Fenimore String Quartet

Ruotao Mao, Joseph Lorang, Ruth Berry, Jennifer Reuning Myers

“Old Friends, New Horizons”

Summer festivals are opportunities for arts professionals to rejuvenate and nourish their creativity through collaborating, learning and socializing with each other in supportive environments. Every summer, the Fenimore String Quartet members leave their homes from all over the United States and travel to beautiful upstate New York for 10 weeks of “work and play”. These world-class musicians work with the Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra (Cooperstown/Springfield Center, NY), and whenever they have time off they immerse themselves in great chamber music repertoire.

The Fenimore Quartet blends the experience of seasoned chamber players with the richness of long friendships to create a perfect backdrop for the exciting musical collaborations which are fast becoming an eagerly awaited summer treat at the Cherry Valley New York Artworks Concert Series and the surrounding area communities in beautiful upstate New York.

From Beethoven to Tangos, you are sure to find something you love on the Fenimore’ s musical menu!

Here are some links to Catlin and Shipman history: (Based upon this research, we were fascinated to learn that Edward Catlin and Kitt Shipman first met when he traveled from Boston to Springfield Center as guest conductor for the Springfield Center Town Band. Other intriguing history involves the Shipman Family Tree and Leatherstocking Tales history: yes, we considered calling ourselves the “Natty Bumppo String Quartet”!)

Ruth Berry (and her builder/craftsman Dev Kernan) won the 2013 Renaissance Award for Historic Preservation from Otsego 2000. In 2017, the reception for the annual awards ceremony will be held at the chapel.

The Kitt Shipman Catlin Memorial Chapel (1900): Springfield Center, NY (where the Quartet rehearses)

The “Sleeping Lion” at Lake Otsego, Cooperstown, NY
The “Sleeping Lion” at Lake Otsego, Cooperstown, NY

The Glimmerglass Festival's Alice Busch Opera Theater. Photo: Claire McAdams.
The Glimmerglass Festival’s Alice Busch Opera Theater.
Photo: Claire McAdams.


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