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Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival
Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival
Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival
Festival Artistic Director Linda Chesis speaks with WSKG's Bill Snyder COOPERSTOWN CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
NOW PLAYING THROUGH 8/20

website: www.cooperstownmusicfest.org

Ticket information: 877.MOOSIC1 (877.666.7421)

Artistic Director and Festival Founder Linda Chesis presents a season spanning centuries and bridging genres. Festival artists include the Meridian Arts Ensemble the Chiara String Quartet, Charles Abramovic and Simone Dinnerstein, pianos; Hopkinson Smith, lute; Gil Morgenstern and Judith Ingolfsson, violins; Linda Chesis, flute; Kathryn Lockwood, viola; Inbal Segev and Edward Arron, cellos; Amy Burton, soprano; Sara Cutler, harp; Mark O'Connor's Appalachia Waltz, and Trio da Paz.

Concerts will be held in intimate venues in and around the village of Cooperstown, including a stone barn at The Farmers' Museum, historic churches, and a country mansion. The Festival will also feature two Family Music Fest concerts with the Meridian Arts Ensemble and guitarist Rami Vamos.

Season highlights include:

• Gala Opening Night with Midori and Charles Abramovic, July 10, 7:30 pm at The Farmers' Museum, Cooperstown, NY. Midori, one of the world's leading violinists, and acclaimed pianist Charles Abramovic perform works by Brahms, Schumann, Bloch, and Schubert.

• Meridian Arts Ensemble, July 22, 7:30 pm at The Farmers' Museum, Cooperstown, NY. This high-octane brass and percussion ensemble has been hailed for their "near symphonic richness." Includes a beer tasting by Brewery Ommegang for a memorable evening of Chops and Hops.

• Chiara String Quartet, July 25, 7:30 pm at First Presbyterian Church, Cooperstown, NY. Simone Dinnerstein, piano, and Linda Chesis, flute, join this dynamic quartet in a concert featuring Haydn Quartet Op. 20 No. 2 in C major, Foote Night Piece and Scherzo, Shostakovich Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57, and Dvořák String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96 (American). Ghosts in the Dream Machine, a work by Gabriela Frank based on the paintings of Simon Dinnerstein, will be offered in a pre-concert performance at 7 pm.

• Music in the Drawing Room: Hopkinson Smith, August 1, 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm, Hyde Hall, Springfield Center, NY. Smith returns to the Festival for two intimate performances of Renaissance works by John Dowland and Francesco da Milano in this country mansion overlooking Otsego Lake.

• Sublime: Schubert and More, August 5, 7:30 pm at Christ Episcopal Church, Cooperstown, NY. Gil Morgenstern, Judith Ingolfsson, Linda Chesis, Inbal Segev, Kathryn Lockwood, Edward Arron, and others in a program featuring Schubert's masterpiece, the String Quintet in C major, D. 956, and works by Devienne and Corigliano.

• Soprano Amy Burton with the Chesis/Cutler Duo, August 12, 7:30 pm at Christ Episcopal Church, Cooperstown, NY. Soprano Amy Burton, Linda Chesis, flute; and Sara Cutler, harp; perform works by Ravel, Debussy, Saint-Saens, and others.

• Simone Dinnerstein: JS Bach, The Goldberg Variations, August 15, 6:00 pm at The Otesaga Resort Hotel, Cooperstown, NY. With her Telarc CD of The Goldberg Variations to be released in August, this is a chance to hear a great performer on the rise.

• Mark O'Connor's Appalachia Waltz, August 17, 7:30 pm at The Farmers' Museum, Cooperstown, NY. Grammy-winner Mark O'Connor unites bluegrass and classical music.

• Trio da Paz, August 20, 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm, The Farmers' Museum, Cooperstown, NY (two sets). Festival finale with the dazzling rhythms and daring improvisations of this award-winning Brazilian jazz trio.

To reach out to new audiences and thank the community, the Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival will present a free concert at the Otesaga Resort Hotel on August 2 at 7:00 pm. This concert will feature a flute choir from the New York Summer Music Festival International Flute Institute. Many of the concerts feature a pre-concert chat with the artists.

The Festival will present two daytime concerts for families. On July 23 at 11:00 am, the Meridian Arts Ensemble will perform in "Family Music Fest: Brass Class." Kids will enjoy the musical flair of brass and drums, in a program featuring classical works, Afro-Cuban dance styles, and South American folk music. On August 8 at 11:00 am, "Family Music Fest: Once Upon a Time Signature" features guitarist Rami Vamos in a laugh-out-loud musical lesson. Both Family Music Fest concerts will be held at Templeton Hall in Cooperstown.

Tickets go on sale June 1. Tickets for the Midori concert are $35 for adults; other evening concerts are $30 for adults. Early bird and subscription discounts available. Children's tickets for evening concerts are $15. Daytime Family Music Fest events are $15 per family. Program subject to change.

For more information, call toll-free 877- MOOSIC1 (877-666-7421), visit Festival's Web site, www.CooperstownMusicFest.org, or email tickets@cooperstownmusicfest.org.

The Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. Festival pianos are provided courtesy of Artist Pianos.