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, cooperstownmusicfest.org, by calling Brown Paper Tickets 800/838-3006, or at the door, as available.
Up Next at the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival!
Breath and Hammer: Clarinet, Piano and Beyond
Sunday, July 9 7:30 pm at The Star Theater, 44 Main Street, Cherry Valley, NY
Grammy 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 & Tagg’s 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 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.
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.
All-Mozart at the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival
Friday, August 11 at 7:30 pm at Christ Episcopal Church, 46 River Street, Cooperstown, NY
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