POTSDAM -- More than 280 musicians will join together to celebrate the holiday season as SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music hosts the 2012 Crane Candlelight Concerts.
The Crane Chorus and Crane Symphony Orchestra will offer performances at 3 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2 in Hosmer Concert Hall.
The annual Crane Candlelight Concerts promise to be the largest and most popular performances of the 2012-13 concert season at SUNY Potsdam.
Come enjoy holiday classics, such as "What Child is This" and "The First Nowell," as well as works by Eric Whitacre, Mack Wilberg and others. This concert will feature the U.S. premiere of a work by British composer Ben Parry, with words by former Crane faculty member Garth Bardsley. The Crane Symphony Orchestra will also perform excerpts from Manuel de Falla's "Three-Cornered Hat Suite."
In collaboration with the chorus and orchestra, there are several student and faculty soloists on the program. Dr. Robert Young will perform a rendition of Mack Wilberg's "What Child is This" on saxophone, and students Joseph Cambareri, Benjamin Dickerson, Cecilia Snow and Karisa Widrick will present various seasonal solos.
The public is invited to attend. This concert is free, but donations to support musical programming at Crane will be accepted at the door.
The 2012 Crane Candlelight Concerts will be produced for television by WPBS TV and can be viewed on public television stations nationwide in Dec. 2013. Concerts from previous years can be viewed online at www.wpbstv.org.
You can view the following past Crane Candlelight Concert performances on WPBS TV this holiday season:
"Yuletide Joy (2011)," Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m.
"Family Traditions (2008)," Sunday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m.
"Home & Hearth (2009)," Monday, Dec. 10 at 10 p.m.
"December Wonderland (2010)," Thursday, Dec. 13 at 10 p.m.
"Yuletide Joy (2011)," Monday, Dec. 24 at 10 p.m.