Story of how 110 Crane students performed Turkish oratorio in NYC in 1958 to be told Sept. 30 in Potsdam
Monday, September 27, 2010 - 2:32 pm

POTSDAM – The story of how 110 Crane Chorus members got to travel to New York City in 1958 to perform a unique Turkish oratorio under the direction of famed conductor Leopold Stokowski will be on display in an academic forum at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 30 in Wakefield Recital Hall, SUNY Potsdam.

Crane School of Music Audio Engineer Gary A. Galo will present his article, "Leopold Stokowski's Rarest Recording: Saygun's 'Yunus Emre'-United Nations 1958." He will describe what led up to Seyfullah Esin, the former Turkish Ambassador to the United Nations, extending an invitation to the choir to participate in the Western Hemisphere premiere of an oratorio in 1958.

Stokowski conducted the Crane Chorus in the premiere of the oratorio "Yunus Emre" by the Turkish composer Ahmed Adnan Saygun on Nov. 25, 1958. The performance took place in New York City, in the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations.

An incredibly rare live recording was found being auctioned off online on eBay by a dealer in Turkey by Crane Librarian Edward Komara a couple of years ago.

Galo made an offer to the dealer based on donations from SUNY Potsdam faculty.

The Academic Forum is free, and the public is invited to attend.