Talented Student Composers Present 'An Evening of Premieres'


Crane School of Music student composers Andy Van Ness, John Yao and John Misciagno will present a concert of original works entitled “An Evening of Premieres,” on Thursday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater.

The program will consist of four premiere performances of the student composers’ works for a variety of instruments.

Beginning the concert is Andy Van Ness’s piece “Tempo Fugit,” performed by fellow Crane students Matt Wurtzel on bass clarinet and Kathleen Papot on piano. Following is John Yao’s piece “Meditation for Trumpet and Electronic Music” performed by Crane student Michael Kenyon. John Misciagno will then perform his premiere work “String Trio” alongside Margaret Moore on violin and Timothy MacDuff on viola.

A vocal performance of Van Ness’s five-movement work “Love Songs” will be performed by Crane students Alice Sorensen, Caitlin Bush, Katie Hess, Jean Goloski, Jon Streker, Tyler Thomas, Chris Oill and Abe Myler.

The concert will conclude with four movements from John Yao's "Chamber Symphony."

Andy Van Ness is a graduate student majoring in music composition from Red Hook, N.Y. John Yao is also a graduate student with a major in composition, and is from Hector, N.Y. John Misciagno is from Massapequa Park, N.Y., and he is a double major in musical studies composition and music education.

The concert is free and the public is invited to attend. For more information about the many arts events on the SUNY Potsdam campus calendar, visit www.potsdam.edu/newsandevents.

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.