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Concerts

The Department of Music sponsors more than a hundred concerts on campus each year, given by faculty members, students, departmental ensembles, and distinguished visiting artists. All are open to the public and most are free, unless ticketing information is given.  To subscribe to the e-mail reminder list, send an e-mail to lyris@cornell.edu,  no subject line, with body text:  join musica-L “your name”, where your name is your first name followed by your last name (include the quotation marks).

The listings below also include the Cornell Concert Series, which brings artists of international stature to campus; admission is charged for all of these events. The Cornell Concert Commission hosts large-scale pop and rock acts, and many additional student-organized musical events take place on campus; for information, check with the Willard Straight Hall Ticket Office at 255-3430 (Mon-Fri).

Saturday, August 19
   4:00 pm
Sage Chapel

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

Sunday, August 27
   7:00 pm
Carriage House Café Loft

Saxophonist James Spinazzola is joined by Peter Chwazik, Melissa Gardiner, Lizzy Lyon, Paul Merrill, and Aaron Staebell for an eclectic collection of new and reimagined music for jazz combo.

Friday, September 8
   8:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

Jazz guest artist: Drummer Matt Garrity’s Actual Trio, featuring Pete Smith, guitar, and Dave Ambrosio, bass, plays original compositions and arrangements of standard jazz repertoire.

Saturday, September 23
   5:00 pm
St. Luke Lutheran Church

Guest organist Christophe Mantoux presents virtuosic French masterworks. Co-sponsored by the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies in collaboration with Friends of Music at St. Luke.

Sunday, September 24
   3:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

Ensemble X, celebrating its 20th anniversary, present a Berio portrait concert, featuring Lucy Fitz Gibbon (soprano), Mike Compitello (percussion), and Kyle Armbrust (viola) performing Folk Songs, Naturale, Linea, and other works by Italian composer Luciano Berio.

Thursday, September 28
   5:00 pm
Milstein Hall Auditorium

Visiting Artist Program; Afrofuturist musician Moor Mother (Camae Ayewa) speaks about her debut record "Fetish Bones" and her activism as an integral member of Girls Rock Philly and co-founder of the Black Quantum Futurism collective.

Saturday, September 30
   7:00 pm
Bailey Hall

Cornell Symphony Orchestra and Cornell Chamber Orchestra; Chris Younghoon Kim, conductor with special guest Alex Shuhan, horn.

Program features

TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6, Mvt. 1

STEPHENSON Sounds Awakened, Concerto for French horn

ELLINGTON/TYZIK Black, Brown, and Beige Suite: Work Song, Come Sunday, Light

SCHULLER Journey into Jazz, with Paul Merrill and CU Jazz Combo

BACEWICZ Concerto for String Orchestra

 

Sunday, October 1
   3:00 pm
Bailey Hall

Cornell University Wind Symphony; James Spinazzola, conductor. Features standard works for wind band, premieres by Byron Adams (DMA '84) and David Conte (DMA '83) in honor of Professor Emeritus Karel Husa, and the premiere of Breath & Hammers for piano and wind ensemble by Mark Winges with pianist Blaise Bryski.

Sunday, October 1
   7:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

Guest violinist Juliana Athayde, concertmaster of the Rochester Philharmonic and Associate Professor at Eastman, joins Miri Yampolsky (piano) and John Haines-Eitzen (cello) for a trio concert.

Saturday, October 14
   5:00 pm
Anabel Taylor Hall Chapel

University Organist Annette Richards performs Reformations III: Women at the Organ in the 17th and 18th Centuries.

Saturday, October 21
   7:00 pm
Bailey Hall

Glee Club Homecoming Concert: Cornell's renowned men’s choir presents a varied program of folksongs, Renaissance motets, world music, and spirituals, concluding with the traditional Cornell Songs. Robert Isaacs, conductor.  Admission:  $15 adults; $5 students, available at http://baileytickets.com and at the door. On sale date TBD.

Sunday, October 22
   3:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

Shin Hwang, fortepiano, performs music of Beethoven and Schubert.

Tuesday, October 24
   8:00 pm
Carriage House Cafe Loft

Guest Artist: Guitarist Tashi Dorji and Cornell lecturer Annie Lewandowski present a concert of improvisations and song.

Friday, October 27
   8:00 pm
Sage Chapel

“Music in Secret,” Schola Antiqua of Chicago: Professional early music ensemble presents a concert of medieval and early modern music by and for women in the convent, including works by Hildegard von Bingen and Sulpitia Cesis. Part of the performance features the singers reading music from projected manuscript images. The program is complemented by keyboard works also heard in convents, played by organist and guest director Naomi Gregory.  

Saturday, October 28
   5:00 pm
Bailey Hall

Chorus Twilight Concert: Cornell's renowned women's choir presents their traditional mix of early music, folksongs, and contemporary compositions, featuring the world premiere of a new piece by Christine Donkin.  Admission: $12 adults; $5 students, available at http://baileytickets.com and at the door. On sale date TBD.

Friday, November 3
   8:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

Cornell Contemporary Chamber Players present the Ithaca College Percussion Trio.

Saturday, November 4
   8:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

Virtuosic Renaissance and Baroque dancer Hubert Hazebroucq performs to music provided by the Cornell Early Music Lab.

Monday, November 6
   8:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

Guest keyboardist David Catalunya performs on his reconstructed medieval clavisimbalum and discusses medieval musical sounds, from bells to organs, as well as the architecture of performance spaces.

Saturday, November 11
   7:00 pm
Bailey Hall

Cornell Symphony Orchestra; Chris Younghoon Kim, conductor with Miri Yampolsky, piano, and James Spinazzola, saxophone. Program to include

New work by Barry Sharp

Schumann Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6. Mvt. 2

Ellington/Henderson Three Black Kings