasper String Quartet, Bradley Brookshire, Joseph Lin—and artists new to the Festival, like acclaimed Swiss pianist Gilles Vonsattel, the Verona Quartet, and clarinetist Romie de Guise-Langlois. Come see what Artistic Director Linda Chesis has planned as artists at home in the world's great concert halls come to perform for you here in Cooperstown.  Tickets can be purchased online,, by calling Brown Paper Tickets (800) 838-3006, or at the door, as available. 

Up Next at the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival!

“Paysages” Jasper String Quartet

Friday, 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  Dvorak’s “American Quartet”, Caroline Shaw’s Valencia, Haydn’s “Fifths” and with flutist Linda Chesis, Zhou Tian’s Viaje. The Jaspers have been hailed as “sonically delightful and expressively compelling” (The Strad) and "powerful" (New York Times). "The Jaspers... match their sounds perfectly, as if each swelling chord were coming out of a single, impossibly well-tuned organ, instead of four distinct instruments." (New Haven Advocate)

Cooperstown Summer Music Festival Family Music Fest  
Saturday, August 5 at 11 am at Templeton Hall, 63 Pioneer Street, Cooperstown, NY

Kids 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 Vonsattel
Sunday, 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, Dvorak’s Piano Quintet in A major.  "Mr. Vonsattel used his razor-sharp technique to make the older works sound as adventurous as the more recent ones"-New York Times

All-Mozart at the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival
Friday, August 11 at 7:30 pm at Christ Episcopal Church, 46 River Street, Cooperstown, NY

An evening dedicated to the genius of Mozart, featuring 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, NY

Time for Three – violinist Nicolas (Nick) Kendall, violinist Charles Yang, and double-bassist Ranaan Meyer – is a group that defies any traditional genre classification. Don’t miss the virtuosity and showmanship  of  “America’s 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 ABC’s ‘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 Hall
Friday, August 25 at 6:00 pm at Hyde Hall, 267 Glimmerglass State Park Road, Cooperstown, NY

Linda 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 Piazzolla
Sunday, August 27 at 7:30 pm at the Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake Street, Cooperstown, NY

Joseph 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 Vivaldi’s beloved Four Seasons and Piazzolla’s 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 Quartet

October 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 Divertimenti
Ginastera: Impresiones de la Puna
Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor
Mendelssohn: String Quartet in A minor, Op. 13

More about the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival

The 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 Abrams

The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival has "a track record of bringing in fine performers."
–The New Yorker


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Cooperstown Summer Music Festival
General Information:
PO Box 230, Cooperstown, NY, 13326
(877) 666-7421

Cooperstown Summer Music Festival Venues

This year's Cooperstown Summer Music Festival will feature shows at Christ Episcopal Church, Templeton Hall, and historic Hyde Hall. In addition, three outstanding concerts will be performed at the Otesaga Resort Hotel, featuring acclaimed pianists and violinists performing contemporary twists on classical arrangements. Explore each of these beautiful venues and enjoy the show!

Otesaga Resort Hotel
Otesaga Resort Hotel
One of Cooperstown’s most iconic hotels, the Otesaga is situated directly on the shores of Otsego Lake. Built in 1909, The Otesaga Resort Hotel exudes the charm and...
Location: Cooperstown
Hyde Hall
Hyde Hall
Fall under the spell of historic Hyde Hall during your 50 minute guided tour. Learn about the construction, decline and resurrection of this majestic 50 room country house...
Location: Cooperstown
Templeton Hall
Templeton Hall is a banquet and catering facility located in the center of enchanting Cooperstown, NY. Templeton Hall itself is an historic building constructed in 1832,...
Location: Cooperstown
Christ Episcopal Church
Location: Cooperstown

Festival concerts are held in historic venues in and around Cooperstown, NY: The Otesaga Resort Hotel 60 Lake Street, Cooperstown (August 6, 20 & 27) Christ Episcopal Church, 46 River Street, Cooperstown (August 4 & 11, October 8th) Templeton Hall, 63 Pioneer Street, Cooperstown (August 5) Hyde Hall, 267 Glimmerglass State Park Rd, Cooperstown (August 25)