SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music will host a special chamber music concert in celebration of the 220th birthday of Franz Schubert, on Thursday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m., in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater.
The performance will feature Crane faculty members Eugenia Tsarov (piano), Donald George (tenor), Liesl Schoenberger Doty (violin), Shelly Tramposh (viola) and Marie-Élaine Gagnon (cello). The professors will be joined by guest artist Karl Doty on double bass.
The concert will open with what is arguably Schubert’s most well-known piece, his rendition of “Ave Maria” from “The Lady of the Lake,” performed by George, with Tsarov on piano. The duo will present two more art songs and two other selections from song cycles, including “Wohin?” from “Die Schöne Müllerin,” and “Liebesbotschaft” from “Schwanengesang,” as well as the Lieder “Auf dem Wasser zu singen,” and “Die Forelle” (“The Trout”). The last piece will presage the second half of the concert program.
Following an intermission, Tsarov will take the stage with the other instrumentalists to present Schubert’s “Piano Quintet in A-Major,” also known as “The Trout Quintet,” because its fourth movement is a series of variations on Schubert’s Lied, “Die Forelle (The Trout).”
About the guest artist:
Born and raised in Duluth, Minn., Karl Doty is one of the most versatile bassists of his generation. Passionate about the musical idiom of the chamber orchestra, Doty is a founding member of the Grammy-nominated self-conducted orchestra, A Far Cry, and enjoys frequent collaborations with groups like the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the New Century Chamber Orchestra. Being versed in different musical languages, Doty has shared the stage with Edgar Meyer, Väsen, Darol Anger, Mr. Sun, K2 and Morning Zephyr, as well as with his wife, champion fiddler Liesl Schoenberger Doty, in their duo, The Dotys. Though the bass isn’t the most common concerto instrument, Doty has performed as a soloist with orchestras all over the country, as well as at home and on national tour, with A Far Cry. Summer appearances regularly include performances with the North Country Chamber Players at the White Mountain Chamber Music Festival, and the Halcyon and Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festivals, plus previous engagements at Ottawa Chamberfest, Verbier in Schleswig-Holstein, the Newport Music Festival, and the Chautauqua and Skaneateles Chamber Music Festival. Doty received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music, under the instruction of Don Palma and Jim Orleans. Previous faculty bass appointments include Bates College, the Bennington Chamber Music Conference and Crane Youth Music. He is currently on the faculty at Dartmouth College.
This concert is free, and the public is invited to attend.
This concert will be broadcast live on the Crane School of Music YouTube channel at the performance time. To view the program and see other upcoming streaming performances, visit www.potsdam.edu/academics/Crane/streaming.
For more information about SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music, please visit www.potsdam.edu/crane.
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.
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