Crane Orchestra Concert
WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY)
The Orchestral Groups of SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music will present a new commissioned work alongside a renowned guest artist at an upcoming concert on Thursday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall.
The free performance will feature both the Crane Symphony Orchestra and the Crane Chamber Orchestra, and will be streamed live online via YouTube at www.potsdam.edu/cranelive.
The concert will open with the “Mannheim Sinfonia in G-Major” by Johann Stamitz, followed by the “Kaiser-Waltzer” by Johann Strass II.
The highlight of the evening will be the New York premiere of Carter Pann’s Concerto for Soprano Saxophone, commissioned by the Crane Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra will perform alongside one of the world’s finest saxophonists, Dr. Christopher Creviston, himself a former Crane faculty member. The composer wrote the piece for Creviston, saying the work “does what it can to show the many facets of my favorite musicians on the planet, using a varied orchestral palette”.
“We are honored to work with these two top musicians and grateful for their presence this week,” said Dr. Ching-Chun Lai, Director of Orchestras.
Dr. Casey Grev, associate professor of saxophone, will join Creviston and the orchestra to perform Franz Doppler’s charming duet “Andante and Rondo”, to close the concert.
Led by Dr. Ching-Chun Lai, the Crane Symphony Orchestra is a premier 60-member ensemble at the Crane School of Music. The Crane Symphony Orchestra is the second oldest college orchestra in the United States, and in its long heritage Crane students have worked with legendary conductors and musicians, such as Nadia Boulanger, Sarah Caldwell, Aaron Copland, Howard Hanson, Gunther Schuller and Robert. Shaw, to name a few. The Crane Symphony Orchestra has performed at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall, among other prestigious venues.
Also conducted by Dr. Lai, the 22-member Crane Chamber Orchestra focuses on studying and performing the repertoire written for this orchestration, ranging from Baroque to contemporary music.
About the composer and guest artist:
Composer/pianist Carter Pann has written and worked with musicians around the world, with performances by the London Symphony and the City of Birmingham Symphony, the Tchaikovsky Symphony in Moscow, numerous radio symphony organizations across Europe, the Seattle Symphony, the National Repertory Orchestra, New York and Chicago youth orchestras and countless wind ensembles. He has worked with Richard Stoltzman, the Antares Ensemble, Capitol Saxophone Quartet, West Coast Wind Quintet, River Oaks Chamber Ensemble, Takacs Quartet and numerous concert pianists. Awards include a Charles Ives Fellowship, a Masterprize seat in London and five ASCAP awards over the years. His numerous albums encompass solo, vocal, chamber, orchestral and wind music, and have received two Grammy nominations to date. Pann was a 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Music finalist. He currently teaches at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Hailed as “one of the finest saxophonists in the world” (Audiophile Audition) with “the personality and fingers of a top-notch soloist” (American Record Guide), “subtle, insightful phrasing and flawless control of vibrato ” (Fanfare Magazine), Yamaha Artist Christopher Creviston has performed at venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to Paisley Park and the Apollo Theatre. As a soloist and with the Capitol Quartet, Creviston has performed with bands and orchestras across the United States. As a recitalist and clinician, he performs regularly with the Capitol Quartet and in duo with pianist Hannah Gruber Creviston and guitarist Oren Fader. In addition to several established recordings with these ensembles, Creviston’s most recent releases are the first recording of William Bolcom’s “Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra”, featuring conductor Gary Hill and the Arizona State University Wind Orchestra , and a Creviston Duo album titled “Breaking,” featuring works commissioned (or co-commissioned) by the duo from composers Stacy Garrop, Mark Lanz Weiser, Katherine Hoover and John Fitz Rogers. Now a faculty member at Arizona State University, Creviston has held positions at the Crane School of Music (SUNY Potsdam), Greenwich House of Arts (NYC), University of Windsor (Canada) and the ‘University of Michigan. He is president of the North American Saxophone Alliance.
This performance will be streamed live on the Crane School of Music YouTube channel at concert time. To view the schedule and see other upcoming streaming performances, visit www.potsdam.edu/cranelive.
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