Potsdam's Crane School of Music hosting recital Jan. 27
Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 9:17 am

POTSDAM -- SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music will host a faculty recital featuring cellist Marie-Élaine Gagnon Saturday, Jan. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater.

Accompanied by pianist Brandon Linhard, Gagnon will present three sonatas during the performance, including a 1947 piece by Canadian composer Jean Coulthard, as well as works by Ludwig von Beethoven and César Franck.

Gagnon, who is an assistant professor of cello at Crane, described Coulthard's sonata as deserving of a "core place in the 21st century cello repertoire."

"The sonata is written in three movements and illustrates the musical language of Jean Coulthard: building energy, quiet moods, rigorous development, delicate chord progressions and also constant rhythmical forward motion," Gagnon said. "This work for cello and piano may be an introduction to Coulthard for some, but the hope is that it begins a lifelong interest that begets countless initiations to cellists around the world."

This concert is free, and the public is invited to attend.