2012-2013 Fine Arts Calendar

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.

Music Mondays

Flanders Recorder Quartet  Nov. 19
This Belgian quartet has thrilled listeners on five continents with dazzling interplay and fluent, agile performances. Their all-Bach Cornell concert puts their own arrangements of some of Bach’s brilliant masterpieces in a new light, in performances full of charm, electrifying technique, and boundless enthusiasm.

Tapestry, featuring a world premiere  Jan. 28, 2013
A favorite of Music Mondays audiences, the Boston-based female vocal ensemble returns to perform a program including the world premiere of a work by James Falzone featuring the Cornell College Chamber Singers and clarinetist Joe Dieker, Cornell’s Academic Dean.

Diotima String Quartet  April 15, 2013
This young French quartet plays a repertoire ranging from Haydn to composers of our time. The New York Times wrote that the quartet “… plays with the energy and passion of a newly minted ensemble … driven and dazzling … haunting.”

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

Romeo and Juliet
By William Shakespeare • Directed by Ron Clark
7:30 p.m. Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20; 2 p.m. Oct. 21 

Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” continues to mesmerize audiences with a heartbreaking tale of love set against the violent feuds of Verona’s strongest families. The depth of passion, intensity of revenge, and sorrow of loss is as vivid today as it was in the 1590s.

Avenue Q
Produced by the departments of theatre and music
Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx • Book by Jeff Whitty • Directed by Jim VanValen
Musical Direction by Tony Nickle
7:30 p.m. Feb. 22, 23 and March 1, 2
2 p.m. Feb. 24 and March 3

Winner of the 2004 Tony for Best Musical, this musical comedy is often referred to as the adult-version of Sesame Street. It contains adult humor, profanity, possible puppet nudity, and a whole lot of heart.

Cloud 9
By Caryl Churchill • Directed by Janeve West
7:30 p.m. April 26, 27 and May 3, 4
2 p.m. May 5

Winner of the 1981 Obie Award for Playwriting, “Cloud 9” reveals the ties of colonial oppression and the bindings of postcolonial identities and is filled with time jumps, cross-dressing, gender switching, biting humor, double-casting, and age defiance.

All performances in Kimmel Theatre.

“Romeo and Juliet” and “Cloud 9” tickets are $10 for adults, and $7 for seniors/students/youth.

“Avenue Q” tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors/students/youth.

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

Luce Gallery Exhibits

Doug Hanson Retrospective: Selected Works, 1971-2012
Through Oct. 21
Reception Sat., Oct. 6, 3-5 p.m., includes release of retrospective book

In celebration of Doug Hanson’s 41 years as a professor and potter at Cornell, this retrospective features the full sweep of Hanson’s work. Themes include earthy materials in conversation with man-made order, and a focus on utilitarian pitchers, bowls, jars, and mugs. Hanson’s recent work is vigorous, zesty and playful, with loose forms and juicy glazes.

Clay Colleagues
Nov. 4 to Dec. 2
Reception and Gallery Talk: Sun., Nov. 4, 2-4 p.m.

The show features a variety of clay works by artists and teachers who worked with Doug Hanson throughout his teaching career, from graduate school at the University of Iowa through his Cornell years. Artists include John Beckelman, Susannah Biondo-Gemmell, Paul Corbin, Andy Gemmell, Chuck Hindes, Rick Hintze, Ben Jensen, Bunny McBride, Tim Pfiffner, Jen Rogers, Matt Rude, Conifer Smith, and Reagan Yoder.

Senior Shows
March 24 to April 3 • April 7 to 17 • April 21 to May 1
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.

Mexican Folk Art from Oaxaca
Jan. 20 to March 3
Reception and Gallery Talk: Sun., Jan. 20, 2-4 p.m.

The University of Iowa Museum of Art is sharing a collection of Oaxacan wood-carvings originally shown in the 2006 exhibition, “Crafting Traditions: Oaxacan Wood-Carvings,” with the Peter Paul Luce Gallery. Featured with the UIMA collection will be traditional folk art collected in Michoacan by Doug Hanson and his wife, Sue Diebner, during trips with students to the region, as well as photographs taken in the pottery village they visited.

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 Wind Ensemble 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9, King Chapel

Cornell Chamber Orchestra 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16, King Chapel

Holiday Choral Concert 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, King Chapel
Featuring the Cornell Concert Choir, Community Choir, and alumni soloists in a performance of Handel’sMessiah.

Cornell Jazz Ensemble 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11, Ringer Recital Studio, Armstrong Hall

Steel Drum Ensembles, featuring Pandemonium 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, King Chapel

Steel Drum Ensembles, featuring Pandemonium 7:30 p.m. April 5, King Chapel

Cornell Wind Ensemble 7:30 p.m. April 19, King Chapel

Cornell Chamber Orchestra 7:30 p.m. April 26, King Chapel

Cornell Choral Concert 3 p.m. April 28, King Chapel

Cornell Jazz Ensemble 7:30 p.m. May 1, Ringer Recital Studio, Armstrong Hall

Admission is free to all Cornell ensemble performances.

Work is beginning in the fall to add an elevator to King Chapel. Until that work is complete, the building will not be wheelchair accessible.