Cornell releases 2016-17 fine arts events schedule

Cornell College’s 2016-17 fine arts schedule includes art exhibitions by alumni and students, musical performances by world-renowned ensembles, and four theatre productions, including a new Dance Cabaret.

Music Mondays

All Music Mondays concerts take place at 7:30 p.m. in King Chapel.

Red Cedar Chamber Music

Red Cedar Chamber Music • Oct. 10, 2016

Red Cedar Chamber Music has adopted as its mantra “Chamber music should be just like this–intimate, bonding, and conversational,” quoting a review of its core performers, the Red Cedar Trio, in The American Record Guide. Red Cedar audiences are treated to equal doses of the antique and the avant-garde. On one hand, Red Cedar specializes in the performance of early 19th-century music on period instruments. On the other hand, Red Cedar annually commissions new work for modern instruments.


Paul Galbraith, classical guitar

Paul Galbraith, classical guitar • Feb. 20, 2017

A brilliant innovator of the classical guitar, Paul Galbraith expands the technical limits of his instrument. He has produced a series of critically acclaimed recordings of works by Bach, Haydn, and Brahms, along with his own arrangements of folk tunes from various countries, all of which demonstrate the originality of his musical personality. By exchanging the traditional guitar for the eight-string Brahms Guitar, which he helped to develop, Galbraith found the ideal instrument with which to interpret the challenging Classical transcriptions from his highly personal repertoire.





SYBARITE5 • April 10, 2017

“Their rock star status is well deserved. Their classically honed technique mixed with grit and all out passionate attack transfixes the audience…” That is how The Sarasota Herald Tribune described SYBARITE5, classical music’s most dynamic new music group.





Theatre productions

Dance Cabaret
Director and Musical Director: Guest Artist Patrick DuLaney
Choreographer: Alvon Reed, Cornell College Artist-in-Residence

The Plumb-Fleming Black Box Theatre
7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 and Oct. 1
2 p.m. Oct. 2

2016-2017 will kick off with a cabaret style piece featuring musical theatre, dance numbers, and perhaps a monologue or two. This production will be developed in collaboration of the Fundamentals of Design first year seminar course.

“Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them”
By Christopher Durang
Directed by Janeve West
The Plumb-Fleming Black Box Theatre
7:30 p.m. Dec. 15-17
2 p.m. Dec. 18

Christopher Durang turns political humor upside down with this raucous and provocative satire about America’s growing homeland “insecurity.” A young woman finds herself suddenly in crisis: Is her new husband, whom she married when drunk, a terrorist? Or just crazy? Or both? Is her father’s hobby of butterfly collecting really a cover for his involvement in a shadow government? Honing in on our private terrors both at home and abroad, Durang oddly relieves our fears in this black comedy for an era of yellow, orange and red alerts.

By Steven Berkoff

Directed by Caroline Price
Kimmel Theatre
7:30 p.m. March 2-4
2 p.m. March 5

Steven Berkoff’s exciting retelling of the ancient Greek tragedy Oedipus Rex follows the hero (Eddy) as he voyages beyond the East End of contemporary England and encounters love, wealth, and his true identity. Exploring the story from a whole new angle, Berkoff emphasizes the positive and redemptive power of love. This modern, twisted version of the myth combines Shakespearean grandeur with Cockney slang to riotous effect, creating an electric and often aggressive atmosphere. Don’t miss this punk “love poem” to the spirit of “Oedipus Rex”!

Dance Recital
Directed and Choreographed by Alvon Reed
Kimmel Theatre

7:30 p.m. May 4-6
2 p.m. May 7

The inaugural dance production for Cornell’s newest program is intended to feature works created by Mr. Reed as well as student choreographers. It offers plentiful opportunities for student lighting and costume designers and a chance to explore interactive projection design through motion tracking cameras and other technologies.

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. 11-Oct. 23: Alumni invitational


Photo by William Widmer ’04, from “My Mississippi”
  • Wil Widmer ’04
  • Kevin McCusker ’15
  • Stephanie Penn ’05
  • Rachel Minier ’12
  • Katelynn McAllister ’09

Sunday, Sept. 11, 2-4 p.m.: Opening Reception

Saturday, Oct. 22, 3-5 p.m.: Homecoming Reception & Lecture with Wil Widmer ’04

Nov. 6-Dec. 11: Knox College Art Faculty Exhibition

Sunday, Nov. 6, 2-4 p.m.: Opening Reception & Gallery Talk

Jan. 22-March 5: Steven Vroom, Curator: Art & Technology Show

Sunday, Jan. 22, 2-4 p.m.: Opening Reception and Gallery Talk with curator Steven Vroom and artist Joseph Gray

March 26-April 19: Sonnenshein Collection curated by Steven Coburn ’19 and Jessica Meis ’19

April 30-May 10: Senior Show

Musical Ensemble performances

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

  • Guest Choral Concert: Mount Vernon High School Concert Choir, Solon High School Bella Voce, and Cornell College Concert Choir, 2 p.m, Oct. 16
  • Steel Drum Ensembles Concert, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 31
  • Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble Concert, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 18
  • Holiday Concert: Cornell College Concert Choir and Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 3
  • Concert TBA, 7:30 p.m., March 31
  • Concert TBA, 7:30 p.m., April 7
  • Concert TBA, 7:30 p.m., April 21
  • Spring Choral Concert 3 p.m., April 23, 2017
  • Concert TBA, 7:30 p.m., April 28