The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival will return in August for its 24th season after a two-year hiatus due to COVID.
“This season, we are offering the Cooperstown community a collection of performances spanning an exceptionally wide range of musical styles and traditions,” festival founder and artistic director Linda Chesis said in a press release.
Imani Winds will open the festival with a program of wind quintet music at the Otesaga Resort Hotel at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2. The Grammy-nominated ensemble “are famous for their innovative programming and dynamic performances,” the statement read, and “Cooperstown audiences can look forward to a concert filled with their fresh energy and technical expertise.”
The groundbreaking wind quintet will present a program showcasing the full sonic possibilities of this combination of instruments, including works by former founding member Valerie Coleman, Indian-American composer Reena Esmail and an arrangement of the “Tomb of Coupuerin” by Revel.
The Verona Quartet will return to the festival at 7 p.m. on August 8 at the Otesaga. The multi-award-winning quartet, veterans of the festival, will perform a program by Puccini, Beethoven and Dvorak’s “American” Quartet.
The festival will continue with a performance by the Caroga Arts Ensemble entitled “Musical Kaleidoscope” at 7 p.m. on August 10 at the Otesaga. The ensemble, led by cellist Kyle Price, will present a program ranging from bluegrass and classical to jazz and pop. Tickets will be by donation.
“The CSMF is thrilled to have Caroga Arts Ensemble making their festival debut, a band with local ties whose players will present a truly imaginative and diverse program,” said Chesis.
Violinist Danbi Um and guitarist Jiji will present a duo performance at 7 p.m. on Monday, August 22 at the Otesaga. They will present a program including works by Corelli, Paganini, Piazzolla and Ella Fitzgerald.
The festival will culminate with a performance by Brazilian jazz band Trio da Paz, whom NPR describes as the “cream of Brazilian expatriate musicians in the United States,” at 7 p.m. on August 29 at the Farmers’ Museum.
Members of the public must show proof of vaccination, including a mandatory booster shot for those eligible for all events. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for students and children. Tickets must be purchased in advance either online at www.cooperstown musicfest.org or over the phone by calling Purplepass Tickets at 800-316-8559 and selecting option 1. There is a $2 service charge per phone order. Visit Cooperstown musicfest.org for more information.