Family Weekend Concert at Crane Features Wind & Jazz Ensembles

09.06.13

The Crane Wind Ensemble and Crane Jazz Ensemble will present a joint performance during Family Weekend, on Friday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall.

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

In their first concert of the year, the Crane Wind Ensemble will present "Musical Destinations." Composers love writing about places, as it gives them the opportunity not only to "set the scene," but to also relay in music how each particular places makes them feel. Aaron Copland's "El Salon Mexico" is his impression of, and homage to the great dance hall in Mexico City. John Philip Sousa wrote "Manhattan Beach" as his signature tune during his residences at the famed resort. In "Sanctuary," Frank Ticheli provides the listener a work that explores solitude and solace. To close the program, Michael Daugherty's rollicking "Niagara Falls" explores this iconic locale and its environs.

The Crane Jazz Ensemble will perform "Kid Charlemagne," written by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen and arranged by Mike Tomaro, as well as "Afro Blue," written by Mongo Santamaria and arranged by Michael Philip Mossman. The jazz ensemble will also play "My One and Only Love," by Robert Mellin and Guy Wood, as arranged by Mark Taylor, and will close out their performance with "Hunting Wabbits" by Gordon Goodwin.

About the performers:

Formed in 1956 by Willard Musser, the Crane Wind Ensemble comprises 58 of the most outstanding wind and percussion majors in The Crane School of Music. The CWE performs as a full wind band and also in smaller chamber groups with varied instrumentation. This group is dedicated to the performance of the finest wind repertoire, regardless of period or disposition of instrumental forces. The CWE is also committed to performing music of our time, and is active in working with composers in the commissioning of new works to support this goal. Recent premieres include works by Stephen Bryant, Joel Puckett, Kristin Custer, Roshanne Etezady, David Heinick, James Mobberley, Christopher Theofanidis and Gregory Wanamaker. The CWE performs at least three performances each fall and spring, and also tours regularly. Recent off-campus performances have included concerts at the NYSSMA Winter Conference and at the NYSBDA Winter Symposium. Look for a new Crane Wind Ensemble CD in Fall 2014.

The Crane Jazz Ensemble is the premier performance group in the jazz studies program at The Crane School of Music. The 20 outstanding musicians in the ensemble perform on saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass and percussion. The Crane Jazz Ensemble will be directed by Visiting Instructor Timothy L. Savage for the Fall 2013 semester, while Bret Zvacek is on sabbatical.

For more information about SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music, please visit www.potsdam.edu/crane.