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Composer Robert Washburn at the podium. Photo: SUNY Potsdam
Composer Robert Washburn at the podium. Photo: SUNY Potsdam

Music and conversation with Potsdam composer Robert Washburn

Note: This conversation first aired February 21, 2005. We share it again upon news of the composer's death an age 85 this week.

You probably don't hear his music everyday, but Robert Washburn is a cherished resident of the North Country, and a household name among many musicians, band directors, teachers and composers. He's received numerous awards, and his music has been performed around the world including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center and the White House. In addition to his work as composer and teacher, Washburn is a specialist in the musics of Africa and Asia, and he and his wife, Beverly, have made a number of field trips to North Africa and the Middle East.

In 1980, Washburn was commissioned to write music for the opening ceremonies of the Lake Placid Winter Olympics. He joined Todd Moe in the studio to talk about his life in music.  Go to full article

"Subversive gardening" on World Food Day

Today is World Food Day, a day to think about hunger and food insecurity around the world and in our backyard.

High school students from around the North Country are meeting at SUNY Potsdam today for a Food Day Youth Summit.

Keynote speaker Roger Doiron, founder and director of Kitchen Gardeners International, led the successful effort to get a kitchen garden planted at the White House.  Go to full article
Art Sennett, holding a sculpture. Photo: Sarah Harris

Art Sennett: Making magic with clay

For 35 years, Art Sennett taught ceramics at SUNY Potsdam. He inspired generations of students to work with clay and create art. And he made a lot of his own pottery from raw materials he found in the North Country. Now, Art's retired. He spends his summers in Potsdam, and winters on an island off the coast of Georgia, where he teaches art classes.  Go to full article
Lonel Woods and Julie Miller, faculty members at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, will perform songs from the Civil War on Saturday night in Dekalb Junction.  Photo:  Todd Moe

Remembering the canons, not cannons, of the Civil War

The music of the Civil War era is more than marches and bugle calls. Baritone Lonel Woods and pianist Julie Miller will perform songs from the Civil War at the Meeting House...  Go to full article
Cuomo waits to make his pitch for tax free SUNY zones yesterday in Buffalo. Photo: Ashley Hassett

Start-ups near SUNY campuses could have ten tax-free years

Governor Andrew Cuomo and his cabinet are hitting the road to push his proposal to create tax-free zones for businesses that set up shop on or near public college campuses in...  Go to full article
The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet performs in Hosmer Hall at SUNY Potsdam on Saturday, at 7:30pm.   Photo:  LAGQ

Preview: LAGQ in Potsdam

The Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet will perform music of Japan, Cuba, Spain and Latin America in a concert Saturday night in SUNY Potsdam's Hosmer Hall. The...  Go to full article
SUNY Potsdam's ChaRon Brabham during a rehearsal for the Oscars. Photo: The Academy for Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Among the stars at the Oscars

A SUNY Potsdam theater student was among six college students on stage during the Oscars last Sunday night. ChaRon Brabham, from Brooklyn, was one of the winners of The...  Go to full article

Terri Lyne Carrington brings her Grammy winning Mosaic Project to Potsdam

Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington will bring a stellar band to Potsdam, NY on February 22, 2013 as part of the Community Performance Series. She talked to Joel Hurd about the...  Go to full article

Preview: Turtle Island Quartet in Potsdam

Community Performance Series in Potsdam presents a weekend of music and dance with two world reknowned ensembles. The Turtle Island Quartet will join with Luna Negra Dance...  Go to full article
Assemblywoman Addie Russell.

Russell says separate SUNY presidencies will be preserved, for now

North Country Assemblywoman Addie Russell says she's talked with State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimphor about preserving separate presidents at the SUNY...  Go to full article

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