Crane Symphonic Band and Student String Quartets Both Present Concerts at The Crane School of Music Next Week

SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music Hosts Two Concerts, Featuring Student String Quartets and the Crane Symphonic Band, on Nov. 15

POTSDAM, NY (11/08/2018) SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music will host two performances highlighting student ensembles on Thursday, Nov. 15.

At 5 p.m., Crane students will present a concert of string quartets in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater. Student groups will perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "String Quartet in E-Flat," a "Nonet for Strings and Winds" by Louise Farrenc and two works by Antonín Dvorák, including his "Terzetto for Two Violins and Viola," and the "String Quartet in F-Major, Op. 96," nicknamed the "American Quartet."

At 7:30 p.m., the Crane Symphonic Band will take the stage in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall. The band will present a program featuring Kyle Kindred's "In Store," Warren Benson's "The Leaves are Falling," Jaromir Weinberger's "Polka and Fugue, from 'Schwanda the Bagpiper,'" and Nancy Galbraith's "Danzas de los Duendes." The concert will conclude with Ronald Lo Presti's "Elegy for a Young American," followed by Frank Ticheli's "Blue Shades."

About the performers:

Conducted by Dr. Brian K. Doyle, the Crane Symphonic Band is SUNY Potsdam's oldest wind band. James Garfield, a 1905 Potsdam Normal School graduate, established the band as The Normal Band in 1926. Although Garfield referred to the group as the Symphonic Band as early as 1940, the ensemble went through several official name changes before Professor Harry Phillips settled permanently upon the current name. Guest conductors have included Percy Grainger, Edwin Franko Goldman, Vincent Persichetti, Capt. William J. Stannard (founder of the U.S. Army Band, "Pershing's Own") and Col. William Santlemann (U.S. Marine Corps Band, "The President's Own"). The Crane Symphonic Band has premiered numerous works, including those by Crane faculty members Arthur Frackenpohl, Robert Washburn and Elliot Del Borgo.

Both concerts are free, and the public is invited to attend.

Both performances will be broadcast live on the Crane School of Music YouTube channel at the concert times. To view the programs and see other upcoming streaming performances, visit

About The Crane School of Music:

Founded in 1886, SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music has a long legacy of excellence in music education and performance. Life at Crane includes an incredible array of more than 300 recitals, lectures and concerts presented by faculty, students and guests each year. The Crane School of Music is the State University of New York's only All-Steinway institution. For more information, please visit