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Rachel Laurin to Perform World Premiere Composition During 18th Annual Ranlett Organ Recital Oct. 15

10.04.17
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Organist Rachel Laurin will perform a world premiere composition honoring Crane School of Music Professor Emeritus James P. Autenrith at the 18th Annual Ranlett Organ Recital on Oct. 15.

Community Performance Series will continue its 28th season with an upcoming concert featuring the renowned organist and composer, Rachel Laurin.

The 18th annual Ranlett Organ Recital will be presented on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 3 p.m. in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music. A free organ encounter will also take place the day before, on Saturday, Oct. 14, also at 3 p.m. in Hosmer Hall.

For the Oct. 15 performance, Laurin will perform a world premiere composition commissioned by David M. Storey to honor the career of the Crane School of Music Professor Emeritus James P. Autenrith. Crane alumni and emeriti are all especially welcome to attend to honor the life and career of this accomplished organist and educator.

In addition to her world premiere composition in honor of the organist and educator, Laurin will also perform pieces by Bach, Reger, Franck and Daveluy.

“We are very excited to be hosting Rachel Laurin this year. It will be an extremely special dedication by a very talented composer and performer. A debt of gratitude is due to SUNY Potsdam Professors Emeriti Dr. John and Dr. Judith Ranlett, for making her visit possible,” said CPS Executive Director Jason L. Dominie.

Rachel Laurin is an internationally-respected concert organist and prolific composer who is well-known for her improvisational skills. She has served as associate organist at St-Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal (1986-2002) and titular organist at Notre Dame Cathedral in Ottawa (2002-2006), but now devotes herself to composition, recitals, masterclasses and lectures.

Laurin has performed organ recitals in major cities throughout Canada, the United States and Europe, and has released more than a dozen recordings. She has frequently received invitations to and been the spotlight performer at major organ festivals and universities internationally. 

Since 2006, Laurin has served as house composer at Wayne Leupold Editions music publishers. She is also an associate composer for the Canadian Music Center. In addition to organ composition, Laurin has created works for various solo instruments, voice, instrumental ensembles, choir and orchestra, including a piano concerto and a concerto for organ, string orchestra and timpani.

A feature-length program devoted to Laurin’s work as a composer and organist, titled “Rachel’s Children,” was broadcast by American Public Media’s “PIPEDREAMS,” presented by Michael Barone in October 2012.

For more information about Laurin, visit www.rachellaurin.com.

Tickets for this performance can be purchased by visiting the CPS Box Office, located in the lobby of SUNY Potsdam's Performing Arts Center, by calling (315) 267-2277 or by visiting www.cpspotsdam.org. Single tickets can also be purchased in-person at Brick & Mortar Music in downtown Potsdam.

A 25 percent discount is available exclusively through the CPS Box Office when purchasing tickets to three or more Guest Artist Series events. This discount is not available on event night, so please reserve in advance to save. Regular ticket prices are $10 for general admission, $6 for seniors and SUNY Potsdam faculty and staff, and free for all students.

For more information on the 2017-18 CPS Guest Artist Series season and artists, visit www.cpspotsdam.org, or check out the CPS Facebook page, at www.facebook.com/cpspotsdam.

CPS is a college-community partnership presenting distinctive and renowned 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. For more information, visit www.cpspotsdam.org.

Founded in 1886, SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music has a long legacy of excellence in music education and performance. Life at Crane includes an incredible array of more than 300 recitals, lectures and concerts presented by faculty, students and guests each year. The Crane School of Music is the State University of New York’s only All-Steinway institution. For more information about SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music, please visit www.potsdam.edu/crane.

Media contact:

Alexandra Jacobs Wilke, Office of College Communications,
(315) 267-2918