Crane concerts planned in Potsdam
POTSDAM — SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music is preparing to host the competition finals for the 2024 Domenic J. Pellicciotti Opera Composition Prize -- welcoming leading composers and librettists from around the world to campus.
Joined by guest artists, the award-winning Crane Opera Ensemble will present commissioned scenes from four final works in free public performances on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., to be held in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater.One winner will be awarded a $25,000 commission to complete their work, which will premiere in full in Fall 2024.
The prize was founded by Dr. Gary C. Jaquay '67 to honor his life partner Domenic J. Pellicciotti, an ardent fan of opera.
The award seeks to encourage and acknowledge the creation of new operas that explore themes related to social justice, diversity, equity and/or inclusion.
During the finals, the composers and librettists will introduce each of their pieces, and the performances will conclude with a moderated audience feedback session. Scenes from "I Was Shot By a Cop" and "The Strangers" will be presented at 1 p.m., followed by selections from "A Nearer Mother" and "Computing Venus" at 5 p.m. A post-showcase reception will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center lobby. The winning project will be publicly announced a few days after the completion of the workshop.
Leading up to the finals workshop, there will be a panel discussion with the composers, librettists and the noted dramaturg Cori Ellison, on Friday, Sept. 23 at 4 p.m., in the Ralph Wakefield Recital Hall. There will also be open rehearsals on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 1 to 6 p.m., also in Snell Theater.
For more information about the Pellicciotti Prize, visit potsdam.edu/pellicciotti.
The finals workshop performances will be broadcast live on the Crane School of Music YouTube channel at the concert time. To view the program and see other upcoming streaming performances, visit potsdam.edu/cranelive.