Crane Symphony Orchestra Presents Home Concert Following Tour


SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music will present a concert featuring the Crane Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall. The orchestra recently completed a tour to present concerts on Long Island and in the Capitol Region.

The concert program will include “Finlandia, Op. 26” by Jean Sibelius, “Sinfonia Concertante in B-Flat Major, Op. 84,” by Franz Joseph Haydn and “Symphony No. 2 in B-Minor” by Alexander Borodin. The Haydn piece will feature Crane faculty members John Lindsey on violin, Mathias Wexler on cello, Anna Hendrickson on oboe and Carol Lowe on bassoon.

The Crane Symphony Orchestra is a premier, 90-member performing ensemble at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music. The ensemble performs great orchestral masterworks from the standard and contemporary orchestral literature.

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

About the featured performers:

John Lindsey is a violinist who holds the State University of New York's Distinguished Service Professorship. Previously, he was awarded the 1993 President's Award and the 2003 SUNY Chancellor's Award, both for excellence in teaching. Lindsey is in great demand as a soloist, chamber musician and concertmaster. He is currently the concertmaster of both the Orchestra of Northern New York and the Eleva (Vermont) Chamber Players. He is the first violinist of the Aurora String Quintet and is the violinist for the Potsdam Piano Quartet and Potsdam Baroque Ensemble. In the summer, John performs at the Mozart Festival in Woodstock, Vt., and the Interlochen Adult Chamber Music Camp. In 2009, he founded the Thailand Chamber Music Festival. During the summer of 2011, he gave a violin recital and masterclasses at the Shenyang Conservatory in China. In January 2013, he served as an artist faculty of the Philharmonica Joven de Colombia in Santa Marta, Colombia. This July, he has been invited to serve on the faculty of the Saarburger International Music Festival in Saarburg, Germany.

Mathias Wexler is a cellist who enjoys a varied musical life. Wexler has appeared at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Bath Festival in the U.K., the Banff Festival, Tanglewood and Aspen. Featured on public television and National Public Radio, he received a Grammy nomination in 1995. His “Cello Etudes” were published in 2002, and he has written for American String
Teacher Magazine, the Chronicle of Higher Education and has served on the
Fulbright Awards National String Selection Committee. Wexler’s research on studio teaching recently (2011) appeared in the Arts Education Policy Review and the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education (2013). Dr. Wexler holds degrees from Oberlin and Yale and in 2009 earned a Doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Anna Hendrickson is an associate professor of oboe at The Crane School of Music. As an orchestral player, Hendrickson performs regularly with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, and with the summer Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Oregon. She also plays principal oboe in the Orchestra of Northern New York. Her previous orchestral positions include the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Hendrickson is equally at home playing chamber music. She has been selected to play at several International Double Reed Society Conferences as a member of chamber groups. She also has performed at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, the American Church in Paris,and the Château de Champs, while spending a year in France as a Fulbright Scholar. She performs regularly with the Aria Reed Trio and the Potsdam Woodwind Quintet. Hendrickson holds the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music, and the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Carol Lowe teaches courses in bassoon performance, reed-making, repertoire, pedagogy, orchestral studies and music history at The Crane School of Music. She is a native of Brevard, N.C., and has performed throughout the United States and Europe. While living in the Atlanta area, Lowe performed frequently with the Atlanta Symphony, including a 1996 tour to Carnegie Hall and subsequent recording of Mahler's Symphony No. 6. She has toured and recorded in London, Paris and Munich with various ensembles and was a member of the Taft Quintet, first-prize winners of the 1989 Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition. As an active member of the International Double Reed Society, Lowe has presented recitals at their annual conferences in Austin, Muncie, Ithaca, Provo and Norman. Her degrees are from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Lowe is currently principal bassoon for the Orchestra of Northern New York, the Northern Symphonic Winds, the Potsdam Baroque Chamber Players and the Potsdam Wind Quintet, and is a founding member of the Aria Reed Trio.

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