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Free summer events

Exciting performances, thought-provoking lectures

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.
 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 7:30 pm
Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
To celebrate Cornell's sesquicentennial, the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions is kicking off its 2015 free summer events series with performances of the Gilbert & Sullivan operetta Princess Ida on Tuesday, June 23, and Wednesday, June 24. Performed by the Cornell Savoyards, this adaptation investigates the social and political milieu of Cornell's founding, reproduces the campus culture of several regional colleges, and honors the Seneca Falls Women's Rights Convention.

Cornell’s free summer events series, which runs from June 23 to July 31, includes Tuesday performances at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Wednesday lectures at Call Auditorium in Kennedy Hall, and Friday concerts on the Arts Quad. For more information, visit summer.cornell.edu/events, e-mail cusce@cornell.edu, or call 607.255.4987. If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact us as soon as possible.
Friday, June 26, 2015, 7:00 pm
Arts Quad
Rockwood Ferry, featuring the original music of singer-songwriter Tenzin Chopak, will open the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions' free summer concert series on the Cornell Arts Quad.

Praised for their "incandescent," "mesmerizing," and "transcendent" performances, the Rockwood Ferry ensemble comprises some of Ithaca's finest musicians, including Eric Aceto on fiddle, Rich DePaolo on guitar, Peter Dodge on keyboard, and Bill King on percussion.

In case of thunderstorms or heavy rain, the concert will take place at Uris Auditorium.

Cornell’s free summer events series, which runs from June 23 to July 31, includes Tuesday performances at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Wednesday lectures at Call Auditorium in Kennedy Hall, and Friday concerts on the Arts Quad. For more information, visit summer.cornell.edu/events, e-mail cusce@cornell.edu, or call 607.255.4987. If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact us as soon as possible.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015, 7:30 pm
Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
Acclaimed violinist Emil Altschuler and pianist Thomas Pandolfi will collaborate on a program featuring works ranging from Beethoven, Bach, and Paganini to rarely performed modern gems by Robert R. Bennett. Both of these virtuoso performers studied at the Julliard School, with Pandolfi earning his master of music degree there while Altschuler continued his studies at The Yale School of Music.

Altschuler currently teaches music at Tufts, Northeastern University, and the New England Conservatory, regularly collaborates on the Tufts Composers concerts, and is the violin coach for the Tufts Youth Philharmonic. Pandolfi, described by the Washington Post as “master of both the grand gesture and the sensual line,” performs with orchestras across Europe and the United States and also extensively as a recitalist. He makes his home in Washington, DC.

Cornell’s free summer events series, which runs from June 23 to July 31, includes Tuesday performances at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Wednesday lectures at Call Auditorium in Kennedy Hall, and Friday concerts on the Arts Quad. For more information, visit summer.cornell.edu/events, e-mail cusce@cornell.edu, or call 607.255.4987. If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact us as soon as possible.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015, 7:00 pm
Kennedy Hall
Spiders are the dominant terrestrial predators on earth, and their biology and behavior are fascinating. Learn all about them from Cornell's spider expert, Dr. Linda Rayor, star of Monster Bug Wars and award-winning senior lecturer in the Department of Entomology. Find out how these little cannibals work out conflicts between the sexes, what happens when spiders live together in groups, which animals find them tasty, and interesting details about the most poisonous spider in the world.

Cornell’s free summer events, which run from June 23 to July 31, include Tuesday performances at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Wednesday lectures at Call Auditorium* in Kennedy Hall, and Friday concerts on the Arts Quad. For more information, visit summer.cornell.edu/events, e-mail cusce@cornell.edu, or call 607.255.4987. If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact us as soon as possible.

*The School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions thanks the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for generously donating the use of Call Auditorium for the summer lecture series.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015, 7:30 pm
Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
Led by trumpeter, composer, and educator Paul Merrill, the Cornell Faculty Jazz Quintet will present music of the Miles Davis Quintets in this free concert sponsored by the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions.

Performing with Merrill will be James Spinazzola on saxophone, Nick Weiser on piano, Peter Chwazik on bass, and Greg Evans on drums.

Cornell’s free summer events series, which runs from June 23 to July 31, includes Tuesday performances at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Wednesday lectures at Call Auditorium in Kennedy Hall, and Friday concerts on the Arts Quad. For more information, visit summer.cornell.edu/events, e-mail cusce@cornell.edu, or call 607.255.4987. If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact us as soon as possible.
Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 7:00 pm
Kennedy Hall
Someday, NASA hopes to send astronauts to explore small and distant asteroids—and in preparation, they've sought the assistance of Steven Squyres, the James A. Weeks Professor of Physical Sciences at Cornell and principal investigator for the Mars Exploration Rover Project. Since 2011, Squyres has served with crews of astronauts on several underwater NEEMO (NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations) missions, using the neutral buoyancy afforded by being underwater to simulate zero gravity. Squyres will describe what they learned on these missions, how it may be applied to the goals of asteroid exploration, and what it was like living and working under the sea.

Cornell’s free summer events, which run from June 23 to July 31, include Tuesday performances at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Wednesday lectures at Call Auditorium* in Kennedy Hall, and Friday concerts on the Arts Quad. For more information, visit summer.cornell.edu/events, e-mail cusce@cornell.edu, or call 607.255.4987. If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact us as soon as possible.

*The School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions thanks the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for generously donating the use of Call Auditorium for the summer lecture series.
Friday, July 10, 2015, 7:00 pm
Arts Quad
Not from Wisconsin will bring its special blend of intelligent lyrics and memorable melodies to the Cornell Arts Quad at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 10.

Led by singer-guitarist Dave Yantorno, Not From Wisconsin offers pop music with a serious edge. String arrangements swell around somber lyrics, buttressing compact song structures. The band also includes Angela Comprone on violin and vocals, Brett Powell on drums and vocals, and Joey Arcuri on bass.

In case of thunderstorms or heavy rain, the concert will take place at Uris Auditorium.

Cornell’s free summer events series, which runs from June 23 to July 31, includes Tuesday performances at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Wednesday lectures at Call Auditorium in Kennedy Hall, and Friday concerts on the Arts Quad. For more information, visit summer.cornell.edu/events, e-mail cusce@cornell.edu, or call 607.255.4987. If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact us as soon as possible.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 7:30 pm
Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
Local circus artists will help celebrate Cornell's sesquicentennial as they recreate the excitement of the heyday of the American circus. From rolling into town on the circus train to juggling, clowning, and acrobatics, the ensemble promises to amuse and amaze "children of all ages" and honor the incredible circus history that ties into the time of Cornell's founding. Ezra's Circus is produced by Circus Culture, which provides circus education and opportunities for all in Ithaca.

Cornell’s free summer events series, which runs from June 23 to July 31, includes Tuesday performances at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Wednesday lectures at Call Auditorium in Kennedy Hall, and Friday concerts on the Arts Quad. For more information, visit summer.cornell.edu/events, e-mail cusce@cornell.edu, or call 607.255.4987. If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact us as soon as possible.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 7:00 pm
Kennedy Hall
Although white Republicans in Washington regarded Reconstruction as a policy for the defeated Confederacy only, black activists and veterans hoped the post-Civil War era would bring dramatic change to the entire nation. By the end of the war (the same year that Cornell was founded), 179,000 African Americans had served in the army, but only in New England could black men vote on an equal basis with whites. New York State imposed a property qualification on blacks only, and not a single black veteran could vote in Lincoln’s Illinois.

On leave from Le Moyne College's History Department and recently the Merrill Family Visiting Professor of History at Cornell, Douglas Egerton will describe how activists struggled to win the right to vote after the war and why Frederick Douglass insisted that “the entire country requires reclamation.”

Cornell’s free summer events, which run from June 23 to July 31, include Tuesday performances at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Wednesday lectures at Call Auditorium* in Kennedy Hall, and Friday concerts on the Arts Quad. For more information, visit summer.cornell.edu/events, e-mail cusce@cornell.edu, or call 607.255.4987. If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact us as soon as possible.

*The School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions thanks the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for generously donating the use of Call Auditorium for the summer lecture series.
Friday, July 17, 2015, 7:00 pm
Arts Quad
A singer and songwriter in the folk and country traditions, Joe Crookston has won national acclaim for his engaging lyrics, excellent musicianship, and charismatic stage presence. His recording Able Baker Charlie and Dog was named 2009 Album of the Year by the International Folk Alliance, and in recent years he has shared festival stages with Arlo Guthrie, John McCutcheon, John Gorka, Livingston Taylor, and other folk notables.

In case of thunderstorms or heavy rain, the concert will take place at Uris Auditorium.

Cornell’s free summer events series, which runs from June 23 to July 31, includes Tuesday performances at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Wednesday lectures at Call Auditorium in Kennedy Hall, and Friday concerts on the Arts Quad. For more information, visit summer.cornell.edu/events, e-mail cusce@cornell.edu, or call 607.255.4987. If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact us as soon as possible.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 7:30 pm
Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
Experience the high-spirited Jewish folk music of eastern Europe with the Klez Project, a traditional klezmer band featuring clarinetist Allen Lutins and violinist Rima Grunes. At the heart of their repertoire is joyful music for weddings and bar mitzvahs, augmented by Israeli folk music, tunes from early twentieth-century American Yiddish theater productions, and modern compositions in the traditional style.

Cornell’s free summer events series, which runs from June 23 to July 31, includes Tuesday performances at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Wednesday lectures at Call Auditorium in Kennedy Hall, and Friday concerts on the Arts Quad. For more information, visit summer.cornell.edu/events, e-mail cusce@cornell.edu, or call 607.255.4987. If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact us as soon as possible.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 7:00 pm
Kennedy Hall
Many of us know about the death of Julius Caesar from William Shakespeare's eponymous play—but what actually took place on the Ides of March, 44 BC, was quite different. Barry Strauss, Cornell’s Bowmar Professor in Humanistic Studies, chair of the Department of History, and author of the highly praised new book The Death of Caesar, will present a fresh analysis of the primary sources and the central characters surrounding the man and the legend. He'll talk about what drove a group of more than sixty senators to murder the head of state and why, after first supporting the deed, the public turned on them.

Cornell’s free summer events, which run from June 23 to July 31, include Tuesday performances at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Wednesday lectures at Call Auditorium* in Kennedy Hall, and Friday concerts on the Arts Quad. For more information, visit summer.cornell.edu/events, e-mail cusce@cornell.edu, or call 607.255.4987. If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact us as soon as possible.

*The School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions thanks the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for generously donating the use of Call Auditorium for the summer lecture series.
Friday, July 24, 2015, 7:00 pm
Arts Quad
Steeped in funk, soul, and afrobeat, the Mutron Warriors deliver an adrenaline-fuelled show that can keep an audience on its feet into the wee hours. Stephanie Agurkis provides powerful, soulful vocals, supported by Mark Weinand and Jamie Yaman on sax, Mike Yohan on keys, Greg Evans on drums, and Jorge Cuevas on percussion, as well as original members Brian Mlodzinski and Stefan Myers on guitar and Chuck Janvrin on bass.

In case of thunderstorms or heavy rain, the concert will take place at Uris Auditorium.

Cornell’s free summer events series, which runs from June 23 to July 31, includes Tuesday performances at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Wednesday lectures at Call Auditorium in Kennedy Hall, and Friday concerts on the Arts Quad. For more information, visit summer.cornell.edu/events, e-mail cusce@cornell.edu, or call 607.255.4987. If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact us as soon as possible.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 7:30 pm
Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
With engaging stage presence, masterfully crafted songs, and sweet harmonies, Boston-based Matt and Shannon Heaton offer updated and traditional Irish tunes and songs with unapologetic American roots influences. Shannon combines vocal grace with instrumental prowess on Irish flute, whistles, and button accordion, while Matt provides a firm foundation on guitar and bouzouki, in addition to solid vocals.

Cornell’s free summer events series, which runs from June 23 to July 31, includes Tuesday performances at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Wednesday lectures at Call Auditorium in Kennedy Hall, and Friday concerts on the Arts Quad. For more information, visit summer.cornell.edu/events, e-mail cusce@cornell.edu, or call 607.255.4987. If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact us as soon as possible.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 7:00 pm
Kennedy Hall
What makes the world look the way it does? A major quest in computer graphics research has been to understand and virtually model the appearance of the real world. Kavita Bala, an associate professor in Cornell's Computer Science Department and Computer Graphics Program, will talk about the university's pioneering research in this area and describe how it has influenced practice in a broad range of applications, from architecture and industrial design to entertainment.

Cornell’s free summer events, which run from June 23 to July 31, include Tuesday performances at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Wednesday lectures at Call Auditorium* in Kennedy Hall, and Friday concerts on the Arts Quad. For more information, visit summer.cornell.edu/events, e-mail cusce@cornell.edu, or call 607.255.4987. If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact us as soon as possible.

*The School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions thanks the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for generously donating the use of Call Auditorium for the summer lecture series.
Friday, July 31, 2015, 7:00 pm
Arts Quad
One of Central New York’s premier performing string bands, the Ruddy Well Band delivers tight harmonies, driving rhythms, and thoughtful lyrics. Last year they won the Grassroots Festival Band Contest as well as two SAMMY Awards (People's Choice and Best Americana Album). The band features Andrew Ruddy, Monique Ritter, Ryan Burdick, Steve Scuteri, and Mike Sisto.

In case of thunderstorms or heavy rain, the concert will take place at Uris Auditorium.

Cornell’s free summer events series, which runs from June 23 to July 31, includes Tuesday performances at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Wednesday lectures at Call Auditorium in Kennedy Hall, and Friday concerts on the Arts Quad. For more information, visit summer.cornell.edu/events, e-mail cusce@cornell.edu, or call 607.255.4987. If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact us as soon as possible.


"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!"