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A formal affair from afar

Opera fans are flocking to movie theaters around the region. New digital technology is making Metropolitan Opera performances come alive to audiences hours away from New York City. Tomorrow, the Met's "Live in HD" series continues with the premiere of "Doctor Atomic." Todd Moe visited the Met's opening night production at the Roxy Theater in Potsdam earlier this fall. The local mini-gala included ushers in tuxes and lots of popcorn. The high definition broadcasts, linked live via satellite, give North Country opera buffs the advantage of bird's-eye views of the stage, close-ups, and backstage interviews.  Go to full article

Top teen pianists in Potsdam

Some of the world's best young pianists will be in Potsdam for the Julia Crane International Piano Competition and Festival this weekend. Teen pianists will compete for the top prize. Most of the Festival is open to the public, as is the final round on Sunday afternoon (1 pm) in SUNY Potsdam's Hosmer Hall. Todd Moe talks with Paul Wyse, who teaches piano at Crane, and is director of the competition.  Go to full article
Brock McElheran
Brock McElheran

People: Brock McElheran

Longtime Crane School of Music choral conductor, Brock McElheran, passed away Tuesday in Potsdam. He was 90. McElheran taught at Crane for 40 years and was a renowned expert in the field of conducting and music education. Todd Moe has this remembrance.  Go to full article
ONNY bass players Paul Mach (left) and Harry Schenawolf rehearse for the concert. Photo by Jim Christensen.
ONNY bass players Paul Mach (left) and Harry Schenawolf rehearse for the concert. Photo by Jim Christensen.

Preview: ONNY?s ?Patriotic Pops? concert

This evening in Potsdam, the Orchestra of Northern New York will hold their annual celebration of Canada Day and the 4th of July with a concert of largely patriotic music. But the concert will also be the setting for the premiere of a piece that already has an interesting history, and it hasn't even been played for the public yet. Joel Hurd tells us more.  Go to full article

Preview: ONNY?s ?Sensational Strings?

NCPR is Media Sponsor for the Orchestra of Northern New York's spring concert in SUNY-Potsdam's Hosmer Hall this Saturday night (7:30 pm). The program will include music by Mozart, Grieg, Tchaikowsky and the world premiere of "Fragile Skies" by Crane composer David Heinick. Todd Moe as a preview.  Go to full article
The Potsdam Brass Quintet
The Potsdam Brass Quintet

Preview: Potsdam Brass Quintet celebrates 40th anniversary

This is a big weekend for brass music at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam. The Potsdam Brass Quintet celebrates its 40th anniversary with concerts and clinics featuring former and current members of the group. The ensemble is made up of two trumpets, a French horn, trombone and tuba. It's one of the oldest chamber brass ensembles in the country. Todd Moe has a preview.  Go to full article

Preview: ?The Highwayman? premieres in Potsdam

18th century Europe is the setting for this weekend's spring musical production at SUNY Potsdam. The Crane Opera Ensemble is rolling three distinct operas into one show. Excerpts from Mozart's classics, "Cosi fan tutte" and "The Magic Flute", and the world premiere of "The Highwayman" will be performed tonight, tomorrow night and Sunday afternoon in Snell Music Theater. Todd Moe stopped by during a recent rehearsal to talk with the creative duo pulling it all together.  Go to full article
Larry Ham
Larry Ham

A love of jazz

Pianist Larry Ham grew up in Millbrook, a small town near Poughkeepsie. Piano lessons as a child led to a love of music, specifically jazz. He graduated from the Crane School of Music, and since 1985 has worked as a composer and arranger in New York City. He's performed at jazz festivals and concerts across the globe, and returns to Potsdam for a concert this Sunday night at 7:30 pm in SUNY Potsdam's Wakefield Recital Hall. Todd Moe spoke with Larry Ham about his career and music.  Go to full article

Art ?word of the month?: solfege

This month's word has its origins in early music, the Von Trapp Singers sang about it and an alien signed it in Steven Spielberg's film: Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Some say it's as easy as do-re-mi... Todd Moe spoke with Ciara Picard, a student at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam. She's majoring in music education and violin, and helped define our "Word of the Month" - solfege.  Go to full article
James Barron gives a lecture on his book this Sunday (1 pm) in Crane's Wakefield Recital Hall.
James Barron gives a lecture on his book this Sunday (1 pm) in Crane's Wakefield Recital Hall.

Crane dedicates new fleet of Steinways

SUNY-Potsdam's Crane School of Music will officially dedicate its new Steinway pianos with a lecture and concert on Sunday. The school's 142 new pianos are the first major acquisition of pianos for SUNY Potsdam in 50 years, and the largest single purchase of pianos for the college. It's also the largest single purchase of pianos in Steinway & Sons' 154-year history. The dedication concert will feature Crane piano faculty and students, and a lecture by James Barron on his book, Piano: The Making of a Steinway Concert Grand. Todd Moe has this preview.  Go to full article

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