Cooperstown Summer Music Festival to Run 6/23-25

June 16
1:47 2014
Cooperstown Summer Music Festival to Run 6/23-25

How many concerts feature a neurosurgeon, a judge, a color scientist and a molecular biologist performing with professional artists? That's what happens at the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival Pro Am. The performances, which will include works by Mendelssohn, Mozart, Haydn, Brahms and Reynaldo Hahn, will take place June 23 in Edmeston, June 24 in Cherry Valley, and June 25 at Hyde Hall.

"After a weekend of coaching sessions, which also include great conversations and laughs, combinations of professional artists and non-career musicians take the stage," explains Festival artistic director Linda Chesis.

Chesis, a flutist and Chair of the Woodwind Department at the Manhattan School of Music, pianist Shirley Irek, cellist Kirsten Jermé, and violinist Marc Uys will coach and perform with Barbara Gaden, cello; Bruce Harris, piano; Jonathan Phillips, viola; and Mark Ptashne, violin.

"It's a unique opportunity to perform alongside world-class musicians in concert," says Jonathan Phillips. "Linda Chesis has provided an environment in which the pros coach the 'ams' while playing their own part. Sitting next to a pro elevates my own musicianship in a way that would never happen while only playing with other amateurs--it's the best feeling!"

Barbara Gaden is a judge in Richmond, VA; Bruce Harris is an attending neurosurgeon at Bassett Healthcare; Jonathan Phillips is a color scientist; and Mark Ptashne is a molecular biologist.

"The people who participate in the Pro Am are truly inspiring," says Chesis. "While excelling in their professional careers, they continue to foster their musical passion."

The Pro Am performances will be held on Monday, June 23, 7:00 pm at Pathfinder Village, 3 Chenango Road, Edmeston; Tuesday, June 24, 7:30 pm at the Star Theater, 44 Main Street, Cherry Valley; and Wednesday, June 25, 7:30 pm at Hyde Hall, 267 Glimmerglass State Park Road, Cooperstown. The Festival has performed at Pathfinder Village for years, this is the first Pro Am at Star Theater and also at Hyde Hall.

"We're happy to bring the Pro Am to Star Theater and to Hyde Hall, and look forward to our return to Pathfinder Village," says Chesis.

"Hyde Hall is delighted to be a partner in the arts with the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival," says Jonathan Maney, Hyde Hall's executive director. "Our drawing Room is a perfect venue for the Pro Am Concert."

No tickets necessary for these performances. Donations welcome at the door for the June 24 and June 25 performances. The Pathfinder Village concert is free. For more information, email, call 877/666-7421 or see

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