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Music composed by SUNY Potsdam alumni featured in concert

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SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music will present a special performance of music written entirely by alumni composers at 7:30 this evening in Sara M. Snell Music Theater. The pieces will be performed by Crane faculty members, students and in some cases, the composers themselves.

Works by SUNY Potsdam graduates Rob Smith, David Dies, Doug Van Nort, Brian Vlasak, William Ryan, Roger Ames and Paul Riker will be featured.

The concert will feature an unusual variety of sounds and styles, from Rob Smith’s piano piece “Spike,” inspired by nails, spiked shoes and a punk haircut, to David Dies’s guitar composition “Sonetos,’ which incorporates the rhythms and speech patterns of Spanish poems. The concert also includes works of experimental music and remixes of sounds, pieces inspired by poetry and performances by vocalists, saxophonists and clarinet players.

The free concert will close with the world premiere of Paul Riker’s solo work, “Memory Fragments,” which is inspired by T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land.” This piece utilizes a brain-to-computer interface and is “played” via Riker’s thoughts.

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