Cornell College presents Music Mondays 2018-2019

Cornell’s Music Mondays series continues in 2018-2019 with performances by two international chamber groups and a traditional big band. All concerts take place at 7:30 p.m. in King Chapel and are free and open to the public.

Wayfaring — Oct. 1, 2018

Wayfaring is bassist and vocalist Katie Ernst and clarinetist James Falzone.

Taking its name from a beloved American folk song, Wayfaring is a duo project between bassist and vocalist Katie Ernst and clarinetist James Falzone. What began as a casual meeting between like-minded players has formed into a collective of unusual nuance and depth, drawing on source material from the jazz tradition, hymns, folk songs, and original compositions from Ernst and Falzone. Wayfaring was featured at the 2016 Hyde Park Jazz Festival and released their debut recording, “I Move, You Move,” in 2017.

Intersection — Nov. 26, 2018

Intersection is violinist Laura Frautschi, pianist John Novacek, and cellist Kristina Reiko Cooper.

As Intersection, violinist Laura Frautschi, cellist Kristina Reiko Cooper, and pianist John Novacek venture beyond circumscribed artistic borders, exploring new music, world music, jazz and pop. The uniqueness of the group is in tapping into these highly varied backgrounds in shows that seamlessly fuse the traditional and the surprising, the premeditated and the improvisatory, and of course their easy verbal interplay with each other and with the audience. An evening with Intersection is a virtual collaboration between artists and audience.

Rod Pierson Big Band Featuring Craig Boche — Feb. 25, 2019

NOTE: Due to weather this event was rescheduled to Feb. 25.

The Rod Pierson Big Band featuring Craig Boche offers the sound of today’s big bands, the biggest entertainers from the popular “Rat Pack” period, and classic instrumental big band hits. Nearly all of the band members of this eastern Iowa-based band are jazz educators and clinicians, and many are alumni of the orchestras of Glenn Miller, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, as well as Woody Herman and Guy Lombardo. Rod Pierson’s credits include long-term stints with the Miller, Dorsey, and Guy Lombardo bands; backing artists such as Aretha Franklin, Burt Bacharach, and The Temptations; and touring with nearly 20 Broadway shows. Singer Craig Boche’s voice has been compared to Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and Bobby Darin.