Community Performance Series will present Bruce Neswick in the 13th Annual L. Felix and Helen Miller Ranlett Organ Recital on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 3 p.m. in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music. A free pre-concert lecture will be given by Dr. Nelly Case, professor of music history at The Crane School of Music, at 2 p.m.
CPS will also host an organ encounter with Bruce Neswick on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. in Hosmer Hall. Neswick will give a demonstration on the College’s Wicks Organ and field audience questions as part of this free workshop. The public is invited to attend.
Neswick’s program will include selections from Johann Sebastian Bach’s Toccata in E Major, BWV 566; Louis Vierne’s Troisième Symphonie, Op. 28 and Leo Sowerby’s well-known 1940 Toccata. In addition to these pieces, audience members can expect to experience Neswick’s exquisite improvisational skills, the same skills that have lead him to three first place awards in improvisation from the San Anselmo Organ Festival in 1989; the 1990 American Guild of Organists and the 1992 Rochette Concours at the Conservatoire de Musique in Geneva, Switzerland.
When he is not performing, Neswick teaches as an associate professor of music in organ and sacred music at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. He is also a published composer with works commissioned by numerous churches across the United States. Due to the wide breadth of his talents, Neswick also has had the opportunity to tour extensively throughout North America and Europe, including the 1994 opening convocation for the national AGO convention held in Dallas, Texas.
“Bruce Neswick is an undisputed master practitioner of sacred music. His expertise in the areas of improvisation, choral training, accompanying and composition is rounded off by a full command of the concert literature,” said Janette Fishell, who was also the 12th Annual Ranlett Organ Recital Organist and is the chair of the organ department at the Jacobs School of Music.
The Ranlett Organ Recital Series annually brings a world-renowned organist to perform on the Wicks Organ (completed in 1977) in Hosmer Hall. The series is sponsored by Dr. John and Dr. Judith Ranlett, SUNY Potsdam professors emeriti. This annual concert helps to ensure that the Potsdam community continues to experience performances on the pipe organ and is dedicated to L. Felix Ranlett (1896-1989) and Helen Miller Ranlett (1900-1998).
Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and students and are free for SUNY Potsdam students, faculty, staff, emeriti and K-12 students with ID. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the CPS Box Office, located in the lobby of Sara M. Snell Music Theater at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music, or at Northern Music & Video in downtown Potsdam. Tickets can also be purchased by calling (315) 267-2277 or visiting www.cpspotsdam.org.
Established in 1989, CPS at SUNY Potsdam is a college-community partnership presenting world-class performing artists and arts education opportunities in Northern New York. A rich mixture of programs links community, classroom and audiences of all ages while preserving access to the performing arts for future generations.
For more information about CPS’s special events, visit www.cpspotsdam.org.
Founded in 1816, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of only three arts campuses in the entire SUNY system. SUNY Potsdam’s arts curriculum offers the full palette: music, theatre, dance, fine arts and creative writing. No matter the discipline, people from all backgrounds can find their creative compass at Potsdam, with myriad arts immersion experiences available for both campus and community.