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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).

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, February 24
   8:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

POSTPONED to April 20:  Andrew Zhou, piano.  “Three Clockmakers and Twenty-Three Automata” features the complete sets of etudes by three of the most influential composers working in Europe today—Hans Abrahamsen, Unsuk Chin (whose etudes will be premiered in a newly revised version), and Pascal Dusapin—as well as Pierre Boulez’s last work for solo piano, Une page d’éphéméride from 2005.

Saturday, February 25
   4:30 pm
Sage Chapel

“New York Young Men Singing” is a unique, free concert featuring the Cornell University Glee Club together with high school boys throughout the region, culminating their daylong workshop with guest clinician Anthony Trecek-King.

Saturday, February 25
   8:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

Guest duo:  Jin Hi Kim on Korean komungo/electric komungo and Min Xiao-Fen on Chinese pipa/sanxian present “Asian Sound Revolution.” Features traditional and innovative music on ancient Asian fretted stringed instruments.  Co-sponsored by the Department of Music, the Cornell East Asia Program, and the Society for the Humanities.

Sunday, February 26
   3:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

Xak Bjerken, piano, and Elizabeth Lyon, cello, with guest James Lyon, violin (Penn. State University)  Features Chopin’s Cello Sonata and Brahms' Piano Trio No. 2 in C Major.

Sunday, February 26
   8:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

Original Cornell Syncopators (jazz quintet); Joe Salzano, coach, with sophomores Colin Hancock (cornet, founder), Rishi Verma (trombone), Amit Mizrahi (piano), and Noah Li (drums) and junior Hannah Krall (clarinet), and the Crazeology dancers celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first jazz record.

Monday, February 27
   8:00 pm
Anabel Taylor Hall Chapel

Guest ensemble:  Critically acclaimed ensemble LeStrange Viols presents “Hold Fast: Music of the Elizabethan Avant-Garde,” a program that explores the unusual musical experimentation of the late 16th century.  From pieces whose metrical complexity recalls the ars subtillior to ones whose systematic simplification prefigures the minimalism of Phillip Glass, Elizabethan composers used the medium of the viol consort to investigate musical “what if?” questions.  Funded in part by a grant from the Cornell Council for the Arts.

 

Thursday, March 2
   12:30 pm
Lincoln Hall B20

Midday Music at Lincoln:  Becky Lu, piano.  Features Schumann’s Fantasie, op. 16, and more.

Friday, March 3
   1:25 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

Pianist Augustus Arnone presents a lecture-recital including music by Professor Roberto Sierra (selections from Segundo álbum de boleros), Stephen Gorbos DMA '08 (Chez Monk), Yotam Haber DMA '04 (Etudes), Milton Babbitt (Playing for Time and My Complements to Roger), and Michael Finnissy (Le démon de l'analogie, from "The History of Photography in Sound").

Friday, March 3
   8:00 pm
Sage Chapel

Collegiate Treble Choir Conference, hosted by the Cornell University Chorus:  this concert features the NYU Steinhardt Women’s Chorus and the Mount Holyoke College Glee Club.  Admission: $5 (door sales only).

Saturday, March 4
   8:00 pm
Bailey Hall

Collegiate Treble Choir Conference, hosted by the Cornell University Chorus:  this second concert features the Cornell University Chorus, Harvard’s Radcliffe Choral Society, and the Smith College Chamber Singers.  Admission:  $5, at http://baileytickets.com and at the door.

Saturday, March 4
   8:15 pm
James J. Whalen Center for Music Ford Hall

Ithaca College Jazz Repertory Ensemble; Greg Evans, director, and Cornell University Jazz Band; Paul Merrill, director, in concert.

Sunday, March 5
   3:00 pm
Bailey Hall

Cornell Symphony Orchestra; Chris Younghoon Kim, conductor.  Features Irene Jeong, winner of the 13th annual Cornell Concerto Competition, playing Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1, Tonia Ko’s Strange Sounds and Explosions Worldwide, and more.  2:00 PM:  string instrument “petting zoo” sponsored by Hickey’s Music Center.

Sunday, March 5
   7:00 pm
Carriage House Café Hayloft

Guest ensemble: Aizuri Quartet, with violinists Ariana Kim and Miho Saegusa, violist Ayane Kozasa, and cellist Karen Ouzounian.  Features works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Caroline Shaw, as well as the premiere of Stephen Dankner’s Quartet No. 19.  Funded in part by a grant from the Cornell Council for the Arts.

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

Saturday, March 11
   3:00 pm
Johnson Museum of Art

Cornell Chamber Orchestra; Chris Younghoon Kim, conductor.  Includes Barry Sharp’s Empathetic Resonance as part of Min Keun Park’s “Hear Me” exhibit for the Cornell Council for the Arts Biennial, as well as Mozart’s Piano Concerto in F Major, K. 459, with soloist Roger Moseley.

Saturday, March 11
   8:00 pm
Anabel Taylor Hall Chapel

Guest organist:  Rhonda Sider Edgington.  “Reformations II” features works old and new by J. S. Bach, Anton Heiller, Sweelinck, Ad Wammes, Scheidemann, Buxtehude, and Barry Jordan. 

Monday, March 13
   8:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

Mike Cheng-Yu Lee, fortepiano.  Features works by Beethoven, Schubert, and Schumann.

Wednesday, March 15
   12:30 pm
Anabel Taylor Hall Chapel

Midday Music for Organ:  Matthew Hall, Anna Steppler, and Jonathan Schakel present “Duets & Diversions I,” with music for and against the organ from the Robertsbridge Codex to Ligeti.

Wednesday, March 15
   8:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

John Haines-Eitzen, cello, with guest pianist Matthew Bengtson (University of Michigan).  Features works by Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, and Arthur Foote, as well as the premiere of a cello and piano sonata by Niccolo Athens.

Thursday, March 16
   12:30 pm
Lincoln Hall B20

Midday Music at Lincoln:  Ithaca Flute Duo; Juliana Pepinsky and Elizabeth Shuhan.

Thursday, March 16
   8:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

Malcolm Bilson performs music of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, and Chopin on the Regier-Graf fortepiano.

Friday, March 17
   8:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

“Yield Troubled Shadows:  Bach and Modern Society” pairs Bach Cantatas BWV 202, Weichet nur betrübte Schatten, and BWV 168, Tue Rechung, with lectures highlighting connections between the themes of these cantatas and current issues in American society, such as gender equality and economic justice.  Organized by David Yearsley, Elizabeth Lyon, and Matthew J. Hall, the performance features musicians from Cornell Early Music Lab and Cornell Chamber Singers, joined by guest artists.  Funded in part by a grant from the Cornell Council for the Arts.

Saturday, March 18
   8:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

Xak Bjerken, piano, with guest mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway.  Ensemble X presents “Songs of the Land: Poems of Ishion Hutchinson,” featuring songs by graduate student composers Can Bilir, Jihyun Kim, Charles Peck, and Barry Sharp set to poetry of Hutchinson.  Includes music by Ruth Crawford Seeger, Berg, Wolf, Corigliano, and Chris Cerrone.  Funded in part by a grant from the Cornell Council for the Arts.

Sunday, March 19
   12:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

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

Sunday, March 19
   3:00 pm
Bailey Hall

Cornell University Wind Symphony; James Spinazzola, conductor, and the Ithaca High School Wind Ensemble; Nicki Zawel, conductor.  Features guest composer David Maslanka’s Eighth Symphony.  Funded in part by a grant from the Cornell Council for the Arts.

Monday, March 20
   8:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

“Celebrating Willem Pijper” features works of a little-known Dutch composer whose works are entering the public domain.  Performers include students from Cornell choirs and orchestras, organized by undergraduate composer Patrick Braga.

Tuesday, March 21
   7:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

Guest recital:  Marc Webster, bass, and Nicole Asel, mezzo-soprano, with pianist Christopher Zemliauskas.  Features solo and ensemble works by Gabriel Fauré, Henri Duparc, Gustav Mahler, Benjamin Britten, and Ricky Ian Gordon.

Tuesday, March 21
   8:00 pm
Sage Chapel

Annette Richards, University organist.  “The Power of Musick” features music from 17th- and 18th-century Italy and England, including music by Frescobaldi, Dowland, Zipoli, and Stanley performed on the 1746 Neapolitan organ built by Augustinus Vicedomini.

Wednesday, March 22
   7:00 pm
Carriage House Café Hayloft

Senior recital:  Sarah McDonald, violin.

Saturday, March 25
   3:00 pm
Johnson Museum of Art

Guest ensemble:  Innuan, whose mission is to bring live musical performances into galleries and museums, creating a fully immersive experience for all patrons of the arts.  Based in NYC, the five musicians present works by Kodály, Clara Iannotta, Stefano Gervasoni, and piano quintets by Beat Furrer (Spur) and Dvořák (A Minor, op. 81).

Sunday, March 26
   8:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

Festival Chamber Orchestra; Chris Younghoon Kim, conductor.  Features orchestral works by Cornell graduate composers Louis Chiappetta, Corey Keating, and Barry Sharp performed by an ensemble of fourteen professional players.

Monday, March 27
   4:00 pm
Rockefeller Hall Schwartz Auditorium

General Physics Colloquium and Henley Lecture, Joseph Curtin, Joseph Curtin Studios, Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Mr. Curtin builds violins and violas, is deeply involved in acoustical research, and is passionately committed to the ongoing evolution of violin family instruments.

Refreshments from 3:30-3:50 pm.

Title:  Can Stradivari’s Sound Be Measured?

Host:  Peter Wittich

Abstract:  It has long been believed that Stradivari and his contemporaries in 18th Century Italy built violins with playing qualities that later makers have been unable to match. In recent years, however, a team of researchers led by Claudia Fritz and Joseph Curtin have shown that under double-blind conditions neither professional violinists nor experienced listeners can tell Old Italian violins from new ones at better than chance levels. Moreover, players and listeners tend to prefer the new. Violin-maker, researcher, and MacArthur Fellow Joseph Curtin will discuss recent developments in violin science, and his own interest in measuring violin sound in order to establish objective parameters for violin quality. 

Wednesday, March 29
   12:30 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

Midday Music for Organ:  Matthew Hall and Jonathan Schakel present “Duets & Diversions II,” with four-hand music for multiple keyboards by Pasquini, W. F. Bach, and other lesser luminaries.

Wednesday, March 29
   8:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

Ithaca Flute Duo:  Juliana May Pepinsky and Elizabeth Shuhan.  Features classics both old and new for two flutes, piccolos, and alto flute, with music by Telemann, Doppler, Muczynski, Clarke, and more.

Tuesday, April 11
   8:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

Matthew Hall, harpsichord.  Features the music of François Couperin.

Wednesday, April 12
   12:30 pm
Anabel Taylor Hall Chapel

Midday Music for Organ:  David Yearsley presents “The Organ Contests of Dresden” with music by Weckmann, Froberger, Mozart, and Hässler.

Wednesday, April 12
   7:00 pm
First Congregational Church Sanctuary

Return-from-Tour Concert:  Cornell University Chorus; Robert Isaacs, conductor, following its “Atlantic Coast Tour” to the Carolinas, Virginia, Georgia and Washington, DC. “Up!” features music about stars and the aurora borealis, music from the northern countries, and music about jumping, as well as the new commission from guest composer Mia Makaroff from Finland (who will be in attendance).  Admission is free, with donations accepted to benefit a local charity (yet to be named).

Thursday, April 13
   8:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

Shin Hwang, fortepiano.  Features works by Beethoven and Haydn.

Saturday, April 15
   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, April 15
   8:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

Xak Bjerken, piano, with guests Renée Jolles, violin, and Steven Doane, cello.  Features trios by Beethoven, Schumann, and Russian composer Alexander Krein.

Monday, April 17
   8:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

Senior composition recital:  Patrick Braga.

Wednesday, April 19
   8:00 pm
Anabel Taylor Hall Chapel

Anna Steppler, organ.  “The German Romantics” features music by Mendelssohn, Schumann, and J. S. Bach.

Thursday, April 20
   12:30 pm
Lincoln Hall B20

Midday Music at Lincoln:  Piano students of Andrew Zhou perform Leoš Janáček's complete On an Overgrown Path (Po zarostlém chodníčku), Book 1.

Friday, April 21
   8:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

Guest trio:  sTem, with soprano Meagan Brus, clarinetist Eric Umble, and pianist Silvie Cheng.  Features music of Schubert, Schoenberg, Isenberg, Catan, and a premiere of fifteen new one-minute pieces as a part of Vox Novus’s “15 Minutes of Fame” series.

Saturday, April 22
   3:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

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

Saturday, April 22
   8:00 pm
Carriage House Café Hayloft

Guest trio:  sTem, with soprano Meagan Brus, clarinetist Eric Umble, and pianist Silvie Cheng.  Features new works by Cornell graduate composers.  Funded in part by a grant from the Cornell Council for the Arts.

Sunday, April 23
   2:00 pm
Johnson Museum of Art

Cornell Gamelan Ensemble; Christopher J. Miller, director, with guest Sumarsam (Ph.D. ‘92) present “Dewa Ruci,” a Javanese wayang (shadow puppet play).  Part of the Cornell Modern Indonesia Projects’ conference, “Still in the Game”: The State of Indonesian Art History in the 21st Century.

Sunday, April 23
   3:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

Cornell University Jazz Band; Paul Merrill, director, guest composer-drummer Dennis Mackrel.

Monday, April 24
   8:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

Honors thesis presentation:  Martin Mahoney, composer.

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