Crane School of Music to Welcome Distinguished Guest Conductor Gunther Schuller in Fall

Crane School of Music to Welcome Distinguished Guest Conductor Gunther Schuller in Fall

Groundbreaking Composer, Conductor, Musician & Historian to be Guest Artist-in-Residence at Crane in November

Groundbreaking composer, conductor and author Gunther Schuller will visit SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music as a guest artist in November.

POTSDAM, NY (06/01/2012)(readMedia)– SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music will host a distinguished musical guest this fall — one of the world’s greatest conductors and composers.

The innovative musician Gunther Schuller will work with Crane students over the course of a week as a visiting guest artist-in-residence in November. Schuller, one of the most influential Americans in music history, will visit campus from Nov. 10 to Nov. 15.

The visit will mark Schuller’s first return to Potsdam since he visited The Crane School of Music in 1981, when he conducted the Delius work “Sea Drift,” Verdi’s “Te Deum” and his own composition, “The Power Within Us,” for that year’s Spring Festival.

“It is an honor for The Crane School to welcome back Gunther Schuller, who paid a memorable visit to Crane in 1981. His status as a composer, conductor and leader in American musical thought is legendary, and I know that his residency will have a tremendous impact upon our students and the entire community. The innovations which he has fostered, and his efforts to connect diverse strands of musical culture, resonate deeply with Crane’s commitment to the interaction between tradition and innovation,” said Dean Dr. Michael Sitton. “We are delighted to welcome him as we move forward from our recent celebration of Crane’s 125-year history.”

During his fall visit, Schuller will guest conduct the Crane Symphony Orchestra, performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. He will also work with the Crane Wind Ensemble and Crane Jazz Ensemble, and give masterclasses on composition and French horn performance. There will be panel discussions about different genres of music, composition, contemporary music and music education.

All events will be free and open to the public.

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