---- — The Fly Creek Methodist Church will again be transformed into Philharmonic Hall as the Fly Creek Philharmonic takes to the stage at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
“We’ve been doing this for a lot of years now,” says Paula Schaeffer, creative director of the group. “We’re grateful to the church allowing us the space for several months of rehearsals and for our performances.”
Although the church acts as home base, the group has traveled and performed in concert series in the Catskills and Adirondacks, as well as performing live in St. Paul, Minn. on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” radio show. The group was a finalist in the show’s national “Talent from Towns Under 2,000” contest.
The group selects a theme and then builds a show around it. This year the show is titled “Quite the Contrary!” and the theme is opposites.
“I’m sure that the audience will recognize several songs that we’re doing just by their titles, such as ‘Both Sides Now’ or ‘Hello, Goodbye,’” Schaeffer said. “But we always like to mix in a few that most people aren’t familiar with.”
Another tradition that the group has is to select a local charity each year and donate a portion of their ticket sales to support them. This year the group has chosen the Catskill Area Hospice as the recipient.
Philharmonic shows often sell out. If any tickets are remaining, they may be found at Augur’s in Cooperstown. Refreshments will be served after each performance.