Cooperstown Music Festival Returns with Series of Summer Concerts

The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival returns for its 23rd season with five live chamber concerts throughout August and September. The shows will be held in venues across Cooperstown, including the Fenimore Art Museum, Louis C. Jones Center and the grand Otesaga Hotel ballroom.

Cooperstown Music Festival

Founded by flutist Linda Chesis, the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival has been bringing world-class music performances to the Cooperstown area since 1999. In previous years, the festival has featured performances by the Tokyo String Quartet, the American String Quartet, the St. Lawrence (Canadian) String Quartet, Simone Dinnerstein, the Sonia Olla Flamenco Dance Company, John Pizzarelli, and many more. 

CSMF is thrilled to be partnering with the Caroga Arts Ensemble for our return to the stage… 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. 

Linda Chesis (Festival Founder and Artistic Director)

The fest will open on Tuesday, August 10 at 7 pm with the CSMF Musical Kaleidoscope, a free outdoor performance at the Fenimore Art Museum Amphitheater. The Caroga Arts Ensemble, led by cellist Kyle Price, will perform a dynamic program ranging from bluegrass and classical to jazz and pop. The outdoor concert is free, but ticket reservations are required.

Cooperstown Music Festival
Caroga Arts Ensemble in 2018

On Sunday, August 15, Imani Winds will perform a program of music for wind quintets. 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. This multi-award-winning quartet and veterans of the Festival will perform a program of works by Shostakovich and Dvorak’s “American” Quartet.
Brazilian jazz supergroup, Trio da Paz, will take the Otesaga Ballroom stage on Monday, August 30.

Trio da Paz in 2018

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

Chesis says that this season’s artists are all 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.

Linda Chesis

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

Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for students and children. Tickets for all events must be purchased in advance on the festival website.

The CSMF Chamber Orchestra at the Otesaga Ballroom in 2019

Check out the complete concert schedule below:
CSMF Musical Kaleidoscope: A Gift to the Cooperstown Community, Featuring the Caroga Arts Ensemble – Tuesday, August 10, 2021, 7-9 pm (Rain date: August 17)

Fenimore Art Museum Lawn

A concert for the Cooperstown Community. Tickets are free and can be reserved online at A limited number of tickets will be available at the door, but all patrons are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets online.
Imani Winds – Sunday, August 15, 2021, 7-9 pm

Otesaga Resort Hotel Ballroom

An evening of chamber music with this Grammy-nominated wind quintet.

Verona String Quartet – Sunday, August 22, 2021, 4-6 pm,

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, 7-9 pm

Otesaga Resort Hotel Ballroom

A night of jazz with this Brazillian supergroup.

Danbi Um (violin) and Jiji (guitar) – Sunday, September 19, 2021, 4-6 pm

Otesaga Resort Hotel

A duo performance by two young virtuosos including works by Corelli, Paganini, Piazzolla and more.

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