Crane Best of Candlelight Series

Crane Best of Candlelight Series
December 8 (Source: Crane School at Potsdam)


More than 300 student and faculty musicians from SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music will join together this Sunday, Dec. 8, to celebrate the holiday season, with the 2019 Crane Candlelight Concerts.

The Crane Chorus and Crane Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Jeffrey Francom and Ching-Chun Lai, will present two performances on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Both concerts will be offered in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall.

Titled the "Best of Candlelight," this year's performances will bring together all of the ensembles' favorite pieces from the past 10 years. Special guests will include the Holy Name of Jesus Academy Chorus, with 65 singers, plus a guest artist on the bagpipes. The 2019 Crane Candlelight Concerts will feature works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Eriks Esenvalds, Mack Wilberg, Morten Lauridsen, Gary Fry and others. There will also be traditional sing-alongs with the audience.

The annual Crane School of Music holiday celebration performances are a major highlight of the Crane concert season. 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 prominence ever since.

SUNY Potsdam and The Crane School of Music invite you to join us for this family-friendly event. While both concerts are free, audience members are invited to bring a donation of canned goods or non-perishable items to benefit the Potsdam Neighborhood Center.

The Crane Candlelight Concert evening performance will also be broadcast live on YouTube, at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 8. To watch these and other Crane concerts live online, visit

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