Enso String QuartetCooperstown, N.Y. - The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival, under the artistic direction of flutist Linda Chesis, opens its 16th season on Wednesday, August 6 with the
concert Inspired by Italy. The Enso String Quartet, Chesis, violist Richard Young, and cellist Raman Ramakrishnan will perform works by Puccini, Verdi, Boccherini, and Tchaikovsky. The concert also features the premiere of a
new arrangement of Canzoniere by David Ludwig, created for Linda Chesis and the Enso String Quartet to perform at the Festival.  The Enso regularly performs the classics of the string quartet literature, but also champions lesser-known works that deserve to be heard, along with contemporary
music. The Quartet received a 2010 Grammy nomination for "Best Chamber Music Performance."

The American String Quartet, internationally recognized as one of the world's premiere quartets, returns to the Festival on Sunday, August 10 to perform in a concert titled Only the Good Die Young: Mozart, Mendelssohn & Schubert. The Quartet will perform with cellist Alan Stepansky and Linda Chesis. The New York Times has praised the Quartet for its "luxurious, beautifully sculptured performances." The program features the Mozart Flute Quartet No. 1, Mendelssohn String Quartet in E flat and Schubert String Quintet in C Major, regarded by many as a masterpiece.

On Sunday, August 17, Trio da Paz brings its virtuosic jazz and driving Brazilian rhythms back to the Festival, having performed there in 2007.  The Trio was formed in 1990 by Romero Lubambo, guitar; Nilson Matta, bass; and Duduka da Fonseca, drums.  All three are seasoned masters of both jazz and Brazilian music with impressive resumes. Following their performance in Cooperstown, the Trio will have a two-week summer residency at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club
Coca-Cola. This will be the seventh year the Trio has performed at Dizzy's to consistently sold-out crowds.

The Festival finale is "Let's Dance" on Sunday, August 24 featuring the Momenta Quartet, Linda Chesis, flute; Moran Katz, clarinet; and Olga Vinokur, piano. The program
is a tour of dance-infused music, spanning the continents and the centuries, with works by Schubert, Strauss II, Bartok and a 2014 arrangement by Elizabeth Brown.

"This summer we welcome back three ensembles to the Festival-t he American and Enso String Quartets, and Trio da Paz. I'm delighted to introduce many new faces as well.
Two of my all-time favorite works will be performed -Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence and the Schubert C major Quintet.  Please join us for this celebration of chamber music and jazz," says Chesis.

All concerts begin at 7:30 pm. The August 6 concert will be held at The Farmers' Museum, 5775 State Route 80 in Cooperstown, the Sunday evening concerts (August 10, 17,
24) will be held in the ballroom of the Otesaga Hotel, 60 Lake Street in Cooperstown.

The Festival will hold the last of its pre-season events on July 31 at 7:30 pm, when it presents Flutes in the Drawing Room at Hyde Hall. The concert features 21 flutists from the NY Summer Music Festival International Flute Institute
performing classical works and a few surprises. No tickets required for this performance.

Tickets and Information

Tickets ($25 for adults, $15 for students) can be ordered online, CooperstownMusicFest.org, or by calling the box office service Brown Paper Tickets, 800/838-3006. Tickets will be sold at the door, as available. There is no service charge, no matter which method of payment you choose.

To find out more about the season, go to CooperstownMusicFest.org, call the Festival at 877/666-7421, or email info@CooperstownMusicFest.org.

About the Festival

Linda Chesis started the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival in 1999, and since then the Festival has presented more than 100 concerts, from classical to contemporary, jazz to bluegrass and cabaret.  The Festival has featured: Midori, Hank Jones, the Tokyo String Quartet, the American String Quartet, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Kurt Elling, Tim Fain, Bill Charlap, Keisuke Wakao, Hilary Kole, Simone Dinnerstein, and Mark O'Connor.

The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

About Linda Chesis

Flutist Linda Chesis is founder and artistic director of the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival. She is a member of the flute faculty and chair of the Woodwind Department at the Manhattan School of Music. She has been hailed by critics on
three continents as one of the most exciting and dynamic flutists of her generation. The top prize winner at the Paris and Barcelona International competitions, and at the National Flute Association Competition, Ms. Chesis has
performed with orchestras and in solo recitals throughout the US, France, Great Britain, Germany, Japan and Korea.  Her recordings can be heard on the EMI, Nonesuch and Music Masters labels.

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Cooperstown Summer Music Festival: August 6 - August 24, 2014

Opening Night! Inspired by Italy

Cooperstown Summer Music Festival

August 6, 7:30 pm at The Farmers' Museum, 5775 State Route 80, Cooperstown, NY

Performers: Enso String Quartet, violist Richard Young, cellist Raman Ramakrishnan and flutist Linda Chesis

Luigi Boccherini

Quintet for flute and strings

Giacomo Puccini
                              
Crisantemi (Crisanthemums), elegy for string quartet

Giuseppe Verdi
                                
String Quartet in E Minor

David Ludwig
                                               
Canzoniere for flute and string quartet
                                                      
(new arrangement created for this concert)


Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky
                  
String Sextet in D Minor, "Souvenir de Florence," Op. 70

Only the Good Die Young: Mozart, Mendellsohn and Schubert

Cooperstown Summer Music Festival    

August 10, 7:30 pm at the Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake Street, Cooperstown, NY

Performers: The American String Quartet, Alan Stepansky, cello and Linda
Chesis, flute

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Flute Quartet
No. 1 in D Major, K285


Felix Mendelssohn
                           
String Quartet in E flat , Op.12

Franz Schubert
                                 
String Quintet in C major, D. 956, Op. posth. 163

Trio da Paz

Cooperstown Summer Music Festival

August 17, 7:30 pm at the Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake Street, Cooperstown, NY

Trio da Paz combines virtuosic jazz and driving Brazilian rhythms.

Let's Dance

Cooperstown Summer Music Festival

August 24, 7:30 pm at the Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake Street, Cooperstown, NY

Performers: Momenta Quartet; Linda Chesis, flute; Moran Katz, clarinet; Olga Vinokur, piano

William Byrd
                        
Pavan and Gailliard

Franz Schubert
                     
German Dances, Op. 90

Elizabeth Brown
                  
Lost Waltz (1997/2014)

Johann Strauss II
                  
Emperor Waltz, Op. 437 (arr. Arnold Schoenberg)

Miguel del Aguila
                
Salon Buenos Aires, Op. 84

Béla Bartók
                          
Contrasts

Tickets ($25 for adults, $15 for students) can be ordered online, www.CooperstownMusicFest.org, or by calling the box office service Brown Paper Tickets, 800/838-3006. Tickets
will be sold at the door, as available.



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