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August 7, 2009

Chamber Music Festival announces season lineup


Otsego County Tourism, 800/843-3394/visitcooperstown. com. Festival pianos are provided courtesy of Artist Pianos.

About Linda Chesis

Flutist Linda Chesis is founder and artistic director of the Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival. She is a member of the flute faculty and chair of the Woodwind Department at the Manhattan School of Music. She has been hailed by critics on three continents as one of the most exciting and dynamic flutists of her generation, according to the press release. The top prize winner at the Paris and Barcelona International competitions, and at the National Flute Association Competition, Chesis has performed with orchestras and in solo recitals throughout the U.S., France, Great Britain, Germany, Japan and Korea. Her recordings can be heard on the EMI, Nonesuch and Music Masters labels.

Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival

Tenth Anniversary Season, July 11 to Aug. 19 Linda Chesis, Artistic Director and Founder July 11 -- "Nature Calls," 7:30 p.m. The Farmers' Museum. Animal-themed season opener features Schubert, "Trout" Quintet; an arrangement of Saint-Saens, "Carnival of the Animals"; Henrich von Biber, "Sonata Representativa"; and George Crumb, "Vox Balaenae (Voice of the Whale)" for three masked players. Linda Chesis, flute; Gil Morgenstern, violin; Kathryn Lockwood, viola; Wilhelmina Smith, cello; Shirley Irek, piano; Jeremy McCoy, double bass. Pre-concert chat with the artists begins at 7 p.m. Postconcert reception with the artists sponsored by Brewery Ommegang.

July 12 -- "Family Music Fest: What's That Four?" 11 a.m., Templeton Hall. The Parker String Quartet delivers an introduction to the chamber music foursome: the string quartet. Hands-on activities and crafts begin at 10:30 a.m., the post-concert instrument petting zoo is provided courtesy of John Keal Music Co.

July 14 to 16 -- "Pro-Am Seminar." Various venues and times to be announced. Linda Chesis, flute; David Geber, cello; and Shirley Irek, piano perform with accomplished amateur musicians, in free concerts throughout the community.

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