Festival director to join trio at concert

Jiyang ChenLysander Piano Trio

The award-winning Lysander Piano Trio will perform a program of chamber music at the Otesaga Resort Hotel ballroom at 7:30 p.m., Aug. 18. The performance is the third concert in the mainstage lineup of the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival.

The trio will be joined by flutist Linda Chesis, CSMF’s founder and artistic director, for a program of pieces by Russian and Czech composers.

The trio — Itamar Zorman on violin, Michael Katz on cello, and Liza Stepanova on piano — has won prizes at numerous competitions, including the Concert Artists Guild, Coleman, Arriaga, and Fischoff competitions. Zorman was the top prize-winner at the Tchaikovsky Competition in 2011, and was a recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2013.

The program includes two chamber works, Rachmaninoff’s “Trio elegiaque No. 1 in G minor” and Dvorak’s “Trio No. 3” in F Minor. Chesis will join Katz and Stepanova for Martinu’s “Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano.”

The Otesaga Resort Hotel is at 60 Lake St. in Cooperstown.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased online at Cooperstownmusicfest.org, by phone through Brown Paper Tickets at (800) 838-3006 or at the door if available.

Founded in 1999 by Chesis, the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival has been bringing chamber music performances to the Cooperstown area for 21 years.