Cornell University Department of Music Announces Fall Semester Events

Concert of multimedia and performance art scheduled for August 31


ITHACA, NY – The Cornell Department of Music announces its fall semester slate of concerts, and opportunities are plentiful to hear a variety of musical styles performed by guest artists, faculty, and students. Highlights include the following:



The beginning of the semester will see the opening of the Cornell Center for Historical Keyboards, where the University’s historical keyboard instruments will be kept in concert-ready condition for historically-informed study, performance, and recording of classic and romantic repertoire. A two-day event on September 6-7 will feature several concert performances and lecture-demonstrations of Cornell’s variety of keyboards, including organs, fortepianos, harpsichords, and more.


Later in the semester, piano faculty and students will perform works in honor of Clara Schumann’s bicentennial as part of a larger conference on November 16, and numerous other keyboard recitals take place throughout the fall.'


Additionally, the fabled Moog synthesizer group Mother Mallard celebrates its 50th anniversarywith a performance of David Borden’s work The Continuing Story of Counterpoint on the original instruments over the span of two concerts November 8 and 15.


Two concerts draw attention to the Notre Dame Cathedral; organist Dennis James returns to Sage Chapel on October 29 to perform the score to the 1923 silent film The Hunchback of Notre Dame, starring Lon Chaney, and the Cornell Chamber Singers showcase the musical influence of the cathedral from polyphony through the modern era on November 23.


Highlights of the large ensembles include the Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Respighi’s The Pines of Rome (September 29) and Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 (November 17); the Wind Symphony presents Arutiunian's popular trumpet concerto performed by Buddy Deshler of the Dallas Brass (October 6) ; the Jazz Ensemble takes a ride through train imagery in early blues, jazz, folk, and pop (October 27); the Glee Club and Chorus present their yearly fall concerts; and the Chorale explores the influence of H.T. Burleigh’s African-American spirituals (December 6).


The Steven Stucky Memorial Residency for New Music, established in memory of the beloved composition faculty member, begins this semester with the Israeli Chamber Project as the inaugural ensemble. The group will collaborate with Cornell composers to present several world premieres on September 16. Other new music opportunities include performances by Unheard-of//Ensemble on September 28, Ensemble X on November 10, and multimedia and performance art throughout the semester.


The first performance of the semester is graduate composer Piyawat Louilarpprasert’s project “Hearing Visibilities,” with music, multimedia composition, and performance art in an international collaboration with composer Sergio Cote (Colombia) and saxophonists Guillermo Presa (Spain) and Pisol Manatchinapisit (Switzerland). Originally from Thailand, Louilarpprasert recently garnered a profile by CNN describing his experimental approach, and he will showcase that onSaturday, August 31 at 7:00pm in Lincoln Hall, room B20.


Concerts and presentations are open to the public at a variety of times and locations and are nearly all free of charge. A complete listing of events with times and locations is available at music.cornell.edu.

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