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SUNY Potsdam is a small coeducational liberal arts college in Potsdam NY. This unit of the State University of New York is most widely noted for its teacher education programs and as the home of The Crane School of Music.

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UpNorth Forum
Crossing Borders Festival at SUNY Potsdam
In the Crossing Borders Festival at SUNY Potsdam, world-class scholars, policymakers, journalists, artists and performers address globalization issues in over 100 events.
Audio Slideshow
The Mikado: Crane Opera Ensemble and Orchestra
The Crane Opera Ensemble and Orchestra presented the classic Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, The Mikado, a spoof of all things imperial, in Snell Music Theater at SUNY Potsdam. NCPR Morning host Todd Moe is beneath the great hat.
Photo: Todd Moe
Photo: Todd Moe

CPS boosts local libraries

Community Performance Series in Potsdam has launched a project to benefit area school libraries. CPS is asking patrons to donate favorite books -- from every genre -- as part of their Meet the Arts series this year. The theme is storytelling and some of the upcoming performances will include Peter and the Wolf with the Orchestra of Northern New York, Animal Farm and The Kite Runner.

Todd Moe spoke with Meg Watson, CPS marketing and education coordinator, who says book donations will benefit local schools and give donors a chance to share a love of storytelling.  Go to full article
The Calefax Reed Quintet will perform Bach's Goldberg Variations at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11 in Hosmer Hall at SUNY Potsdam.

Preview: Calefax reed quintet in Potsdam

One of the finest woodwind quintets in the world will give a concert this weekend in Potsdam. Community Performance Series will host the CALEFAX Reed Quintet on Sunday night(7:30) in the Hosmer Concert Hall at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music.

The Amsterdam-based quintet launches its U.S. tour in Potsdam with a performance of Bach's Goldberg Variations, as well as pieces by Ravel and Grieg. Todd Moe spoke with saxophonist Raaf Hekkema, who says the group began playing music together 25 years ago, while still in high school. An ensemble member will give a free pre-concert lecture at 6:30 Sunday night  Go to full article

Christopher Battles: music in the classroom

Musician Christopher Battles is hoping to make his mark as an acoustic singer/songwriter in New York City.

Over the last few months, Christopher Battles has shared his musical journey via audio postcards. We've heard occasional stories of his new life -- the pressures, emotional highs and lows and what it's like for an upstate troubadour in the big city.

Christopher grew up in Oswego, graduated from the Crane School of Music last year and now lives in New York City. He studied percussion and music education at Crane, and when he's not performing his brand of folk music on the street, subway platform or the stage of a coffee house, he's a substitute teacher.  Go to full article

Preview: "Fatal Promises" at SUNY Potsdam

Fighting for the abolition of modern day slavery is the subject of a new film that will be show at SUNY-Potsdam Thursday afternoon. Filmmaker Kat Rohrer will show and...  Go to full article
"Concoction" by Becki Walenz

Becki Walenz releases new CD as a resource for young trumpeters

Becki Walenz is a trumpeter and graduate student at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. Her debut CD, which she has just released on the school's MADSTOP Records...  Go to full article
SUNY Potsdam biology major Stefan Sloma and professor Robert Ewy at the school's willow stand in Potsdam.

Growing willows for fuel

This summer, NCPR is taking a second look at the realities of alternative and renewable energy in our region. Some advocates think locally-generated energy, from hydro to...  Go to full article

Preview: "Beauty and the Beast" in Potsdam

The stage version of Disney's Beauty and the Beast opens next Tuesday night at SUNY Potsdam. Dress rehearsals for the show are underway this weekend. Todd Moe checks...  Go to full article
Christopher Battles

Christopher Battles, chasing his musical dream

New York City has always held a special place in the American imagination. For generations, it has inspired more than its fair share of musical dreams.

Musician...  Go to full article

Potsdam considers police force size

The Potsdam Village Board opened a public discussion on the size of the police force last night.

Two positions have remained unfilled since one sergeant resigned...  Go to full article
Crane's student kelzmer band, Klez-Mania!

Wild about klezmer music in Potsdam

The Crane School of Music Klezmer Band, Klez-mania, will perform at Beth El synagogue in Potsdam this Sunday at 4:30.

Todd Moe talks with clarinetist...  Go to full article

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