Congregation Beth El Presents Artwork in Honor of Crane 125th


From left, Crane School of Music Dean Dr. Michael Sitton and SUNY Potsdam President Dr. John F. Schwaller accept artwork from Paul Jeser ’67 at Congregation Beth El, Potsdam.

In recognition of the 125th anniversary of SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music, Congregation Beth El of Potsdam has presented a special artwork to the College.

SUNY Potsdam President Dr. John F. Schwaller and Crane School of Music Dean Dr. Michael Sitton were presented a signed and numbered print by the calligrapher Mordechai Rosenstein on behalf of the synagogue on July 17.

Congregation Beth El hosted a concert to coincide with the College’s Reunion Weekend, which featured the Buffalo-based Jewish fusion group, ZETZ, along with guest performer Faye Cohen Jeser ’66. They performed a mix of Jewish musical genres, including Klezmer, Israeli and Ladino music.

Following the performance, Paul Jeser ’67 presented Dr. Schwaller and Dr. Sitton with the piece, entitled “Chai Lite.” The frame included a dedication, which read: “Presented to Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, celebrating 125 years of tradition and innovation. Congregation Beth El, Potsdam, NY, July 27, 2011.”

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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.