POTSDAM -- The Crane School of Music faculty will present several recitals to usher in the fall concert season at SUNY Potsdam. All concerts are free, and open to the public.
Carol Cope Lowe, bassoon, and Dr. François Germain, piano, will hold an afternoon recital at Sunday, Sept. 16 at 3 p.m. at Snell Theater.
The recital will include the exceptionally beautiful "Sonate" by the well-known French composer Camille Saint-Saëns; a set of waltzes by Latin-American composer Francisco Mignone; Russian composer Reinhold Glière's lyrical "Impromptu" and light-hearted "Humoresque"; two works by American composers, including a fiery "Rhapsody" by Willson Osborne and David Kirby's majestic "Reverie and Dance," as well as Alexandre Tansman's captivating "Sonatine."
Lowe is currently principal bassoon for the Orchestra of Northern New York and is a member of the Potsdam Wind Quintet and the Aria Reed Trio.
Baritone David Pittman-Jennings, voice, will hold an evening recital with Eugenia Tsarov, piano, Sunday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Snell Theater.
The concert will begin with the Concert in C for piano, originally a concerto grosso by Antonio Vivaldi, which was one of several hundred works that J.S. Bach transcribed or arranged for keyboard.
Then Pittman-Jennings and Tsarov will perform "Amore traditore" from Cantata No. 8 by Bach, one of two cantatas he set to Italian texts.
The "Michelangelo-Lieder" by Hugo Wolf are three songs set to poems by Michelangelo Buonaroti, with the music reflecting the dark nature of his writing.
The recital will close with Op. 121, "Vier ernste Gesänge" by Johannes Brahms.
There is no other comparable work for solo voice and piano using texts from both the Old and New Testaments from the 19th century.
Before joining the Crane faculty, Pittman-Jennings established a formidable international opera and concert career performing an extensive repertory.
Mark Hartman, trombone and David Heinick, piano will hold a recital Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Snell Theater.
They will present the "Aria Solemnus" by Johann Zechner edited by Richard Raum, as well as a suite by Pierre Max Dubois and a sonata by Rex Cadwallader.
The concert will close with "Notes of Love," a 2009 work by Nicola Ferro.
In addition to his position as principal trombonist with the Orchestra of Northern New York, Hartman performs with the Northern Symphonic Winds, the Potsdam Brass Quintet and the Burlington Choral Society Orchestra.
He has performed with the Ottawa, Vermont and Phoenix symphony orchestras, as well as the Brevard Music Center Festival Orchestra, the Upstate New York Trombone Ensemble, the Skyline Brass Ensemble and Summit Brass.