Photo submitted – From left, Windscape includes Tara Helen O’Connor (flute), Randall Ellis (oboe), Frank Morelli (bassoon), David Jolley (horn) and Alan R. Kay (clarinet).

POTSDAM, NY – Community Performance Series will continue its 2017-18 season with a performance by the renowned woodwind ensemble, Windscape. The group (which calls itself the “unquintet”) will perform on Friday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m., and will be joined by Crane School of Music students for a select piece during the concert.

The venue for the event has recently changed, and this concert will now take place in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music.

For their CPS performance, Windscape will present pieces by Ligeti, Reicha, Dvořák and Strauss.

“This performance provides the exciting opportunity to present a truly brilliant group of musicians, as well as to engage with and showcase the exceptional talent of our Crane School of Music students,” said CPS Executive Director Jason L. Dominie.

Created in 1994 by five eminent woodwind soloists based at the Manhattan School of Music, Windscape has won a unique place for itself as a vibrant, ever-evolving group of musical individualists, delighting audiences throughout the North America. Windscape is comprised of Randall Ellis on oboe, David Jolley on horn, Alan R. Kay on clarinet, Frank Morelli on bassoon and Tara Helen O’Connor on flute.

Windscape’s innovative programs and accompanying presentations are created to take listeners on a musical and historical world tour-evoking vivid cultural landscapes of different times and places, through music and engaging commentary.

“For many, the names of the players who make up the woodwind quintet Windscape will have a certain aura – that of the fabulously skilled, much sought-after, and usually footloose New York musician who can tackle anything – repeat, anything,” the Boston Globe raved about the group.

Tickets can be purchased prior to the performance by visiting the CPS Box Office, located in the lobby of SUNY Potsdam’s Performing Arts Center, by calling (315) 267-2277 or by visiting Tickets can also be purchased in-person at Brick & Mortar Music in downtown Potsdam. The event night box office will open one hour prior to the performance in the lobby of Snell Theater.

A 25 percent discount is still available exclusively through the CPS Box Office when purchasing tickets to three or more CPS Guest Artist Series events. This discount is not available on event night, so please reserve in advance to save. Regular ticket prices differ depending on seat location. Student tickets cost as little as $8, and adult tickets range from $20 to $30. Discounts are also available for senior citizens and SUNY Potsdam faculty/staff.

For more information on the 2017-18 season and artists, visit, or check out the CPS Facebook page, at

CPS is a college-community partnership presenting distinctive and renowned performing artists and arts education opportunities in Northern New York. This rich mixture of programming links communities, classrooms and audiences of all ages and preserves access to the performing arts for future generations. For more information, visit

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. For more information, visit