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Crane School of Music Students to Perform Under the Baton of Internationally Celebrated Conductor JoAnn Falletta During LoKo Festival of the Arts

04.25.17
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JoAnn Falletta will lead the Crane Symphony Orchestra and the Crane Chorus during a concert on Saturday, April 29

SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music will host renowned conductor JoAnn Falletta and guest soloists Elizabeth Caballero, Charles Reid and Kevin Deas as they appear in concert with the Crane Symphony Orchestra and the Crane Chorus on Saturday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall. They will perform Francis Poulenc’s “Gloria” and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “The Bells.” A pre-concert lecture will be given by Dr. Gary Busch at 6:30 p.m. in Wakefield Recital Hall.

Falletta is the 2017 Dorothy Albrecht Gregory Visiting Conductor. The partnership of the Dorothy Albrecht Gregory Visiting Conductor Fund, established by Dorothy Albrecht Gregory '61, and the Adeline Maltzan Crane Chorus Performance Tour Fund, brings distinguished conductors to The Crane School of Music for festival performances by the Crane Chorus and Crane Symphony Orchestra and provides travel funding for major performances outside of Potsdam.

This event is free and open to the public. There is no cost for the concert, but tickets must be reserved by calling The Community Performance Series Box Office at 315-267-2277.

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.

The concert is part of the LoKo Festival of the Arts, a ten-day arts and cultural celebration on SUNY Potsdam's campus featuring a variety of performances, workshops and other special events. For more information about the LoKo Festival of the Arts visit: www.potsdam.edu/loko.

New this year for the LoKo Festival of the Arts is the free LoKo Festival mobile app. To keep up with all that's happening, please go to the App Store or Google Play Store, search for and download Guidebook. After downloading the app, search for "LoKo." The interactive app features the full schedule, artist bios, and festival updates.

About the Guest Conductor:

JoAnn Falletta is internationally celebrated as a vibrant ambassador for music, an inspiring artistic leader, and a champion of American symphonic music. She serves as the Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Brevard Music Center.

Falletta has guest conducted over a hundred orchestras in North America, and many of the most prominent orchestras in Europe, Asia, South America and Africa.  In 2017-18 she will guest conduct orchestras in Japan, Mexico, Spain, Berlin, Ireland and across the U.S. A strong advocate and mentor for young professional and student musicians, she will lead The Orchestra Now at Alice Tully Hall, and adjudicate the prestigious Malko Conducting Competition in Denmark.  She has led seminars for women conductors for the League of American Orchestras and served in residence at SUNY Potsdam.

In 2016, Falletta was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, joining an esteemed roster that dates to the Academy's founding in 1780.   She has served as a Member of the National Council on the Arts and is the recipient of many of the most prestigious conducting awards. She has introduced over 500 works by American composers, including well over 100 world premieres.

Falletta is a leading recording artist for Naxos. Her discs have won two Grammy Awards and ten Grammy nominations. In 2016, Falletta celebrated the release of her 100th recording, “Stravinsky’s Soldier's Tale Suite / Octet / Les Noces” with the Virginia Arts Festival Chamber Players. Other recent recordings include a disc of the cello concertos of Victor Herbert with soloist Mark Kosower and the Ulster Orchestra and works of Richard Strauss, Florent Schmitt, Novak, Scriabin and Wagner with the Buffalo Philharmonic. In 2017, Falletta will be featured on Naxos recordings of music of Kodaly and Wagner’s Music from the Ring with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, a recording with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and her fifth world premiere disc of Kenneth Fuchs’ music with the London Symphony.

Falletta received her undergraduate degree from the Mannes School of Music, and her master’s and doctorate degrees from The Juilliard School. For more information, visit www.joannfalletta.com.

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.

Media contact:

Jason Hunter, Office of College Communications
(315) 267-2648