Crane Verdi Schedule of Events

The Crane School of Music - 2012

Ann Howard Jones

  The Dorothy Albrecht Gregory Visiting Conductor*

* The partnership of the Dorothy Albrecht Gregory Visiting Conductor Fund, established by Dorothy Albrecht Gregory ’61, and the Adeline Maltzan Crane Chorus Performance Tour Fund, established by Dr. Gary C. Jaquay ’67, brings distinguished conductors to The Crane School of Music for festival performances by the Crane Chorus and Crane Symphony Orchestra, and funds travel for major Crane Chorus performances to venues outside of Potsdam.


(subject to change – please check again closer to the date for possible changes)

All events are open to the public, space permitting. There is no cost for the performance on April 28, but tickets must be reserved at the CPS Box Office (315) 267-2277, or at The Crane School of Music
  (315) 267-2812. Tickets for the Avery Fisher Hall performance on May 1 are available from

Monday, April 23 - Saturday, April 28


Library Hours    

Exhibit: The Legacy of Robert Shaw
Crane Library Lobby


Throughout the week, the Crane Music Library will display artifacts from Spring Festival performances with the legendary American choral conductor, Robert Shaw.

Monday, April 23


7:30-9:00 p.m.    

Conducting Masterclass: Potsdam Community Chorus
Bishop Hall C107


Crane students will conduct movements of Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem for Ann Howard Jones, Director of Choral Activities at Boston University.

Tuesday, April 24


2:00-5:00 p.m.   

Rehearsal: Crane Symphony Orchestra
      Hosmer Concert Hall

      7:00-10:00 p.m.  

Rehearsal: Crane Chorus
Hosmer Concert Hall

Wednesday, April 25


Noon-12:50 p.m.  

ACDA Lunch with Ann Howard Jones
Green Room

Members and friends of the American Choral Directors Association are welcome to bring lunches to the Green Room for a social hour with Ann Howard Jones.

      1:00-2:45 p.m.   

      Voice Masterclass: Margaret Lattimore ’91, mezzo-soprano
Snell Theater

      3:00-4:00 p.m. 

      Student Q&A with Ann Howard Jones
      Wakefield Recital Hall

      7:00-10:00 p.m. 

      Rehearsal: Crane Chorus & Crane Symphony Orchestra
      Hosmer Concert Hall

Thursday, April 26


12:30-1:45 p.m.    

Music Education Workshop: “A Walk Through Verdi’s Requiem”
      Presenters: Audrey Saccone, Chelsea Zalikowski, Dr. Carleen Graham
      Wakefield Recital Hall
    Students of Dr. Carleen Graham will present a series of lesson plans that they created for distribution to music educators throughout the state of New York.     

      2:00-4:00 p.m.    

      Rehearsal: Crane Symphony Orchestra and Soloists
Hosmer Concert Hall

      4:15-5:30 p.m.

      Lecture: “Verdi’s Requiem in Historical Performances”
      Presented by Gary Galo (Audio Engineer Emeritus, The Crane School of Music)
      Wakefield Recital Hall


This presentation will survey important recordings of Giuseppi Verdi's Messa da Requiem, beginning with the first complete recording of the work, conducted by Carlo Sabajno in 1929, and ending in the mid-1960s with Carlo Maria Giulini. Other conductors heard in this presentation will include Arturo Toscanini (who left no less than six recordings of the work), Victor de Sabata, Fritz Reiner, Tullio Serafin and Herbert von Karajan. Singers will include Zinka Milanov, Leontyne Price, Ebe Stigniani, Jussi Bjoerling, Beniamino Gigli, Ezio Pinza, and Nicolai Ghiaurov.


      7:00-10:00 p.m. 

      Rehearsal: Crane Chorus & Crane Symphony Orchestra
      Hosmer Concert Hall

Friday, April 27


1:00-2:00 p.m.     

Student Q&A with Guest Soloists
      Wakefield Recital Hall
    Students will have the opportunity to ask questions of guest soloists Kelly Kaduce (soprano), Margaret Lattimore ‘91 (mezzo-soprano), Dimitri Pittas ’99 (tenor), and Charles Temkey (bass).   

      3:00-4:30 p.m.  

      Lecture: “A Man Like Verdi Must Write Like Verdi: Religion, Theatricality, and the Requiem”
      Presented by Linda Fairtile (Head, University of Richmond Music Library)
      Wakefield Recital Hall

      7:30-10:00 p.m.     

      Dress Rehearsal: Verdi’s Messa da Requiem
Hosmer Concert Hall

Saturday, April 28


10:30-11:45 a.m.      

Lecture: “Significant Elements of Crane Chorus, Robert Shaw, and the Spring
Festival of the Arts”
Presented by Jane Subramanian ’72 (SUNY Potsdam Librarian and College Archivist Emerita)
Wakefield Recital Hall

This presentation will include some brief basics regarding the history of Crane Chorus in general and some highlights regarding Robert Shaw's appearances as guest conductor of Crane Chorus. Several Interesting quotations written in correspondence from Robert Shaw to Helen Hosmer will be included. Examples of two or three brief audio excerpts from Crane Chorus performances will be played as part of the presentation. The expansion of the music based festival to a fuller festival including all of the arts on our campus will also be explored.   

      Noon-12:30 p.m. 

      Photograph Tour with Nelly Case (Professor, The Crane School of Music)
    Hosmer Lobby
    Join Professor Nelly Case for a tour of the historic photographs in and around the lobby of Hosmer Concert Hall.

      2:00-3:45 p.m.   

      Lecture: “In Pursuit of a Reluctant Maestro: The Life and Music of Robert Shaw”
      Presented by Keith Burris (Author, Deep River: The Life and Music of Robert Shaw)
      Wakefield Recital Hall

      3:45-4:15 p.m.  

      Book Signing by SUNY Potsdam Faculty
      Wakefield Recital Hall Lobby


      Nelly Case
      Worry Early - The Life of Brock McElheran
    Helen Hosmer - The Spirit of Crane


      Virginia Cayey & Jane Subramanian
      State University of New York at Potsdam


      Caron Collins      
      Messengers of Music - The Legacy of Julia E. Crane

    6:15-7:00 p.m. 

      Pre-Concert Lecture: Verdi’s Messa da Requiem
Presented by Linda Fairtile (University of Richmond)
      Hosmer Concert Hall

      7:30 p.m.   

      Concert: Verdi’s Messa da Requiem
Ann Howard Jones, Conductor
      Kelly Kaduce, Soprano
      Margaret Lattimore, Mezzo-Soprano
      Dimitri Pittas, Tenor
      Charles Temkey, Bass
      Crane Chorus & Crane Symphony Orchestra
      Hosmer Concert Hall

This concert will be broadcast live at:

A second performance will be given on Tuesday, May 1 at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City.  For more information, visit