POTSDAM -- SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School will present a performance by composer David Heinick and other members of the Crane faculty Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Snell Theater. The performance will include four of Heinick’s most recent works.
The program includes three world premieres, including "Chiaroscuro," a setting of four poems from "Il Dilemma di Orfeo" by Potsdam poet Walter Nobile, to be performed by soprano Jill Pearon, mezzo-soprano Lorraine Yaros Sullivan and Heinick at the piano. Heinick will also perform the premiere of his most recent work, "Sonata," for piano, which was completed just this past August.
Also on the program is the first performance of "Cliches" for oboe, clarinet and bassoon, to be played by the Aria Reed Trio, and a performance of "Turns of Phrase" by the Potsdam Brass Quintet.
David Heinick is the composer of over 80 works for a variety of performing forces. His music has been performed frequently throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, and has been broadcast on NPR, the CBC and the BBC. He joined the Crane faculty in 1989, after previously having taught at the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore and St. Mary's College of Maryland.
Poet Walter Nobile was born to Italian parents in Tripoli, Libya. He has taught Italian language and literature at the Universities of California, Oregon and Chicago. He is currently working on a new translation of Dante's "Divine Comedy," seeking to preserve in English the musicality of the original.
Soprano Jill Pearon holds degrees from the University of Evansville, Southern Methodist University and the University of Michigan, where she received her doctorate. She has performed in opera, recital and concert venues across the United States and in Europe. She specializes in creating unique themed recital programs often incorporating staged, costumed and visual components.
A member of the Crane faculty since 2008, mezzo-soprano Lorraine Yaros Sullivan is an active performer of opera, oratorio, chamber music and art song. Her recent opera performance credits include Dorabella in Mozart's "Così fan tutte" and Ottavia in Monteverdi's "L'Incoronazione di Poppea." She has been a featured soloist in Falla's "El amor brujo," Libby Larsen's "Eleanor Roosevelt," Duruflé's "Requiem," Bach's "Magnificat," Schoenberg's "Pierrot Lunaire" and "Das Buch der hängenden Gärten" and Argento's "From the Diary of Virginia Woolf."
Formed in 2006 by Crane faculty members, including bassoonist Carol Lowe, oboist Anna Hendrickson and clarinetist Julianne Kirk, the Aria Reed Trio regularly performs throughout New York State, has been featured on Rochester's WXXI Live from Hochstein radio broadcast, and has presented commissions at the 2008 and 2010 conferences of the International Double Reed Society.
The Potsdam Brass Quintet, established in 1968, is the brass quintet-in-residence at Crane. The quintet has performed in concert throughout much of the United States and Canada. The quintet consists of trumpeters John Ellis and James Madeja, hornist Kelly Drifmeyer, trombonist Mark Hartman and tubist Charles Guy, all members of the Crane faculty.