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Free summer events

Exciting performances, thought-provoking lectures

Friday, July 25, 2014, 7:00 pm
Arts Quad
You'll want to put on your dancing shoes for the HotFoot Club, a six-piece band whose specialty is hot swing tunes and sultry R&B from the '30s to the '50s. Influenced by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Fats Waller, and Billie Holiday, the HotFoot Club features a panoply of highly regarded local musicians, including Dave Davies, Brian Earle, Frank Campos, Molly MacMillan, Harry Aceto, and Mike Wellen.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 7:30 pm
Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
The bassoon? It's not an instrument people think of often—but it gives a beautiful sound, with a range like the human voice, expressive and emotional. The Glickman Ensemble (Catherine Marchese, Edwin Cabrera, and Lisa Alexander) takes the idea of the bassoon and multiplies it by three, working alone as a group or with pianist Pej Reitz to create a gorgeous rush of music.

All three bassoonists studied under Loren Glickman, one of America's foremost bassoon soloists and a founding artist of the prestigious Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Glickman still composes, and for the last decade he's been transcribing works for the bassoon. For the last eight years the Glickman Ensemble has been playing together and recording those transcriptions, fulfilling their mission "to bring the beautiful, sonorous sounds of the bassoon to the public through our love of chamber music."
Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 7:00 pm
Bailey Hall
Abraham Lincoln's 272 words of dedication at Gettysburg on November 19, 1863, are familiar to Americans more than 150 years after they were spoken, in ways unmatched by almost any other American political utterance since the Declaration of Independence. Is it because the address is brief and therefore easy to remember? Or because its language is simple, consisting mostly of one-syllable words that are easily and broadly comprehended?

In this free lecture sponsored by Cornell's School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, Dr. Allen C. Guelzo will examine the elements that help to make the Gettysburg Address so memorable. The Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Guelzo is the author of numerous books about Lincoln and the Civil War, including Gettysburg: The Last Invasion (2013), which spent eight weeks on the New York Times best-seller list and which won the Lincoln Prize for 2014, the inaugural Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize in Military History, the Fletcher Pratt Award of the New York City Round Table, and the Richard Harwell Award of the Atlanta Civil War Round Table.
Friday, August 1, 2014, 7:00 pm
Arts Quad
Panache Quartet combines the prodigious talents of Cape Breton fiddler Andrea Beaton, Franco-American fiddler Donna Hébert, Southern-style fiddler Jane Rothfield, and Québecois fiddler Véronique Plasse. With roots in such a broad range of traditions, these four fiery women fiddlers have a staggering combined repertoire of traditional tunes--plus each writes spectacular original music that has become part of the living tradition.
"Listening to Panache is like watching art being made at the moment of inspiration!"

The School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions invites you to continue your education in one of the most enjoyable ways possible—by attending our free summer events series! We offer concerts and lectures at no charge to encourage you to take a chance and experience something new or listen to music you may never have heard, all while visiting our gorgeous campus.

"I love summer in Ithaca because of the series — keep it up SCE!"

"It's a wonderful community resource — a great variety of events and you can't beat the price!"