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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
The New York Philharmonic Principal Brass Quintet concert is Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at Hosmer Hall.
The New York Philharmonic Principal Brass Quintet concert is Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at Hosmer Hall.

NY Philharmonic's top brass coming to Potsdam

Some of the best brass players in the New York Philharmonic, the oldest symphony orchestra in the U.S., will take part in "Brass Day" at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam on Sunday. The Principal Brass Quintet's visit will culminate with a concert Sunday night (7:30) in Hosmer Hall.

The Quintet featuring Principal Trumpet Philip Smith, trumpet player Ethan Bensdorf, Principal Horn Philip Myers, Principal Trombone Joseph Alessi, and Principal Tuba Alan Baer, has hosted annual holiday concerts at Lincoln Center since 1995. They're also a regular encore feature on Philharmonic tours. Todd Moe spoke with principal trumpet, Philip Smith.  Go to full article
Linda Eder
Linda Eder

Preview: Linda Eder in Potsdam

Singer Linda Eder will perform a tribute to Broadway in Hosmer Hall at SUNY Potsdam on Saturday night (7:30). She originated the role of Lucy Harris in Jekyll & Hyde on Broadway. Todd Moe spoke with Eder about her big break on "Star Search" in the late 80's, and how she created her own niche as an interpreter of Broadway songs and pop classics.  Go to full article
This portrait of pianist Leon Fleisher has become part of the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.
This portrait of pianist Leon Fleisher has become part of the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.

A passion for the piano and painting

Crane School of Music professor of piano Paul Wyse has mastered two art forms. He's a classically trained concert pianist and also paints portraits. Two of Wyse's recent portraits of pianist and conductor Leon Fleisher have become part of the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian.

He's performed at the piano on the concert stage around the world, and his oil portraits hang in public and private collections and appear in national publications.

So, how does a classically trained concert pianist become an award winning visual artist? "It's hard to explain," says Wyse. But he adds that it's not uncommon for musicians who study the structure of a symphony to use those same skills in the visual arts.

During a visit to his portrait studio in his home near Prescott, Ontario, he told Todd Moe that the mystery of transforming cloth and pigment into something that is looking back at you is powerful, alluring, and part of the compulsion to paint.  Go to full article
Helmuth Rilling
Helmuth Rilling

Crane Spring Festival concert features acclaimed conductor Helmuth Rilling

The Crane School of Music kicks off its 125th anniversary this weekend with its Spring Festival Concert in Hosmer Hall. Internationally acclaimed conductor Maestro Helmuth Rilling will direct the Crane Chorus and Crane Symphony Orchestra in a performance Saturday night (7:30) in Hosmer Concert Hall of Bach's Mass in B-Minor. It's a giant piece hailed by many to be the most perfect of musical compositions. Maestro Rilling, one of the world's preeminent interpreters of Bach, is known around the world for his work with choirs and orchestras. Todd Moe has a preview.  Go to full article
ONNY Conductor Ken Andrews in action. Photo: ONNY
ONNY Conductor Ken Andrews in action. Photo: ONNY

Preview: Orchestra of Northern New York's spring concert in Potsdam

NCPR is media sponsor for the Orchestra of Northern New York's spring concert this Saturday night (7:30) at Hosmer Hall in Potsdam. Todd Moe spoke with ONNY Music Director/Conductor Ken Andrews, who says the concert will include "Circle of Faith" featuring Native American drummers and dancers, and Beethoven's uplifting Symphony No. 7.  Go to full article

A love of little known songs

Crane School of Music tenor Donald George tells Todd Moe why he chose to record the music of Boston composer Margaret Lang, who was the first woman to have had her music performed by a major American orchestra. She wrote more than 130 songs during the early 20th century. Though much of her music was popular during her lifetime, Lang was her own toughest critic, sometimes destroying pieces she did not feel confident of. Donald George and pianist Lucy Mauro have spent the last few years researching Lang's life and reviving an interest in her nearly forgotten music.  Go to full article
Stephanie Blythe
Stephanie Blythe

Opera star returns to her musical roots

Our week-long spotlight on music in the North Country continues. Metropolitan Opera star Stephanie Blythe talks with Todd Moe about her love for art songs. Blythe recently returned to the North Country to work with students at her alma mater -- the Crane School of Music in Potsdam.  Go to full article
A reproduction of an Egyptian Horse Lyre, known as a Lefre.  The instruments were donated by Robert Washburn, Professor Emeritus at Crane.
A reproduction of an Egyptian Horse Lyre, known as a Lefre. The instruments were donated by Robert Washburn, Professor Emeritus at Crane.

Exhibit celebrates music of the Bible

An exhibit of handmade instruments at the Potsdam Public Library this month explores the development of musical instruments in ancient times. The instruments were built by Charles Lanphere in the early 1900's based on biblical passages. Lanphere taught at the Crane School of Music in the 1930's and was fascinated by the development of ancient music. Potsdam Museum Director and Curator Mimi Van Deusen gave Todd Moe a tour of the exhibit. She says Lanphere was raised on a Lewis County farm in the 1880's, and attended church several times a week as a child.  Go to full article

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