Cornell College’s Music Department will present two concerts in December: A choral holiday concert on Dec. 7 and a jazz ensemble concert on Dec. 10.
Take two trumpets, one French horn, a trombone, and a tuba — put them in the hands of virtuoso performers — add some lighthearted demonstrations — and you have the Saint Louis Brass Quintet. Come see, hear, and enjoy the Saint Louis Brass Quintet for the first Music Monday of the year at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 14, in King Chapel.
Cornell’s fine arts events for 2013-2014 include a performance by The Brazilian Guitar Quartet, a co-production with Riverside Theatres of “Birth Witches” with Guest Director Artist Leda Hoffman, a variety of Luce Gallery shows including sabbatical work from art professor Tony Plaut opening Sept. 1, and the annual holiday choral concert.
James Martin, professor of music at Cornell College, has been awarded a $25,000 grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities to create a course designed to study an enduring question. Martin’s course will examine the relationship between tradition and innovation.
Soprano Lisa Hearne, professor of music, and Joyce Strabala, instructor of piano, will give a recital on Tuesday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Ringer Recital Hall of Armstrong Hall at Cornell College. The program includes Hermit Songs by Samuel Barber, The Promised Land, a new work of American spirituals by Gwyneth Walker, art songs in French and German, and songs from musical theater.
Don Chamberlain, longtime music professor and conductor of the Cornell College Jazz Ensemble, was awarded status as an emeritus professor after the ensemble’s concert on Dec. 11.
The Cornell College and Mount Vernon Community choirs, along with Cornell alumni, performed Handel’s “The Messiah” on Dec. 1 as the annual holiday concert.
An article by Profess of Music James Martin, “Confronting One’s Nazi Past: German Political History with Respect to Wagner and Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nuremberg,” appeared in the September 2012 issue of Wagner News (The Wagner Society of America). He continues to serve on the artistic advisory committee for Orchestra Iowa.
Cornell’s fine arts events for 2012-2013 include performances of the Tony Award winning Avenue Q, a variety of Luce Gallery shows honoring recently retired art professor Doug Hanson, the return of the female vocal ensemble Tapestry, and the annual holiday choral concert.
Local singers, along with faculty and staff of Cornell College, are invited to join community choir rehearsals in preparation for a performance of Handel’s Messiah. Rehearsals begin Oct. 7 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in McCague Hall of King Chapel and will continue every Sunday in October and November.