Cooperstown Summer Music Festival



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Country and Region United StatesNew York
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Cooperstown, New York USA
Festival Contact Information

Cooperstown Summer Music Festival
P. O. Box 230
Cooperstown, NY 13326 USA
Phone (01) 877-666-7421
Email: info@cooperstownmusicfest.org

Festival Description

The annual Cooperstown Summer Music Festival features a mix of top classical and jazz artists performing in Cooperstown, NY. Festival artistic director Linda Chesis saw Cooperstown as an ideal location for a music festival, with its picturesque lake setting, small town charm, and attractions, including the Glimmerglass Festival, the National Baseball Hall of Fame, The Farmers’ Museum, and the Fenimore Art Museum.

Festival Dates July 7 - August 21, 2013
Festival Links

http://www.cooperstownmusicfest.org/

Festival Story:

Cooperstown is a popular summer destination as the home of the Glimmerglass Festival, the National Baseball Hall of Fame, The Farmers’ Museum, and Fenimore Art Museum. The Festival, which until 2011 was called the Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival.

Since 1999, the Festival has offered over 100 concerts, including classical, jazz, bluegrass, cabaret and kids’ concerts in and around Cooperstown.

“Our new name better reflects the range of music we offer, and the easy informality of the Festival,” explains the Festival’s artistic director and founder, Linda Chesis. Ms. Chesis, a flutist, is chair of the Woodwind Department and a member of the flute faculty at the Manhattan School of Music. “Festival concerts are vibrant, exciting and compelling—the antithesis of what some people think when they hear ‘chamber music,’” says board member Patsy Manley Smith. “So, becoming the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival is a much better fit for us. We’d like to add new Festival concert-goers to the core of people who come to enjoy the Festival year after year. It’s going to be a great summer.”

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Festival Events:

Programming 2013:
  • Sunday, July 7, 7:30pm Opening Night!
    Birds of Paradise: Music for Winds and Piano
    Cooperstown Summer Music Festival at the Otesaga Resort Hotel
    60 Lake Street, Cooperstown, NY
    • Pre-concert talk at 7 pm with Cornell Lab of Ornithology scientist Ed Scholes, composer Robert Sirota and Festival artistic director Linda Chesis.
    • Francaix Quartet Britten “Pan” from Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, Op. 49
      Debussy Syrinx
      Mozart Quintet in E flat major for Piano and Winds, K. 452
      Robert Sirota Birds of Paradise (2008) with video from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, edited by Jim Berman (2013)
      Poulenc Sextet
    • Performers: Linda Chesis, flute; James Roe, oboe; Marianne Gythfeldt, clarinet; Adrian Morejon, bassoon; Zohar Schondorf, French Horn; and Pedja Muzijevic, piano
  • Sunday, August 4, 3:00pm
    REBEL Baroque Ensemble
    Cooperstown Summer Music Festival at the Otesaga Resort Hotel
    60 Lake Street, Cooperstown, NY
    • Taking a cue from their namesake, Jean-Féry Rebel, the French Baroque composer, the members of REBEL are known for their provocative approach to the repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries. Their program includes works by Corelli, J.S. Bach, Gallo, Gabrieli, Boyce and Telemann. Performers: REBEL Baroque Ensemble (Jörg-Michael Schwarz, violin & viola/co-director; Karen Marie Marmer, violin & viola/co-director; and John Moran, cello) and guest Leon Schelhase, harpsichord.
  • Wednesday, August 7, 7:30pm
    Vienna 1: The Imperial City
    Cooperstown Summer Music Festival at The Farmers’ Museum
    5775 State Route 80, Cooperstown, NY
    • Haydn String Quartet Op.33, No. 4
    • Ries Quintet, Op. 107 for flute and strings
    • Brahms Clarinet Quintet, Op. 115
      The composers on this program shared an inspiration: the city of Vienna and its vibrant community of artists, musicians and writers. A tasting of Riesling wines from Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyards paired with local cheeses will be offered at intermission. Performers: Amphion String Quartet (Violinists Katie Hyun and David Southorn, violins; Wei-Yang Andy Lin, viola; and Mihai Marica, cello); Linda Chesis, flute; and Mingzhe Wang, clarinet
  • Sunday, August 11, 7:30pm
    Hilary Kole
    Cooperstown Summer Music Festival at the Otesaga Resort Hotel
    60 Lake Street, Cooperstown, NY
    • Hilary Kole’s return performance features songs of love and loss by Cole Porter, Elvis Costello, Paul Simon and Irving Berlin, and her new single “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” Flutist Linda Chesis will join the band to perform “Sentimentale” from Claude Bolling’s Suite for Flute and Jazz Trio. Performers: Hilary Kole, vocalist; John Hart, guitar; Adam Birnbaum, piano; Paul Gill, bass; and Aaron Kimmel, drums with Linda Chesis, flute
  • Wednesday, August 14, 7:30pm
    Vienna 2: A Tradition of Innovation
    Cooperstown Summer Music Festival at The Farmers’ Museum
    5775 State Route 80, Cooperstown
    • Bach/Mozart Preludes and Fugues, K. 404a Schedl String Trio
    • Mozart Flute Quartet No. 3 in C major, K. 285b
      David Duo for Flute and Viola
    • Beethoven String Trio in D major, Op. 9, No. 2
      The Festival returns to Vienna to explore the nuanced relationship between venerated masters and innovators. The revered genius of Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven comes alive alongside extraordinary but lesser known works by Schedl and David. Viennese desserts will be served at intermission. Performers: Walden Chamber Players (Ashima Scripp, Artistic Director and cello; Christof Huebner, viola; and Curtis Macomber, violin) and Linda Chesis, flute
  • Wednesday, August 21 7:30pm
    East Coast Chamber Orchestra
    Cooperstown Summer Music Festival at The Farmers’ Museum
    5775 State Route 80, Cooperstown
    • Mozart Divertimento in B flat major, K. 137
    • David Ludwig Virtuosity (2013 commission for ECCO) Judd Greenstein Four on the Floor
    • Ravel String Quartet in F major
      Satie Gymnopedie/Gnossiene
      Gesualdo Motet/Madrigal
      ECCO is comprised of 15 soloists, chamber musicians, members of major American orchestras, and GRAMMY award winners.
      Free Performances at the Festival
    • Pro Am Performances The Festival’s Pro Am features highly accomplished amateur musicians, who are coached by and then perform with professional artists.
    • Tuesday, July 9 7:30pm Pathfinder Village, 3 Chenango Road, Edmeston
    • Wednesday, July 10 7:30pm Grace Church, 32 Montgomery Street, Cherry Valley
    • Thursday, July 11 7:30pm Christ Episcopal Church, 46 River Street, Cooperstown
      Performers: David Geber, cello; Shirley Irek, piano; Linda Chesis, flute; with Mark Ptashne, violin; Jonathan Phillips, viola; Steve Rosenthal, clarinet; Eric Wong, cello; and Bruce Harris, piano.
Flute Fest 2013:
  • Thursday, August 1, 7:30pm
    Cooperstown Summer Music Festival at the Otesaga Resort Hotel
    60 Lake Street, Cooperstown
    • Students and instructors from the New York Summer Music Festival International Flute Institute perform classical favorites in this free, kid-friendly performance.

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Practical Info:

Tickets 2013:
  • Tickets are available online, at http://www.cooperstownmusicfest.org/ and by phone through Brown Paper Tickets, 800-838-3006. Tickets also will be sold at the door, as available. Tickets are $25 for adults; $15 for students 6-18. Pro Am performances July 9-11 and the Flute Fest on August 1 are free and open to all and do not require a ticket or reservation.

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