The combination of flute and marimba is the focus of the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival’s second spring concert, featuring Festival Artistic Director Linda Chesis and percussionist Ian David Rosenbaum. The concert will take place at 5 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at Christ Episcopal Church at 46 Fair St. in Cooperstown.
Chesis and Rosenbaum will present a program of chamber works for marimba and flute as well as solo pieces for each instrument, featuring music by composers Gareth Farr, David Crowell, Andy Akiho and Paola Prestini, and rounded out with works by Telemann and Piazzolla.
Of particular note, presenters said in a media release, are two eclectic works for solo percussion with electronics: Akiho’s “Umi” and Crowell’s “Celestial Sphere.” Akiho’s piece, scored for solo snare drum and electronic playback, is inspired by a dog’s bark. Crowell’s calls for the performer to use a looping machine to create layers of sound, a musical representation of the motion of celestial objects looming in the night sky, the release said.
Chesis and Rosenbaum will join forces for Farr’s “Kembang Suling,” a work inspired by the sounds of the musical traditions of East Asia. The piece weaves the sound of the flute and the marimba together to create a variety of textures, evoking music of Japan, South India and the Balinese gamelan tradition, the release said.
“When blended together, the flute and marimba are able to create an incredible range of sound,” Chesis said in the release. “At moments you hear the distinctive character of each instrument, but they also combine seamlessly to create a huge array of colors and textures.”
“The best part of about chamber music is the connection that you make with your fellow performer,” Rosenbaum said. “It’s a remarkable and unique feeling — and it’s different with every person that you play with.”
Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students and can be purchased at Cooperstownmusicfest.org, by phone through Brown Paper Tickets at 800-838-3006, and at the door, if available.
For more information, visit cooperstownmusicfest.org.