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Cooperstown Summer Music Festival Opening Night! Birds of Paradise: Music for Winds and Piano
Otesaga Resort Hotel
Cooperstown, NY
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Thank you for your interest in the Birds of Paradise concert. Online and phone sales have now ended. You may purchase tickets at the door, beginning at 6:15 pm at the Otesaga Hotel. Tickets will be on sale until the event has sold out.


Cooperstown Summer Music Festival Opening Night! Birds of Paradise: Music for Winds and Piano
Francaix Quartet
Britten"Pan" from Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, Op. 49
Debussy Syrinx
Mozart Quintet in E flat major for Piano and Winds, K. 452
Robert Sirota Birds of Paradise
Poulenc Sextet

Opening Night features a 7 pm pre-concert talk by Cornell Lab of Ornithology scientist Ed Scholes, noted American composer Robert Sirota and Festival artistic director Linda Chesis. Scholes, an evolutionary biologist, spent 8 years and 18 expeditions scientifically documenting all 39 species of the birds-of-paradise family with National Geographic photographer Tim Laman.

Inspired by the incredible sights and sounds captured by Scholes' Birds-of-Paradise Project, Chesis and Sirota are creating a new multi-media work that combines a live performance of his 2008 composition Birds of Paradise with videos from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.  You will hear authentic bird calls interlaced with Sirota's musical evocation of bird song. Experience this unusual synthesis of science, nature and music.

While there is a rich musical tradition of woodwinds representing birds,  this program also displays their extraordinary range, from the insouciance of the Francaix Quartet and the evergreen charm of the Poulenc Sextet to the work Mozart referred to as "the best thing I have ever written."

Performers: Linda Chesis, flute; James Roe, oboe; Marianne Gythfeldt, clarinet; Adrian Morejon, bassoon; Zohar Schondorf, French Horn; and Pedja Muzijevic, piano

If you prefer to order tickets by phone, please call the Brown Paper Tickets hotline, which is open 24/7, 1-800-838-3006. Thank you.

You can view 5 large banners featuring Birds-of-Paradise Project images hanging on the Village Library Building, 22 Main Street in Cooperstown, diagonally across from the National Baseball Hall of Fame.



Otesaga Resort Hotel (View)
60 Lake Street
Cooperstown, NY 13326
United States

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Music > Classical

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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