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August 7, 2009

Chamber Music Festival announces season lineup

The Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival will celebrate its 10th summer of music, from July 11 to Aug. 19, a Festival press release announced. Artistic Director Linda Chesis has created a season with a mix of musical styles, from chamber music classics to Brazilian and American jazz.

The Festival, which was founded by Chesis in 1999, continues its tradition of bringing exceptional performances to venues throughout Cooperstown, including the Louis C. Jones Center at The Farmers' Museum, Christ Episcopal Church, the Otesaga Resort Hotel and Templeton Hall, the press release said.

The Festival opens July 11 with the concert "Nature Calls," featuring Schubert's "Trout" Quintet, an arrangement of Saint-Saens' "Carnival of the Animals," and George Crumb's "Vox Balaenae (Voice of the Whale)" for three masked players.

There will be a post-concert reception with the artists hosted by Brewery Ommegang. On July 13, the awardwinning Parker String Quartet will perform works by Haydn, Janacek and Beethoven. The concert "Enchanted Baroque" celebrates the works of Bach, Purcell and Telemann on July 23.

The Daedalus Quartet and clarinetist David Shifrin will perform Brahms' "Clarinet Quintet" and works by Haydn and Shostakovich on Aug. 3. Concert Artist Guild winners soprano Sarah Wolfson and the Brasil Guitar Duo perform a program ranging from the Baroque to Bossa Nova on Aug. 9. Trio Solisti and Linda Chesis perform works by Beethoven, Franck and Ravel on Aug. 13.

The Festival's Gala Tenth Anniversary Concert will be on Aug. 17, with one of the largest ensembles ever gathered at the Festival performing the "Brandenburg Concertos," the press release said. A post-concert reception with the artists will be hosted by The Farmers' Museum. The Festival's final concert of the season features jazz with the Brubeck Brothers Quartet on Aug. 19.

All evening concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Audiences are invited to attend 7 p.m. preconcert chats with the artists on the following dates: July 11, 13, 23, and Aug. 3, 9 and 13.

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