The American String Quartet, internationally recognized as one of the world’s premiere quartets, returns to the Festival on Sunday, August 10 to perform in a concert titled Only the Good Die Young: Mozart, Mendelssohn & Schubert. The Quartet will perform with cellist Alan Stepansky and Linda Chesis. The New York Times has praised the Quartet for its “luxurious, beautifully sculptured performances.”
On Sunday, August 17, Trio da Paz brings its virtuosic jazz and driving Brazilian rhythms back to the Festival, having performed there in 2007. The Trio was formed in 1990 by Romero Lubambo, guitar; Nilson Matta, bass; and Duduka da Fonseca, drums. All three are seasoned masters of both jazz and Brazilian music with impressive resumes. Following their performance in Cooperstown, the Trio will have a two-week summer residency at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. This will be the seventh year the Trio has performed at Dizzy’s to consistently sold-out crowds.
The Festival finale is “Let’s Dance” on Sunday, August 24 featuring the Momenta Quartet, Linda Chesis, flute; Moran Katz, clarinet; and Olga Vinokur, piano. The program is a tour of dance-infused music, spanning the continents and the centuries, with works by Schubert, Strauss II, Bartok and a 2014 arrangement by Elizabeth Brown.
“This summer we welcome back three ensembles to the Festival—t he American and Enso String Quartets, and Trio da Paz. I'm delighted to introduce many new faces as well. Two of my all-time favorite works will be performed -Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence and the Schubert C major Quintet. Please join us for this celebration of chamber music and jazz,” says Chesis.
All concerts begin at 7:30 pm. The August 6 concert will be held at The Farmers’ Museum, 5775 State Route 80 in Cooperstown, the Sunday evening concerts (August 10, 17, 24) will be held in the ballroom of the Otesaga Hotel, 60 Lake Street in Cooperstown.
The Festival will hold the last of its pre-season events on July 31 at 7:30 pm, when it presents Flutes in the Drawing Room at Hyde Hall. The concert features 21 flutists from the NY Summer Music Festival International Flute Institute performing classical works and a few surprises. No tickets required for this performance.
Tickets and Information
Tickets ($25 for adults, $15 for students) can be ordered online, CooperstownMusicFest.org, or by calling the box office service Brown Paper Tickets, 800/838-3006. Tickets will be sold at the door, as available. There is no service charge, no matter which method of payment you choose.
To find out more about the season, go to CooperstownMusicFest.org, call the Festival at 877/666-7421, or email info@CooperstownMusicFest.org.
About the Festival
Linda Chesis started the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival in 1999, and since then the Festival has presented more than 100 concerts, from classical to contemporary, jazz to bluegrass and cabaret. The Festival has featured: Midori, Hank Jones, the Tokyo String Quartet, the American String Quartet, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Kurt Elling, Tim Fain, Bill Charlap, Keisuke Wakao, Hilary Kole, Simone Dinnerstein, and Mark O’Connor.
The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
About Linda Chesis
Flutist Linda Chesis is founder and artistic director of the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival. She is a member of the flute faculty and chair of the Woodwind Department at the Manhattan School of Music. She has been hailed by critics on three continents as one of the most exciting and dynamic flutists of her generation. The top prize winner at the Paris and Barcelona International competitions, and at the National Flute Association Competition, Ms. Chesis has performed with orchestras and in solo recitals throughout the US, France, Great Britain, Germany, Japan and Korea. Her recordings can be heard on the EMI, Nonesuch and Music Masters labels.
Cooperstown Summer Music Festival
Cooperstown Summer Music Festival