Crane Candlelight Concerts Broadcast on Public TV, Starting Dec. 4


Handbells sparkle in the stage lights at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music. The Crane Candlelight Concerts will be offered on Dec. 2 this year, and broadcast on WPBS TV from Dec. 4 to Dec. 24.

Audiences across the U.S. and Canada will be able to enjoy traditional holiday concerts from The Crane School of Music stage, in the comfort of their homes again this year. WPBS Digital Television has again syndicated four Crane Candlelight Concerts to present throughout the holiday season.

Each year in early December, the Crane Chorus and the Crane Symphony Orchestra come together to present a very special holiday concert. Featuring more than 300 carolers and musicians from the renowned Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, the concert includes traditional Christmas and seasonal hymns, along with popular favorites.

In the North Country, WPBS TV, which produces the broadcasts, will present past Crane Candlelight Concerts starting on Dec. 4 and ending on Christmas Eve. The schedule is as follows:

• “Yuletide Joy,” Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m.
• “Family Traditions,” Sunday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m.
• “Home & Hearth,” Monday, Dec. 10 at 10 p.m.
• “December Wonderland,” Thursday, Dec. 13 at 10 p.m.
• “Yuletide Joy,” Monday, Dec. 24 at 10 p.m.

The newest concert, “Yuletide Joy,” which was taped last year, will also be available to watch online beginning on Wednesday, Dec. 5, on Several of the other concerts will also be online, beginning on Monday, Nov. 26.

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Every year, during the first weekend in December, WPBS crew members, with television equipment in tow, invade the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall. Since 2001, WPBS Digital TV has recorded and televised the annual Crane Candlelight Concert, and offers the programs nationally to other stations.

Don’t miss the chance to hear the magic in person! The 2012 Crane Candlelight Concerts will be offered on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m., in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music.

While both concerts are free, donations to support musical programming at Crane will be accepted at the door. SUNY Potsdam and The Crane School of Music invite you and your family to join us.

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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.