Crane School of Music Opens Semester with Faculty Gala Concert


The Crane School of Music will usher in the new academic year at SUNY Potsdam with the annual Crane Faculty Gala Opening Concert on Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall.

"Crane's annual faculty gala embodies in so many ways the School's vibrant musical community, and what it means to our area: The concert welcomes back our continuing students, gives new students an inspiring experience from faculty with whom they will study, and provides all our community patrons with a wonderful launch for the exciting concert season to come," said Crane School of Music Dean Dr. Michael Sitton.

The concert will include works performed by the Potsdam Brass Quintet and Aria Reed Trio, as well as operatic arias, a two-piano piece, selections from two string sonatas, works for solo clarinet and solo tenor saxophone, and a work for guitar and organ duo, among others.

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

"This gala serves to kick off our concert season, by showcasing some of the world-class performers on the Crane faculty. Judging from community and student attendance and audience response, this is one of the highlights of the year for many concertgoers," said Dr. Kirk Severtson, chair of the Department of Music Performance.

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