Gil Kalish and Carmit Zori Come to Cooperstown, NY This Sunday

The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival begins its 19th season with a Concert for Spring featuring the Brahms' Horn Trio on Sunday, May 7 at 4:00 pm at the Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake Street, Cooperstown. Gilbert Kalish, piano; Carmit Zori, violin; Eric Reed, horn; and Linda Chesis, the Festival's artistic director, founder and flutist, will perform. The concert program is Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 6 in A Major, Op. 30, No. 1

Eric Ewazen: Ballade, Pastorale and Dance; and Brahms: Trio for Piano, Violin and Horn in E flat Major, Op. 40.

"These works all share pastoral beauty and heartfelt melodies, it's an ideal program for a Sunday afternoon in Spring," says Chesis.

Tickets ($25 for adults, $15 for students) are available online at, by calling Brown Paper Tickets, 800/838-3006, or at the door. No service charge will be added to your ticket order.

Pianist Gil Kalish's discography of some 100 recordings encompasses classical repertory, 20th Century masterworks and new compositions. Of special note are his solo recordings of Charles Ives' Concord Sonata and Sonatas of Joseph Haydn, an immense discography of vocal music with Jan DeGaetani and landmarks of the 20th Century by composers such as Carter, Crumb, Shapey and Schoenberg. In 1995 he was presented with the Paul Fromm Award by the University of Chicago Music Department for distinguished service to the music of our time. As educator he is Leading Professor and Head of Performance Activities at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. From 1968-1997 he was a faculty member of the Tanglewood Music Center. He often serves as guest faculty at distinguished music institutions such as the Banff Centre and the Steans Institute at Ravinia, and is renowned for his master class presentations.

Carmit Zori, violin, is the recipient of a Levintritt Foundation Award, a Pro Musicis International Award, and the top prize in the Walter W. Naumburg International Violin Competition. Ms. Zori has appeared as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic, the Rochester Philharmonic, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, among many others. Her solo recitals includes concerts at Lincoln Center, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum, and the Jerusalem Center to the Performing Arts. In addition to her appearances with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Ms. Zori has been a guest at chamber music festivals and concert series around the world. She was an artistic director and frequent performer at Bargemusic in New York, and is now the artistic director of the Brooklyn Chamber Music Society, which she founded in 2002. She has recorded on the Arabesque, Koch International, and Elektra-Nonesuch labels. Ms. Zori also serves on the violin and chamber music faculty at SUNY Purchase.

Based in New York City, Eric Reed has performed and presented master classes on five continents in a variety of ensembles and musical styles. Eric is the horn player in the American Brass Quintet, and serves on the horn and chamber music faculty of The Juilliard School, where the ABQ is ensemble-in-residence. In addition to his work with the ABQ, Eric performs regularly with the Orchestra of St.Luke's, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Eric has held positions at the 25th Anniversary Production of Les Misérables, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, and Radio City Music Hall's Christmas Spectacular. Eric is a member of the newly-formed Ensemble Échappé, a sinfonietta dedicated to music of the 21st century. Eric spends his summers teaching and performing at the Aspen Music Festival, Round Top Festival Institute, Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival and the Strings Music Festival.

Flutist Linda Chesis is founder and artistic director of the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival. She is a member of the flute faculty and chair of the Woodwind Department at the Manhattan School of Music. She has been hailed by critics on three continents as one of the most exciting and dynamic flutists of her generation. The top prize winner at the Paris and Barcelona International competitions, and at the National Flute Association Competition, Ms. Chesis has performed with orchestras and in solo recitals throughout the US, France, Great Britain, Germany, Japan and Korea. Her recordings can be heard on the EMI, Nonesuch and Music Masters labels.

About the Festival

The Festival's 19th season continues with Grammy nominated clarinetist David Krakauer performing at The Star Theater, pianist Gilles Vonsattel, Time for Three, the Jasper, Chiara and Verona string quartets, an All-Mozart concert, Vivaldi's Four Seasons, a Family Music Fest, and a Benefit Concert at Hyde Hall. In addition to the ballroom at the Otesaga Resort Hotel, Festival concerts are held at the Star Theater in Cherry Valley and Christ Episcopal Church, Templeton Hall, and Hyde Hall in Cooperstown. See 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.

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