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Sonic Fireworks for Bastille Day with Music from Copland House

June 28, 2011

Cooperstown Summer Music Festival Dear Friend,

Wanted to share an audience survey comment from last season:

"Michael Boriskin is right for the Festival. Bring him back!"

We’re glad to say that Michael Boriskin and Music from Copland House are back. Come celebrate Bastille Day on July 14 at 7:30 pm at The Farmers’ Museum, as this award-winning ensemble perform works by French composers, and composers they inspired.

Debussy Violin Sonata in G minorPoulenc Flute Sonata
Copland Prelude Piazzolla Four Seasons of Buenos
Martinu Trio for flute, cello and piano Aires (excerpts)

Ravel Trio in A minor

The New York Times
says of Music from Copland House:

"Bracing and beguiling, incisive and exciting performances.
It was all exuberance and bright sunshine."

Music from Copland House features Michael Boriskin, piano; Tim Fain, violin; Wilhelmina Smith, cello and Linda Chesis, flute.

Michael Boriskin

Pianist and Copland House Artistic and Executive Director Michael Boriskin is "one of the world’s most valuable piano virtuosos" (The New York Observer). He has performed in over 30 countries, appearing with leading international orchestras and at many of the world’s foremost concert venues, including Lincoln Center (on its Great Performers Series), Carnegie Hall, the BBC, South West German Radio, and Vienna’s Arnold Schoenberg Center, among many others. He played an important role at the New York Philharmonic’s Completely Copland Festival in 1999, and co-hosted CENTURYVIEW on NPR for three seasons. He is a prolific recording artist, with a large discography ranging widely from Brahms and Tchaikovsky to the present on BMG/Conifer, Harmonia Mundi, New World, Albany, Koch International, and many other labels.

Tim FainTim Fain has emerged as a mesmerizing new presence on the music scene. The "charismatic young violinist with a matinee idol profile, strong musical instincts, and first rate chops" (Boston Globe) was featured as the sound of Richard Gere’s violin in Bee Season and, most recently, seen and heard on screen and on the sound track of the new hit film Black Swan. Selected as one of Symphony magazine’s "Up-and-Coming Young Musicians" and a Strad Magazine "Pick of Up and Coming Musicians," Fain captured the Avery Fisher Career Grant and a Young Concert Artists International Award. As The Washington Post recently raved, "Fain has everything he needs for a first-rate career." This is Fain’s fourth appearance in Cooperstown. He performed at the Festival with the Rosetti String Quartet and individually. Do you remember his incredible performance of the Four Seasons?

Wilhelmina Smith

Cellist Wilhelmina Smith ("winningly individual" The New York Times) made her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra and was a prizewinner in the Leonard Rose International Cello Competition. She has appeared with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, American Chamber Players, and Music from Marlboro, and at the Chamber Music Festival in the Palaces of St. Petersburg and the La Jolla and Marblehead Chamber Music Festivals, among many others. She is Artistic Director of the Salt Bay Chamberfest in Maine, which she founded, and Florida’s Pensacola Chamber Music Festival, and is a member of The Mannes Trio. This is her second appearance at the Festival.

Linda ChesisFlutist 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.

Season Opens with SWINGING JAZZ

The Festival opens July 3 at 3 pm, with the National Jazz Museum in Harlem All Stars, this promises to be an incredible performance featuring rising jazz performers as well as seasoned jazz veterans.

So, whether it’s Independence Day Weekend or Bastille Day or both, we invite you to celebrate with the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival.

Brown Paper Tickets

Purchase your tickets on our page on Brown Paper Tickets, or call Brown Paper Tickets, 800.838.3006.

If you prefer to purchase ticket by mail, you can download an order form here,

and mail it with your payment to: Cooperstown Summer Music Festival, PO Box 230, Cooperstown, NY 13326. Now through June 30, adult tickets are just $22.

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