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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).

Saturday, January 28
   3:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church Sanctuary

Return-from-Tour Concert:  the Cornell University Glee Club; Robert Isaacs, conductor, concludes a two-week tour to Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah with a performance of its tour repertoire for the Ithaca community.  Admission is free, with donations accepted to benefit Loaves & Fishes of Tompkins County.

Wednesday, February 1
   12:30 pm
Sage Chapel

Midday Music for Organ:  University organist Annette Richards presents “17th-Century Naples and Beyond” on the 1746 Neapolitan organ built by Augustinus Vicedomini.

Thursday, February 2
   12:30 pm
Lincoln Hall B20

Midday Music at Lincoln:  guest pianist Vera Hsu.  Features Bach's Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 903; Mozart's Fantasy in D Minor, K. 397; Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 13 in E-flat Major; and Chopin's Nocturnes, op. 9, nos. 1 and 2.

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

Saturday, February 4
   7:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

Cornell Contemporary Chamber Players and the Ithaca New Music Collective present recent works by Jihyun Kim, Charles Peck, Corey Keating, Sergio Cote, and Barry Sharp.

Saturday, February 4
   7:00 pm
Argos Inn Bar Argos

Cornell Contemporary Chamber Players and the Ithaca New Music Collective present recent works by Jihyun Kim, Charles Peck, Corey Keating, Sergio Cote, and Barry Sharp.

Sunday, February 5
   2:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

Guest ensemble:  Momenta Quartet performs string quartets of Julián Carrillo (1875-1965), including Nos. 2, 7, and 11.

Monday, February 6
   7:00 pm
Argos Inn Bar Argos

Cornell Contemporary Chamber Players and the Ithaca New Music Collective present recent works by Jihyun Kim, Charles Peck, Corey Keating, Sergio Cote, and Barry Sharp.

Tuesday, February 7
   8:00 pm
Klarman Hall Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium

Cornell Jazz Faculty Showcase.  Paul Merrill, trumpet; Joe Salzano, saxophones; James Spinazzola, saxophones; Melissa Gardiner, trombone; Bob Keefe, guitar; Peter Chwazik, bass; Greg Evans, drums; Devon Kelly, drums

Friday, February 10
   8:00 pm
Anabel Taylor Hall Chapel

Guest artist:  Thomas Gaynor, organ.  “Reformations 1517-2017” features J. S. Bach’s Clavierübung III.

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

Midday Music for Organ:  Matthew Hall presents François Couperin’s Messe pour les Paroisses.

Thursday, February 16
   12:30 pm
Lincoln Hall B20

Midday Music at Lincoln:  Malcolm Bilson, fortepiano.

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

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 Schumann’s Piano Trio in D Minor.

Sunday, February 26
   8:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium

Original Cornell Syncopators (jazz sextet); Joe Salzano, coach, and 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.

 

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

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.

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Host:  Peter Wittich

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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