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Composer Robert Washburn at the podium. Photo: SUNY Potsdam
Composer Robert Washburn at the podium. Photo: SUNY Potsdam

Music and conversation with Potsdam composer Robert Washburn

Note: This conversation first aired February 21, 2005. We share it again upon news of the composer's death an age 85 this week.

You probably don't hear his music everyday, but Robert Washburn is a cherished resident of the North Country, and a household name among many musicians, band directors, teachers and composers. He's received numerous awards, and his music has been performed around the world including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center and the White House. In addition to his work as composer and teacher, Washburn is a specialist in the musics of Africa and Asia, and he and his wife, Beverly, have made a number of field trips to North Africa and the Middle East.

In 1980, Washburn was commissioned to write music for the opening ceremonies of the Lake Placid Winter Olympics. He joined Todd Moe in the studio to talk about his life in music.  Go to full article
Christopher Creviston
Christopher Creviston

Preview: a "tour de force" for saxophone

What happens when you take a wind ensemble and add the most powerful and vocal of the woodwinds? The Northern Symphonic Winds will join forces with saxophonist Christopher Creviston for a performance of Bolcom's "Concert Suite" on Saturday, October 30 in Malone. Creviston teaches at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam and has performed as soloist in front of bands and orchestras across the country. Todd Moe caught up with him in his studio at Crane to talk about the saxophone and a piece that's been called a "tour de force" for saxophonists.  Go to full article
Meg Watson
Meg Watson

Canton woman will sing national anthem for Mets

SUNY Potsdam senior Meg Watson will be at Citi Field Stadium in Queens for a New York Mets game next Tuesday. But she won't be there just for the love of baseball. Watson, a senior at the Crane School of Music, was selected to sing the national anthem before the first pitch. Watson was chosen as one of 32 finalists during the Met's Anthem Search. Winners are singing the song at home games this year. Watson says she agreed to be a contestant because her boyfriend, Rob Mellon, is a big Mets fan and also tried out. Mellon didn't make the final cut, but he'll be in the stands next week to cheer for Meg and his favorite team. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

Brass music for the joy of it

Five brass players, all with connections to the Crane School of Music, got together last spring to share their love of all things brass: tuba, trumpet, trombone and French horn. The Riverside Quintet will give a concert at the Potsdam Presbyterian Church this Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock. All proceeds for the concert will benefit the Potsdam Humane Society. Todd Moe has a preview.  Go to full article

Preview: The Sailor Boy and the Falcon

If you do a google search for the opera, The Sailor Boy and the Falcon, the first site you see is, which makes sense since the opera is based on a story that takes place mostly in Norway. But it's also a good example of just how much attention this weekend's world premiere of the opera at the Crane School of Music has generated. Joel Hurd has this preview.

Tickets are selling fast. Call 315-267-2CPS for more information.  Go to full article
Author Nelly Maude Case and cunductor Brock McElheran
Author Nelly Maude Case and cunductor Brock McElheran

Call-in Special: A Conversation with Crane Conductor Brock McElheran

A conversation about the life and work of renowned Crane conductor Brock McElheran. A new biography, Worry Early, written by Crane faculty member Nellie Maude Case, details McElheran's early years growing up in Ontario and his more than 40-year career at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music. Brock, Nellie and host Todd Moe take calls from listeners.  Go to full article
The Wicks Organ in Hosmer Concert Hall at SUNY-Potsdam. <i> For more information, call  315-267-2123. </i>
The Wicks Organ in Hosmer Concert Hall at SUNY-Potsdam. For more information, call 315-267-2123.

King of the Hall: Restoring Hosmer's Pipe Organ

The concert organ in Hosmer Hall at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam will be given a new voice. Installed in the mid 1970's, the organ, with its massive pipes that reach to the ceiling, has been a centerpiece for countless concerts. A committee of Crane faculty members and local organ enthusiasts will launch a capital campaign on Sunday, April 3rd (3:30pm, Hosmer Hall) to raise money to restore the organ. Todd Moe reports.  Go to full article

A Conversation with Potsdam Composer Art Frackenpohl

Potsdam composer Art Frackenpohl is an accomplished pianist and has more than 400 instrumental and vocal compositions to his credit. He taught composition and piano at the Crane School of Music for more than 35 years. Art and host Todd Moe discuss music and music education with callers, and share samples of the maestro's work.  Go to full article

Preview: Crane's 71st Annual Spring Concert

The Crane Chorus and Symphony Orchestra perform Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem Saturday night in Hosmer Hall. Todd Moe talks with guest conductor Joel Revzen.  Go to full article
Portrait of Helen Hosmer by Juan Martinez
Portrait of Helen Hosmer by Juan Martinez

Helen M. Hosmer: An audio biography

Dr. Helen M Hosmer, Dean Emerita of the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, retired in 1966 after 44 years at the school. Among the forefront of music educators in the United States, her mark on the school she served endures today, as it does on the countless students who passed through Crane over the years. Martha Foley prepared this audio biography on the occasion of Crane's Centennial year.  Go to full article

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