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Free summer events

Tuesday performances

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.

Tickets are free (limit four per person) and will be available in the theater lobby starting at 6:30 p.m. on the day of the performance.

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.

Photo by Liz Woods.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

Past summer events at the Schwartz Center

  • 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

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