New Meets Old: Collaborative Confrontations

Mon, 09/02/2019

New Meets Old: Collaborative Confrontations

To celebrate the opening of “726,” the September 6-7 celebrations offer a broad survey of all of the instruments in the collection. Concerts, demonstrations, talks, and lecture-recitals take place at Barnes Hall, Anabel Taylor and Sage Chapels, and at 726 University Ave. All events are free and open to the public.

Friday, September 6 “Keyboards in Conversation”

8:00pm, Sage Chapel

Performances by Annette Richards (Aeolian-Skinner and Vicedomini organs) and Richard Valitutto, Aditya Deshpande, Andy Sheng, and Thomas Reeves (Bechstein and Schweighofer pianos). Includes music by Franck, Messiaen, Alain, Pärt, Sierra, and a premiere by Miles Jefferson Friday.

Saturday, September 7 “Keyboard Colloquies”

9:30am-10:30am: Malcolm Bilson, with Xak Bjerken and Roger Moseley, presents an introduction to the historical keyboard collection at Barnes Hall.

10:45am-12:00pm: Graduate students present “Translations and Transcriptions,” a lecture-demonstration of a variety of keyboard instruments at Barnes Hall.

1:30pm-2:00pm: David Yearsley performs music by J. S. Bach on the Cornell Baroque Organ at Anabel Taylor Chapel.

2:30pm-4:30pm: Open house at 726 University Ave. to view and learn about the instruments of the collection, with Malcolm Bilson, Xak Bjerken, Roger Moseley, David Yearsley, Annette Richards, and Cornell graduate students.

Saturday, September 7 “Keyboard Collaborations”

8:00pm, Barnes Hall

Malcolm Bilson plays Chopin (Pleyel piano); Andrew Zhou plays Christopher Stark (Steinway piano); Miri Yampolsky and Xak Bjerken play Brahms, Dvořák, and Mendelssohn (Blüthner piano); Roger Moseley and Rachel Schutz perform songs by Schubert and Robert and Clara Schumann (Graf piano); Roger Moseley and Malcolm Bilson play Mozart (Walter piano); Richard Valitutto and Xak Bjerken play Kurtág/Bach (Steinway piano).