Come to the Cabaret with Gatz Cantare

Come to the Cabaret with Gatz Cantare


COPAKE—Copake Grange #935 presents Cabaret Night, “All That ’20s,”

with the Gatz Cantare at the Grange Hall, 628 Empire Road, April 1, from

7 to 8:30 p.m.


This cabaret performance with Vocalist Ilana Meredith, Piano and Accordian Accompanist Joe Rutkowski, and local Historian Jim Mackin; features music from the ’20s… 1720, 1820, 1920  and 2020.


Learn more about composers such as Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Kurt Weill and some cultural history while enjoying some of the tunes that captured the hearts of those from the ’20s and beyond. The performance is recommended for all ages.


Ms. Meredith is a graduate of NYU, Tisch School of the Arts’ BFA Drama program. She has performed at several regional theaters, summer stock companies, and has done commercial/voice-over work. She received her master’s degree in theater education from City College of NY and currently teaches drama and directs the main stage shows at Great Neck

South High School. When not teaching, she continues to study acting in NYC. Since 2018, she has worked with Mr. Rutkowski singing at venues in the Hudson Valley and NYC. To learn more about her work visit


Mr. Rutkowski has entertained audiences in the tri-state area for over 50 years on piano, accordion and clarinet.


Performing his first gig on accordion at the age of 10, he has expanded his repertoire of styles to include classical Mozart and Beethoven to jazz classics, and from Polish and Ukrainian dances to bebop jazz and Jewish klezmer. As a combo player and soloist, Mr. Rutkowski is a 44-year veteran member of Local 802 (American Federation of Musicians). He has performed dozens of jazz programs with his two sons, Ben and Daniel.


Mr. Mackin is an established historian and author of Notable New Yorkers of Manhattan’s Upper West Side: Bloomingdale – Morningside Heights. He lectures widely at many venues and conducts historical tours for such institutions as the New-York Historical Society. He is the president of the Friends of Taconic State Park which has built a railroad to be opened to the public on June 7. He is also a co-director of his local Bloomingdale Neighborhood History group on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Playing guitar and singing only begin to suggest his interest in popular music and its rich history.


This program contains a 15 minute intermission.


Tickets are $10 at the door. A reception follows the show.

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Author: Harlem Valley News