SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music will host a concert with guest artist Levana Cohen on clarinet, on Monday, Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the College’s Sara M. Snell Music Theater. This concert is part of the Guest Artist Recital Series, featuring talented visiting artists from all over the United States.
The concert will feature guest artist Dr. Levana Cohen performing on clarinet accompanied by Crane professor Julie Miller on piano. These gifted performers will present pieces by Fritz Krommer, Robert Schumann, Gerald Finzi and Claude Debussy.
This concert is free, and the public is invited to attend.
About the performers:
Levana Cohen is an avid performer and an applied instructor of clarinet. Cohen's artistry, dedication and professionalism are shown through her performances with numerous orchestras and chamber groups both nationally and internationally. These include performances with the Tanglewood Festival Orchestra and as a guest artist on the Stony Brook University's faculty concert series. Cohen has participated in both woodwind masterclasses and orchestral training programs at the Banff Centre. She has also been a returning guest artist for the Emerson String Quartet Chamber Music Festival in featured performances of the Bartok Contrasts, the Brahms Clarinet Quintet, the Mozart Kegelstatt Trio and Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. She currently performs with the Trio D'Amour Wind Trio, the Quinte Essencia Woodwind Quintet and as an associate principal clarinetist for the Oratorio Society of Queens. She can also be heard performing with North Shore Pro Musica and Stony Brook University's renowned Contemporary Chamber Players. Cohen teaches clarinet at Suffolk County Community College and operates her own studio in Port Washington and Stony Brook, N.Y. She holds both a Master of Music degree and Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University and a Bachelor of Music from Washington State University.
Julie Miller is a frequent soloist and an adjunct professor of piano at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music. One of her interests throughout her career has been collaborating with other performers, giving 60 to 100 performances every year. She has developed an extensive repertoire by playing for students, which has served her well in partnerships with colleagues and guest artists. She has performed in faculty recitals and specializes in preparing music for guest artists. Her other interests include editing, publishing and performing the music of Keith Gates. Miller and her husband are the caretakers of the Gates library of compositions. She has performed approximately one-third of his 100-plus works and has helped prepare many more for publication. To date, she has made transcriptions of three of Gates' works, with others in progress. Miller holds degrees in piano performance from the University of Oklahoma and the University of Illinois.
To find out more about the other events on the busy Crane School of Music events calendar, 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, and is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2011-12.