Crane Latin Ensemble performing locally before Cuba trip

From left, Crane Latin Ensemble members Joe Geraci, Julian Eichholz, Geoffrey Snow, Brian Brancato, Tyler Nappo, Joey Small and Andrew Dik rehearse for their upcoming concert and trip to Cuba.

POTSDAM — The Crane Latin Ensemble will present a program of Afro-Cuban dance music on March 17 at 7:30 p.m. at SUNY Potsdam’s Sara M. Snell Music Theater. Poet and SUNY Potsdam Professor Oscar Sarmiento will also read selected poems during the performance.

The music program will include pieces in traditional styles, such as mambo, cha-cha, and Cuban Son, as well as contemporary Latin jazz. The group is proud to present this concert as they prepare to depart for a week-long cultural exchange in Cienfuegos, Cuba.

Led by faculty directors Marsha Baxter and Peter McCoy, 25 Crane Latin Ensemble students and Professor Oscar Sarmiento, will embark on a cultural journey to the Universidad de Cienfuegos in Cuba from March 25 through April 1. They will attend intensive workshops on Latin music and Cuban history and have the opportunity to study and perform Afro-Cuban music with master Cuban musicians.

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

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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.

Daily Courier Observer, March 11, 2017

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