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July 5, 2013

Free Pro Am concerts planned for area

The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival will offer free Pro Am performances Tuesday in Edmeston, Wednesday in Cherry Valley and Thursday in Cooperstown.

The Pro Am, in its sixth year, can trace its roots to an unplanned meeting at a local ice cream shop, when festival artistic director and founder Linda Chesis and Bruce and Mona Harris discussed the possibility of having non-career musicians participate in the festival alongside professional musicians. Bruce Harris, a neurosurgeon at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, is also an accomplished pianist.

Professional musicians performing in the Pro Am are Chesis on flute, David Geber on cello and Shirley Irek on piano. Non-career musicians in the Pro Am are Bruce Harris on piano, Jonathan Phillips on viola; Mark Ptashne on violin, Steve Rosenthal on clarinet and Eric Wong on cello.

The performances feature movements from Schumann and Brahms piano quartets as well as selections from the Brahms clarinet trio, a trio by Norman Dello Joio and a quartet by Alan Beeler, written for flute, clarinet, viola and piano. 

The Pro Am performances, which are free and open to the public, will be at at Pathfinder Village at 3 Chenango Road in Edmeston on Tuesday; Grace Episcopal Church at 32 Montgomery St. in Cherry Valley on Wednesday; and Christ Church at 46 River St. in Cooperstown on Thursday. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

A fourth free performance, the Flute Fest with the New York Summer Music Festival International Flute Institute, will be held Aug. 1 at the Otesaga Hotel at 60 Lake St. in Cooperstown.

For more information, call (877) 666-7421, visit the festival’s website, www.CooperstownMusicFest.org, or email info@cooperstownmusicfest.org.

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