Jasper String QuartetEvening concerts August 4 and 6, and Daytime Family Music Fest on August 5

Cooperstown, N.Y. (July 23, 2017) – The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival will present three concerts the weekend of August 4-6, featuring the Jasper String Quartet, pianist Gilles Vonsattel, and flutist and Festival artistic director Linda Chesis.

On August 4 at 7:30 pm at Christ Church in Cooperstown, the Jasper String Quartet will perform a program called “Paysages,” featuring four works that convey a sense of place. Winner of the prestigious CMA Cleveland Quartet Award, Philadelphia’s Jasper String Quartet is the Professional Quartet in Residence at Temple University’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians. The Jaspers (J Freivogel and Sae Chonayashi, violins; Sam Quintal, viola; Rachel Henderson Freivogel, cello) have been hailed as “sonically delightful and expressively compelling” (The Strad) and “powerful” (New York Times).

Rachel Henderson Freivogel says they will perform “Viaje” by Zhou Tian, a virtuosic, energetic work for string quartet and flute, and “Valencia" by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Caroline Shaw, a short string quartet "which takes the bright, zesty features of an orange as its inspiration.”  Alongside these new works are two masterpieces of the string quartet repertoire, the much-loved Dvořák “American” Quartet in F major and Haydn’s distinctive “Fifths.”

On Saturday, August 5 at 11 am, the Jaspers will present a family concert for all ages. Freivogel says that they will “delve into the stories behind the music and what makes chamber music exciting, dramatic and fun.” The concert will be held at Templeton Hall, 63 Pioneer Street in Cooperstown and $5 tickets will be sold at the door. The Jaspers strongly believe every person can and should have the opportunity to understand and love great chamber music, no matter the age of the listener or the complexity of the piece. They believe the audience at Carnegie Hall and 3rd graders in Philadelphia Public Schools both deserve to experience world class live performances and the Jaspers approach each such event with equal intensity and enthusiasm.

On Sunday, August 6 at 7:30 pm at the Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown, pianist Gilles Vonsattel will make his Festival debut in a program called “Folk Inspirations” with the Jasper String Quartet and flutist Linda Chesis. The concert features another Dvořák masterwork, the Piano Quintet in A, Op. 81, along with Beethoven’s Seven Variations on “God Save the King,” the Summerland Folk Song Suite by William Grant Still, and Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues by Frederic Rzewski.

Recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and winner of the Naumburg and Geneva competitions as well as the 2016 Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award, Gilles Vonsattel has in recent years made his Boston Symphony, Tanglewood, and San Francisco Symphony debuts, while performing recitals and chamber music around the world. The New York Times calls Vonsattel “a pianist well worth watching.” The Miami Herald says,”Vonsattel possesses a dazzling technique that can storm the heavens or sing in poetic introspection…an impressive artists and dynamic virtuoso.”


"We are thrilled to return to the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival to perform three wonderful and distinctive programs with Linda Chesis and Gilles Vonsattel. It is a great joy for us to collaborate again with Linda and Gilles, who are both incredibly inspiring and dynamic performers,” says Freivogel.

Tickets for the August 4 and 6 evening concerts are $25 for adults, $15 for students and available online at cooperstownmusicfest.org, by calling Brown Paper Tickets, 800/838-3006, or at the door. No service charges are added to ticket orders. Tickets for the August 5 Family Music Fest are $5 and will be sold at the door.

About the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival

The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival’s 19th  season, under the artistic direction of flutist Linda Chesis, continues with an All Mozart concert featuring clarinetist Romie de Guise-Langlois on August 11 at Christ Church, the classically trained, but genre-defying Time for Three on August 20 at the Otesaga, a Benefit Concert of Baroque Favorites at Hyde Hall on August 25, and Four Seasons: Vivaldi and Piazzolla on August 27 at the Otesaga featuring Joseph Lin, the first violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet, and the Verona Quartet. The Festival will also offer a concert for fall with the Chiara String Quartet and Linda Chesis on October 8. See cooperstownmusicfest.org for details.

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.


[High resolution photos of the Jasper String Quartet available to download at http://www.jasperquartet.com/photos/ Photos of Gilles Vonsattel available to download at https://www.gillesvonsattel.com/#photos]


Cooperstown Summer Music Festival 19th Season
Linda Chesis, flutist, artistic director and founder
Concerts are held in landmark venues in Cooperstown, NY

Buy tickets online at cooperstownmusicfest.org or by calling Brown Paper Tickets 800/838-3006. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students except where noted. Tickets sold at the door as available.

Friday, August 4 at 7:30 pm at Christ Episcopal Church, 46 River Street, Cooperstown
“Paysages” Jasper String Quartet

Winner of the prestigious CMA Cleveland Quartet Award, the Jasper String Quartet returns to the Festival to perform with flutist Linda Chesis.

Joseph HaydnString Quartet in D minor, Op. 76, No. 2 “Fifths”
Caroline ShawValencia
Zhou TianViaje
Antonín Dvořák: String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96  B.179 “American”

Saturday, August 5 at 11 am at Templeton Hall, 63 Pioneer Street, Cooperstown
Family Music Fest with the Jasper String Quartet

Kids and their families are invited to use their musical imagination to find the story within music in this fun and engaging performance featuring the Jasper String Quartet. Tickets just $5 per person, available at the door. (There are no advance sales for this concert.)

Sunday, August  6  at 7:30 pm at the Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake Street, Cooperstown
Folk Variations featuring pianist Gilles Vonsattel

Acclaimed Swiss pianist Gilles Vonsattel is joined by the Jasper String Quartet and Linda Chesis in a folk-inspired program.

William Grant StillSummerland Folk Song Suite No. 1
Ludwig von BeethovenSeven Variations on “God Save the King,” WoO 78
Frederic RzewskiWinnsboro Cotton Mill Blues from North American Ballads
Antonín DvořákPiano Quintet in A, Op. 81

Friday, August 11 at 7:30 pm at Christ Episcopal Church, 46 River Street, Cooperstown

Featuring the sublime clarinet quintet performed by Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet; Miho Saegusa and Katherine Fong, violins; Dov Scheindlin, viola; Clancy Newman, cello; and Linda Chesis.

MozartFlute Quartet K. 285b  in C  Major 
Mozart Quartet K. 575 in D Major
Mozart Clarinet Quintet K. 581 in A major

Sunday, August 20 at 7:30 pm at the Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake Street Cooperstown
Time for Three

The groundbreaking, category-shattering trio Time for Three (Tf3) transcends traditional classification, with elements of classical, country western, gypsy and jazz idioms forming a blend all its own. The classically trained trio— Nicolas (Nick) Kendall, violin; Charles Yang violin; and Ranaan Meyer, double bass— performs music from Bach to Brahms and beyond, playing originals and their own arrangements of everything from bluegrass and folk tunes to ingenious mash-ups of hits by the Beatles, James Taylor, Mumford and Sons, Katy Perry, and more.

Friday, August 25 at 6:00 pm at Hyde Hall, 267 Glimmerglass State Park Road, Cooperstown
Cooperstown Summer Music Festival Benefit Concert at Hyde Hall

Linda Chesis, flute; Sarah Cunningham, viola da gamba; and Bradley Brookshire, harpsichord perform baroque favorites in a benefit concert to support both Hyde Hall and CSMF. Sparkling wines and cheese will be served. $35/person.

Sunday, August 27 at 7:30 pm at the Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake Street, Cooperstown
Four Seasons: Vivaldi and Piazzolla

Joseph Lin, first violinist for the Juilliard String Quartet, joins the Verona Quartet, winner of the 2015 Concert Artists Guild Competition, and harpsichordist Bradley Brookshire to perform Vivaldi’s beloved Four Seasons and Piazzolla’s tango-inspired version.  Hailed by The New York Times as an “outstanding ensemble of young musicians”, the Verona Quartet is a winner of the 2015 Concert Artists Guild Competition, and in just three years, has earned a stellar reputation for delivering a “sensational, powerhouse performance” (Classical Voice America) every time they take the stage.

Antonio VivaldiThe Four Seasons
Astor PiazzollaFour Seasons Suite (Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas)

October 8 at 4 pm at Christ Episcopal Church, 46 River Street, Cooperstown
By Heart: The Chiara String Quartet

The Chiara String Quartet performs works by Shostakovich, Britten and Mendelssohn from memory, and a quintet by Ginastera with flutist and Festival artistic director Linda Chesis.

Britten: Three Divertimenti
Ginastera: Impresiones de la Puna
Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor
Mendelssohn: String Quartet in A minor, Op. 13


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