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January 23, 2014

Cabaret Night returning to C'town

Bera Dunau
Cooperstown Crier

---- — Friends of Music and Art’s Cabaret Night will be returning to Cooperstown Friday, Jan. 31.

“It’s a Cooperstown event that’s been going on for 20 years because people love it,” said Julia Greeneberg, a member of FoMA’s board.

Cabaret Night is FoMA’s biggest fundraiser, and is going to be held this year for the 21st time. For Cabaret Night, the Cooperstown High School cafeteria is transformed into a cafe and performance space, where CCS students, faculty and members of the community provide the musical entertainment.

FoMA is a not-for-profit volunteer organization that provides financial support for arts and music programs in the Cooperstown school district.

“It’s like a booster group … for music and arts education,” said Greenberg.

Greenberg says that there’s a wide variety of musical styles performed at the Cabaret, by a number of different performers.

“It’s got a very fresh feeling to it,” said Greenberg.

One of the elements of Cabaret Night entertainment that Greenberg described is that the performers all select what work they will perform themselves. She cited this as a particular positive for the student performers.

“They come up with the material on their own,” said Greenberg. “It’s a wonderful creative outlet for them.”

Some of the acts at this year’s Cabaret Night will be the High School Jazz Bad, soprano Claudia Vetter, who played Fantine in this year’s CCS production of “Les Misérables ,” the Spencer Vann Band and CCS music teacher Sal Salvaggio.

The event will be hosted by Aaron Idelson, and a release promises music ranging from pop to classic rock.

“It’s very, very varied,” said Greenberg.

To help with the cafeteria’s transformation, each table will be decorated by a unique work of art courtesy of CCS’ middle and high school students. The jazz piano of Kurt Ofer will welcome guests at the entrance.

Dinner at Cabaret Night Includes Brooks Chicken Bar-B-Q, rolls, coleslaw, apple sauce and home baked deserts. Half chicken dinners will be sold for $12 and quarter chicken dinners will be sold for $8. Almost all of the supplies for the dinner will be donated by such businesses as Hummel’s Office Supply, Cooperstown General Store and Heller’s Farm.

Attendees will also get to bid on items in a silent auction, all of which have been donated. Some of the organizations that donated to the auction include Glimmerglass Opera, Silver Fox Gift Shop, Council Rock Brewery and Cooperstown Country Club.

The event will run from 5 to 9 p.m. with dinner going from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Last year, Cabaret Night raised $3,400 for FoMA. Some of the ways that FoMA supports art and music for Cooperstown students is by providing thousands of dollars in scholarships each summer for students who want to pursue summer art and music programs and by helping to underwrite the CCS field trip to the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.