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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Free summer events

Tuesday performances

Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 7:30 pm
Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
The Savoyards Musical Theatre returns to the Schwartz Center stage with a presentation of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Sorcerer, a two-act comic opera about what happens when an entire village partakes of a love potion. Tickets are free and available (up to four per person) in the Schwartz Center lobby beginning at 6:00 p.m. on the day of the performance.

This event kicks of the 2017 free summer events series sponsored by Cornell’s School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions. For more information about the series, which runs from June 27 to August 4, visit summer.cornell.edu/events.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017, 7:30 pm
Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
Nationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Joe Crookston is known for his engaging lyrics, excellent musicianship, and charismatic stage presence. Named 2016 Folk Alliance International artist-in-residence, Joe engages audiences with story songs of Oklahoma towns, rattlesnake tails, Taoist parables, and drunk roosters—all crafted with wit, intelligence, and heart.

Tickets are free and available (up to four per person) in the Schwartz Center lobby beginning at 6:00 p.m. on the day of the performance.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 7:30 pm
Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
The Falling Waters Sampler features Ithaca fiddlers Judy Hyman, Tim Ball, and Rick Manning, who teach and perform annually at the Falling Waters Music Camp in Ithaca. Performing separately and together with the fine accompaniment of Bobby and Doug Henrie, these three exceptional local musicians will demonstrate a variety of traditional fiddle styles, from old time and bluegrass to Celtic, French Canadian, and swing.

Tickets are free and available (up to four per person) in the Schwartz Center lobby beginning at 6:00 p.m. on the day of the performance.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 7:30 pm
Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
Combining stunning acrobatics, striking visual effects, physical comedy, and inventive choreography, Galumpha brings to life a world of imagination, beauty, muscle, and merriment. With world-class, award-winning choreography, the three performers create a sensory feast of images ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime, delighting audiences at festivals, comedy clubs, and on the concert stage.

Tickets are free and available (up to four per person) in the Schwartz Center lobby beginning at 6:00 p.m. on the day of the performance.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 7:30 pm
Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
Violinist Stanley Chepaitis, chair of the string faculty at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, is fascinated by the similarities between Baroque music and jazz. “Both are based on the rhythmic language of dance beats. Both have evolved a texture that springs from counterpoint between an anchoring bass line and melody, with improvised harmony that glues the two together.”

Focusing on works by Bach and Telemann, Chepaitis has composed jazz pieces that reflect the spirit of the original in a new way, also allowing for the free improvisation that is essential to the jazz musician. Performing these pieces with him will be pianist Howard Spindler from the Eastman School of Music.

Tickets are free and available (up to four per person) in the Schwartz Center lobby beginning at 6:00 p.m. on the day of the performance.

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

Past performances

  • Journey West, August 2, 2016
  • Troica, July 26, 2016
  • Mike Lee and Wayne Lee, July 19, 2016
  • Crimson, July 12, 2016
  • Traonach, July 5, 2016
  • Karen Dumont, June 28, 2016
  • Matt and Shannon Heaton, July 28, 2015
  • Klez Project, July 21, 2015
  • Ezra's Circus, July 14, 2015
  • Cornell Faculty Jazz Quintet, July 7, 2015
  • Emil Altschuler and Thomas Pandolfi, June 30, 2015
  • Cornell Savoyards present Princess Ida, June 23 and 24, 2015
  • Glickman Ensemble, July 29, 2014
  • John McCutcheon, July 22, 2014
  • A Midsummer Night's Dance, July 15, 2014
  • Jeremiah McLane and Annemieke Spoelstra, July 8, 2014
  • Matuto, July 1, 2014
  • Cornell Savoyards present The Mikado, June 24 and 25, 2014
  • 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