Catskill Symphony Orchestra (CSO) closed its 2017-18 concert season on Saturday, April 28, with Maestro Charles Schneider’s Farewell Concert, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hunt Union Ballroom on the SUNY Oneonta campus. Charles Schneider served as the Music Director for the Catskill Symphony Orchestra since 1973 and has received three ASCAP awards for his conducting. He was the founding Music Director of the Glimmerglass Opera, and served in that capacity for thirteen years. He is Co-founder of the Catskill Conservatory and has served on the music faculties of the State University College at Oneonta, Hartwick College, Colgate University, Hamilton College and San Diego State University. The Highly Acclaimed Society for New Music in Syracuse, New York has frequently called upon Mr. Schneider to conduct their productions. In the year 2000, Mr. Schneider received a citation from both the United States Congress and New York State Governor, George Pataki, for his outstanding musical contribution to the mid-state area. The April 28 concert opened with Beethoven’s Overture to Prometheus, C major, Op. 43 followed by John Rutter’s choral work Mass of the Children, both led by Hartwick choral conductor Lee Wright. The Mass featured the combined choruses of Hartwick College, the Oneonta Youth Choir, and members of the Catskill Choral Society and the Octavos Singers (Schenectady). Maestro Charles Schneider conducted the second half of the program in his farewell performance of the 2nd , 3rd , and 4th movements of Symphony No. 5, D minor, Op. 47 by Dmitri Shostakovich. A reception celebrating Maestro Schneider’s long career with the Catskill Symphony Orchestra was held immediately after the performance.
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