Cooperstown Festival Offers Brazilian and American Jazz

by Peg Odell

The Brubeck Brothers Quartet and the Brasil Guitar Duo will be featured as part of the tenth anniversary season of the Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival. On Saturday, August 9 at 7:30 pm the Brasil Guitar Duo and soprano Sarah Wolfson will perform a dynamic program ranging from Baroque to Bossa Nova. The Brubeck Brothers Quartet will perform Tuesday, August 19 at 7:30 pm at the Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake Street, Cooperstown. The Brubeck Brothers have performed at jazz festivals all over the country including Monterey, Detroit, Sedona, Ravinia and Las Vegas and the Jazz Times Jazz Cruise; with college big bands and conducted workshops and clinics at universities across the country. The BBQ has its own arrangements for not only big band, but symphony orchestras as well. In 2003, Chris was commissioned to write a piece that brought the jazz and classical chamber worlds together. The new work, "Vignettes for Nonet ", for The BBQ and woodwind quintet was such a success that it subsequently has been performed with woodwind quintets from the St Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra and at the Grand Teton Music Festival.

In addition to leading chamber musicians, the Cooperstown festival has featured jazz with the Trio da Paz, the Hank Jones Trio, Stefon Harris Quintet and Bill Charlap, bluegrass with Mark O'Connor's Appalachian Waltz, and cabaret with Amy Burton and John Musto.

Concert Details

Chords and Strings: Soprano Sarah Wolfson and the Brasil Guitar Duo
August 9 7:30 pm (7:00 pm pre-concert chat with the artists)
The Farmers' Museum, 5775 State Hwy 80 (Lake Road) Cooperstown, NY

The Brubeck Brothers Quartet
August 19, 7:30 pm
(Daniel Brubeck, drums and Chris Brubeck, bass and trombone; Mike DeMicco, guitar and Chuck Lamb, piano)
Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake Street, Cooperstown, NY

Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for students (6-18). Tickets can be purchased online,, by calling 877/666-7421, and at the door, as available.

Season continues through August 19
The Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival tenth anniversary season also features the Daedalus Quartet and clarinetist David Shifrin on August 3, Flute Fest at the Otesaga (a free community concert) on August 7, Chords and Strings with The Brasil Guitar Duo on August 9, Trio Solisti and Linda Chesis on August 13, Family Music Fest: Go for Baroque on August 16, Gala 10th Anniversary Concert: The Brandenburg Concertos on August 17, and jazz with the Brubeck Brothers Quartet on August 19. Evening concerts begin at 7:30 pm. Audiences are invited to attend 7 pm pre-concert chats with the artists on the following dates: August 3, 9, 13.
For more information, call toll-free 877- MOOSIC1 (877-666-7421), visit the Festival's web site,, or email Tickets may be purchased on the Festival's web site, by phone, or at the door as available.
The Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. The Festival is made possible with funding by the Otsego County Bed Tax Event Grants Program. Otsego County Tourism, 800/843-3394/ Festival pianos are provided courtesy of Artist Pianos.

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