2015-16 Fine Arts Calendar

Cornell College’s 2015-16 fine arts schedule includes art exhibitions by alumni and students, musical performances by world-renowned ensembles, and three theatre productions, including the Tennessee Williams classic “The Glass Menagarie.”

Music Mondays

This year’s Music Mondays schedule includes three performances. All Music Mondays concerts take place at 7:30 p.m. in King Chapel.

Ensemble Schumann • Oct. 12

Ensemble Schumann
Ensemble Schumann

The trio present works by Schumann, Brahms, Saint-Saëns, Loeffler, Poulenc, Shostakovich and many others. Pinkas, Larson, and Gallant have each performed at venues such as Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York City, Jordan Hall in Boston, Wigmore Hall in London, the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and the festivals at Tanglewood, Ravinia, Lucerne, Spoleto and Mostly Mozart. Together they have been featured at the prestigious Da Camera Series in Los Angeles, at the Clark Art Museum in Massachusetts, and on Live From Fraser from WGBH-Radio Boston.

James Falzone’s Allos Musica • Nov. 9

James Falzone's Allos Musica. Credit: Marc Perlish
James Falzone’s Allos Musica. Credit: Marc Perlish

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 titled Lamentations in 2010. The ensemble previously performed a Music Mondays concert in 2013.

BMR4 • Feb. 15, 2016


The Chicago-based instrumental jazz quartet is made up of members with deep jazz, blues, R&B, and rock experience. The members have been part of backing bands for Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, and Ed Thigpen, among others. They play a mix of original compositions, standards, and reinterpreted pop songs.



Theatre productions

“The Glass Menagerie”
By Tennessee Williams • Directed by Guest Artist Steven Marzolf
The Plumb-Fleming Black Box Theatre
7:30 p.m. Oct. 29-31; 2 p.m. Nov. 1

Winner of the New York Drama Critics Award in 1945, “The Glass Menagerie” was the first major success for one of America’s most revered playwrights. In Tennessee Williams’ shattering classic, an aging Southern Belle longs for her youth and dreams of a better life for her children. Her restless son Tom, a would-be poet and the story’s narrator, gets swept up in his mother’s funny and heartbreaking schemes to find his painfully shy sister, Laura, a husband.

“A Man of No Importance”
By Stephen Flaherty (music), Lynn Ahrens (lyrics), and Terrence McNally (book)
Directed by Jim VanValen, musical direction by Julia West
Kimmel Theatre
7:30 p.m. Feb. 19, 20, 26, 27; 2 p.m. Feb. 21

From the award-winning creators of “Ragtime” comes the story of Alfie Byrne, a Dublin bus driver in 1964, whose heart holds secrets he can’t share with anyone but his imagined confidante, Oscar Wilde. When he attempts to put on an amateur production of Wilde’s “Salome” in the local church hall, he confronts the forces of bigotry, loneliness, and shame over a love “that dare not speak its name.” A tender and beautifully woven tale of friendship, community, and the power of theatre that invites us to celebrate who we are and the love we can offer to one another.

“Those That Fall: A Devised Piece”
Directed by Janeve West
The Plumb-Fleming Black Box Theatre
7:30 p.m. April 22, 23, 29, 30; 2 p.m. April 24

Actual articles from the Des Moines Register note that, in 1903, the town of Van Meter, Iowa was “visited” by a giant bat-like creature over the course of four consecutive nights. The creature was seen by prominent businessmen who spotted it flying between roof-tops, climbing telephone poles and emanating an eerie light. Firing shots, they followed it to an abandoned coal mine where it fell into the shaft and disappeared. Following it into the darkness was another, smaller, creature. These “visitors” may be gone, but the stories, tales, hopes, dreams, and fears remain. Inspired by these events, “Those that Fall” will be a devised production (generated by the ensemble, rather than beginning with a traditional script) that will explore the social tensions that spark the gruesome, glorious and sometimes necessary tales that pull us together and tear us apart. Set in a fictionalized mid-western town, these facts, fictions, half-truths, hopes, dreams and lies will have to fall away for the community to survive.

Luce Gallery Exhibitions

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.

Sept. 13-Oct. 11: Alumni Invitational: Video & Integrated Media


"Final Statement" by Kristine Diekmann '79
“Final Statement” by Kristine Diekmann ’79
  • Kristine Diekman ’79
  • Colin Ives ’87, visiting artist
  • Cole Pierce ’00
  • Anna Henson ’06
  • Tim Porter ’12

2-4 p.m. Sept. 13: Opening Reception & Gallery Talk with Colin Ives ’87 and guest speaker Kristine Diekman ’79

3-5 p.m. Oct. 10: Homecoming Reception

Nov. 1-Dec. 6: Mike Bianco /Environment & Sustainability

2-4 p.m. Nov. 1: Opening Reception

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Artist’s Talk, Hedges Conference Room, The Thomas Commons

Jan. 17-Feb. 28, 2016: Small Sculpture Show

2-4 p.m. Jan. 17, 2016: Opening Reception and Gallery Talk with curator Mark Baker ’06

April 10-20, 2016 and April 24-May 4, 2016: Senior Art Exhibits

Musical Ensemble performances

The college’s music ensembles perform throughout the year. Unless noted otherwise, performances take place in King Chapel.

  • Steel Drum Ensembles Concert, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 9
  • Guest Choral Concert: Mount Vernon and Solon High School Choirs with Cornell Concert Choir, 2 p.m., Oct. 18
  • Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble Concert, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 13
  • Holiday Concert: Cornell College Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and Orchestra, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 5
  • Steel Drum Ensembles Mardi Gras Tour Concert, Jan. 23, 2016
  • Orchestra Concert, 7:30 p.m., April 1, 2016
  • Symphonic Band Concert, 7:30 p.m., April 15, 2016
  • Jazz Ensemble Concert, 7:30 p.m., April 20, 2016, Location TBA
  • Spring Choral Concert 3 p.m., April 24, 2016