Festival artistic director Linda Chesis saw Cooperstown as an ideal location for a music festival. The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival began with three events in 1999, and since then has offered the region more than 100 performances, from classical to contemporary, jazz to bluegrass, cabaret to kids’ concerts. The Festival has featured: Midori, Hank Jones, the American String Quartet, the Tokyo String Quartet, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Tim Fain, Bill Charlap, Hilary Kole, Simone Dinnerstein, and Mark O’Connor. (Complete list of Festival Artists.)
Festival concerts have been featured on Performance Today, America’s most popular classical music radio program, with more than 1.3 million weekly listeners. Concert highlights also can be heard on WCNY, WMHT and WSKG.
2017 marks the 16th year celebrated graphic designer Milton Glaser has created a poster for the Festival. Learn more about Milton Glaser Festival posters here…
The Festival, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is a member of Chamber Music America, the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, Cooperstown/Otsego County Tourism, and the Council of Community Services of New York State, Inc.
Festival news releases and select media coverage are available here.
John Guiton, President
Linda Chesis, Vice President
Artistic Director and Founder: Linda Chesis
Marketing Manager: Peg Odell
Audience Comments about Festival concerts:
• Thank you so much for such an addition to our summer!
• Outstanding, as always
• Consistently love level of performers, presentation, in short everything about the Festival.
• All performances have been superb
• Amazing series and choice of music. Thanks for the hard work!
• It was a treat to see/hear quality music while here on vacation. We hope you have continued success
• Terrific program, wonderful playing
• We had never included the festival in previous vacations here wish we had this is great.
• We love the quality and variety of all the programs we’ve attended for 10 years
• Excellent. Great Performance
• What a pleasure to have this in our area.