COOPERSTOWN –Two weeks after high school boys allegedly attacked another student and shouted homophobic slurs, the Cooperstown Board of Trustees voted in its meeting this morning “unanimously and loudly” to strengthen a 2016 proclamation that the village welcomes people of all backgrounds and does not tolerate acts of bigotry.
“I think it’s important to reiterate how much we in Cooperstown deplore racist and homophobic behavior,” said Richard Sternberg, one of the Trustees who spearheaded the action and vote. “I found it very heartening we did this.”
CONCERT – 7:30 p.m. Start performance season with award winning Violinist William Hagen performing Violin Concerto by Felix Mendelssohn with Catskill Symphony Orchestra. Ballroom, Hunt College Union, SUNY Oneonta. 607-436-2670 or visit catskillsymphony.net/news-events/upcoming-events.html
TRACTOR FEST – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Explore world of tractors, from through exhibits, demonstrations, activities for young and old, more. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1450 or visit www.farmersmuseum.org/Tractor-Fest
GOLF TOURNAMENT – 8:30 a.m. Par for Paws 18-hole tournament invites players, sponsors to support the Susquehanna Animal Shelter. Great for golfers who love the game, animals, historic setting. Registration, $300/team. Otsego Golf Club, 144 Pro Shop Dr., Springfield Center. 607-547-8111 or visit www.facebook.com/Susquehanna-Animal-Shelter-121696841223218/
FESTIVAL OF COLORS – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 24th annual quilt show features works by area quilting clubs Fenimore quilt club, “Winter Wonderland” quilt guild, “It’s A Mystery” ladies of sew nice. Includes demonstrations of various quilting skills. See 250+ examples of fine quilts, support historic, tudor style inn. Admission, $5 donation. The Major’s Inn, 104 Marion Ave., Gilbertsville. 607-783-2967 or visit www.themajorsinn.com
Opera lovers gathered in the ballroom of the Otesaga hotel on Saturday morning to hear author James Stewart speak with Francesca Zambello about Opera uniqueness as an art form, and how Glimmerglass is branding their performance experience to their customers while moving the medium forward into the future. The talk also included various musical numbers by guest singers. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
CONCERT – 7 – 8 p.m. Glimmerglass Opera Young Artist Quartet performs mix of opera, classic musical theater, including selections from West Side Story. Huntington Park, Oneonta. 607-432-1980 or visit hmloneonta.org/calendar/
THEATER – 1:30 p.m. Showing “Silent Night.” About the Christmas Eve Truce between German, Scottish, French soldiers during WWI. Cost, $26-$126. Glimmerglass Festival, 7300 St. Hwy. 80, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-2255 or visit glimmerglass.org/events/silent-night/
COOPERSTOWN – Word has been received that Jacqueline Taliaferro Amols, the first president of Glimmerglass Opera, who lived in Cooperstown for 40 years before moving to New Orleans in 2010, passed away quietly on Aug. 26, 2017. She was 91 years old.
Jacqueline grew up as a member of a military family, residing on many different posts both in the U.S. and abroad. Her father, Army Col. Edward H. Taliaferro, Jr., born and raised in Bunkie, La., served his country first in World War I, then again in World War II.
SPRINGFIELD CENTER – Leland Arthur Harvey, 90, a farmer, contractor and the Glimmerglass Opera’s first maintenance director, passed away on Aug. 30, 2017, at home with family by his side.
Leland was born on Aug. 5, 1927, in Salt Springville to Arthur William and Bertha Ripple Harvey.
Leland worked his family farm in Salt Springville until 1956, then built homes with C. David Smith as a skilled carpenter, plumber and electrician. He joined the Glimmerglass Opera when it opened as its present site.
WATER SAFETY – 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free class where kids can learn how to be safe around water. Week long event for kids. Wilber Park Pool, Oneonta. www.oneontaymca.org
K-9 PRESENTATION – 7-8:15 p.m. The State Police K-9 unit present on how the dogs are trained to help police in their work. Bring your own blanket and lawn chair. Cooperstown Village Library Lawn. www.facebook.com/VillageLibraryOfCooperstown
MUSICAL – 8 p.m. Presenting “On Golden Pond” starring Carol Dean and Gary E. Stevens. Tickets, $10-15. The Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. Call 607-432-5047 or visit foothillspac.org
FISH FRY BENEFIT – 5-7 p.m. Order haddock, coleslaw, fries, dessert, and coffee or tea. $10 to benefit the Greater Oneonta Historical Society. VFW, 279 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Call (607)432-0494 or visit www.oneontany.com/VETSCLUB/
Editor’s Note: Cooperstown’s Sam Goodyear has alerted us that Peter Macris, founder of Orpheus Theater, the Glimmerglass Opera and the Foothills Performing Arts Center, passed away early Saturday. In recent years he has been living in Suffield, Conn., near his daughter. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Meanwhile, here is an appreciation of Macris that Goodyear delivered in 2008 at a testimonial for the giant figure in the development of Otsego County’s arts community.
PETER MACRIS: Man of the Arts
You remember where you were, if you were alive then, when you heard the news that John Kennedy had been assassinated. Similarly you remember where you were when you heard about the attack on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Catastrophes seem to make an indelible mark on us.
But there are happy markers, too. How about Man’s first landing on the Moon? That was a moment for wonder and celebration, all right, not to be forgotten. In that same category I put an evening in March of 1976, at my grandmother’s house at the north end of Otsego Lake. It was on that occasion that I met Peter and Ursula Macris.
For more than 20 years, Glimmerglass Opera has brought baroque opera to life, convincing audiences that opera from the 17th and 18th centuries overflows with compelling drama and beautiful music. But even baroque enthusiasts were puzzled at the choice of “Cato in Utica,” by Antonio Vivaldi, for the 40th Anniversary season.
Vivaldi is a fount of melody in his familiar orchestral writing, but as an opera composer – he composed over 40 operas, mostly lost today – he strictly followed the opera seria formula. “Cato,” dating from 1737, was one of his big hits, in spite of having long stretches of recitative, no duets and no ensembles. Vivaldi’s music for Act I disappeared centuries ago, and the opera’s endings – there have been several – are an ambiguous muddle. Add a plot by Metastasio that defies reason and history and you might wonder if anyone could make this opera a success.
As the curtain rises, all doubts disappear. Set designer John Conklin has brought a soaring Piranesi ruin to the stage, glowing red and copper as if lit by the dying embers of the Roman Republic. Tazewell Thompson, bringing fresh vision in his debut as a baroque director, disposes of the opera’s first act by using an eloquent scrim to introduce the six characters during the opening orchestral sinfonia.
Cato is the Republic’s preeminent statesman, general, orator and Stoic philosopher; “I am Rome,” he declares. Revered for his incorruptibility, he is also arrogant, stubborn and an angry and abusive father. Thomas Michael Allen thoroughly embodies Cato, his imposing height and classical profile creating an indelible figure along with his impeccable baroque technique.
Julius Caesar has been Cato’s enemy for decades. Now that Pompey is dead, he alone of the triumvirate remains and he is on the verge of absolute power. Only Cato stands in his way. John Holiday has already seized power in the baroque world as the best young countertenor, and he easily conquers the audience with Caesar’s show-stopping battle aria, “Se in campo armato.”
Metastasio was more interested in love than war, so he manufactured romance in the midst of armed confrontation. Pompey’s widow, Emilia (Sarah Mesko, with a strong and wide-ranging mezzo), has vowed to take revenge on Caesar for her husband’s death; she seduces the Roman legate, Fulvio (Allegra De Vita, excellent in this pants role) to assist her plot. Marzia, Cato’s daughter (Megan Samarin, strong-willed but vulnerable), is secretly in love with Caesar but has been promised by Cato to Arbace (Eric Jurenas, an outstanding new countertenor), the ruler of Numidia.
Ryan Brown, founder of Opera Lafayette in Washington, D.C., conducts the expert small orchestra, including a talented continuo trio of harpsichord, baroque cello and theorbo. The music is glorious, filled with memorable melody and dazzling ornamentation; the performances are superb all around. And the finale is a stroke of dramatic genius, cutting through centuries of confusion with single deeply moving tableau. Glimmerglass has brought yet another forgotten treasure back to triumphant life.