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Crane alums on stage Tuesday

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POTSDAM - The Crane School of Music will feature two esteemed alumni in its recital series, with an upcoming concert featuring guitarist Matthew Dunne and bass trombonist Michael Meidenbauer.

The Crane grads will take the stage at their alma mater at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music.

Their recital will feature original works created by Dunne, as well as pieces by composers Eric Ewazen and James M. Stephenson.

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

Dunne, guitarist and composer, has performed and taught throughout the United States and Mexico in both the classical and jazz genres. The San Antonio Express News has called his playing “beautiful... elegant, superb, well crafted and sophisticated.” Classical Guitar Magazine described his “Twenty Miniatures,” saying, “These pieces are some of the best and most worthy contemporary solo guitar works that I’ve come across in quite a while.”

Dunne has been on the faculty of the University of Texas at San Antonio since 1992, where he currently directs the guitar and music marketing programs. He has been a frequent collaborator with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, having composed music for three of their Telarc CDs, including the Grammy-winning “Guitar Heroes.” Dunne was the winner of the Tobin Grand Prize for Artistic Excellence from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio, as well as a grant award that funded the composition of the “Twenty Miniatures.” His guitar works are published by GSP international and have been performed extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe. He has recorded four albums.

Dunne was the first guitarist to receive the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He received the Master of Management degree from Florida State University and the Bachelor of Music degree from SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music. He has also studied extensively with Aaron Shearer at the North Carolina School of the Arts, and was on the faculty there in 2001.

Michael Meidenbauer is bass trombonist with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, the Orchestra of Northern New York and the Schenectady Symphony. He regularly performs in pit orchestras on tenor/bass trombone and tuba with national touring shows such as “Lion King,” “South Pacific” and “Peter Pan.” Meidenbauer enjoys an active freelance career, performing in a variety of chamber music ensembles, choral festivals and serving as a low brass clinician/soloist in public school and college settings.

In addition to performing, Meidenbauer is an adjunct professor with three capital region colleges. These include Schenectady County Community College, Skidmore College and The College of St. Rose. Meidenbauer also maintains a 30-member private low brass studio whose students are accepted to many prestigious music programs nationwide. Annually, the studio gives back to the community during the holidays by performing together at senior citizen and residential locations.

Formerly, Meidenbauer was a member of the Excelsior Trombone Ensemble, served as principal bass trombonist with the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra, performed with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Key West Symphony

Orchestra and several regional orchestras, throughout the Northeast and Midwest. He has also taught band in the New York public school system. Meidenbauer received a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from The Crane School of Music and a Master of Music degree in trombone performance from Indiana University.

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