Members of The Crane School of Music faculty are set to present several exciting upcoming recitals, focusing on an array of works to usher in the fall concert season at SUNY Potsdam. All concerts are free, and the public is welcome to attend.
Dr. Charles Guy, an associate professor of tuba, will present a concert along with Julie W. Miller, an adjunct instructor of piano. They will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12 in the Sara M. Snell Music Theatre. Works include John Harmon’s “Silhouette,” Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s “Aria of the King René” from “Iolanta,” and Arild Plau’s “Concerto.” William Sutton will join on euphonium for the contemporary five-moment piece “Diversive Elements” by David Gillingham. Daniel Lamancuso will be showcased on tuba and Brian K. Doyle will serve as the narrator for a performance of Raymond Luedeke’s “Wonderland Duets.” Guy performs with the Potsdam Brass Quintet, the Orchestra of Northern New York and the Northern Symphonic Winds, as well as serving as a substitute for the Syracuse Symphony and Rochester Philharmonic orchestras. He earned his doctorate and master’s degrees from Michigan State University and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Akron.
Dr. Carol Cope Lowe, an associate professor of bassoon, and Dr. François Germain, an assistant professor of piano, will offer an afternoon recital at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16 in Snell Theater. Come hear a short recital of enjoyable, energetic music for bassoon and piano. The recital will include the exceptionally beautiful “Sonate” by the well-known French composer Camille Saint-Saëns; a set of sultry waltzes by Latin-American composer Francisco Mignone; Russian composer Reinhold Glière’s lyrical “Impromptu” and light-hearted “Humoresque”; two works by American composers, including a fiery “Rhapsody” by Willson Osborne and David Kirby’s majestic “Reverie and Dance,” as well as Alexandre Tansman’s captivating “Sonatine.” Lowe is currently principal bassoon for the Orchestra of Northern New York and is a member of the Potsdam Wind Quintet and the Aria Reed Trio. Her degrees are from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Baritone David Pittman-Jennings, an associate professor of voice, will present an evening recital along with Eugenia Tsarov, a professor of piano, at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16 in Snell Theater. The concert will begin with the Concert in C for piano, originally a concerto grosso by Antonio Vivaldi, which was one of several hundred works that J.S. Bach transcribed or arranged for keyboard. Then Pittman-Jennings and Tsarov will perform “Amore traditore” from Cantata No. 8 by Bach, one of two cantatas he set to Italian texts. The “Michelangelo-Lieder” by Hugo Wolf are three songs set to poems by Michelangelo Buonaroti, with the music reflecting the dark nature of his writing. The recital will close with Op. 121, “Vier ernste Gesänge” by Johannes Brahms. There is no other comparable work for solo voice and piano using texts from both the Old and New Testaments from the 19th century. Before joining the Crane faculty, Pittman-Jennings established a formidable international opera and concert career performing an extensive repertory.
Professor of Trombone Mark Hartman and Professor of Music Theory and Composition Dr. David Heinick will present a recital on trombone and piano, respectively, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18 in Snell Theater. They will present the “Aria Solemnus” by Johann Zechner edited by Richard Raum, as well as a suite by Pierre Max Dubois and a sonata by Rex Cadwallader. The concert will close with “Notes of Love,” a 2009 work by Nicola Ferro. In addition to his position as principal trombonist with the Orchestra of Northern New York, Hartman performs with the Northern Symphonic Winds, the Potsdam Brass Quintet and the Burlington Choral Society Orchestra. He has performed with the Ottawa, Vermont and Phoenix symphony orchestras, as well as the Brevard Music Center Festival Orchestra, the Upstate New York Trombone Ensemble, the Skyline Brass Ensemble and Summit Brass.
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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.