Crane School of Music Will Celebrate Candlelight Concerts Sunday


Nearly 300 musicians will join together to celebrate the holiday season as SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music hosts the 2013 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. 8 in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall.

"Candlelight: Around the World" will feature appearances by the Crane West African Ensemble and the Candlelight Handbell Choir, as well as student and faculty soloists. A new arrangement by Crane School of Music Dean Dr. Michael Sitton will also be premiered.

Come enjoy holiday classics, such as "Hallelujah Chorus" and "Away in a Manger," as well as works from the Ukraine, Nigeria, England, Israel, America, Japan, Finland, Germany and Norway.

The public is invited to attend. The concerts are free, but donations to support the Crane Chorus Endowment will be accepted at the door.

The 2013 Crane Candlelight Concerts will be produced for television by WPBS-TV and can be viewed on public television stations nationwide in December 2014. Concerts from previous years can also be viewed online at

You can view the following past Crane Candlelight Concert performances on WPBS-TV this holiday season:

·"Shimmering Light" (2012 concert): Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 9 p.m.

·"December Wonderland" (2010 concert): Sunday, Dec. 15 at 3 p.m.

·"Yuletide Joy" (2011 concert): Sunday, Dec. 22 at 3 p.m.

·"Shimmering Light" (2012 concert): Monday, Dec. 23 at 10 p.m.

The 2014 Crane Candlelight Concerts will be broadcast live on the SUNY Potsdam website at the performance times, at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8. To view the program and see other upcoming streaming performances, visit

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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.