Friday, December 1, 2023

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WPBS-TV announces air dates for locally produced Crane Candlelight Concert.  The Crane Chorus and the Crane Symphony Orchestra come together to present a very special Holiday concert.  Featuring over 300 carolers and musicians from the renowned Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam, the concert includes traditional Christmas and seasonal hymns along with popular favorites that were taped in December of 2015.  Conducted by Jeffrey Francom, Ching-Chun Lai, and Michael Sitton, this year features baritone Johnathan Stinson on Fantasia on Christmas Carols; the Crane West African Ensemble with Noel; a stunning rendition of Stars, using glasses of water as instruments; a moving adaptation of Carmen: Suite No. 2; Thou Gracious God with Michael Merdoch on bagpipes; and the title piece, Brightest and Best, a Southern Harmony hymn first published in 1835.

The Program:     



Fantasia on Christmas Carols                         

Carmen: Suite No. 2


Coventry Carol

Lo V’Chayil                                                                  

I’ll Begin Again

Brightest and Best                                                  

Thou Gracious God, Whose Mercy Lends

The renowned Crane School of Music, part of The State University of New York at Potsdam, was founded in 1886 by Julia Crane and was one of the first institutions in the country to have programs dedicated to preparing specialists in teaching music in public schools.  Crane’s primary mission has always been to educate music teachers with an emphasis on excellence in performance.  Crane is proud to have many of the finest music educators, scholars, and performers in the United States as members of the faculty.  Over 550 undergraduate students and a faculty of 70 teachers and professional staff work hard to make The Crane School of Music a vital, innovative and exciting place.

The Crane Candlelight Concert is carried in 52 public broadcast markets across the United States with a total of 200 telecasts across 100 channels nationwide.  This favorite holiday program will premiere on WPBS-TV, Monday, December 12th at 9pm and will re-air Sunday, December 18th at 8pm; Saturday, December 24th at 11pm; and Sunday, December 25th at 5:30pm. 


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