The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival’s 2019 season will feature “an array of world-class artists spanning multiple genres,” presenters said in a media release.
Under the artistic direction of flutist Linda Chesis, this year’s festival artists include violinist Rachel Barton Pine, jazz musician Bill Charlap, marimbist Ian David Rosenbaum and the Lysander Piano Trio.
The season will kick off this weekend with “Conversations: Music for Oboe, Flute and Strings” at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Christ Episcopal Church at 46 River St. in Cooperstown, The concert will feature Chesis, oboist James Austin Smith, violinist Anna Elashvili, violist Melissa Reardon and cellist Mihai Maricaring.
The spring concerts will continue with “Celestial Sphere: Music for Marimba and Flute” at 5 p.m. Sunday, June 9, also at the church. Percussionist Ian David Rosenbaum, on the marimba, will be joined by Chesis for a program drawing on baroque dance, Indonesian gamelan music, and travel to outer space.
The mainstage festival in August will kick off with the Bill Charlap Trio at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, at the Otesaga Resort Hotel at 60 Lake St. outside Cooperstown. The Grammy-nominated jazz trio includes pianist Bill Charlap, bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington.
“American Traditions” will feature Rachel Barton Pine at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, at The Farmers’ Museum in a program “celebrating the violin’s American folk music roots.”
The following weekend will be “Slavic Serenade,” featuring the Lysander Trio with Chesis, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18 at the Otesaga. The program will feature works by Rachmaninoff, Martinu, and Dvorak.
Baroque Masterworks will be the program at 7:30 p.m. Sunday Aug. 25, at the Otesaga. CSMF artists will come together for “a jubilant exploration of some of the best-loved Baroque masterworks,” the release said.
Concerts will continue into the fall with “For the Birds: Music Inspired By Birdsong” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Otesaga. The centerpiece of the concert, curated by Chesis, will be Robert Sirota’s “Birds of Paradise,” which will feature footage from the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology. In addition to works by Vaughan Williams and Messiaen, concertgoers will also hear the world premiere of Sirota’s new arrangement of The Beatles’ classic “Blackbird.” Performers will include Chesis, pianist Alexandre Moutouzkine, and violist Chloe Kiffer.
Tickets for each concert will be $25 for adults and $10 for students and can be purchased at in advance at cooperstownmusicfest.org or by calling 800-838-3006. Tickets will be available at the door if available.