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August 1, 2013

Period music group to play Otesaga

The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival will present the Rebel Baroque Ensemble with guest Leon Schelhase, harpsichord at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown.

The program, “Barocco: Musical Treasures of teh 17th and 18th Centuries,” features works by Corelli, J.S. Bach, Mozart, Vivaldi and Telemann.

Rebel features Jörg-Michael Schwarz and Karen Marie Marmer, violins and directors, and John Moran, violoncello. Named after the innovative French Baroque composer Jean-Féry Rebel (1666–1747), Rebel has performed in many European cities as well as U.S. venues such as the Da Camera Society, the Library of Congress, Caramoor, Chautauqua, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Boston and Berkeley Early Music Festivals and Music Before 1800, among many others.

Through its long-term residency at historic Trinity Church in New York City, Rebel has received acclaim for its collaborations with Trinity Choir in performance, radio broadcasts, webcasts and recordings with works ranging from the cantatas of Bach to large scale works by Monteverdi, Handel, Bach, Purcell, Mozart and Haydn.

“I know Festival audiences will enjoy Rebel’s visceral and virtuosic approach to Baroque music” Festival Artistic Director Linda Chesis said in a media release. “Performing on period instruments, Rebel manages to combine an idiomatic Baroque style with 21st century ‘edge-of-your-seat’ excitement.”

Rebel has been regularly featured on APM’s Performance Today and St. Paul Sunday and has recorded for all the major European national radio networks. Rebel became the first and only period instrument ensemble to be awarded an artists’ residency at National Public Radio.

Hailing from Cape Town, South Africa, Leon Schelhase has performed with Emmanuel Music, Ensemble Florilege, and the Gardener Museum Orchestra and Cambridge Concentus, a Boston-based ensemble specializing in the music of Bach, of which he is a founding member. He is recipient of the prestigious Goldberg Prize for young artists presented by American Bach Soloists.

For more information, call (877) 666-7421, visit the Festival’s website,, or email

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