Pianist Kevin Kenner opens Music Mondays' 2nd season

A performance Monday, Sept. 27, by pianist Kevin Kenner opens the second season of the Music Mondays concert series at Cornell College. Music

Mondays features four concerts from September to April. Concerts will be held at 8 p.m. in King Chapel on the Cornell campus. General admission is $8 at the door. The 1999-2000 performance schedule is:

  • Sept. 27 – Kevin Kenner. Kenner is hailed as one of the finest American pianists to come along in years. In 1990 he won the top prize at the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. Other awards come from competitions including the Van Cliburn, the International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition and the American National Chopin Competition. Kenner has soloed with the BBC Symphony, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the NHK Symphony of Japan and the San Francisco Orchestra. He will perform a program of Chopin.
  • Oct. 18 – The Janacek Chamber Orchestra. Founded in 1964, the orchestra comprises 12 leading string musicians from the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra, led by violinist Zdenek Dejmek. In addition to the standard repertoire, the orchestra has championed many contemporary Czech compositions. The program at King Chapel will be “Sinfonia in A Major” by Myslivecek, “La Follia” by Corelli, J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Violin and Strings in a minor, BWV 1041, “St. Paul Suite” by Holst and Janacek’s “Suite for Strings.”
  • Feb. 14, 2000 – Terence Blanchard. Since his days under the tutelage of Art Blakey, jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard has matured to one of the most important musician/composer/band leaders of this generation, bringing innovation and great emotion to the industry with such works as his Grammy-nominated CD, “The Heart Speaks.” “Few can match Blanchard’s precision and flair in evoking emotion. He has developed an expressive style reminiscent of the mid-1960s Miles Davis,” wrote Time magazine. Blanchard has written film and TV scores including “Mo Better Blues,” “Malcolm X” and “Eve’s Bayou.”
  • April 3, 2000 – Tapestry. Tapestry is fast carving a reputation as one of North America’s most polished ensembles specializing in the performance of medieval and contemporary vocal music. From diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, the performers of Boston-based Tapestry have come together to create interpretations of medieval chant and collaborate with composers on new works. The group promises the theme-centered “drama” of a continual flow of pieces sung in different parts of the chapel and uninterrupted by applause. Tapestry will perform a concert version of its CD, “Song of Songs: Come Into My Garden.”