Welcome the Holiday Season with the 2012 Crane Candlelight Concerts


More than 280 musicians will join together to celebrate the holiday season as SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music hosts the 2012 Crane Candlelight Concerts.

The Crane Chorus and Crane Symphony Orchestra will offer performances at 3 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2 in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall. All are welcome to attend.

The Crane Chorus, directed by Dr. Jeffrey Francom, consists of 200 voice students at The Crane School of Music. The Crane Symphony Orchestra, directed by Dr. Ching-Chun Lai, is an auditioned group of more than 75 instrumentalists. 

The annual Crane Candlelight Concerts promise to be the largest and most popular performances of the 2012-13 concert season at SUNY Potsdam.

Come enjoy holiday classics, such as “What Child is This” and “The First Nowell,” as well as works by Eric Whitacre, Mack Wilberg and others. This concert will feature the U.S. premiere of a work by British composer Ben Parry, with words by former Crane faculty member Garth Bardsley. The Crane Symphony Orchestra will also perform excerpts from Manuel de Falla’s “Three-Cornered Hat Suite.”

In collaboration with the chorus and orchestra, there are several student and faculty soloists on the program. Dr. Robert Young will perform a rendition of Mack Wilberg’s “What Child is This” on saxophone, and students Joseph Cambareri, Benjamin Dickerson, Cecilia Snow and Karisa Widrick will present various seasonal solos.

The public is invited to attend. This concert is free, but 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.

The 2012 Crane Candlelight Concerts will be produced for television by WPBS TV and can be viewed on public television stations nationwide in December 2013. Concerts from previous years can be viewed online at www.wpbstv.org.

You can also view the following past Crane Candlelight Concert performances on WPBS TV this holiday season:
• “Yuletide Joy (2011),” Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m.
• “Family Traditions (2008),” Sunday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m.
• “Home & Hearth (2009),” Monday, Dec. 10 at 10 p.m.
• “December Wonderland (2010),” Thursday, Dec. 13 at 10 p.m.
• “Yuletide Joy (2011),” Monday, Dec. 24 at 10 p.m.

For more information about the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, 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.