Crane Wind Ensemble Presents American Songbook Concert Sept. 14


The Crane Wind Ensemble has prepared a special concert to kick off SUNY Potsdam’s Family Weekend. The Crane School of Music performing group will present a concert, entitled “The American Songbook,” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14 in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall.

In the first Crane Wind Ensemble program of the year, two popular works from the lexicon of American song will be set in contrasting ways. Charles Ives’ “Variations on America” deconstructs the popular tune “America the Beautiful.” Originally performed by Ives on the organ, Walter Beeler set the variations for wind band. In contrast, Frank Ticheli, in a straightforward manner, lovingly set “Shenandoah,” a popular 19th century pioneer folk song.

The work “Southern Harmony” by Donald Grantham uses four tunes from William “Singin’ Billy” Walker’s sacred song collection of the same name. Jonathan Newman’s “Rivers of Bowery” is based upon the intersection of an autobiographical narrative and the poetic narrative of Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl.” The concert will conclude with fanfare, as the wind ensemble performs Meredith Wilson’s “Seventy-Six Trombones” from “The Music Man.”

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

The Crane Wind Ensemble is the select wind band at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music, and membership is determined by audition.

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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.