Crane Candlelight 2019: The Best of Crane Candlelight

Monday Dec. 23, 9 pm
Tuesday Dec. 24, 1 am, 4 am, 11 pm
Wednesday Dec. 25, 12 noon

Crane Candlelight 2018: Go Tell it on the Mountain
Monday Dec. 23, 10 pm
Tuesday Dec. 24, 2 am

The Best of Crane Candlelight 2019

Every year the Crane Chorus and Crane Symphony Orchestra of SUNY Potsdam help people in the Mountain Lake region launch the holiday season with a celebration in songs, both old and new. The musical tradition started in the 1930s. This year, the theme was “The Best of Candlelight.” Chorus Conductor Dr. Jeffrey Francom decided that the concert should highlight the best songs performed at Candlelight from over the past 10 years. He started by contacting alumni to have them vote on their favorite pieces they had performed. From there, he handpicked which songs to include. Making this year even more special, the Crane Chorus was joined by the Holy Name of Jesus Academy Chorus, a local youth choir, for five songs.

Spotlight Producer Paul Larson spoke with Crane Chorus Director Dr. Jeffrey Francom, and several chorus members.  Enjoy this inside look at the concert.

Some songs chosen by Dr. Francom included “Sweet Little Baby” arranged by Shawn Kirchner, “Suo Gan” arranged by Mack Wilberg, “Stars” by Ēriks Ešenvalds , “Cantique de Jean Racine” by Faure, “Al Hanissim” by J. A. Kawarsky, and “Ain’t that a Rockin” by Stacey V. Gibbs.

Conducting the Orchestra was Dr. Ching-Chun Lai, the Director of Orchestras and Assistant Professor of Music at Crane since 2011.

If you are interested in watching some of the best performances of Candlelight, you can tune in on Monday, December 23rd at 9 pm, Tuesday December 24th at 1 am, 4 am, and 11 pm, and Wednesday December 25th at 12 noon.

Candlelight 2018: Go Tell It On the Mountain

Airing nationally this year is Crane Candlelight 2018: Go Tell It On the Mountain. Candlelight 2018 featured alum Lisa Vroman singing many classic Christmas songs. You can watch it on Monday December 23rd at 10 pm as well as Tuesday December 24th at 2 am.

Learn more about the Candlelight 2018 concert here:

Spotlight is made possible, in part, by the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation, dedicated to improving the quality of life for year-round residents of the Adirondack Park. “Spotlight” is also supported by Hill & Hollow Music.

If you are interested in learning more about performances happening at the Crane School of Music, view their schedule here.