In a concert tradition that began in the 1930’s, the Crane Chorus and the Crane Symphony Orchestra come together each year 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 from around the world along with popular favorites. The 2018 concert was conducted by Jeffrey Francom and Joel Schut and featured the Broadway and opera star Lisa Vroman ’79, soprano. The concert includes orchestral performances of the music of Georges Bizet and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov; Holiday favorites “O Holy Night,” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”; and arrangements of “The Secret of Christmas” (from “Say One for Me”), “Wexford Carol” and “Go, Tell It on the Mountain,” by Ms. Vroman. The Crane West African Drum and Dance Ensemble is also featured in a performance of “Mangisondele Nkosi Yam,” a traditional Zulu praise and worship song.
News and Stories from the Crane Candlelight Concert
Crane School of Music Continues Their Annual Holiday Concert Tradition
In what’s become a treasured holiday tradition here in the North Country, The Crane Chorus and the Crane Symphony Orchestra come together every year to put on a candlelight concert.
This year’s performance was conducted by Jeffrey Francom and Joel Schut, and featured more than 250 carolers and musicians from the renowned Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. The concert includes traditional Christmas and seasonal hymns along with popular favorites.
This year’s concert also featured one of Crane’s most famous alumni, Lisa Vroman, an opera singer & Broadway actress.
The holiday concert tradition began in the 1930s at what was then the Crane Institute of Music at Potsdam Normal School, and has continued to grow in size and prestige over the years.
We here at Mountain Lake Public Television recorded the concert and will televise it on Monday, December 17th at 9pm. We will also be sharing the Candlelight Concert nationally with PBS stations across the country.
Dean of the Crane Music School Discusses Their Yearly Christmas Concert
Nearly 300 musicians and singers from SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music joined together this past week to celebrate the season performing the Crane Candlelight Concert that has become a treasured holiday tradition not only here in Northern New York, but across the country.
The Crane Chorus and Crane Symphony Orchestra performed two concerts in the Helen Hosmer Concert Hall, including several numbers with Lisa Vroman, the Broadway and opera soprano who is a Crane School alum. The Dean of the Crane School of Music, Michael Sitton, joins us this week to talk about this renowned music school, and the yearly Christmas concert that is broadcast nationwide by PBS stations across America.
Our Paul Larson talks with Lisa Vroman, who was the guest soloist for this year’s Candlelight Concert: https://mountainlake.org/lisa-vroman-sings-the-praises-of-the-crane-school-of-music/
Learn more about the Crane School of Music: www.potsdam.edu/crane www.facebook.com/TheCraneSchool/
Watch on Mountain Lake PBS: The Crane Candlelight Concert will premiere this coming Monday, December 17th at 9pm on Mountain Lake PBS, and be re-broadcast on Sunday December 23rd at 3pm, and then again on Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24th at 8pm.
The concert will also be syndicated nationally on PBS stations across the country in December of 2019.
Soprano Lisa Vroman returns to the Crane School of Music
Guest Soprano Lisa Vroman returned to the Crane School of Music (SUNY Potsdam) three times in 2018. She appeared as the guest soloist at the December Candlelight Concert. A 1979 graduate of Crane, Vroman’s career includes singing showtunes and classics, on the stages of Broadway and in venues around the world.