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Crane School of Music to present joint symphonic, concert band performance

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POTSDAM — SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music will present a concert featuring both the Crane Symphonic Band and the Crane Concert Band at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall.

This event is free and open to the public.

The Crane Symphonic Band will open the concert with Percy Grainger’s “Children’s March,” a true classic for winds. Performed in its original version, it will feature ensemble members singing refrains in harmony. “Gloriosa,” by Japanese composer Yasuhide Ito, is a compelling merging of East and West in music. William Schuman, the “dean of American composers,” wrote several works for winds, but his “George Washington Bridge” remains one of his most popular and enduring works.

The Crane Concert Band will begin its performance with Vincent Persichetti’s “Pageant,” a symphonic overture featuring a haunting opening, followed by an energetic “parade.” Percy Grainger’s “Blithe Bells,” an adaptation of Bach’s “Sheep May Safely Graze,” is followed by Gustav Holst’s “Fugue a la Gigue,” which is an adaptation of a Bach organ fugue. The concert will conclude with David Maslanka’s short symphony for band, titled “Give Us This Day.”

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