Crane Wind Ensemble Presents a Concert of 'Statements' Friday


In its second performance of the semester, the Crane Wind Ensemble will explore the wonderfully varied music of our time and the statement it makes.

Conducted by Director of Bands Dr. Brian K. Doyle, the ensemble will present its “Statements” concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19 in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music.

The Crane Wind Ensemble concert will feature works by Gunther Schuller, Steven Bryant, Aaron Copland, Roshanne Etezady and Jonathan Newman.

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

“George Orwell once quipped, ‘All art is politics.’ While many musicologists, post-modern or not, heatedly debate this in musical circles, I think one might safely remark that ‘all music makes a statement,’” Doyle said. “Even the most ‘absolute music,’ devoid of narrative or association with anything but the elements of music itself, has made a statement by doing so.”

Aaron Copland said this of his work, “Emblems,” which is on the program: “An emblem stands for something—it is a symbol. I called the work ‘Emblems’ because it seemed to me to suggest musical states of being: noble or aspirational feelings, playful or spirited feelings. The exact nature of the emblematic sounds must be determined … by each listener.” 

Two shorter works on the program, “Radiant Joy” by Bryant and “Shoutout” Etezady, explore more succinct statements with great enthusiasm. With several works for winds each, the two composers are garnering much critical acclaim for their music. 

One of the 20th century’s great musical icons, Gunther Schuller makes a host of statements in his Divertimento for Band: “On Winged Flight.” The ensemble will reprise this work during Schuller’s upcoming residency at The Crane School of Music, from Nov. 11 to Nov. 15.

In the final work of the evening, Jonathan Newman continues the themes and statements explored in “The Rivers of Bowery,” which the ensemble performed in September. With its allusions to the Beat Generation and Bebop musicians, Symphony No. 1, “My Hands are a City,” brings this concert of “Statements” to a powerful close.

This performance is dedicated to the great musical iconoclast John Cage, from whom some of the most distinctive musical statements of the 20th century were voiced, in the centenary year of his birth.

The Crane Wind Ensemble is the select wind band at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music, and membership is determined by audition.

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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.