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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
   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.

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 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.

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
   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
   8:00 pm
Bailey Hall

Finals for the 13th annual Cornell Concerto Competition.

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

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