COOPERSTOWN – The recent, and almost sudden, appearance of Fenimore Chamber Orchestra on the scene in Cooperstown certainly has garnered salvos from every area. Needless to say, Maestro Żołtówski’s rich international background has brought about an extraordinary fabric of different styles and the ease in which those styles are communicated via conducting.
When asked who provided him with the greatest influence, without any hesitation, Maestro Żołtówski replied, “Krzysztof Penderecki. When I met him for the first time, I must say I was in awe of this man. After all, by that time he was already a living legend. On one occasion, I can hear him as if it were yesterday, he told me to never let go of my artistic vision and never give up!”
MUSIC FESTIVAL – 4 – 6 p.m. The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival presents its last concert of the season featuring the American String Quartet, returning to the festival with acclaimed French cellist Philippe Mueller and Festival Artistic Director, flutist Linda Chesis for a program of works by Joseph Haydn and Aaron Jay Kernis, as well as Schubert’s sublime String Quintet. Tickets, $30/adult. Christ Episcopal Church, 46 River St., Cooperstown. Visit cooperstownmusicfest.org
COOPERSTOWN – Father Dane Boston, four-year rector at Christ Church Episcopal, today advised his congregation he is returning to Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia, S.C., as dean, the ranking position after that of bishop.
The upcoming Christmas service will be his last locally, he said.
The announcement comes at a time of transition in the Cooperstown clergy:
The littlest dancer, Ava Salzman, 7, of South Hartwick, performing with the Iona Troupe, charmed the crowd at the St. Patrick’s Day luncheon that followed Sunday mass at Christ Episcopal Church in Cooperstown at noon today. The full range of St. Patty’s cuisine was available, including two types of corned beef, one steeped in Fly Creek Cider Mill cider, according to chef Bill Waller. Inset, Ava receives congratulations from her brother Henry, 7 months, who is in mom Amanda’s arms. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Parishioner Rebecca Odell carries a huge wreath into Cooperstown’s Christ Episcopal Church, where members of the congregation at this hour are decorating the altar and nave for Christmas services. At right, Carol Waller, right, and Peg Odell prepare arrangements for the end of every other pew on the main aisle. The church’s flower budget was doubled this year by a contribution from Eric and Patricia Slater. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
TALKING OPERA – 7 p.m. Director Tomer Zvulun and Conductor Nicole Paiement share perspectives on Pulitzer prize-winning opera “Silent Night.” Parish Hall, Christ Episcopal Church, 69 Fair St., Cooperstown. Call 607-547-2255 or visit www.facebook.com/glimmerglassfestival/
BOOK SIGNING – 5 – 7 p.m. Get your copy of “Lewis Hine: Photographer and American Progressive,” signed by the author Tim Duerden and enjoy a presentation about the famous photograher. The Green Toad Bookstore, 198 Main St., Oneonta. Call 607-433-8898 or visit www.facebook.com/TheGreenToadBookstore/
DEMO NIGHT – 6 – 7 p.m. Watch students of Cooperstown Equestrian Park perform a drill team, dressage, vaulting demonstrations. Ice cream included. Cooperstown Equestrian Park, 3444 Co. Hwy. 11, Hartwick. Call 585-797-7256 or visit www.facebook.com/CooperstownEquestrianProperties/
TALKING OPERA – 7 p.m. Discuss “West Side Story” with Board Member Richard Johnson and Abby Rodd, director of production. Parish Hall, Christ Episcopal Church, 69 Fair St., Cooperstown. Call 607-547-2255 or visit www.facebook.com/glimmerglassfestival/
OPENING RECEPTION – 5 – 7 p.m. The first exhibit of the year “Green: Mixing A Secondary Color with Secondary Meanings.” Featuring music by Mike Herman and refreshments by Origin Cafe. The Smithy, 55 Pioneer St., Cooperstown. Call 607-547-9777 or visit www.smithyarts.org
TALKING OPERA – 7 p.m. Discuss “The Odyssey” as performed by the youth opera with writer, dramaturg, librettist, Kelly Rourke. Parish Hall, Christ Episcopal Church, 69 Fair St., Cooperstown. Call 607-547-2255 or visit www.facebook.com/glimmerglassfestival/
OPENING RECEPTION – 5 – 7 p.m. Exhibit “To Grow A Farmer,” a photographic essay of farming families in upstate New York. Project Space Gallery, Fine Arts Center, SUNY Oneonta. Call 607-436-3456 or visit oneonta.campuslabs.com/engage/event/1977291
WRITERS SALON – 7:30 – 9 p.m. Present your writing at the open mic then enjoy a reading by the featured author John Verdon, author of the Dave Gurney series of mystery thrillers – international bestsellers. Community Arts Network of Oneonta, Wilber Mansion, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Call 607-432-2070 or visit www.canoneonta.org/event/writers-salon-john-verdon/?instance_id=978
ART OF ANATOMY – 2 p.m. Discover how artists and doctors have collaborated in the study of the human body over time and what they have learned from each other. Learn it all at this lecture by artist/MD Allison Hill-Edgar. Tickets, $15. The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. www.fenimoreartmuseum.org/Vanitas-Dissected
FABULOUS FRIDAY – 5-8 p.m. Enjoy a Car Show by Wahl to Wahl Auto and delicious brownies by the Oneonta History Center ($1.50/brownie). Main Street, Oneonta. Call (607)432-2941 or visit www.facebook.com/oneontafabulousfridays/