Al Rubin, president, A&D Transport Services, which provides taxi and medical transport services in Central New York and the Southern Tier, took the honor of leading the The Catskill Symphony Orchestra in ‘Stars And Stripes Forever’ during this year’s Guest Conductor Competition at the SUNY Alumni Field House this evening. At right, Libby Cudmore, Managing Editor of The Freeman’s Journal, Hometown Oneonta and AllOTSEGO.com, challenged the audience to help her write the headline “Symphony Raises Record Amount” and they delivered, bringing in $46,321 by the evening’s end. Also in the competition was Cindy Donaldson, choral music director for Oneonta Middle School, director of First Presbyterian Church Choir and conductor of the Catskill Choral Society Children and Youth Choir. Laura Dohner, executive director of the Catskill Symphony Orchestra, said, “Not only was it the most money we have raised, it was the closest competition we’ve had on record.”(Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MARCH 9
CABARET CONCERT – 7:30 p.m. Catskill Symphony’s annual Cabaret Concert, featuring the Sultans of String and guest conductor Paul Massey, as well as the annual Conductor Contest. Alumni Field House, SUNY Oneonta. Visit catskillsymphony.net/news-events/upcoming-events.html
By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
ONEONTA – In a night of wonderful music and plenty of laughter, the Catskill Symphony Orchestra welcomed three guest conductors to the stage as part of their annual fund-raising event at SUNY Oneonta’s Alumni Field House.
Jim Havener, Sarah Manchester, and Craig Van Cott all took to the conductor’s stand to try their hand at conducting an orchestra.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAR. 11
CABARET – 7:30 p.m. Featuring the Catskill Symphony Orchestra and entrants to the guest conductor competition, Les Grummons, Jeff Joyner, and Neal Miller. SUNY Oneonta Alumni Field House. Info, catskillsymphony.net
KNITTING MAKERSPACE – 12:30-2 p.m. Experience and beginner knitters invited to share experience. Special guests from the library knitting club. Cooperstown Village Library. Info, www.villagelibraryofcooperstown.org/calendar
OPERA – 12:55 p.m. “La Traviata.” The Met streaming live in HD. Foothills Performing Arts & Civic Center, 24 Market St., Oneonta. Cost $18/seniors, $20/adults, 10/students. Season pass $200. Box Office: (607) 431-2080, foothillspac.org/index.php/shows/metropolitan-opera-in-hd/
PLAY READING – 6:30 p.m. Reading of “Sunset Painting” by local playwright Greg Klein. Fenimore Art Museum Auditorium, 5798 NY-80, Cooperstown. Info, www.fenimoreartmuseum.org