Symphonic & Concert Bands Performs at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music

02.13.14

SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music will present a concert featuring both the Crane Symphonic Band and the Crane Concert Band on Friday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall.

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

The Crane Symphonic Band will open the semester with Percy Grainger's "Children's March," a true classic for winds. Performed in its original version, the audience will also get to hear ensemble members sing refrains in harmony. "Gloriosa," by Japanese composer Yasuhide Ito, is a compelling merging of East and West in music. William Schuman, the "dean of American composers," wrote several works for winds, but his "George Washington Bridge" remains one of his most popular and enduring works.

The Crane Concert Band will begin its performance with Vincent Persichetti's "Pageant," a symphonic overture featuring a haunting opening, followed by an energetic "parade." Percy Grainger's "Blithe Bells," an adaptation of Bach's "Sheep May Safely Graze," is followed by Gustav Holst's "Fugue a la Gigue", which isan adaptation of a Bach organ fugue. The concert will conclude with David Maslanka's short symphony for band, entitled "Give Us This Day."

About the Crane wind bands:

The wind bands at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music enjoy a unique heritage in the musical world. While many university bands evolved in the early 20th century, as military music and athletic band entities merged, the formation of the Crane bands followed a different path. In 1926, James Garfield, Potsdam native and 1905 graduate of the Potsdam Normal School, formed the Normal Band with the express purpose of fostering the inclusion of instrumental music into schools—at all levels.Bringing his life experiences as a performer in and leader of the historic Potsdam Military Band, as vaudevillian musician, and as a schoolteacher and administrator, Garfield embarked upon Julia Crane's mission of training students to be the finest musicians and teachers possible.

This tradition continues today in the wind band offerings at The Crane School of Music. Whether performing repertoire that pushes the boundaries of expectation, or experiencing the cornerstone works that are the foundation of exceptional school curricula, students in the Crane bands receive concrete experiences that will inform their musicianship and pedagogy for the remainder of their careers.

This concert will be broadcast live on the SUNY Potsdam website at the performance time. To view the program and see other upcoming streaming performances, visit www.potsdam.edu/academics/Crane/streaming.

For more information about SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music, please 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.