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Cooperstown Summer Music Festival Returns with Five August and September Concerts

Jun 15, 2021

The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival returns for its 23rd season with five concerts in August and September, bringing live chamber music back to the Cooperstown area after a pandemic hiatus during the summer of 2020.

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Attending a concert will carry new meaning this summer, after a year of social isolation prevented artists from connecting with audiences in the concert hall. Music lovers of all stripes should take note of CSMF's exciting concert lineup, which promises to be one of the best ways to celebrate the return of the performing arts to the stage.

The Festival will open in joyous fashion with the CSMF Musical Kaleidoscope, a free outdoor performance at the Fenimore Art Museum Lawn on Tuesday, August 10 at 7pm (rain date: August 17). The Caroga Arts Ensemble, led by cellist Kyle Price, will perform a dynamic program ranging from bluegrass and classical to jazz and pop in a performance that is intended as a gift to the Cooperstown community. The performance, sponsored by NBT Bank, is free but ticket reservations are required.

“CSMF is thrilled to be partnering with the Caroga Arts Ensemble for our return to the stage," says Festival Founder and Artistic Director Linda Chesis. “We wanted our first concert to be a gift to the community so that everyone can experience the joy of live music after such a difficult year."

On Sunday, August 15 at 7pm, the much-acclaimed Imani Winds will perform a program of music for wind quintet at the Otesaga Resort Hotel. The GRAMMY-nominated ensemble is famous for their innovative programming and dynamic performances, and Cooperstown audiences can expect a concert filled with their signature fresh energy and technical expertise.

The Verona Quartet returns to the Festival on Sunday, August 22 at 4pm at the Farmers' Museum. This multi-award-winning quartet, veterans of the Festival and a CSMF audience favorite, will perform a program of works by Shostakovich and Dvorak's beloved “American" Quartet.

The festival then takes a detour to South America with a performance by the Brazilian jazz supergroup Trio da Paz, whom NPR describes as the “cream of expatriate Brazilian musicians in the US", on Monday, August 30 at 7pm at the Otesaga Resort Hotel.

Lastly, the festival will conclude with a duo performance by the violinist Danbi Um and guitarist Jiji on Sunday, September 19 at 4pm at the Otesaga Resort Hotel. These young virtuosos will join forces for a genre-spanning program including works by Corelli, Paganini, Piazzolla and Ella Fitzgerald.

For all events, venues will be at limited capacity and masking and social distancing protocols will be in place.

Chesis says that this season's artists are all so eager to be returning to the stage and are looking forward to bringing their craft to Cooperstown. “After such a long period of isolation, we can't wait to safely bring the community together to once again connect through music."


CSMF Musical Kaleidoscope: A Gift to the Cooperstown Community, Featuring the Caroga Arts Ensemble

Tuesday, August 10, 2021, 7:00-9:00pm, Fenimore Art Museum Lawn

A concert for the Cooperstown Community, sponsored by NBT Bank. Tickets are free and can be reserved online at A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

Imani Winds
Sunday, August 15, 2021, 7:00-9:00pm, Otesaga Resort Hotel Ballroom
An evening of chamber music with this GRAMMY-nominated wind quintet.

Verona String Quartet
Sunday, August 22, 2021, 4:00-6:00pm, Louis C. Jones Center at The Farmers' Museum
The multi-award-winning quartet performs a program of Shostakovich and Dvorak.

Brazillian Jazz Legends: Trio da Paz

Monday, August 30, 2021, 7:00-9:00pm, Otesaga Resort Hotel Ballroom
A night of jazz with this Brazillian supergroup.

Danbi Um, violin and Jiji, guitar
Sunday, September 19, 2021, 4:00-6:00pm, Otesaga Resort Hotel
A duo performance by two young virtuosos including works by Corelli, Paganini, Piazzolla and more.


Tickets go on sale Friday, June 25 at 8am. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for students and children. Tickets for all events must be purchased in advance.

Venues will be at limited capacity for all events; masking and social distancing protocols will be in place.

All patrons are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets online at
If an online purchase is not possible, please leave a message at (877)-MOOSIC1 or (877)-666-7421. Include your name and a callback number in your message, and your call will be returned promptly.


Founded in 1999 by flutist Linda Chesis, the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival has been bringing world-class chamber music performances to the Cooperstown area for 23 years. The festival has featured performances by the Tokyo String Quartet, the American String Quartet, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Kurt Elling, Tim Fain, Hilary Kole, Simone Dinnerstein, Mark O'Connor, John Pizzarelli, the Sonia Olla Flamenco Dance Company, and many more. Concerts are held in venues across Cooperstown, including Christ Church (the church of author James Fenimore Cooper) and the ballroom of the grand Otesaga Hotel.

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