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.
Vocalist Hilary Kole will return to the festival on Aug. 11 to headline a jazz performance that will include songs from Cole Porter and Irving Berlin to Elvis Costello and Paul Simon.
The festival finale will include a return performance of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra. This 15-member group will perform Mozart, Ravel, a 2013 commission by Judd Greenberg and more.
Free performances include Pro Am performances July 9-11 and the Flute Fest on Aug. 1, with the New York Summer Music Festival International Flute Institute.
Tickets are available online at CooperstownMusicFest.org and by phone through Brown Paper Tickets by calling 1 (800) 838-3006. Tickets also will be sold at the door, as available. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students 6-18.
Festival concerts are held in and around Cooperstown. The schedule is as follows:
• The Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake Street, Cooperstown
The Otesaga is the festival’s home for concerts on July 7 and Aug. 1, 4 and 11. Concerts are held in the ballroom. There is free parking available in the hotel’s lot.
• The Farmers’ Museum 5775 state Route 80, Cooperstown
Festival concerts on Aug. 7, 14 and 21 will be held in the museum’s Louis C. Jones Center. There will be free parking and picnic sites available.
• Pathfinder Village, 3 Chenango Road, Edmeston,
Free Pro Am performance on July 9
• Grace Church, 32 Montgomery St., Cherry Valley
Free Pro Am performance on July 10
• Christ Church 46 River St., Cooperstown
Free Pro Am performance on July 11