New CPS Season Allows Public to 'Experience Legendary Artistry'


Soprano Lisa Vroman, a member of SUNY Potsdam’s Class of 1979, is a star of Broadway and the opera stage.

Community Performance Series is pleased to announce its upcoming season, featuring legendary artists and programs for the whole family, beginning this September and continuing through May 2011.

The 2010-11 CPS Guest Artist Series will bring the music of five renowned performers to SUNY Potsdam, including Crane School of Music alumna Lisa Vroman, famous for her Broadway portrayal of Christine Daaé in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” and Emanuel Ax, a seven-time Grammy Award-winner known as one of the most popular and respected pianists in the world.

"Community Performance Series strives to be a leader in arts programming in Northern New York,” said Kathy Olsen, executive director of CPS. “This season offers a broad range of artistic options and we're thrilled to add professional theater to our 2010-11 season."

Audiences of all ages will enjoy the family-friendly programs in CPS’s Meet the Arts series. This season will showcase puppetry, modern dance, cultural music and movie score selections from The Orchestra of Northern New York (ONNY).

Several special events will take place this season, including the 11th Annual Ranlett Organ Recital, featuring Scott Dettra from Washington's National Cathedral; a holiday concert combining the talent of the American Boychoir with ONNY under the music direction of Kenneth Andrews, and two Shakespeare plays by The Acting Company.

Season tickets are now on sale and can be purchased through the CPS Box Office, located in Snell Hall on the SUNY Potsdam campus, by calling (315) 267-2277, or visiting Individual event tickets will be available for purchase beginning Aug. 23.

Enjoy everything CPS has to offer this season by subscribing to the Guest Artist Series and/or Meet the Arts and save 20 percent. Become a Guest Artist Series Subscriber by purchasing tickets to all five events and receive the best seat options, best prices, invitations to special events, and a discount on CPS special event ticket prices. New this year, you can become a Meet the Arts Subscriber by purchasing tickets to all four events and receive the best seat options and prices. 

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Here’s a sneak peek at the season schedule and visiting artists in the 2010-11 CPS Season:


• Lisa Vroman, “How Can I Keep From Singing,” Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall: This concert will coincide with the kick-off of the yearlong celebration of the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Crane School of Music.

• REBEL Ensemble for Baroque Music, Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Hosmer Hall: The New York-based ensemble has a unique, expressive and provocative approach to the Baroque and Classical repertoire.

• Mambo Legends Orchestra, Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Hosmer Hall: The former musicians of the Tito Puente Orchestra bring incredible music to an international audience.

• Emanuel Ax, McElheran Visiting Artist Event, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Hosmer Hall: This seven-time Grammy Award-winning pianist is known for his poetic temperament and unsurpassed virtuosity.

• Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Hosmer Hall: This Society demonstrates the belief that the future of chamber music lies in engaging a diverse audience.


• Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia presents Frederick, Swimmy and Inch by Inch, Oct. 5 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. in Sara M. Snell Music Theater: Drawn from Leo Lionni’s books, these stories feature innovative puppetry styles, imaginative lighting techniques and an original music score.

• Joanne Shenandoah, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Hosmer Hall: Shenandoah is a Grammy Award and 12-time Native American Music Award-winning artist, and Wolf Clan member of the Iroquois Confederacy.

• The Orchestra of Northern New York, “Let’s Go to the Movies,” March 18 at noon in Hosmer Hall: Directed by Kenneth Andrews, this concert features selections from blockbuster film favorites like “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Titanic” and “Batman: Dark Knight.”

• Corbian Visual Arts and Dance presents Darwin the Dinosaur, April 28 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. in Snell Theater: Modern dance, special lighting and visual effects make this show what the Detroit Music Hall calls “a truly unique and innovative theater experience.”


• 11th Annual L. Felix and Helen Miller Ranlett Organ Recital, Oct. 3 at 3 p.m. in Hosmer Hall: Scott Dettra is the prize-winning Organist and Associate Director of Music at Washington National Cathedral.

• The American Boychoir with The Orchestra of Northern New York, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Hosmer Hall: The American Boychoir dazzles audiences with its unique blend of musical sophistication, effervescent spirit and ensemble virtuosity.

• The Acting Company presents “Romeo and Juliet,” Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Snell Theater: The Acting Company has garnered critical acclaim on a national scale through 37 seasons and 133 productions of great classics, together with the best of contemporary theater and several world premieres. It will present two adapted plays by William Shakespeare.

• The Acting Company presents “A Comedy of Errors,” Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Snell Theater: See for yourself what makes The Acting Company the most respected and praised touring repertory theater in the country.

CPS is a college-community partnership presenting world-class performing artists and arts education opportunities in northern New York. This rich mixture of programming links communities, classrooms and audiences of all ages and preserves access to the performing arts for future generations.

Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 100 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training, and leadership in the performing and visual arts.