Crane Opening Gala Spotlights Faculty Talent to Begin Year


SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music will mark the beginning of the 2012-13 academic year with the Crane Faculty Gala on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall.

This annual event kicks off Crane’s rich season of more than 300 performances by faculty, students and guest artists. A perennial favorite of community members, the gala is a chance to see Crane’s world-class performing faculty take the stage to present an array of works.

This year’s concert features a world premiere performance, beloved classics and more.

The concert is free, and the public is invited to attend.

This year’s program, in keeping with past Crane galas, includes performances by professors of a variety of studios. Included are:
• The Potsdam Brass Quintet, with John Ellis and James Madeja on trumpet, Kelly Drifmeyer on horn, Mark Hartman on trombone and Charles Guy on tuba;
• Jessica Suchy-Pilalis, harp;
• Raphael P. Sanders Jr. and Julianne Kirk Doyle, clarinet;
• John Lindsey, violin;
• Robert Young, saxophone;
• Douglas Rubio, guitar;
• Carol Lowe, bassoon;
• Jeffrey Francom, François Germain, Julie Miller, Kirk Severtson and Michael Sitton, piano;
• Kathleen A. Miller, soprano;
• Donald George, tenor, and
• David Pittman-Jennings, baritone.

Concert highlights include a world premiere of “A Dawn Song,” from the “Songs of W.B. Yeats,” by Mary McAuliffe, presented by George and Severtson. In addition, the four-movement work “Duo Sonata” by faculty composer Gregory Wanamaker will be presented on clarinet and saxophone. Finally, a composition by Crane School of Music Dean Dr. Michael Sitton, entitled “Essay for Trumpet, Trombone and Piano,” will also be presented.

For more information about the many free concerts offered throughout the year at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music, visit

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.