The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival, under the artistic direction of flutist Linda Chesis, will celebrate its 15th anniversary season with a diverse offering of musical experiences. The festival will present five classical concerts, an evening of jazz with Hilary Kole, and four free community concerts that pair accomplished amateur musicians with professional artists.
The festival will opens July 7 with the concert “Birds of Paradise: Music for Winds and Piano.” In addition to works by Debussy, Mozart, and Poulenc, the evening will feature a multimedia work that pairs a live performance of Robert Sirota’s 2008 composition Birds of Paradise with videos and bird calls from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Birds-of-Paradise Project. At a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m., Cornell Lab of Ornithology scientist Ed Scholes, composer Robert Sirota and Chesis will discuss their collaboration.
Joining Chesis in performing on opening night will be James Roe on oboe; Marianne Gythfeldt on clarinet; Adrian Morejon on bassoon; Zohar Schondorf on French horn; and Pedja Muzijevic on piano.
On Aug. 4 in a 3 p.m. afternoon concert, the baroque ensemble Rebel will perform works by Corelli, J.S. Bach, Gallo, Gabrieli, Boyce and Telemann.
Vienna will be the focus of two Festival concerts on Aug. 7 with the Amphion String Quartet, Chesis and clarinetist Mingzhe Wang, and on Aug. 14 with the Walden Chamber Players. Viennese refreshments will be served at intermission at both concerts.
Kole will return to the festival Aug.11 to headline the Festival’s jazz performance, offering songs from Cole Porter and Irving Berlin to Elvis Costello and Paul Simon.
The Festival finale is a return performance of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra. This 15-member group will perform Mozart, Ravel, a 2013 commission by Judd Greenberg, and more.
Free performances at the festival will include Pro-Am performances July 9-11 and the Flute Fest on Aug. 1, with the NY Summer Music Festival International Flute Institute.
Tickets are now available online at CooperstownMusicFest.org and by phone through Brown Paper Tickets at (800) 838-3006. Tickets will be sold at the door, as available. Tickets are $25 for adults or $15 for students ages 6 to 8. Pro Am performances and the Flute Fest are free and do not require a ticket or reservation.
Festival concerts are held in and around Cooperstown. For more information and a complete schedule, visit CooperstownMusicFest.org.