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Cooperstown Festival Brings Classical Concerts to Farmers' Museum, Now thru 8/21

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The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival, under the artistic direction of flutist Linda Chesis, celebrates its fifteenth anniversary season this summer with concerts by leading classical artists. Three Festival concerts will be held on Wednesdayevenings in August in the Louis C. Jones Center at The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown, NY.

Vienna is the focus of two Festival concerts tonight, August 7 with the Amphion String Quartet, flutist Linda Chesis and clarinetist Mingzhe Wang, and on August 14 with the Walden Chamber Players. "I was curious to explore how Viennese culture inspired three centuries of important composers and continues into the 21st century," explains Chesis.

The August 7 concert features a string quartet by Haydn, a flute quintet by Ries, and the clarinet quintet by Brahms. At intermission, a tasting of Rieslings from Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard will be offered, along with a selection of local cheeses.

The August 14 concert features masterworks by Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, along with lesser-known gems by Schedl and David. The Boston-based Walden Chamber Players presents a new concept of a classical concert both in content and presentation. Drawing from a rich palette of sources and styles, it mixes and matches the works of both classical and contemporary composers with an eye to new understandings and discoveries.

The Festival finale on August 21 is a return performance of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra. This 15-member strong ensemble, comprised of members of major orchestras, string quartets and GRAMMY-award winners, will perform Mozart, Ravel, a 2013 commission by David Ludwig, and more.

"We are thrilled to have ECCO back in Cooperstown. Their 2011 concert stands out as one of the most popular programs in the Festival's 15 year history. Don't miss the opportunity to hear this chamber orchestra's power, expressivity and finesse in The Farmers' Museum's intimate setting," says Chesis.

The concerts at The Farmers' Museum begin at 7:30 pm.

Tickets are now available online, CooperstownMusicFest.org and by phone through Brown Paper Tickets, 800.838.3006. Tickets also will be sold at the door, as available. Tickets are $25 for adults; $15 for students 6-18. The Festival also features concerts held at the Otesaga Hotel: REBEL Baroque on August 4, and Jazz with Hilary Kole on August 11.

One of the oldest rural life museums in the country, The Farmers' Museum provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience 19th-century rural and village life. Free parking and picnic sites available. The Farmers' Museum is located at 5775 State Route 80 in Cooperstown, NY.

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