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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Free summer events

Tuesday performances

Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 7:30 pm
Klarman Hall
Soprano Karen Wonder Dumont, a featured performer in summer shows at Cornell since 2009, will present an evening of song ranging from Irish folk songs to American standards, plus musical theater favorites and excerpts from Britten, Delibes, and Verdi operas. She will be joined by pianist Bill Cowdery, harpist Anna O'Connell, and friends from Savoyards Musical Theatre.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016, 7:30 pm
Klarman Hall
Described by Dirty Linen magazine as having "a deep knowledge and love of the music and a palpable zest for playing," Traonach plays Irish traditional dance music at its straight-ahead best. Comprising seasoned session players from across the U.S. who now reside in Ithaca—including several who’ve been playing together for more than a quarter century—Traonach delivers a high-energy performance that has audiences at festivals and concert halls quickly on their feet.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016, 7:30 pm
Klarman Hall
Soulful, lively, and lyrical, Crimson offers a melodic and rhythmic blending of Latin jazz and world music from the past and present, including classics from the Brazilian bossa nova era, folkloric gems from south of the border, and modern songs written by contemporary composers. The band features Sally Ramirez, a classically trained vocalist whose music ranges from opera to jazz to folk; Doug Robinson, who’s had a diverse career of touring and session work as a vocalist, guitarist, bassist, and producer; and violinist Eric Aceto, a busy session player and touring musician and acclaimed designer of musical instruments.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016, 7:30 pm
Klarman Hall
With a shared interest in historical performance, violinist Wayne Lee and fortepianist Mike Cheng-Yu Lee will present a program of works by Mozart, Schubert, and Beethoven. Mike Lee holds a PhD in musicology from Cornell University, where he studied with Malcolm Bilson, and currently teaches at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University–Bloomington. An active chamber musician living in New York, Wayne Lee is a member of the acclaimed Formosa Quartet and the Manhattan Piano Trio.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 7:30 pm
Klarman Hall
Troica is a unique chamber ensemble comprising three members of the faculty of Ithaca College’s School of Music: Kim Dunnick (trumpet), Steven Mauk (alto saxophone), and Diane Birr (piano). The trio draws on existing repertoire and has helped create a body of new works for this combination of instruments, including pieces by Dana Wilson, Marc Satterwhite, Peter Lawrence, Mikhail Bronner, Efrem Podgaits, and Dominick DiOrio.

In addition to its performances in the U.S., Troica has performed in Russia, Slovenia, Siberia, Ireland, and Australia. The trio draws its name from the Russian word troika, which denotes a three-horse sleigh or a governing body made up of three equal individuals. The latter definition was most appropriate for this musical ensemble, but with a respelling using IC to indicate the Ithaca College connection.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 7:30 pm
Klarman Hall
Journey West chronicles the migration of musical melodies from their countries of origin to distant lands. Led by ensemble director Max Buckholtz and featuring Dara Anissi, Mark Weinand, Chad Lieberman, and Nikolai Ruskin, this musical journey will follow tunes as they wander the globe as a result of war, imperialism, nomadic dispersions, mass emigrations, and musical crazes. This trek specifically tracks melodies and instrumentation starting in the Middle East and traveling through Europe and across the ocean to the New World.

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

Past summer events at the Schwartz Center

  • 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