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Free summer events

Exciting performances, thought-provoking lectures

Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 7:30 pm
Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
When the Japanese emperor visits the town of Titipu, will Ko-Ko, recently promoted to the position of Lord High Executioner, be forced to carry out his new duties? What will happen to his lovely ward Yum-Yum and the musician she loves? And what of the elderly and amorous Katisha, who has her eye on Ko-Ko? Find out when the Cornell Savoyards open Cornell University's summer events series with a concert version of Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera The Mikado.

​Tickets are free and will be available in the theater lobby starting at 6:15 p.m. on the day of the performance.
Friday, June 27, 2014, 7:00 pm
Arts Quad
Terry Burns began her singing and songwriting career in the Southern Tier in the mid-'80s, working with her sisters in The Burns Sisters band. At the age of 28 she struck out on her own and headed to Nashville, where she met award-winning composer Ron Kristy. The two of them have been making beautiful music together ever since as Burns and Kristy, whose blend of folk and contemporary country has been called “refreshing,” “entrancingly beautiful,” and “timeless.”

Photo by Laura Kozlowski, www.laurakozlowski.com.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 7:30 pm
Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
Imagine the sound of a Brazilian Carnival in the Appalachian Mountains, with exotic percussion laying the foundation for blues-drenched vocals, Telecaster twangs, accordion acrobatics, and folksy fiddle tunes. Now, imagine these sounds in the hands of some of New York City’s finest young improvisers as they light up club and festival stages worldwide. Matuto embraces modern techniques and global influences to create a unique and inspired sound that Jazz Times Magazine calls “weird and wonderful… unorthodox and delightful.”

Tickets are free and will be available in the theater lobby starting at 6:30 p.m. on the day of the performance.

Photo by Vincent Soyez.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 7:30 pm
Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
Jeremiah McLane is an accordionist from Vermont with a background in folk and jazz; Annemieke Spoelstra is a classical pianist from the Netherlands. Playing together since 2010, the Vermont-based husband-and-wife duo performs classical works by European and South American composers who drew inspiration from folk melodies. Together Annemieke and Jeremiah blend the earthy spirit of folk traditions and the technical skill of classical arrangements to create something that is unique and solely their own.

Tickets are free and will be available in the theater lobby starting at 6:30 p.m. on the day of the performance.

Photo credit: Tim Calabro
Friday, July 11, 2014, 7:00 pm
Arts Quad
The Sim Redmond Band has been making its Afro-Caribbean, roots-rock world music at home in Ithaca, as well as across the globe, for more than a decade. Sim plays guitar and supplies vocals, together with the band’s one female member, Jen Middaugh, and keyboard player Nate Richardson. Supporting them are Jordan Aceto on guitar, Dan Merwin on bass, and Asa Redmond on percussion.

"Early-morning music, served sunny-side up.” (Jamie Lee, Relix Magazine)
Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 7:30 pm
Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
Dance and song collide and sparks fly as choreographer Jeanne Goddard and baritone Steven Stull bring their whimsical collaborative style to the Cornell stage. Also featuring Geneva choreographer Donna Davenport, musicians John White, Peter Chwazik, Richard Montgomery, and a cast of dancers from the Finger Lakes region, the evening of upbeat original work includes newly created dances and a restaging of "Service with a Smile," a tragic tale of car repair.

Tickets are free and will be available in the theater lobby starting at 6:30 p.m. on the day of the performance.
Friday, July 18, 2014, 7:00 pm
Arts Quad
El Rumbon means “big dance party”—and that’s what you get when this hot Latin band launches into a merengue, plena, bomba, cumbia, or chachacha. Led by conga player Charlie Izzo, El Rumbon keeps feet in motion with authentic and irresistible music from way south of the border, played with passion and joy on brass, strings, and percussion.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 7:30 pm
Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
One of America's most respected and loved folksingers, John McCutcheon is a master instrumentalist and powerful songwriter, storyteller, activist, and author. He is a master of a dozen different traditional instruments, most notably the rare and beautiful hammer dulcimer. Called "one of our country's best songwriters" by Pete Seeger, John McCutcheon has written hundreds of songs, from ballads, historical songs, children’s songs, and love songs to topical satire and even symphonic works. His thirty-six albums have earned six Grammy nominations, and his song Christmas in the Trenches was named one of Folk Alley's "100 Most Essential Folk Songs."

Tickets are free and will be available in the theater lobby starting at 6:30 p.m. on the day of the performance.
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."
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!"