Surround Sounds with Ensembles Large & Small in Cooperstown

Romie de Guise-Langlois | Glimmerglass Festival OrchestraCooperstown Summer Music Festival
7:30 pm • Friday, August 11th 2017
Christ Episcopal Church •  Cooperstown, NY

Cherry Valley Artworks: Ensembles Large and Small
7:30 pm • Sunday, August 13th 2017
Star Theater • Cherry Valley, NY

For many, Cooperstown NY is simply about baseball thanks to the Civil War officer Abner Doubleday who has been credited as the inventor of baseball. Cooperstown is to have served as the location of Doubleday’s alleged first game of baseball. Despite the controversy surrounding the validity of the Doubleday myth, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was built in Cooperstown and remains a revered summer sojourn for many embracing baseball’s legacy.

However as many of us know, Cooperstown and the surrounds of Otsego Lake are much more than baseball. From the Farmer’s Museum, Fenimore Art Museum to the Ommegang Brewery, camping and picnicking at Glimmerglass Stage Park, and the Glimmerglass Festival where opera takes center stage. Indeed there is something for just about everyone. And, if chamber music adds delight in your musicking adventures, this weekend in the Cooperstown region may be just the place for your excursions.

On Friday evening, the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival continues its 2017 season with an evening dedicated to the genius of Mozart, featuring his sublime clarinet quintet and clarinetist Romie de Guise-Langlois. The all W.A. Mozart program is to include:

    • Flute Quartet K. 285b in C  Major
    • String Quartet K. 575 in D Major
    • Clarinet Quintet K. 581 in A Major

The performers include Linda Chesis, flute; Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet;  Miho Saegusa and Katherine Fong, violins; Dov Scheindlin, viola; Clancy Newman, ‘cello.

On Sunday evening, the musicians of the Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra are let out of the pit for what has become the annual “Ensembles Large and Small” concert that is presented by Cherry Valley Artworks at The Star Theater in the village of Cherry Valley. This is an opportunity for some musical rollicking through the traditional classical to the contemporary for the passionate performers who spend most of their summer  playing in the darkness of the orchestra pit at the Alice Busch Opera Theater down the road. This year marks season number 7, and now that major rehearsals have come to an end and the Glimmerglass Festival is in full rep for the rest of the season this is their chance to perform works that they have wanted to dig into and have some fun with.

Here’s a sampling of what the program is to include:

    • Louis Spohr — Duo No. 2 for two violins, Op. 67
    • Mike ForbesThe Grumpy Troll for tuba
    • Henri TomasiLe Tombeau de Mireille
    • David Sampson — Suite No. 2 from Notes From Faraway Places
    • Zoltan Kodaly — selected mov’t from Sonata for Solo Cello Op. 8
    • Darius Milhaud — Suite for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, Op. 157b
    • F. Joseph Haydn — Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano
    • Dag Wirén — Serenade for Strings, Op. 11, conducted by Ubaldo Valli
    • George Gershwin — Our Love is Here to Stay
    • Jimmy Van Heusen — Polka Dots and Moonbeams
    • Charlie Parker — Yardbird Suite

The performers for this “Ensembles Large and Small” concert are:

    • clarinet — Pascal Archer
    • bassoon — Mark Timmerman
    • trumpet and flugelhorn — Don Batchelder and Jerry  Bryant
    • tuba — David Saltzman
    • percussion — Matthew McClung
    • piano — David Moody
    • violins — Katherine Hannauer, Ruotao Mao, Jennifer Reuning Myers, Laura Smith, Alexandra Van de Geijn, Heather Wittels
    • violas — Meghan Dewan,, Megan Newman Dyer, Katrina Smith
    • ‘cellos — Dylan Beckerman, Ruth Berry, Janet Nepkie,
    • double bass — David Irvin

If you have never attended one of these concerts, do go. They are engaging, full of camaraderie, and great music-making. In case Sunday evening doesn’t work out for you, the Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra musicians take the stage again at the Pierstown Grange in Cooperstown on Monday evening (click here for details).

Regardless of what sumptuous sounds you take in this weekend, such as The Grumpy Troll below, have fun and happy musicking!

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