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Crane School of Music Welcomes Visiting Artist-in-Residence Barry Green from Nov. 11 to 15

November 1, 2019

SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music Hosts Visiting Artist Barry Green from Nov. 11 to 15; Residency Includes Workshops & Performances

Barry Green will serve as an artist-in-residence at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music from Nov. 11 to 15.

SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music will welcome Barry Green as an artist-in-residence from Nov. 11 to 15. The weeklong residency will include public lectures, workshops, recitals and a special performance with the Crane Symphony Orchestra.

Green is a renowned bassist, clinician, author and motivational speaker. He will present three workshops based on his books, offer a lecture/recital and direct the Crane Symphony Orchestra in a multimedia presentation and concert.

All events are free, and the public is invited to attend. The schedule is as follows:

Monday, Nov. 11

  • Workshop 1, “The Inner Game of Music,” 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Crane Room C107: This lecture-demonstration is about overcoming mental obstacles to performance, practicing and teaching through the master techniques of awareness, commitment and trust. Green will demonstrate the humorous distraction of his “inner voice,” through live coaching demonstrations.

Tuesday, Nov. 12

  • Open rehearsal with Crane Symphony Orchestra, 2 to 3:50 p.m., Sara M. Snell Music Theater

Wednesday, Nov. 13

  • Lecture/Recital, “Anna’s Way” and “Anna’s Gift,” 1 to 1:40 p.m., Snell Theater: Green will perform alongside two 20-minute video segments. “Anna’s Way: From Inspiration to Artistry” follows the story of a 15-year-old frustrated with learning to play the bass, until she meets a tai chi master. “Anna’s Gift: The Way of Passion,” picks up Anna’s story a decade later, when she has become a celebrated concert bassist but beginning to have difficulty finding love and passion in her music-making.
  • Workshop 2, “Master of Music,” 2 to 2:50 p.m., Snell Theater: This session is based on interviews with 120 musicians, each famous for expressing a special gift of unique artistry. Watch and hear Dave Brubeck, Joshua Bell, Bobby McFerrin, Frederica von Stade, Eddie Daniels and soul singer Nnenna Freelon as they share insights on creativity, passion, courage, confidence, tolerance, discipline, humility, communication and inspiration. 
  • Workshop 3, “Bring Music to Life,” 3 to 3:50 p.m., Snell Theater: Green will explain and demonstrate an innovative imaginative methodology to bring spirit and life to music, by mastering breath, pulse and movement. The workshop will include live coaching demonstrations, and video clips illuminating how famous jazz, hip hop, Latin, classical and chamber music artists illustrate the principles through their performances.

Thursday, Nov. 14

  • Crane Symphony Orchestra concert featuring “Anna’s Promise,” 7:30 p.m., Snell Theater: The Crane Symphony Orchestra concert will open with a few chamber works, featuring groups and members chosen from the orchestra. Green will join the Crane Symphony Orchestra for its performance of “Anna’s Promise: Sharing Joy, Inspiration and Compassion,” the third episode of the series. The film will be projected on stage, while the orchestra performs alongside the story. In this final segment, the artist has found fulfillment as a performer, teacher and individual, and is sharing her lessons of how to bring passion to performance with young musicians. The music is written in cross-cultural styles, including Latin, jazz and classical forms. Due to the nature of multimedia performances, this concert will not be livestreamed online. All are welcome to join for this intimate live performance in Snell Theater.

Friday, Nov. 15

  • Workshop with the National String Project, 4 to 5 p.m., Crane Room A323

About the visiting artist:

Barry Green, a native Californian, served as principal bassist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for 28 years, and more recently was principal bassist of the California Symphony and the Sun Valley (Idaho) Summer Symphony. A former executive director of the International Society of Bassists, he has also directed the Young Bassist Program for the San Francisco Symphony’s education department, and is currently teaching double bass at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Green is the author of three books dealing with the philosophy of music, the mind, body and spirit, including “The Inner Game of Music,” “The Mastery of Music: Ten Pathways to True Artistry” and “Bringing Music to Life.” He has also written three bass method books and released many solo recordings. Green directs an innovative concert series on themes of musical inspiration, called “Bridging Gaps: One Music, One World,” including three new productions, called “Anna’s Way: From Inspiration to Artistry” (for bass, piano, percussion and narrator-actor), “Anna’s Gift: The Way of Passion” (for bass, symphonic band and narrator) and “Anna’s Promise: Sharing Joy, Inspiration and Compassion” (for bass and chamber orchestra). All three episodes are inspired by principles in Green’s three mind-body-spirit books. The stories are written by Alan Scofield. The music for the second and third episodes is composed by Argentine composer/bassist Andres Martin. The “Anna” series has been presented in 34 countries with national soloists and ensembles from 2016 to the present. To learn more about Green, visit

About The Crane School of Music:

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. For more information, please visit

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