Public invited to Cornell’s 2018-19 fine arts events

Cornell’s upcoming fine arts season features a wide range of attractions, from the musical “Rent” to a commemorative concert of the 100th anniversary of World War I and an exhibit of works by two popular local artists. New this year will be a community carol sing in December featuring the Concert Choir and college organist.

In addition, our 2018-2019 Music Mondays series features two international chamber groups and a traditional big band.

The public is welcome to all performances, and admission is free except to theatre productions.

Theatre and Dance

The Department of Theatre and Dance season begins with “Rent,” followed by a Shakespeare classic, the spring dance concert, and an original production. For ticketing information, reservations, and directions to our theatres, please contact the Cornell College Box Office.


"Rocky Horror"
Be sure to order tickets in advance for Cornell’s theatre productions, as seats can sell out. Here is a scene from the 2017 production of “Rocky Horror.”

Music, lyrics, and book by Jonathan Larson
Directed by Janeve West
Music Direction by Janelle Lauer
Choreography by Alvon Reed
Stage Managed by Elizabeth Koetz

Kimmel Theatre
Oct. 25–26, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 27, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 28, 2 p.m.
Admission: $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, students, and youth.

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s “Rent” continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world.  A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, “Rent” follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love. (From

This production is intended for mature audiences.

“As You Like It”
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Caroline Price

Plumb-Fleming Black Box Theatre, Armstrong Hall
Dec. 13–15, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 16, 2 p.m.
Admission: $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, students, and youth.

All the world’s a stage in Shakespeare’s comedy “As You Like It.” Forced into exile in the Forest of Arden, lovers Rosalind and Orlando become entangled in a beguiling game of love, lust, and mistaken identity. Romance, revenge, laughter, and love abound in a world where all the rules of romance, nature, and politics are topsy-turvy.

A dancer rehearses on the Kimmel Theatre stage.

Spring Dance Concert
Kimmel Theatre
Feb. 28, March 1–2, 7:30 p.m.
March 3, 2 p.m.
Admission: Free.

Original Puppet Performance; Guest Residency Project
Plumb-Fleming Black Box Theatre, Armstrong Hall

May 2-4, 7:30 p.m.
May 5, 2 p.m.



Steele Drum Ensemble
The Steele Drum Ensemble performs in King Chapel.

The Cornell Department of Music will introduce a new public event, a December carol sing, and perform a major fall concert with orchestra and choirs to commemorate Veterans Day and the 100th anniversary of World War I. The Nov. 9 concert will feature a suite excerpted from Welsh composer Karl Jenkins’ work for orchestra and chorus “The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace.” The work, commissioned for the new millennium, has been performed internationally during 2018 in remembrance of the tragic losses of the first World War. It includes movements from the traditional Mass form, the Muslim call to prayer, a Hindu epic poem, Psalms, and secular poetry by Kipling, Dryden, and Tennyson. Other repertoire on the program includes John Rutter’s “Distant Land” and Paul Aitken’s “In Flanders Field.”

On Sunday, Dec. 2, the public is invited to join the Cornell Concert Choir in singing and enjoying seasonal carols along with college organist Mark Baumann at the Möller organ in King Chapel.

All music ensemble performances take place in King Chapel (except where noted) and are free and open to the public.

Oct. 12, 3:30 p.m.: Symphonic Band
Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m.: Symphony Orchestra and Choirs, “The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace”
Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m.: Steel Drum Ensembles
Dec. 2, 3 p.m.: Carol Sing with Cornell Concert Choir and college organist Mark Baumann
Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m.: Jazz Ensemble Concert
March 22, 7:30 p.m.: Steel Drum Ensembles
Friday, March 29, 7 p.m., Jazz Ensemble Concert/Dance “Night of Swing,” Smith Dining Room, Thomas Commons
April 5, 7:30 p.m.: Symphonic Band Concert
April 26, 7:30 p.m.: Symphony Orchestra Concert
April 28, 7:30 p.m.: Spring Choral Concert


Peter Paul Luce Gallery exhibitions

Abbe Creek Before Rain, 2017; Sue Coleman
“Abbe Creek Before Rain,” 2017, by Sue Coleman.

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.

Cotton Candy, Sandra Louise Dyas, digital photograph
“Cotton Candy,” a digital photograph by Sandra Louise Dyas.
Selection from the Haitian art exhibit
A selection from the Haitian art exhibit.

Sundays. Admission is free.

“Earthly Beauty”
Sandra Dyas and Sue Coleman
Sept. 16–Oct. 14
Reception: Oct. 6, 3–5 p.m.

Earthly Beauty, mixed media works by Sandra Louise Dyas and Susan Coleman, muses on the ordinary and often overlooked aspects of the local environment—beauty that is unpolished and raw, quirky and tangled, sometimes difficult to interpret and codify. Though their use of media differs, their interest in what is sometimes considered  “mundane” or “less than significant” speaks of an aesthetic that is integral to the world we inhabit.

“Haitian Art: Selected Works”
Oc. 28–Dec. 2
Reception and lecture: TBA

This exhibition is from the Waterloo Center for the Arts’ permanent collection and was curated by Elizabeth Andrews ’05.

“Reconstituted”: Ceramic & Mixed Media Installation  
Jan. 20–March 3
Artist’s Reception & Gallery Talk with Lauren Tucci: Jan. 25, 4–6 p.m.

Curated by Lauren Tucci with Gratia Brown and Wendy Thoreson.


Cornell Senior Thesis Shows
April 14–May 15

Cole Library and Thomas Commons exhibits

Admission is free to these shows. The Thomas Commons is open  6 a.m. to 12 midnight when school is in session. Cole Library hours are online.

Cole Library Gallery

Aug. 18–Oct. 16: Ann Klingensmith, selected relief prints
Oct. 17–Dec. 16: Art 223: Utilitarian Ceramics
Dec. 19–March 3: Art 313: 3-D Studio Basics
March 18–May 8: Senior thesis show

Hall-Perrine Gallery, Thomas Commons

Aug. 24–Nov. 12: Karel Appel Lithos, gift of Dorothy Lincoln-Smith ’58
Nov. 14–Dec. 16: Art 232: Life Drawing
Dec. 19–March 3: Art 242: Painting
March 18–May 8: Mexican Painted Churches, photos by Carolyn Brown ’57

Zamora’s Gallery Space, Thomas Commons

Aug. 22–Oct. 15: Will Kirkland ’66, colored pencil paintings
Oct. 17–Nov. 11: Art 104: Studio Basics–Photo Imaging
Nov. 14–Feb. 3: Art 207: Photo 1
Feb. 6–April 7: Art 103: Drawing 1
April 15–May 8: Senior thesis show