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The Crane School of Music - Live in Concert

In alignment with the Governor’s directives and our campus protocols to address concerns related to the COVID-19 outbreak, for the remainder of the spring term there will be no public performances at The Crane School of Music. 

With students in the SUNY system completing the semester by distance delivery, we are unable to have student ensemble performances. 

This is subject to change if state or SUNY policy changes further in the ongoing response to this public health emergency.

Please note that the stream is only live while the performance is occurring.

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Next Video Event:

Crane Encore Performance Series:

Sunday, April 5, 7:30PM
Memorial Concert: Dr. Arthur R. Frackenpohl, (1924–2019)
Performed on October 4, 2019

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We will be streaming selected performances from our archive each week beginning Sunday March 29 at 7:30 PM.
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Upcoming Events:
Sunday, April 5, 7:30PM
Arthur Frackenpohl Memorial Concert

Selections from a memorial concert featuring musical works by the late American composer and Professor Emeritus Dr. Arthur Frackenpohl (1924-2019), performed on Friday, Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m., in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater.

Eighty Crane School of Music faculty, students and alumni took to the stage to perform a program of Frackenpohl’s original works, at the institution where he taught for 36 years. The longtime faculty member and dedicated College supporter passed away on June 8, 2019, at the age of 95.

“Art Frackenpohl’s legacy as a composer and arranger belongs to musicians everywhere, but his legacy as a member of the Crane faculty is a special and very personal one. He influenced so many at Crane in tremendously positive ways, with this influence extending through all those former students to thousands of others,” said Crane School of Music Dean Dr. Michael Sitton. “I personally deeply valued the opportunity to know Art and to experience his marvelous musical insights, his vivid imagination and his sense of humor. Honoring this legacy with a concert of Art’s own music is one of the best tributes I can imagine.”

The concert stream includes a wide range of works for different ensembles and instruments, reflecting the incredible breadth of music that Frackenpohl composed throughout his life. An internationally-known composer and arranger, he has more than 400 works to his credit.

Sunday, April 19, 7:30PM
Crane Collegiate Singers, Members of the Crane Symphony Orchestra
George Frideric Handel: Messiah    
Conducted by Brock McElheran 
Performed in Crane Recital Hall, April 13 & 14, 1970

Recent past Crane Encore Performance events:

Sunday, March 29, 7:30PM
Crane Chorus and Crane Symphony Orchestra, Jeffrey Francom, conductor
Laude!, by Gregory Wanamaker

Laude! was composed by Gregory Wanamaker, Professor of Composition at The Crane School of Music, in collaboration with lyricist Garth Bardsley, who served as Visiting Director of Opera at Crane in 2007 - 2008

Laude! celebrates Peace and Hope during a time of emptiness and despair. While it was specifically composed for the winter Holiday season during a time of social and political tensions around the world, the message of Laude! seems most appropriate during this difficult time.

The work borrows melodies and words from the 13th century Italian Codex Laudario di Cortona with the addition of contemporary words by Garth Bardsley.

Laude! has three movements:

1. Gloria’n cielo

2. Sovrana sì ne sembianti

3. Stella Nuova

Laude! was premiered by The Crane Chorus and Orchestra, Jeffrey Francom, conductor and Shannon Stoddard (SUNY Potsdam, 2019), soprano, on December 4, 2016 at Helen M. Hosmer Hall, The Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, Potsdam, NY.

Read the Program (PDF)







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