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This master list displays the next 50 events sponsored by the Department of Music.   Use the links on the left side of the page to select specific types of events.

Sunday, September 25
   8:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

Guest ensemble:  JACK Quartet presents new music, including Kevin Ernste’s Palimpsest, commissioned by the Fromm Foundation for the quartet, Julia Wolfe’s Early That Summer, John Zorn’s The Remedy of Fortune, and Iannis Xenakis’s Tetras.  Funded in part by a grant from the Cornell Council for the Arts.

Wednesday, September 28
   12:30 pm
Anabel Taylor Hall Chapel

Midday Music for Organ:  guest organist Philipp Christ (Germany) performs music of J. S. Bach, Froberger, and Jacques van Oortmerssen.

Wednesday, September 28
   8:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

Guest ensemble:  JACK Quartet performs works written by doctoral composition students Can Bilir, Loren Loiacono, Charles Peck, and Barry Sharp.  Funded in part by a grant from the Cornell Council for the Arts.

Thursday, September 29
   4:30 pm
Lincoln Hall 124

Veit Erlmann (University of Texas at Austin) presents "Policing the Beat: Crime and Copyright in South Africa."  The Endowed Chair of Music History at UT, he studied musicology, sociology, anthropology and philosophy in Berlin and Cologne, and has done fieldwork in Ecuador and in several African countries.  His most recent book, Reason and Resonance: A History of Modern Aurality, was published by Zone Books in 2010.

Friday, September 30
   1:25 pm
Lincoln Hall 316 (enter via room 220, the Music Library)

Guest composer John Harbison presents his music.  The following day, at 3 PM, DMA candidate Ryan MacEvoy McCullough and soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon perform Harbison's song cycle, Seven Poems of Lorine Niedecker, and McCullough plays his Piano Sonata No. 2 and a new work titled A Bag of Tails.

Friday, September 30
   8:00 pm
Bailey Hall

Cornell Concert Series presents the critically acclaimed all Black and Latino Sphinx Virtuosi, a conductorless ensemble comprising alumni of the Sphinx Competition. The Sphinx Organization is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to building diversity in classical music and providing access to music education in underserved communities.

The Sphinx Virtuosi display “immeasurable power, unwavering command and soulful beauty” (The Washington Post). “Its tone was warm and varied, it moved with unity and fluidity, and its textures were appealing transparent” (The New York Times). Members of the Sphinx Virtuosi hold degrees from the nation’s top music schools, including Curtis, Eastman, Juilliard, Peabody, and the University of Michigan. They will present a program of Spanish and Latin American works, ranging from solo cello to string quartet to chamber orchestra.

Adult: $35 | $32 | $25 • Student: $17

Saturday, October 1
   3:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

Ryan MacEvoy McCullough, piano, and Lucy Fitz Gibbon, soprano.  Features works by John Harbison, including Seven Poems of Lorine Niedecker, Piano Sonata No. 2, and A Bag of Tails, as well as music by Chopin, Pablo Ortiz, Clara Schumann, and Debussy.

Saturday, October 1
   7:00 pm
Bailey Hall

Cornell Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra; Chris Younghoon Kim, conductor.  CCO presents Vivaldi’s “La Follia,” op. 1, no. 12 (coached with Sphinx Virtuosi), and Mozart’s Piano Concerto in B-flat Major, K. 456, with Shin Hwang.  CSO performs Kristin Kuster’s Devil’s Thumb (supported by 2015 Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy Performance Grant), and Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 (mvts 1-3).

Sunday, October 2
   3:00 pm
Bailey Hall

Cornell University Wind Symphony; James Spinazzola, conductor, celebrates music of the Americas, including Aaron Copland’s El Salon Mexico, the bluegrass banjo-picking sounds of Don Freund’s Jug Blues and Fat Pickin’, Arturo Marquez’s Danzon No. 2, and the revival preaching inspired Holy Roller, by Libby Larsen.

Sunday, October 2
   7:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

South Asia Program and SPICMACAY present “Strings Attached,” a south Indian classical music concert featuring the husband-wife team of Kumaresh (violin) and Jayanthi (veena), with percussion accompaniment on mridangam (cylindrical drum) and ghatam (clay pot).  Co-sponsored by the Department of Music, with funding in part by a grant from the Cornell Council for the Arts.

Thursday, October 6
   12:30 pm
Lincoln Hall B20

Midday Music at Lincoln:  Shin Hwang, harpsichord, with guests Amy Shen, violin, and Anabeth Shirley, cello.  Features Italian and French Baroque music from the 18th century.

Thursday, October 6
   4:30 pm
Lincoln Hall 124

Tim Lawrence (University of East London) presents "New York City 1980-83: Conjuncture, Parties, Music."  He is Professor of Cultural Studies and Co-director of the Centre for Cultural Studies Research.  Professor Lawrence teaches in music and is the author of three books with Duke University Press.

Wednesday, October 12
   12:30 pm
Sage Chapel

Midday Music for Organ:  University organist Annette Richards presents “Elizabethan Fever: Music from 17th- and 20th-Century England.”  Includes works by Sweelinck, Byrd, Howells, and Britten performed on both the Vicedomini and Aeolian-Skinner organs.

Wednesday, October 12
   8:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

Matthew J. Hall, harpsichord, with the Cornell Early Music Lab, presents solo suites and concertos for harpsichord.  Includes Bach’s English Suite No. 4 in F Major, BWV 809; Rameau’s Concert No. 2 in G Major; François Couperin’s Premier Ordre in G Minor; and Bach’s Harpsichord Concerto No. 2 in D Major, BWV 1064.

Friday, October 14
   8:00 pm
Bailey Hall

The triumphant tabla legend Zakir Hussain returns to the Cornell Concert Series with young sitar virtuoso Niladri Kumar, son and disciple of Pandit Kartick Kumar. Hussain’s consistently brilliant and exciting performances, marked by uncanny intuition and masterful improvisational dexterity on percussion, have established him as a national treasure in his own country of India and garnered him worldwide fame. The best seats to this intimate evening with Zakir Hussain (tabla) and Niladri Kumar (sitar) will undoubtedly sell quickly.

Adult: $38 | $35 | $28 • Student: $17

Saturday, October 15
   8:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

Xak Bjerken, piano.  Features Debussy’s Images (Book 2), Stephen Hartke’s Post-Modern Homages (Set 2), and Steven Stucky’s Sonata for Piano, as well as music of Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jesse Jones (DMA ‘12), and Scriabin.

Thursday, October 20
   12:30 pm
Lincoln Hall B20

Midday Music at Lincoln:  Ruach Ensemble; Joe Salzano, piano, with string students Mané Mehrabyan, Amber Terschak, Frederick Huang, Elisabeth Mistur, and Laura Lagunez.  Features improvisational music for strings and piano.

Thursday, October 20
   4:30 pm
Anabel Taylor Hall Chapel

Jonathan Schakel (Cornell University) presents his DMA lecture-recital, "Models and Imitations in 17th- and 18th-Century Keyboard Music."

Friday, October 21
   8:00 pm
Anabel Taylor Hall Chapel

Anna Steppler, organ.  Features music by J. S. Bach and composers of the Bach circle.

Saturday, October 22
   5:00 pm
Bailey Hall

First-Year Parents’ Weekend:  Twilight Concert sung by the Cornell University Chorus; Robert Isaacs, conductor.  Cornell’s renowned women’s choir presents “Up!” featuring music about stars and the aurora borealis, music from the northern countries, and music about jumping, as well as the premiere of a new commission from Finnish composer Mia Makaroff, a joyful celebration of the career of Cornell cytogeneticist and Nobel Prize winner Barbara McClintock.  The Cornell Glee Club will make a guest appearance, and the program will conclude, as always, with traditional Cornell songs.  Admission will be charged; details to come.

Sunday, October 23
   3:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

Elizabeth Lyon, cello, with keyboardists Matthew J. Hall and Shin Hwang.  Features Suite in E-flat Major for unaccompanied cello and Sonata in D Major for viola da gamba and harpsichord, both by J. S. Bach, and Brahms’ Sonata for Piano and Violoncello in E Minor.

Wednesday, October 26
   12:30 pm
Anabel Taylor Hall Chapel

Midday Music for Organ:  Matthew Hall presents music by J. S. Bach.

Thursday, October 27
   4:30 pm
Lincoln Hall 124

Anaar Desai-Stephens (Cornell University) presents "Singing Through the Screen: Indian Idol and the Politics of Aspiration in Post-Liberalization India."

Friday, October 28
   1:25 pm
Lincoln Hall 316 (enter via room 220, the Music Library)

Guest composer and alumus James Matheson (DMA '01) presents his music.  The following day at 2 PM, pianist Xak Bjerken presents a recital with guest soprano Laura Strickling that closes with Matheson's song cycle, Times Alone.  The work is one of three on Matheson's new CD on Yarlung Records (along with his Violin Concerto, by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and String Quartet, by the Color Field Quartet).

Friday, October 28
   8:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

Shin Hwang, fortepiano, with guest Eva Lymenstull, cello.  Features Beethoven Sonatas for Piano and Cello.  Funded in part by a grant from the Cornell Council for the Arts.

Saturday, October 29
   2:00 pm
Johnson Museum of Art

Xak Bjerken, piano, with guest soprano Laura Strickling, as part of the Johnson Museum’s “Japonisme: The First Wave and Beyond” exhibit.  Features music by Poulenc, Joseph Marx, Kosaku Yamada, Yoshinao Nakada, and Sadao Bekku, closing with James Matheson’s song cycle, Times Alone (DMA ’01).

Saturday, October 29
   8:00 pm
Klarman Hall Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium

Part of the Department of Classics’s festival “Sustaining the Antique,” the concert features Annie Lewandowski’s song cycle for voice, harpsichord, and electronics, Bitter Banquet, a collection of songs and projections, each based on a character from Euripides’s tragedies.  Performers include Lewandowski (voice/electronics) and David Yearsley (harpsichord/fortepiano), with video projections by Benjy Brooke and staging by Sam Buggeln.  Funded in part by a grant from the Cornell Council for the Arts.

Sunday, October 30
   7:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

Contrapunkt; Martin Mahoney, director.  Features works written and performed by undergraduate composers.

Monday, October 31
   8:00 pm
Sage Chapel

Halloween Organ Extravaganza:  the annual event returns with Annette Richards, friends, and students.  Features spooky, silly, and strange organ originals and transcriptions.  Come in costume!

Thursday, November 3
   12:30 pm
Lincoln Hall B20

Midday Music at Lincoln:  Cornell Woodwind Quintet presents.  Players include:  Elizabeth Shuhan, flute; Emily DiAngelo, oboe; Lenora Schneller, clarinet; Daniel Hane, bassoon; Ilze Brink-Button, horn.

Thursday, November 3
   8:00 pm
Carriage House Café Hayloft

Palonegro; Sergio Ospina-Romero, director/piano, with Anaar Desai-Stephens, violin; Lenora Schneller, clarinet; Jordan Musser, drums; Sam Boyles, bass; and Martha Mateus, vocals.  Features Latin American and Afro-Caribbean music.

Friday, November 4
   8:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

After a stunning performance in 2015 with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, the Cornell Concert Series is thrilled to have Tamara Stefanovich back for a solo piano performance in late 2016. Bristling with dexterous wizardry and colossal energy, Stefanovich performs at the world’s major concert venues and frequently takes part in performance projects with dancers, actors, and DJs. Her concert will feature modern works by Ligeti, Messiaen, Nicolaou, and more.

General Admission: $30 • Students: $17

Saturday, November 5
   3:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

Guest ensemble:  Ulysses Quartet, winner of the 2016 Fischoff Competition.  Features violinists Christina Bouey (concertmaster, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra) and Rhiannon Banerdt, violist Colin Brookes, and cellist Grace Ho.

Sunday, November 6
   8:00 pm
Carriage House Café Hayloft

Cornell University Jazz Ensembles present the Paul Carlon Trio, with alumnus Carlon, composer/sax; Alex Ayala, bass/vocals; and Wilson “Chembo” Corniel, conga/vocals.

Wednesday, November 9
   12:30 pm
Sage Chapel

Midday Music for Organ:  Anna Steppler performs the Julius Reubke's Sonata on the 94th Psalm on the Aeolian-Skinner organ.

Thursday, November 10
   4:30 pm
Lincoln Hall 124

Nicole Reisnour (Cornell University) presents "Art of the Self: The Ethics of Balinese Pepaosan Performance."

Thursday, November 10
   8:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

Guest artist:  Ignacio Prego presents J. S. Bach’s “Goldberg” Variations on the 2012 harpsichord by Thomas and Barbara Wolf (after Jacques Germain, 1785).  Co-sponsored by the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies.

Friday, November 11
   8:00 pm
Milstein Hall Crit Dome

Patrick Braga, undergraduate composer.  Features a complete performance of Braga’s second opera, Eyes That Do Not See, with student singers and instrumentalists.

Saturday, November 12
   2:00 pm
Anabel Taylor Hall Founders Room

Members of the Cornell Early Music Lab and Cornell Viol Consort present chamber music for various ensembles from the Renaissance and Baroque.

Saturday, November 12
   7:00 pm
Klarman Hall Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium

Cornell Chamber Orchestra; Chris Younghoon Kim, conductor.  Features Jeeyoung Kim’s Lullaby of the Waves, Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro, and a Mozart Piano Concerto with Malcolm Bilson.

Sunday, November 13
   2:00 pm
Ithaca College School of Music Ford Hall

Ensemble X presents the 2nd annual ICU Sound Works concert featuring faculty and students from Cornell and Ithaca College.  Includes Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians and Jonathan Harvey’s Bird Concerto with Pianosong, featuring Ryan MacEvoy McCullough.

Sunday, November 13
   8:00 pm
Klarman Hall Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium

Malcolm Bilson, fortepiano, with guest tenor Markus Schäfer.  Features Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin.

Thursday, November 17
   12:30 pm
Lincoln Hall B20

Midday Music at Lincoln:  Zoe Weiss, gamba.  Features solo literature for the period instrument.

Thursday, November 17
   4:30 pm
Lincoln Hall 124

Jeremy Strachan (University of Toronto/Cornell University) presents "Experimental Music in Canada since 1972: Preliminary Perspectives on Regionalism, Diversity, and the Question of Genre."  Strachan is a visiting scholar at Cornell this year.

Thursday, November 17
   7:30 pm
Carriage House Café Hayloft

Cornell University Jazz Combos Showcase; Paul Merrill, director.

Friday, November 18
   8:00 pm
Bailey Hall

Cornell University Wind Symphony; James Spinazzola, conductor.  Features Creole and Latin American music in anticipation of the ensemble’s tour to Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and David Lang’s Are You Experienced for electric tuba and chamber ensemble, with Justin Chervony.

Saturday, November 19
   1:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

Guest artist:  Ilya Poletaev performs Book 2 of J. S. Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier on harpsichord, chamber organ, fortepiano, and modern piano.

Saturday, November 19
   7:00 pm
Bailey Hall

Cornell Symphony Orchestra; Chris Younghoon Kim, conductor.  Features Gabriela Lena Frank’s La Centinela y la Paloma (“The Keeper and the Dove”), with soprano Jessica Rivera and poet Nilo Cruz, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 (mvts 3 and 4).  Funded in part by a grant from the Cornell Council for the Arts for “Year of the Women.”

Sunday, November 20
   3:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

Cornell University Jazz Band; Paul Merrill, director, with guest Peter Bernstein, guitar.

Sunday, November 20
   8:00 pm
Bailey Hall

Finals for the 13th annual Cornell Concerto Competition.

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