Annual summer fest announces spring concert

Cooperstown Summer Music Festival Artistic Director and founder Linda Chesis will be among the performers of the May 18 concert.

The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival will kick off its 21st season with a spring concert of chamber music for wind and string instruments this month.

Festival Artistic Director and flutist Linda Chesis will perform alongside New York state chamber musicians oboist James Austin Smith, violinist Anna Elashvili, violist Melissa Reardon and cellist Mihai Marica, with a theme of “chamber music as a conversation,” presenters said in a media release.

Featuring works by Mozart, Sussmayr, Ginastera and Schubert, the program will showcases chamber music that represents a range of conversational interaction. One central piece, “Arthur Bliss’s Conversations,” serves as a thesis statement of sorts for the entire program, Chesis said in the release.

“Chamber music can absolutely carry the same character and emotion as conversation,” Chesis said in the release. “And not just polite conversation — it can convey the character of anything from intimate discussions to rowdy arguments.”

The concert is the first of two spring concerts in CSMF’s 2019 season, the remainder of which will be announced later.

“Conversations: Music for Flute, Oboe and Strings” will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Christ Episcopal Church at 46 River St. in Cooperstown.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students for all CSMF events. Tickets can be purchased at, by phone through Brown Paper Tickets at (800) 838-3006 or at the door as available. 

Since its founding by Chesis in 1999, the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival has offered chamber music performances featuring artists including the Tokyo String Quartet, the American String Quartet, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Kurt Elling, Tim Fain, Bill Charlap, Hilary Kole, Simone Dinnerstein, Mark O’Connor, John Pizzarelli and the Sonia Olla Flamenco Dance Company.

Concerts are held in venues across Cooperstown, including Christ Church and the ballroom of the Otesaga Hotel.

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