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Preview: Soprano Christine Brewer in Potsdam

She grew up in a small Illinois town, and is renowned for what's been called her "sumptuous voice". Soprano Christine Brewer gives a recital in Hosmer Hall at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam tonight (7:30). She's performed all over the world in concert, recital and operatic performances, including London, Chicago and New York City. Todd Moe spoke with Brewer about her musical career. She began as a violinist, went to college wanting to be a teacher and hasn't forgotten her love of working with students.  Go to full article
Michael Sitton, the new Dean at the Crane School of Music
Michael Sitton, the new Dean at the Crane School of Music

New leadership at Crane

There's new leadership at SUNY-Potsdam's Crane School of Music this year. Michael Sitton replaces Alan Solomon, who retired this summer. Sitton comes to Crane from Eastern New Mexico University where he was Dean of Fine Arts. The North Carolina native is an accomplished pianist and composer of liturgical choral music. Todd Moe spoke with Michael Sitton about music education and his goals for Crane.  Go to full article

New music later in life

Senior adults who would like to learn to play a concert band instrument are invited to a workshop in Potsdam next Tuesday. Dig out that old clarinet or trumpet from the attic, or try out a new instrument. Music education students at the Crane School of Music will conduct band rehearsals starting next month. Brass player Ron Barry came up with the idea of starting a band for seniors based on his experiences, as an adult, at summer music camps through the New Horizons International Music Association. He told Todd Moe that beginners are especially welcome.  Go to full article
Potsdam Clarinet Quartet on stage at Hosmer Hall in 2007
Potsdam Clarinet Quartet on stage at Hosmer Hall in 2007

Live on Friday: The Potsdam Clarinet Quartet

Clarinetists Alan Woy, Roxanne Woy, Jill Roberts and Wally Siebel join Todd Moe in the studio to celebrate music for the clarinet. They perform a couple of chamber pieces and a Joplin rag.  Go to full article
The Heroines Who Died for Love rehearse a scene.
The Heroines Who Died for Love rehearse a scene.

Opera preview: love, fate and lots of sopranos

Love, fate and the wills of Greek gods and goddesses come together this weekend as SUNY Potsdam's Crane Opera Ensemble and Orchestra presents Francesco Cavalli's opera L'Egisto. Todd Moe has this preview.  Go to full article

Music: the dynamic sounds of salsa

The SUNY-Potsdam campus is quiet this week for Spring Break, but earlier this month a practice room at the Crane School of Music was sizzling with salsa! The 21 musicians represent nearly every aspect of music life at Crane - strings, brass, percussion, piano, woodwinds and voice. They're preparing for another trip to Mexico this summer. Todd Moe sat in on a rehearsal and spoke with some of the students and director Marsha Baxter who started the group when she arrived ten years ago with a passion for Latin music.  Go to full article

Preview: ONNY?s family concerts in Croghan and Potsdam

The Orchestra of Northern New York is presenting its annual family concerts this weekend in Croghan and Potsdam. The music is programmed to please long-time classical music fans and those who might be hearing it for the first time. The concerts will also feature a young saxophonist from Canton, playing a very challenging piece. Joel heard has a preview.  Go to full article
Chris Battles on bongo drums.
Chris Battles on bongo drums.

Heard Up North: Bongo jam

The Crane School of Music's Latin Ensemble will fill Hosmer Concert Hall in Potsdam with the spicy sounds of salsa tonight. The 21 student musicians include voice, piano, guitar, brass, woodwinds and percussion. Latin jazz rhythms are hard to resist, especially for drummers. Today's "Heard Up North" is a quick Bongo lesson.  Go to full article

Preview: Northern Symphonic Winds

The Northern Symphonic Winds celebrates its tenth season with a concert in Hosmer Hall at SUNY Potsdam Saturday night. The group of Crane School of Music faculty, students and community musicians will perform works by Holst, Hindemuth, Hanson and Puckett. Todd Moe talks with guest conductor Brian Doyle.  Go to full article
Heather Eyerly directs a rehearsal of Crane's senior youth choir
Heather Eyerly directs a rehearsal of Crane's senior youth choir

"Fearless" young singers at Crane

Children's choirs have been around for generations, and most adults will tell you their love of music began at a young age. There are a handful of youth choirs in the North Country that help foster early vocal skills, and supplement local school music programs. The Children's Chorus of Crane presents its winter concert at St. Mary's Church in Potsdam tonight at 7:30. It's a choir made up of a diverse group from throughout the North Country. Todd Moe stopped by a recent rehearsal and found a group of youngsters serious about making music together.  Go to full article

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