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Daniel Kelly (courtesy
Daniel Kelly (courtesy

"Voices From The Farm" premieres at Crane School of Music this Sunday

This Sunday at 3 pm an original jazz suite, written in honor of the farmers of the North Country, premieres in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater at SUNY Potsdam.

Composer Daniel Kelly is bringing some of New York City's finest jazz musicians to the Crane School of Music for a concert that mixes jazz, the voices of local farmers, and traditional fiddling from Potsdam fiddler Gretchen Koehler.

The concert is presented by Community Performance Series.  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
Orchestra of Northern New York Music Director and Conductor Kenneth Andrews.   Photo:  ONNY
Orchestra of Northern New York Music Director and Conductor Kenneth Andrews. Photo: ONNY

Orchestra of Northern New York celebrates silver anniversary season

The Orchestra of Northern New York kicks off its 25th season this weekend in Potsdam and Watertown. The orchestra will perform Beethoven's 9th Symphony along with the combined choirs of the Potsdam Community Chorus and the Northern Choral Society. For many, the piece is among Beethoven's greatest works, and is considered by some to be the greatest piece of music ever written.

Todd Moe talks with music director and conductor Kenneth Andrews about 25 years of making music and conducting Beethoven. Andrews has led the Orchestra of Northern New York since it first began in 1988.

Saturday night's concert is in SUNY Potsdam's Hosmer Concert Hall at 7:30, and Sunday's concert is at 3:30 at Watertown's First Presbyterian Church. Tickets: 315-267-2277  Go to full article
"Concoction" by Becki Walenz
"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 label, is designed to help young trumpeters learn some of the pieces that are in the standard learning repertoire for the instrument. Joel Hurd tells us more.  Go to full article

Preview: ONNY's summer pops concert in Potsdam

Pops and patriotic tunes will fill Hosmer Hall at SUNY Potsdam on July 3rd at 7:30 p.m. It's the Orchestra of Northern New York's annual summer pops concert, a musical celebration for the Fourth of July, Canada Day and summer. Todd Moe spoke with conductor Ken Andrews, who says the theme for Tuesday night's concert is the Big Band era.  Go to full article
Crane's student kelzmer band, Klez-Mania!
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 Matt Wurtzel about the group, Klez-mania, and their brand of this spirited and uniquely Jewish musical style. He says klezmer music combines the Yiddish folk melodies of Eastern Europe with early American jazz styles.  Go to full article
"From the Top" is heard Sunday at 4pm on NCPR.
"From the Top" is heard Sunday at 4pm on NCPR.

"From the Top" in Potsdam to showcase young musicians

One of the most popular weekly music programs on public radio is coming to Potsdam this Saturday night. For more than ten years, "From the Top" has been the preeminent showcase for America's best young musicians. Hosted by pianist Christopher O'Riley, the show will be recorded live in Hosmer Concert Hall at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music on Saturday night (7:30). The Potsdam "From the Top" broadcast will feature several of the most talented young performers from across the country. The show is the final Community Performance Series Guest Artist Series event of the season.

These are tough times for classical music -- with recent budget cuts to arts education in public schools and some orchestras going bankrupt. But Christopher O'Riley told Todd Moe that he doesn't think the future of classical music is bleak. He says the next generation of classical musicians are more entrepreneurial than his generation.  Go to full article

Preview: Northern Symphonic Winds in Massena

The Northern Symphonic Winds winter concert is this Saturday night (7:30) in the Massena High School Auditorium. "Altered States" is the theme of the concert that will also include select Massena student musicians. The concert is a benefit for the school's music program. Todd Moe talks with conductor Brian Doyle about choosing a theme and music for the concert.  Go to full article
Crane artists-in-residence, Ethel
Crane artists-in-residence, Ethel

Preview: "Ethel" in Potsdam

Todd Moe talks with Jennifer Choi, the violinist from the eclectic string quartet, Ethel. They're artists-in-residence at the Crane School of Music this week and will present a concert in Potsdam at Hosmer Hall Thursday night (7:30). They have a cool name and the young musicians like to play music influenced by pop and jazz. Ethel will perform its "Present Beauty" program featuring music by Philip Glass from the movie, The Hours. Choi says the four musicians have backgrounds in the classical genre, but the group prefers adventurous music.  Go to full article
Jane Subramanian and Virginia Rose Cayey, with campus icon &quot;Minnie,&quot; a statue of the Roman goddess <em>Minerva</em>. Their new book traces nearly 200 years of history at SUNY Potsdam.
Jane Subramanian and Virginia Rose Cayey, with campus icon "Minnie," a statue of the Roman goddess Minerva. Their new book traces nearly 200 years of history at SUNY Potsdam.

New book highlights SUNY's oldest campus

A new book tells the history of SUNY Potsdam through photographs. Potsdam is the oldest campus in the state university system and the new Arcadia Publishing book includes more than 200 vintage images. The book traces the school's history from its founding in 1816; its teacher training traditions, the Crane School of Music, School of Arts and Sciences, athletics and other activities. Todd Moe talks with the two local authors, Jane Subramanian and Virginia Rose Cayey, about their memories as students at SUNY Potsdam and some of the joys and challenges of sifting through hundreds of historic photos and documents.  Go to full article

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