Crane Faculty Recital Features Pianist Julie Miller & Friends


The Crane School of Music Faculty Recital Series will continue on Tuesday, Sept. 24, with a concert featuring pianist Julie Miller and friends at 7:30 p.m. in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater. 

The performance will include works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Robert Schumann, Keith Gates and Jeanine Tesori.

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

Among the Gates works to be performed will be his "Suite for Piano," for which the manuscript has been missing for years. The score was re-created by Sam Whitesell from a recording made by the composer in 1967. Although the Juilliard-trained Gates wrote three symphonies, six operas and many other large works, his ability to portray the range of human expression is captured and crystallized in his smaller and more intimate piano pieces.

After the solo piano pieces, Miller will be joined by trumpeter John Ellis, clarinetist Raphael Sanders and percussionist Ian Taggart. They will perform a tour-de-force written by Gates for this unusual combination of instruments, including a large percussion battery.

The quartet will close the recital with a suite from the Broadway musical "Caroline, or Change" by Tesori, arranged by Rick Bassett. It includes several styles, including African work songs, blues, Motown and Klezmer. The music is not publicly available, and Miller has been granted special permission for this one performance.

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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.