Sarah Solari, of Bennington, to perform at Carnegie Hall in Crane Chorus


POTSDAM, N.Y. >> Nearly 300 students from The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam will make their collective Carnegie Hall debut in a performance honoring the College's bicentennial on Mother's Day.

Maestro Duain Wolfe will conduct the Crane Chorus and Crane Symphony Orchestra in a celebratory concert befitting the College's 200th anniversary, featuring guest artists, epic works and a world premiere. This concert will be offered on May 8 at 8:30 p.m., in the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage.

The roster includes Sarah Solari of Bennington, who is a soprano vocalist in the Crane Chorus.

This is the third time in the history of The State University of New York at Potsdam that a Crane group has performed at Carnegie Hall.

"The May 8 Carnegie Hall performance by the Crane Chorus and Crane Symphony Orchestra is an auspicious one, marking both SUNY Potsdam's bicentennial year and a return to Carnegie Hall for these Crane ensembles. The profile of this concert will showcase on one of the world's most auspicious stages the high standard of excellence constantly maintained by our dedicated faculty, excellent students and loyal alumni," said Crane School of Music Dean Dr. Michael Sitton.

Tickets for the Carnegie Hall performance are $40, and can be obtained by visiting or contacting The Crane School of Music at (315) 267-2813.

Crane is proud to welcome Maestro Wolfe, who is the 2016 Dorothy Albrecht Gregory Visiting Conductor, for a campus residency leading up to the concert, during SUNY Potsdam's Lougheed-Kofoed Festival of the Arts. Two vocalists will be featured soloists in the performance, including soprano Fei Ma '17 and guest artist Christopher Feigum, baritone.

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About The Crane School of Music

Founded in 1886, SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music has a long legacy of excellence in music education and performance. Life at Crane includes an incredible array of more than 300 recitals, lectures and concerts presented by faculty, students and guests each year. The Crane School of Music is the State University of New York's only All-Steinway institution. For more information about SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music, please visit

About SUNY Potsdam

Founded in 1816, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America's first 50 colleges-and the oldest institution within SUNY. As the College marks its bicentennial in 2016, SUNY Potsdam will celebrate a 200-year legacy of pioneering programs and educational excellence. The College currently enrolls approximately 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its challenging liberal arts and sciences core, distinction in teacher training and leadership in the arts. Empowered by a culture of creativity, the campus community is nearing the completion of Take the Lead: The Campaign for Potsdam, which has already raised $33 million for scholarships and programs. To learn more, visit


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