The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival, under the artistic direction of flutist Linda Chesis, will celebrate its 15th season with a diverse offering of musical experiences.
From rebellious Baroque innovators to a critically-acclaimed jazz songstress, this year’s festival promises to excite and inspire, according to organizers. There will be five classical concerts, an evening of jazz with Hilary Kole and four free community concerts that pair accomplished amateur musicians with professional artists.
The festival will begin July 7 with the concert “Birds of Paradise: Music for Winds and Piano.” In addition to works by Debussy, Mozart and Poulenc, the evening will feature a new multi-media work that pairs a live performance of Robert Sirota’s 2008 composition “Birds of Paradise” with videos and bird calls from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Birds-of-Paradise Project. A pre-concert talk is scheduled for 7 p.m. During the talk, Cornell Lab of Ornithology scientist Ed Scholes, composer Robert Sirota and Festival artistic director Linda Chesis will discuss their collaboration. Scholes, an evolutionary biologist, spent eight years and 18 expeditions scientifically documenting all 39 species of the birds-of-paradise family with National Geographic photographer Tim Laman.
Joining Chesis in performing on opening night are: James Roe, oboe; Marianne Gythfeldt, clarinet; Adrian Morejon, bassoon; Zohar Schondorf, French Horn; and Pedja Muzijevic, piano.
On Aug. 4 in a 3 p.m. afternoon concert, the Baroque ensemble REBEL will perform works by Corelli, J.S. Bach, Gallo, Gabrieli, Boyce and Telemann.
Vienna is the focus of two festival concerts, on Aug. 7 with the Amphion String Quartet, flutist Linda Chesis and clarinetist Mingzhe Wang, and on Aug. 14 with the Walden Chamber Players.
“I was curious to explore how the Viennese culture inspired three centuries of composers,” Chesis said in a media release.
Viennese treats will be served at intermission at both concerts.