2013-14 Fine Arts Calendar

Cornell’s fine arts events for 2013-2014 include a performance by The Brazilian Guitar Quartet,  a co-production with Riverside Theatre of “Birth Witches” with Guest Director Artist Leda Hoffman, a variety of Luce Gallery shows including sabbatical work from art professor Tony Plaut, and the annual holiday choral concert.

Music Mondays

Saint Louis Brass Quintet—Oct. 14, 2013

One of the nation’s longest standing brass quintets, this St. Louis group performs the entire spectrum of great music for brass from the works of today’s

composers to Baroque and Renaissance music transcribed for modern instruments. They also offer lighter fare, including popular music of the Americas, and arrangements of standards by Ellington/Strayhorn, Gershwin and Cole Porter.


This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from The Iowa Arts Council and General Mills Foundation.

James Falzone’s Allos Musica—Nov. 18, 2013

Featuring clarinet and various ethnic winds, the oud (an ancient Arabic lute) voice, accordion, and percussion instruments from around the world, this ensemble explores the intersection of divergent streams of contemporary classical, jazz, and traditional music from the Middle East and Europe. Allos Musica has toured extensively and released a highly regarded album entitled Lamentations in 2010. “Though the Arabic influence is unmistakable,” writes music critic Peter Margasak in The Chicago Reader, “the music’s emotional clarity and lyrical grace is universal.”

Brazilian Guitar QuartetFeb. 10, 2014

Winner of the 2011 Latin Grammy Award for Best Classical Album, the Brazilian Guitar Quartet have established themselves as one of the world’s leading guitar ensembles. Praised by The Washington Post for their “seductive beauty” and “virtuosic gusto,” the group’s unique combination of six-string and eight-string guitars allows for the exploration of an original and unusual repertoire.

All concerts are at 7:30 p.m. in King Chapel.

General admission is $10 ($5 for students) at the door. Admission is free to Cornell students, faculty, staff, emeriti faculty, and retired staff, and to Purple Pass holders. The Purple Pass is free to residents of Mount Vernon and Lisbon and families with children enrolled in the Mount Vernon and Lisbon school districts.

Cornell Theatre

“Birth Witches”
By Jennifer Fawcet • Directed by Guest Artist Leda Hoffmann
7:30 p.m., Oct. 10-13

Co-production with Riverside Theatre

It’s 1606 and the witch craze has come to London. Superstition, science, religion, and politics all meet in the birthing room where accusations of witchcraft overturn hundreds of years of tradition as the new male doctors fight to replace the female midwives. “Birth Witches” explores the ongoing battle over the politics of birth that began more than 400 years ago and continues today.

“The Elephant Man”
By Bernard Pomerance • Directed by Jim VanValen

7:30 p.m., Feb. 21, 22, 28, and March 1, 2
Winner of the 1979 Tony Award for Best Play, Bernard Pomerance’s “The Elephant Man” is based on the life of Joseph Merrick, a victim of rare skin and bone disease, who lived in London during the latter part of the nineteenth century and was exhibited as a “human curiosity.” The play explores the relationship between Merrick and Frederick Treves, the young physician who takes Merrick under his care. “The Elephant Man” offers an examination of the lines between charity and exploitation and challenges us to find beauty in all its many forms.

This production is intended for mature audiences.

“Here and Now”—A Devised Piece
Written by the ensemble • Directed by Janeve West
7:30 p.m., April 25, 26, and May 2, 3, 4

Devised Theatre is also known as collaborative creation, original work, community-generated work, or ensemble piece. Though this innovative process of theatre making has become popular, its methods are difficult to pin down. Unlike more traditional pieces of theatre, where the singular playwright is responsible for the creation of the script, a devised piece is generated by an ensemble of artists.

All theatre events take place in Kimmel Theatre.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for seniors/students/youth.

Contact the Box Office at (319) 895-4293 to reserve tickets.

Luce Gallery Exhibits

Tony Plaut Sabbatical Show
Sept. 1 through Oct. 20
Opening Reception: 2-4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 8

Homecoming Reception: 3-5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5

“(a)chromatic” is an installation of work by Professor of art Tony Plaut based on research from his spring 2013 sabbatical. It muses on elements of color chroma and value as these elements relate to two and three dimensional forms under controlled lighting.

Isabel Barbuzza
Nov. 3 to Dec. 1
Reception and Gallery Talk: 2-4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 3

For the past two years Isabel Barbuzza has been visiting and researching the salt flats in Chile and Argentina. This summer she visited Bolivia, looking for transformations in the landscape due to the effects of lithium mining. The demand for lithium is rapidly increasing because of its use in rechargeable batteries for electric vehicles and consumer electronics. Barbuzza’s installation in the Peter Paul Luce Gallery will focus on the environmental issues she found while in Bolivia.

Senior Shows
Dec. 8 to 18 • March 23 to April 9 • April 20 to May 7
All opening receptions held 2-4 p.m. on opening day.

Senior studio art majors display their visual art thesis projects. Shows are in Luce Gallery as well as Cole Library, if needed.

Jocelyn Chateauvert
Jan. 19 to March 2, 2014
Reception and Gallery Talk: 2-4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 19

Combining the enduring craft of handmade paper with LED technology, Jocelyn Chateauvert will explore how organic forms can be transformed with light to create a rhythmic and dynamic visual landscape.


All shows are in the Peter Paul Luce Gallery in McWethy Hall. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free.

Cornell Music Ensembles

Cornell Choral Concert featuring the Cornell Chamber Singers, Mount Vernon High School Choir, and Solon High School Choir 4 p.m., Oct. 20, King Chapel

Steel Drum Ensembles Halloween Concert 7:30 p.m., Oct. 30, King Chapel

Cornell Wind Ensemble 7:30 p.m., Nov. 8, King Chapel

Cornell Orchestra Concert 7:30 p.m., Nov. 15, King Chapel

Holiday Choral Concert 7:30 p.m., Dec. 7, King Chapel

Cornell Jazz Ensemble 7:30 p.m., Dec. 10, Kimmel Theatre

Steel Drum Ensembles Concert 7:30 p.m., April 4, King Chapel

Cornell Wind Ensemble 7:30 p.m., April 17, King Chapel

Cornell Chamber Orchestra and Concert Choir: QED: Engaging Richard Feynman  7 p.m., April 27, King Chapel

Jazz Ensemble Concert 7:30 p.m., April 25, Smith Dining Hall, Thomas Commons

Admission to all Cornell ensemble performances is free.

With the addition of the new elevator in King Chapel, all events are now wheelchair accessible.

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