Crane Recital Features World Premieres by Faculty Composer


Four recent works by Crane composer David Heinick will be performed by members of the Crane School of Music faculty on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater on the SUNY Potsdam campus. 

The program includes three world premieres, including “Chiaroscuro,” a setting of four poems from “Il Dilemma di Orfeo” by Potsdam poet Walter Nobile, to be performed by soprano Jill Pearon, mezzo-soprano Lorraine Yaros Sullivan and Heinick at the piano. Heinick will also perform the premiere of his most recent work, “Sonata,” for piano, which was completed just this past August.

Also on the program is the first performance of “Cliches” for oboe, clarinet and bassoon, to be played by the Aria Reed Trio, and a performance of “Turns of Phrase” by the Potsdam Brass Quintet.

About the artists:

David Heinick is the composer of over 80 works for a variety of performing forces.  His music has been performed frequently throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, and has been broadcast on NPR, the CBC and the BBC. He joined the Crane faculty in 1989, after previously having taught at the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore and St. Mary’s College of Maryland. 

Poet Walter Nobile was born to Italian parents in Tripoli, Libya. He studied the classics in Libya and Italy. After two years in Madrid, Spain, he moved to the United States, where he has taught Italian language and literature at the Universities of California, Oregon and Chicago. Since 2004, he has divided his time between Cecina, Italy, and Potsdam; he is currently working on a new translation of Dante’s “Divine Comedy,” seeking to preserve in English the musicality of the original.

Soprano Jill Pearon holds degrees from the University of Evansville, Southern Methodist University and the University of Michigan, where she received her doctorate, having studied with professionals such as Shirley Verrett, Martin Katz, Lorna Haywood and Robin Rice. She has performed in opera, recital and concert venues across the United States and in Europe. She specializes in creating unique themed recital programs often incorporating staged, costumed and visual components. Additionally, she has a particular interest in 20th century and chamber music and has premiered several new works.

A member of the Crane faculty since 2008, mezzo-soprano Lorraine Yaros Sullivan is an active performer of opera, oratorio, chamber music and art song. Her recent opera performance credits include Dorabella in Mozart's "Così fan tutte" and Ottavia in Monteverdi's "L'Incoronazione di Poppea." She has been a featured soloist in Falla's "El amor brujo," Libby Larsen's "Eleanor Roosevelt," Duruflé's "Requiem," Bach's "Magnificat," Schoenberg's "Pierrot Lunaire" and "Das Buch der hängenden Gärten" and Argento's "From the Diary of Virginia Woolf." She also recently performed Dan Welcher's "Abeja Blanca" in the Terrace Theatre at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Formed in 2006 by Crane faculty members, including bassoonist Carol Lowe, oboist Anna Hendrickson and clarinetist Julianne Kirk, the Aria Reed Trio brings warmth and vitality to the stage with every performance. Aria regularly performs throughout New York State, has been featured on Rochester’s WXXI Live from Hochstein radio broadcast, and has presented commissions at the 2008 and 2010 conferences of the International Double Reed Society.
The Potsdam Brass Quintet, established in 1968, is the brass quintet-in-residence at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music. The quintet has performed in concert throughout much of the United States and Canada, including performances at New York’s Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.  The quintet consists of trumpeters John Ellis and James Madeja, hornist Kelly Drifmeyer, trombonist Mark Hartman and tubist Charles Guy, all members of the Crane faculty.

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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.