Crane Faculty Chamber Players Present Works by Mozart, Gounod

10.12.12

SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music will present a unique performance by the Crane Faculty Chamber Players on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater.

The Crane Faculty Chamber Players and Friends will present Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Serenade in C-Minor, followed by the Petite Symphonie by Charles Gounod.

This special program will showcase Harmoniemusik, with the opening work by Mozart. The Serenade in C-Minor is written for a wind octet, an instrumental configuration popular in Vienna and Prague in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. This work employs somber conflicts and dramatic juxtapositions of emotion, while closely following the tight-knit, four-movement symphonic form.

Written in 1885, Gounod’s Petite Symphonie added a flute to a wind octet. With an overall character of elegant conversation, the work features a Haydnesque slow introduction to a lively allegro, and a slow movement like an operatic aria for flute over sonorous winds.

The ensemble will include: Kenneth Andrews, flute; Anna Hendrickson and Laurel Kuxhaus on oboe; Julianne Kirk Doyle and Raphael Sanders on clarinet; Carol Lowe and Jo Ann Simpson on bassoon; Kelly Drifmeyer and Nancy Ziemba on horn, and John Geggie on double bass. Dr. Brian K. Doyle, director of bands at The Crane School of Music, will conduct the concert.

This recital is free, and the public is invited to attend.

For more information about SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music, visit www.potsdam.edu/crane.

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.