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Glimmerglass Festival

Bill Murray To Perform At Glimmerglass Festival

Bill Murray To Perform

At Glimmerglass Festival

Bill Murray

COOPERSTOWN – Bill Murray, star of “Groundhog Day” “Ghostbusters” and “Lost in Translation” will perform at the Glimmerglass Festival in a performance with cellist Jan Vogler on Tuesday, July 24, 2018.

Their performance, “New Worlds” will feature Murray singing and reading, including such selections as “It Ain’t Necessarily So” from “Porgy and Bess,” performed as part of this year’s Festival. New Worlds stems from Murray and Vogler’s curiosity in each other’s artistic worlds, and mixes the two together.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, AUGUST 8
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, AUGUST 8

Music From The Diaspora

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KLEZMER CONCERT – 5 p.m. The Big Galute Klezmer ensemble presents a dazzling variety of music from the Jewish Diaspora’s many homelands. The Pavillion, Glimmerglass Festival Campus, 7300 St. Hwy. 80, Cooperstown. Call (607)547-2255 or visit glimmerglass.org

HEALTH SCREENING – 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free mammograms and pelvic exams for the uninsured and under-insured. Morris Fire Department, 117 East Main St., Morris. Call 1-888-345-0225

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, JULY 17
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, JULY 17

Discussing Art

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ARTIST TALK – 5:30 p.m. Music Director Joseph Colaneri and this years Artist in Residence William Burden who sings Justice Scalia in the opera ‘Scalia/Ginsburg’ will discuss Burden’s very successful career and his roles and the importance of the Artist in Residence Program. Reception will follow. Admission, free to members, non-members $5. Pavilion, Glimmerglass Festival Campus, Cooperstown. Reservation, Winnie Olsen @ (570)685-7204 or Rita Emanuel @ (607)286-9288 by 7/15

MEDIUMSHIP DEMONSTRATION – 6-8 p.m. Bring Questions, Learn to connect with Loved Ones. All Welcome, $25 admission. 404 Ed Herman Rd., Westford. RSVP storyducey@gmail.com call Rev. Story Lucile (607)638-5111 or visit www.darlinghillfarmretreat.com

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2018 Opera Schedule Announced

Opera Schedule Announced!

The Glimmerglass Festival has announced the schedule for their 2018 season. Including great artists like Margaret Atwood, author of “The Handmaids Tale,” Eric Owens, Rosanne Cash, and more the festival will once again be exploring themes of home and country.

To view the anouncement CLICK HERE! 

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JUNE 29
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JUNE 29

Lucia & Levi In Neahwa Park

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SUMMER CONCERT SERIES – 7 p.m. Presenting “Lucia & Levi” for the first performance at the Bandstand, Neahwa Park, Oneonta. www.oneonta.ny.us/departments/parks-and-recreation/summer-concert-series/

MAMMOVAN VISIT – 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Get free mammograms, clinical breast exams, pap tests, and pelvic exams for no cost at Bassett Healthcares Mammovan. Walk-ins welcome. Family Planning of South Central New York, 37 Dietz St., Oneonta. www.facebook.com/pg/FPSCNY/events/

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, JUNE 12
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, JUNE 12

Oneonta Outlaws Home Game

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HOME GAME – 7 p.m. The Oneonta Outlaws vs. Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs. Damaschke Field, Oneonta. Info, www.oneontaoutlaws.com/teams/default.asp?u=ONEONTAOUTLAWS&s=baseball&p=home

TALKING OPERA – 7 p.m. Kevin Miller, a Glimmerglass Festival Principal Coach/Accompanist, will lead a program focusing on the great American opera “Porgy and Bess.” Christ Church Parish Hall, 69 Fair St., Cooperstown.

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Glimmerglass Festival Brings ‘Stomping Grounds’ To Town

Glimmerglass Fest Premieres

‘Stomping Grounds’ In County

Victor Simonson, Aidan Kahl, Rachel Duval and Jawan Jenkins go through the first reading of “Stomping Grounds” at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The show will be premiered in Otsego County, beginning this coming Monday at SUNY Oneonta. (Lucas Godlewski photo)

COOPERSTOWN – Warming up for its summer season, The Glimmerglass Festival is bring a world-premiere hip-hop opera, “Stomping Grounds,” to Otsego County and Upstate New York over the next few weeks, beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, May 8, at SUNY Oneonta’s Center for Multi-Cultural Experiences.

Another local performance will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, at the Cooperstown Farmers Market.  No tickets are required for either show.   Performances are also planned at Cherry Valley-Springfield and Cooperstown central schools, and Oneonta Middle School.

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Justice Ginsburg: Fear Not, Constitution Getting Better
BIG DRAW AT GLIMMERGLASS

Justice Ginsburg: Fear Not,

Constitution Getting Better

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is surrounded by the Glimmerglass Festival's Young Artists after addressing a near-capacity crowd at the Alice Busch Opera Theatre Friday.  (Karli Cadel/Glimmerglass Festival)
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is surrounded by the Glimmerglass Festival’s Young Artists after addressing a near-capacity crowd at the Alice Busch Opera Theatre Friday. (Karli Cadel/Glimmerglass Festival)

By JIM KEVLIN • for www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – Don’t despair, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg reassured her fellow Americans in an almost full 914-seat Alice Busch Opera Theatre this afternoon:  Today’s dissents are often tomorrow’s majorities.

“Our Constitution has not changed, but our interpretation of it has become more perfect,” said the dean of the high court, an opera fan who has spoken to fellow fans at an annual fundraiser for five years now.  The 5-foot-1 jurist – arguably, she has now spent more time in Otsego County than any justice since Cooperstown’s Samuel Nelson – was greeted with a standing ovation, wild applause and cheers; the audience gave an encore at the end.

Ginsburg’s remarks on the Constitution came during a Q&A following a 90-minute “matinee” featuring nine opera selections that related to the law, ranging Bizet’s “Carmen” to Jake Heggie’s “Dead Man Walking” to “Stay, Frederic, Stay,” from “The Pirates of Penzance,” with observations by the justice in between.

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Great Score Overcomes Bland ‘Sweeney’ Setting
NIGHT AT THE OPERA

 Great Score Overcomes

Bland ‘Sweeney’ Setting

By PAT THORPE • Review for www.AllOTSEGO.com

A flat set disappointed some opera-goers, by Greer Grimsley's performance as "Sweeney" and Sondheim score offers compensation. (Karli Cadel/Glimmerglass Opera)
A flat set disappointed some opera-goers, by Greer Grimsley’s performance as “Sweeney” and Sondheim score offers compensation. (Karli Cadel/Glimmerglass Opera)

COOPERSTOWN – Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd” has been described as “operatic” since its debut in 1979 and it didn’t take long for this musical thriller to move to the opera house.

John DeMain conducted Sweeney’s operatic debut in 1984 and has probably led more performances than anyone on Earth – very good reasons the Glimmerglass Festival orchestra sails with confidence and power through Sondheim’s complex rhythms and unexpected harmonies under his baton.

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NY’s Attorney General In County This Weekend

NY’s Attorney General

In County This Weekend

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is in the Cooperstown area this weekend, posing here last evening at the annual county Democratic Dinner at Village Trustee Richard Sternberg's Westridge Road home.  From left are county Chairman Richard Abbate, Assemblyman Bill Magee, D-Nelson, Schneiderman, Dr. Sternberg and Zephyr Teachout, Democratic candidate for the 19th Congressional District.  This afternoon at 4, Schneiderman will appear at a Glimmerglass Festival forum, discusses the current applications of "The Crucible."  The operatic adaption of Arthur Miller's play is part of the festival's 2016 season.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is in the Cooperstown area this weekend, posing here last evening at the annual county Democratic Dinner at Village Trustee Richard Sternberg’s Westridge Road home.  From left are county Chairman Richard Abbate, Assemblyman Bill Magee, D-Nelson, Schneiderman, Dr. Sternberg and Zephyr Teachout, Democratic candidate for the 19th Congressional District.  This afternoon at 4, Schneiderman will appear at a Glimmerglass Festival forum, discussing the current applications of “The Crucible.”  The operatic adaption of Arthur Miller’s play is part of the festival’s 2016 season.
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