39th Annual McElheran Visiting Artist Series

Akropolis Quintet
Friday, October 28 at 7:30 pm
Snell Theater

Celebrating their 13th year making music with a “collective voice driven by real excitement and a sense of adventure” (The Wire), Akropolis has “taken the chamber music world by storm” (Fanfare). As the first reed quintet to grace the Billboard Charts (May 2021), the untamed band of 5 reed players and entrepreneurs are united by a shared passion: to make music that sparks joy and wonder. 

Winner of 7 national chamber music prizes including the 2014 Fischoff Gold Medal, Akropolis delivers 120 concerts and educational events each year and has premiered over 130 works. They are the first ensemble of their kind to grace the stage on noteworthy series like Oneppo (Yale University), Chamber Music San Antonio, Phillips Collection (Washington, D.C.), Summerwinds Münster (Germany), Flagler Museum (Palm Beach), and many more. 

“There’s nothing tentative in [Akropolis’] approach, and that extends to their programming of multifariously challenging and imaginative new works” (The Wire). Currently, Akropolis is collaborating with GRAMMY-nominated pianist/composer Pascal Le Boeuf and drummer Christian Euman on their Are We Dreaming the Same Dream? project, an album and touring program drawing classical and jazz idioms together to reflect on American identity.

Akropolis’ 22-23 season will include premieres of the music of Augusta Read Thomas and Omar Thomas; imaginative renditions of music by Ravel, Bernstein, Rameau, Shostakovich, and Gershwin; and touring their 4th album, Ghost Light, lauded for its “range, agility, and grace” (The Whole Note).

Winner of the 2015 Fischoff Educator Award and a nonprofit organization which has received 5 consecutive grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Akropolis runs a festival in Detroit called Together We Sound and an annual, yearlong residency at three public Detroit high schools. 

The “pure gold” (San Francisco Chronicle) Akropolis Reed Quintet performs worldwide and is represented exclusively by Ariel Artists.



Katherine Beck

Seventh Cania Visiting Artists

MET Opera Mezzo-Soprano


accompanied by Grammy Award Winning Pianist


SEPTEMBER 15, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Snell Music Theatre at SUNY Potsdam

Fourth Maresca Visiting Artist


Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Hosmer Hall · SUNY Potsdam

SIERRA BOGGESS has been seen on Broadway in the Tony nominated
musical School Of Rock, It Shoulda Been You directed by David Hyde Pierce, two separate engagements of the Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera (the first for the show’s 25th Anniversary and the second opposite Norm Lewis), the revival of Master Class (opposite Tyne Daly) and The Little Mermaid (Drama Desk and Drama League nominations, Broadway.com Audience Choice Award).

22nd Annual Ranlett Organ Recital


Sunday, October 2, 2022 at 3:00 PM
Hosmer Hall · SUNY Potsdam

Public Organ Encounter workshop to learn about the organ Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 3:00 PM in Hosmer Hall

Demers has appeared in recital throughout Europe, Oman, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and Canada, including at the Cathedrals of Cologne and Regensburg (Germany); the ElbPhilharmonie (Hamburg); the Royal Festival Hall, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Cathedral, and Westminster Abbey (London); City Hall (Stockholm); the Royal Opera House of Muscat (Oman); the Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing, China); Victoria Hall (Singapore); Melbourne Town Hall (Australia); Auckland Town Hall (New Zealand); Disney Hall (Los Angeles), Davies Hall (San Francisco), the Meyerson Symphony Center (Dallas), the Kimmel Center, and the Wanamaker Organ at Macy’s (Philadelphia); and the Maison Symphonique (Montréal).

It’s Okay to Be Different - Stories by Todd Parr

Created by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia

Sunday, October 16, 2022 at 3 pm in Snell Theater - Maresca Family Performance (Performance for Young Audiences  - children in Grades Pre-K-3 and their grown-ups)

Three contemporary stories by New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Todd Parr will be adapted and staged by Mermaid Theatre for the 2022-2023 season. With his signature blend of playfulness and sensitivity, Todd Parr explores important and timely subjects. It’s Okay to Be Different cleverly delivers the important messages of acceptance, understanding, and self-confidence. Equally whimsical and heartfelt, The Earth Book, is a sweet homage to our beautiful planet inspiring readers of all ages to do their part to keep the Earth happy and healthy. This is My Hair is a funny exploration of how silly hair can be and that no matter how your hair looks, always feel good about yourself. Todd Parr is the author and illustrator of more than 71 books for children. His books are available in over forty countries throughout the world. Todd is the co-creator of the three-time Emmy-Nominated children’s television show ToddWorld™ as well as short films for Sesame Street.

38th Annual McElheran Visiting Artist Series

fivebyfive with guest composer/harpist Amy Nam

Sunday, October 23 at 3:00 pm | Snell Music Theatre at SUNY Potsdam

The premiere of Amy Nam’s “of breath and fire”, supported by a Chamber Music America Commissioning Grant*, as part of an all-glass inspired program featuring music by Missy Mazzoli, Brittany Green, Anthony R. Green, Edie Hill, Patrick Burke, Philip Glass, Kari Telstad Sundet.

*This commission has been made possible by the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program, with generous funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund.

fivebyfive (flute, clarinet, electric guitar, bass and piano) performs music of today’s leading and emerging composers from around the world, advocates for creators who are underrepresented in the field, and collaborates with artists across the disciplines.

Described as “classical turned loose in the toy store” (Jeff Spevak, WXXI-FM arts & life editor), fivebyfive (Laura Lentz, flute and artistic director; Marcy Bacon, clarinet; Ken Luk, electric guitar; Eric J. Polenik, bass; Haeyeun Jeun, piano; and Marc Webster, audio/video engineer and technical director) is an artist-led Rochester, NY-based ensemble formed in 2015 with a mission
to engage audiences in the collaborative spirit and creativity of today’s chamber music.
Performing music of leading and emerging composers from around the world, fivebyfive advocates for creators who are underrepresented in the field and collaborates with artists across disciplines. fivebyfive’s events often involve community-building experiences in real-time during performances.
Inspired by the United Nation’s 2022 International Year of Glass, the 2022-23 season is highlighted by More Fire, a real-time collaboration with glass blowers from More Fire Glass Studio performed at the Rochester Fringe Festival; the World Premiere Of Breath and Fire by composer/harpist Amy Nam—supported by a Chamber Music America Commissioning Grant and featured at multiple residencies including Crane, Eastman, and Fredonia School of Music; Live from Hochstein; the family- and sensory-friendly Playful Music series; and various other performances.
With a commitment of accessibility, and through its workshops and educational concerts, fivebyfive aims to spark young people’s unlimited creative potential and inspire a deeper understanding of today’s chamber music. Its debut recording “Of and Between” was released in December 2021 on the Artist Share label.


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