Each year in early December, The Crane Chorus and The Crane Symphony Orchestra of SUNY Potsdam come together to present a very special holiday concert. Mountain Lake PBS was honored to be asked to record for broadcast this beautiful yearly event.

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. The
holiday concert tradition began in the 1930s and has continued to grow in
prominence ever since.

In 2018, The Crane Chorus and Crane Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Jeffrey Francom and Joel Schut, featured the Crane West African Drum & Dance Ensemble; Assistant Professor of Saxophone Casey Grev, soloist; and special guest, the Broadway and opera star Lisa Vroman ’79, soprano.

She will perform alongside the chorus and orchestra for several pieces, as well as taking the stage for several solo works.


The orchestra will be performing music of Georges Bizet, Nikolai Rimsky Korsakov and Manheim Steamroller. Combined forces will perform holiday favorites, including “O Holy Night,” “Hine Ma Tov” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Vroman will be singing arrangements of “The Secret of Christmas” (from “Say One for Me”), “Wexford Carol” and “Go, Tell It on the Mountain,” as well as joining the choir and orchestra for several pieces.

The Crane West African Drum and Dance Ensemble will be featured in a performance of “Mangisondele Nkosi Yam,” a traditional Zulu praise and worship song.


Mountain Lake PBS will be airing the 2018 Candlelight Concert on Monday, December 17th at 9 p.m.