Band Concert Includes Crane Composers' Works & World Premiere


In the continuing celebration of the 125th anniversary of The Crane School of Music, the Crane Concert Band is offering a special performance in honor of the milestone.

Conducted by Dr. Michael P. Schaff, the Crane Concert Band will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16 in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music.

The concert will open with a world premiere of “Fanfare and Jubilation,” a 2011 piece composed by Crane alumnus Mark D. Slater, Class of 1979, in honor of the 125th anniversary. The composer will return to his alma mater to rehearse with the band and conduct the work in concert. The piece includes two antiphonal trumpet choirs.

In addition, a collection of pieces by Crane Faculty Emeritus Art Frackenpohl, “American Folk Song Suite,” will be presented. The suite includes “He’s Gone Away,” “John Henry,” “Go ‘Way from my Window” and “Mama Don’t Allow.” Frackenpohl is best known as the longtime arranger for the Canadian Brass Quintet.

Associate Professor of Clarinet Dr. Raphael P. Saunders Jr. will then perform the Concerto No. 1, Op. 73 for clarinet by Carl Maria von Weber.

Other selections will include audience and student favorites, such as “Armenian Dances Set I” by Alfred Reed, “Cuban Overture” by George Gershwin and “Symphony for Band” by Morton Gould.

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

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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, and is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2011.