The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival will present “Four the Birds” featuring composer Robert Sirota’s “Birds of Paradise” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Otesaga Resort Hotel at 60 Lake Street in Cooperstown. 

According to a media release, the performance of Sirota’s “Birds of Paradise” for flute, clarinet and piano will include audio and video footage of actual birds of paradise taken in New Guinea by the Cornell Birds of Paradise Project of the Lab of Ornithology. 

The release said founder and artistic director of the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival Linda Chesis discovered this footage in 2014 and commissioned a video from Jim Berman to be performed with Sirota’s piece.

“Birds of Paradise” is paired with the world premiere of Sirota’s “Blackird Singing,” based on the Lennon/McCartney song, commissioned by Chesis and the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival.

“Ever since the premiere of ‘Birds of Paradise,’ I’ve been speaking with Bob about creating something related to the Beatles’ ‘Blackbird’ for the same combination of players — flute, clarinet and piano. I was thrilled that he agreed to do this commission for the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival’s season finale, and I am so excited about our upcoming premiere,” Chesis said in the release. 

Additional works on the program include Vaughan Williams’ “The Lark Ascending;” Olivier Messiaen’s “Le Merle Noir” and “Abime des Oiseaux” (from “Quartet for the End of Time”); Francois Couperin’s “Le Rossignol en Amour;” and Sophia Gubaidulina’s “Sounds of the Forest.” 

Tickets are $25 or $10 with a student valid ID. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the door as available. 

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