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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.

Saturday, August 20
   4:30 pm
Sage Chapel

Cornell University Chorus and Glee Club; Robert Isaacs, conductor. “Choral Showcase” features Cornell’s premier choral ensembles and their a cappella subset groups, After Eight and the Hangovers.  Stick around afterward for a reception and information about auditions!

Friday, September 2
   8:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

Guest duo: Lucy Russel, violin, and Sezi Seskir, fortepiano.  Features sonatas by Mozart, C. P. E. Bach, and Beethoven on historical instruments.

Wednesday, September 14
   12:30 pm
Sage Chapel

Midday Music for Organ:  Annette Richards presents 17th- and 18th-century English and Italian music, playing the Augustinus Vicedomini organ from 1746.

Wednesday, September 14
   8:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

Cornell Concert Series presents Fred Hersch. This legendary jazz innovator and eight-time Grammy® nominated pianist and composer blazes into Cornell for a must-hear concert event! As a solo pianist, composer, bandleader, and theatrical conceptualist, Fred Hersch lives up to the praise of The New York Times, which, in a featured Sunday Magazine piece, aptly declared him “singular among the trailblazers of their art, a largely unsung innovator of this borderless, individualistic jazz – a jazz for the 21st century.” Hersch opens the 2016-17 season with a solo performance in Barnes Hall.

Adult: $25 • Students: $17

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

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

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

Friday, February 3
   8:00 pm
Bailey Hall

Cornell Concert Series presents Christian McBride and Edgar Meyer, two singular voices in the double bass universe. Both musicians are based in well-known traditions, but they desire to move these templates ahead to the present day. After playing an impromptu concert in 2007, they knew they needed to collaborate. Playing a stylistically diverse program, including new original music composed for the two of them, they will explore previously unimagined possibilities for the double bass.

Adult: $35 | $33 | $25 • Students: $17

Thursday, February 23
   8:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

Cornell Concert Series presents the VIDA Guitar Quartet. Since forming in 2007, the quartet has performed to critical acclaim in major American and European venues. VIDA’s ability to “conjure up an orchestral palette of color and effects” (Classic FM ) combined with their “exquisite tonal and dynamic control” has firmly established them as a passionate and masterful ensemble that sparkles with “vitality and spontaneity” (Acoustic). VIDA performs a program of lush arrangements ranging from traditional British folk songs to Bach to Gershwin.

General Admission: $28 • Students: $17

Friday, March 10
   8:00 pm
Bailey Hall

Cornell Concert Series presents Simon Shaheen's Zafir. A major force in the promotion of Arab music, Shaheen has enthralled audiences with his mastery of both the ‘ud and violin and his brilliant improvisations. Here he brings to life the Arab music of Al-Andalus and blends it with the art of flamenco and jazz influences in a program of instrumental and vocal music and dance. Shaheen will be joined by the exquisite Moroccan singer Nidal Ibourk, who has collaborated with him on many occasions; the young fiery flamenco dancer Auxi Fernandez who complements the music with her sinuous arm movements and explosive footwork; flamenco vocalist/guitarist/pianist Juan Pérez Rodríguez, from a family of Gypsy musicians; and Shaheen’s acclaimed “Qantara” ensemble. The program renews a relationship that began more than a thousand years ago; it reveals the commonalities of a music born in cultural centers of Iraq and Syria, blew like the wind (zafir) across the waters of the Mediterranean to Al-Andalus, blended with elements of Spanish music, and was brought back across the sea to North Africa where it flourished in the cities of Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia.

Adult: $35 | $33 | $25 • Students: $17

Friday, April 28
   8:00 pm
Klarman Hall Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium

Cornell Concert Series presents eighth blackbird. Winner of four Grammy® awards, the Chicago-based sextet has provoked and impressed audiences for over 20 years. This CCS program combines works from the group's collaboration with the Sleeping Giant composer collective with their previous album, “Filament.” Bringing art and sound together, eighth blackbird’s multimedia presentation of “Murder Ballades” uses new music to draw upon the timeless dark side of American folk music and European fairy tales.

General Admission: $28 • Students: $15