ONEONTA – Charles Schneider, the music director for the Catskill Symphony Orchestra for more than four decades, has died, according to a statement issued by the CSO.
“The Governing Board of Catskill Symphony Orchestra acknowledges with deep sadness the passing of beloved Maestro Charles Schneider, who was, for forty-five years, Music Director of Catskill Symphony Orchestra,” they wrote in an email sent to subscribers this morning. “His gentlemanly ways, beautiful sense of humor and ability to make everyone feel completely at ease will always live in our hearts. And never to be forgotten are the beautiful concerts that illuminated not only his beloved Catskill Mountains, but our personal lives as well. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and all those who knew him.”
Walking back from his interview with the Catskill Symphony Orchestra board, Maciej Żółtowski, the final of the three contenders for the music director of the CSO, slipped on the ice on the SUNY Oneonta campus and dislocated his right elbow, according to Laurie Zimniewicz, chair of the search committee.
An EMT assisted Żółtowski back to the Red Dragon Building, and an ambulance was called.
Trying to assist Żółtowski, CSO Executive Director Thomas Wolfe fell on the stairs and dislocated his right shoulder, Zimniewicz said. A second ambulance was called and both were treated at the Fox Hospital emergency room.
ONEONTA – The Catskill Symphony Orchestra today announced three leading Greater Oneonta businesspeople will compete in the annual Guest Conductor Contest at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at SUNY Oneonta’s Alumni Field House.
The Mambo Kings, a fusion Afro-Cuban rhythm and contemporary jazz band, will provide the featured entertainment.
MEMORIAL CONCERT – 7:30 p.m. The Oneonta community remembers “Hans & Edith Wilk.” Features the combined voices of the Hartwick College Chorus and SUNY Oneonta Concert Choir performing Mozart’s Symphony #35 Haffner and Requiem with the Catskill Symphony Orchestra. Hunt Union Ballroom, SUNY Oneonta. Info, catskillsymphony.net/news-events/upcoming-events.html
SPIRITUAL ARTS & PSYCHIC FAIR – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 2 day fair featuring reading by psychics, vendors, and workshops to help you heal, and find direction in your life. Oneonta Holiday Inn, 5206 State Highway 23, Oneonta. Info, www.shiftnewyork.com
It was one of the biggest nights ever for the Catskill Symphony Orchestra, which took in $30,864 at its annual Cabaret Concert – its major fundraiser – this evening in SUNY Oneonta’s Dewar Arena. Fox Hospital President Jeff Joyner, top photo, took the title of Guest Conductor, after stiff competition from retired funeral director Les Grummons and Neal Miller, president of Miller Financial Services and the Hartwick College Alumni Association. Chris Brubeck’s trio, Triple Play – headed by Dave Brubeck’s son – provided a rousing second half to the program ranging in style from melancholy to Motown. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)