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Free summer events

Tuesday performances

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.
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
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.
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.
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."

Past summer events at the Schwartz Center

  • David Kaynor and George Wilson, July 30, 2013
  • Tango de Cámara, July 23, 2013
  • Rockwood Ferry, July 16, 2013
  • Desire and Decay (dance concert), July 9, 2013
  • Michael Zaretsky and Xak Bjerken, July 2, 2013
  • Cornell Savoyards present Ruddigore, June 25 and 26, 2013
  • Malcolm Bilson and Roger Moseley, July 31, 2012
  • Journey West with Max Buckholtz, July 24, 2012
  • Epiphany Project, July 17, 2012
  • Matuto, July 10, 2012
  • Ahhhhhh: A Festival of Sound (dance concert), July 3, 2012
  • Cornell Savoyards present The Pirates of Penzance, June 26 and 27, 2012
  • Jacqueline Schwab, August 2, 2011
  • Dance Concert: Vananver Caravan, July 26, 2011
  • Joe Crookston, July 19, 2011
  • Cornell Savoyards present HMS Pinafore, July 12, 2011
  • Babik, July 5, 2011
  • Ithaca Wind Quintet, June 28, 2011
  • Women's Works presents Cendrillon, August 3, 2010
  • Jayne Demakos with special guest Samite, July 27, 2010
  • Dance Concert: Love Shoe IV, July 20, 2010
  • Jeremiah McLane and David Surette, July 13, 2010
  • Victor Romanul and Miri Yampolsky, July 6, 2010
  • Cornell Klezmorim, June 29, 2010
  • Alize, July 28, 2009
  • Women's Works presents An Evening with Fanny, July 21, 2009
  • David Burgess, July 14, 2009
  • Dance Concert: Love Shoe III, July 7, 2009
  • Epiphany Project, June 30, 2009
  • Blue Heron Trio, June 23, 2009

Joe Crookston performs "Wandering Shepherd" at the Schwartz Center, July 19, 2011. (Video by Ralph Varn, IthacaRecords.)