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Crane Candlelight Concert to be Broadcast on Mountain Lake PBS and North Country Public Radio

December 8, 2023
Traditional Holiday Concert from SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music to be Broadcast on Mountain Lake PBS & NCPR Again this Season 

The 2023 Crane Candlelight Concert will be broadcast on Mountain Lake PBS and North Country Public Radio again this holiday season.

For more than 100 years, the Crane Candlelight Concert has ushered in the holiday season at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music. Once again, audiences can relive the magic, thanks to upcoming broadcasts on regional public television and radio. 

The 2023 Crane Candlelight Concert took place on Sunday, Dec. 3, featuring nearly 300 musicians on stage at the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall. Video cameras and sound equipment were there to capture every moment in high definition. 

The concert is set to air on Mountain Lake PBS at the following times: 

  • Monday, Dec. 18: 9 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, Dec. 20: 1 a.m. 
  • Sunday, Dec. 24: 8 p.m. 
  • Monday, Dec. 25: 1 p.m. 

Mountain Lake PBS recently aired concerts from past years to open the holiday season, and they will now syndicate the 2023 performance for other stations across the U.S. and Canada to air as well. 

The program will also air on North Country Public Radio as part of the station’s holiday programming, as follows: 

  • Thursday, Dec. 21: 9 p.m. 
  • Sunday, Dec. 24: 8 p.m. 

The livestream recording of the concert can also be enjoyed online anytime, at the Crane YouTube channel. 

About the concert: 

The 2023 Crane Candlelight Concert program welcomed an array of ensembles and genres to the Hosmer stage, starting with the Giroux Honors Jazz Combo performing an arrangement of “Christmas Time is Here/O Christmas Tree,” followed by the Crane Handbell Quartet’s rendition of “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen.” The award-winning Crane Opera Ensemble presented three arias from “The Christmas Coin,” a contemporary opera by Keith Gates. 

Visiting conductor Dr. Mark Kligman, a world-renowned scholar in Jewish music, conducted two major works in honor of Hanukkah. Led by Kligman, the Crane Wind Ensemble performed “To Celebrate a Miracle,” incorporating the melodies of some of the best known Hanukkah-related songs and hymns. The Crane Symphony Orchestra and Crane Chorus filled the stage to present part one of Herman Berlinski’s “Avodat Shabbat,” a masterwork that is one of only three complete Sabbath services written for soloists, chorus and large orchestra. 

Rounding out the program, saxophonist Dr. Casey Grev joined the Crane Chorus for a special arrangement of “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming,” before the symphony and chorus joined forces to present the world premiere of “The Night Before Christmas,” a new work by Crane School of Music alumnus Shavon Lloyd ’19, who is currently a graduate student at The Juilliard School. 

To learn more about the Crane Candlelight Concert, 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 and was one of the first Yamaha Institutions of Excellence. For more information, please visit 

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