The 20th Anniversary season of the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival (2018), under the artistic direction of flutist Linda Chesis, offers concerts in landmark Cooperstown venues. Artists are a mix of returning favoritesthe American String Quartet, harpsichordist Bradley Brookshire, Joseph Lin, violinand artists new to the Festival such as jazz guitarist/singer John Pizzarelli, the Argus Quartet, and pianists Ran Dank and Soyeon Kate Lee.
MAINSTAGE FESTIVAL EVENTS IN AUGUST:
John Pizzarelli Trio Sunday, August 5 at 7:30pm, Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake Street, Cooperstown Come spend an evening with this world-renowned jazz trio led by guitarist John Pizzarelli, who the Boston Globe credited with reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz. Sponsored by WAMC.
Ran Dank and Soyeon Kate Lee, piano Sunday, August 12 at 7:30pm, Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake Street, Cooperstown Two incredible pianists – who also happen to be husband and wifewill present a program of works for solo piano and piano four-hands, including selections by Mozart, Debussy, Stravinsky, Granados and Barber. Technically dazzling and intellectually probing artistry exemplify Ran Danks pianism and musicality. Soyeon Kate Lee has been lauded by the New York Times as a pianist with a huge, richly varied sound, a lively imagination and a firm sense of style.
Bon Appetit and Bolling Suite Monday, August 20 at 7:30pm, Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake Street, Cooperstown Join us for a deliciously out-of-the-ordinary concert experience. Watch as mezzo-soprano Samantha Malk whips up a chocolate cake on stage using real ingredients in Lee Hoiby's Bon Apptit!, a miniature one-woman opera based on Julia Child's beloved cooking show and accompanied by woodwind quintet and piano. Then explore the innovative blend of baroque idioms and swing-style jazz found in Claude Bolling's Suite for Flute and Jazz Trio, performed by Linda Chesis, flute, Warren Jones, piano, Ron Wasserman, bass and Jon Di Fiore, drums. Chocolate cake will be served at intermission.
Brandenburg Concertos with Joseph Lin, violin and the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival Chamber Ensemble Sunday, August 26th at 7:30pm, Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake Street, Cooperstown Come to hear John Sebastian Bachs magnificent Brandenburg Concertos (III, IV, V & VI), which have proven their extraordinary power to captivate audiences for almost 300 years. Joseph Lin, who delighted audiences with his Four Seasons performance last year, returns to lead the CSMF Chamber Ensemble along with Linda Chesis and Laura del Sol Jimenez, flutes, and Bradley Brookshire, harpsichord. style='text-align: center;'>
Stay tuned for announcements about additional events and pop-up concerts at venues around the Cooperstown area!
About the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival Since 1999, the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival has offered more than 100 concerts, from classical to contemporary, jazz to bluegrass, flamenco to kids concerts. The Festival has featured: the Tokyo String Quartet, the American String Quartet, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Kurt Elling, Tim Fain, Bill Charlap, Hilary Kole, Simone Dinnerstein, Mark OConnor, the Sonia Olla Flamenco Dance Company, and many more. Cooperstown is home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, the Glimmerglass Festival, the Fenimore Art Museum, galleries, restaurants, and a historic Main Street. Concerts are held in landmark Cooperstown venues, including Christ Church (the church of author James Fenimore Cooper) and the ballroom of the grand Otesaga Hotel. Celebrated graphic artist Milton Glaser has created a series of 16 posters for the Festival featuring violins and cows, a nod to Cooperstowns rural character. Performance Today host Fred Child has said, Not only do they do interesting concerts, they have great posters. See cooperstownmusicfest.org for details. 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.