POTSDAM -- SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music will present a performance by the Crane Faculty Chamber Players Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Snell Theater. The performance will include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Serenade in C-Minor, followed by the Petite Symphonie by Charles Gounod.
This special program will showcase Harmoniemusik, with the opening work by Mozart. The Serenade in C-Minor is written for a wind octet, an instrumental configuration popular in Vienna and Prague in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. This work employs somber conflicts and dramatic juxtapositions of emotion, while closely following the tight-knit, four-movement symphonic form.
Written in 1885, Gounod's Petite Symphonie added a flute to a wind octet. With an overall character of elegant conversation, the work features a Haydnesque slow introduction to a lively allegro, and a slow movement like an operatic aria for flute over sonorous winds.
The ensemble will include Kenneth Andrews on flute; Anna Hendrickson and Laurel Kuxhaus on oboe; Julianne Kirk Doyle and Raphael Sanders on clarinet; Carol Lowe and Jo Ann Simpson on bassoon; Kelly Drifmeyer and Nancy Ziemba on horn, and John Geggie on double bass. Brian K. Doyle, director of bands at Crane, will conduct the concert.