"We're jumpstarting our 17th season with a spring concert. Nick and Roman are both superb artists, and I'm delighted to be performing with them in Cooperstown," says Linda Chesis. "We'll take the audience on an artistic voyage of Romanticism, from the groundbreaking imagination of Beethoven to Reinecke's poetic depiction of the water sprite Undine to its 20th century culmination in the lush music of Rachmaninoff."
Nicholas Canellakis is one of the most innovative cellists of his generation, captivating audiences throughout the United States and abroad. The New York Times praised his playing as "impassioned" and "soulful," with "the audience seduced by Mr. Canellakis's rich, alluring tone." The week before the concert, he will make his Carnegie Hall concerto debut, performing Leon Kirchner's Music for Cello and Orchestra with the American Symphony Orchestra in Isaac Stern Auditorium. He performs regularly with the Chamber Music Society in Alice Tully Hall and on tour, and as a member of the Canellakis-Brown Duo. Filmmaking is one of Mr. Canellakis's special interests. He has produced, directed, and starred in several short films and music videos, all of which can be found on his website, nicholascanellakis.com.
The Israeli pianist Roman Rabinovich, "whose mature, self-assured playing belies his chronological age" (San Francisco Classical Voice) won the top prize as well as four additional prizes at the 2008 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition. Since his Israel Philharmonic debut under the baton of Zubin Mehta at age ten, Mr. Rabinovich has performed as a soloist with Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Buffalo Philharmonic, and many others. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Rabinovich has partnered with Daniel Hope, Ralph Kirshbaum and Miriam Fried. He has recently recorded ballets by Ravel, Prokofiev and Stravinsky for the Orchid Classics label. Mr. Rabinovich also excels as a gifted artist. He often combines his concerts with exhibitions of his paintings. More information at: www.romanrabinovich.net/
Linda Chesis, artistic director and founder of the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival, has been hailed by critics on three continents as one of the most exciting and dynamic flutists of her generation. She has frequently collaborated with such renowned artists as Jessye Norman, Dawn Upshaw, James Levine and the late Jean-Pierre Rampal and has performed with orchestras and in solo recitals throughout the US, France, Great Britain, Germany, Japan, and Korea. Ms. Chesis is professor of flute and chair of the Woodwind Department at Manhattan School of Music. She has offered master classes at universities, conservatories and for flute associations around the globe. Her recordings can be heard on the EMI, Nonesuch and Music Masters labels.
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. The Festival has a "no service charge" policy, so ticket buyers will not pay a service charge, no matter which payment method (online, phone, in person) they choose.
About the Festival
In addition to the April concert, the 17th season of the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival features a jazz concert with the Harry Allen Quartet and Hilary Gardner on July 5, three classical concerts on August 9, 16 and 23, and a family concert on August 15. The Festival also will offer Pro Am concerts June 25-28, which bring together professional artists and highly accomplished non-career musicians and a Flute Fest at Hyde Hall on July 30. To find out more, go to www.CooperstownMusicFest.org, call the Festival at 877/666-7421, or email info@CooperstownMusicFest.org.
Linda Chesis started the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival with three events in 1999, and since then the Festival has offered the region more than 100 concerts, from classical to contemporary, jazz to bluegrass, cabaret to kids' concerts. 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, 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.
Three Faces of Romanticism
Cooperstown Summer Music Festival
Sunday, April 26, 4:00 pm
Otesaga Resort Hotel
60 Lake Street, Cooperstown, NY
Artists: Linda Chesis, flute; Nicholas Canellakis, cello; Roman Rabinovich, piano
An artistic exploration of Romanticism, from Beethoven to Reinecke to Rachmaninoff.
Reinecke Sonata "Undine"
Beethoven Piano Sonata, no 28, op. 101
Rachmaninoff Cello Sonata, op. 19
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.