Catskill Symphony Orchestra Cabaret Raises Over $44,000
The Catskill Symphony Orchestra raised $44,572 Saturday night at the orchestra’s annual cabaret fundraiser. Nearly 500 people attended the CSO cabaret concert at SUNY Oneonta’s Alumni Field House.
The show opened with an acknowledgment of the ongoing war in Ukraine. The orchestra performed the Ukrainian national anthem – “Ukraine has not perished yet”.
Two members of the 52-piece orchestra are Ukrainian. The audience stood respectfully during the anthem.
The first half of the show included the orchestra performing “A Night in Venice: Overture” by Johann Strauss and “Slavic Dances” by Antonin Dvorak, under the direction of maestro Maciej Zoltowski.
After the intermission, the singer Mandy Harvey conducted the cabaret portion of the show, combining the talents of his band and the Catskill Symphony Orchestra. She sang a few Great American Song Book standards along with some of her own original songs. Harvey has a unique personal story. She is a deaf singer-songwriter. Due to a rare disease, she lost her hearing while studying music at Colorado State University.
Harvey overcame her disability through a successful career as a musician, singer, motivational speaker and writer. After appearing on “America’s Got Talent” and being a runner-up on the show, her career took off. His message is that people hope, dream and believe, no matter what.
A popular feature of the cabaret concert is the guest conductor competition. Jake Patterson, replacing his father Paul Patterson who was unable to attend the evening’s events, ended up winning by raising the most funds. Patterson beat Tracy Allen and Matt Grady.
The show ended with Jake Patterson performing a rousing rendition of John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever”.
Townsquare Media radio host Leslie Ann (Classic Hits 103.1fm, 100.3fm, 94.7fm) was the emcee of the evening’s inspirational program.
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