The Cabaret concert is CSO’s major fundraiser for the year, Wolfanger said; the guest conductor competition typically raises between $15,000 and $20,000 in donations.
For the second half of the concert, klezmer group Big Galut(e) will join the orchestra, with CSO’s principal clarinetist as a featured performer. According to a media release from CSO, the group “blends history, passion, energy and humor in its performances of Yiddish music of the Old and New World.”
The members of Big Galut(e) play the accordion, guitar, bass, violin and clarinet. They have appeared in concert as far away as Hawaii, and locally to sold out audiences as part of the Stamford Friends of Music series and the Cherry Valley Artworks annual summer series.
During the week leading up to Saturday’s concert, the group performed for residents at The Plains at Parish Homestead in Oneonta, and for elementary school students in Otego and Unadilla.
General admission tickets, at $40, sold out earlier in the week, but half-price tickets at the back of the house were still available Friday and any remaining tickets would be available at the door, Wolfanger said Friday. For more information, visit catskillsymphony.net.
The concert is sponsored by Tom Morgan and Erna McReynolds and the Morgan McReynolds Group at Morgan Stanley in memory of Wendy Brown. Additional support is provided by Benson Agency Real Estate. The performance is also made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.