August 29, 2022

Cornell College music department presents the return of a full Cornell Concert Series in 2022-23, featuring outstanding professional artists performing repertoire ranging from early to contemporary music. All concerts take place at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

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Composer and pianist Walter Saul
September 29, Kimmel Theater

Composer-pianist Walter Saul.

Saul will be in residence at Cornell beginning September 26, culminating in the September 29 concert in which he and several Cornell faculty members will perform a concert of Saul’s piano and chamber works.

The composer and pianist is professor emeritus of music at Fresno Pacific University, where he continues to mentor students in master’s degree programs. He has received numerous Meet the Composer grants, and his many composition accolades include 24 ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) awards, as well as Composer of the Year commissions from the Carolina Music Teachers‘ Associations. North and Oregon.

He has released six CDs of his works, including the Naxos 2015 CD “kyiv 2014” on which all his orchestral works are performed by the National Symphony of Ukraine conducted by Theodore Kuchar.

As a pianist, Saul has performed extensively and given clinics. He has served as a clinician and arbitrator in the Carolinas, Oregon and California.

Saul is a graduate of Duke and Eastman universities.

Baltimore’s Wife
November 7, Kimmel Theater

The Baltimore Consort performs on stage with their vocalist in front.
The Baltimore Consort in performance.

The Baltimore Consort will perform a program called “The Food of Love: Songs, Dances and Fancies for Shakespeare” on instruments that enjoyed popularity in the Elizabethan and early Jacobean era. The six-member ensemble tours with lute, bass viol, bagpipes, recorders, fifes, krummhorns and a gemshorn, and will also feature a soprano.

Founded in 1980 to perform instrumental music from Shakespeare’s time, the Consort explored early English, Scottish and French popular music, focusing on the relationship between folk and artistic song and dance. Their interest in early music of Anglo-Scottish origin also led them to delve into the rich treasure of traditional music preserved in North America.

Recordings on the Dorian label earned them recognition as Top Classical-Crossover Artist of the Year (Billboard), as well as rave reviews elsewhere. In addition to touring the United States and overseas, they often perform on syndicated radio shows such as St. Paul Sunday, Performance Today, Harmonia, and CBC’s OnStage.

The Chicago Brass Quintet
February 27, First Presbyterian Church, Mount Vernon

Members of the Chicago Brass Quintet pose with instruments with the Chicago skyline behind them
The Chicago Brass Quintet

The Chicago Brass Quintet has been at the forefront of brass chamber music since the group’s founding in 1963. Considered internationally as virtuoso musicians, the Quintet have been widely praised for their interpretation of the classical canon and for their creative approach arrangement and performance. Passionate and expressive, the Quintet is committed to enriching audiences and advancing the future of brass instrumentation.

The Chicago Brass Quintet has been pushing the boundaries of chamber orchestration for over four decades. Originally founded in a dorm at Northwestern University, the Quintet rose to national prominence with the release of their first recording for Crystal Records and a notable appearance at the International Trumpet Guild’s Conference in Ithaca, New York.

Over its history, the Quintet has made many contributions to the contemporary arts community and has been acclaimed by audiences around the world. Today, the ensemble remains more vibrant than ever and continues to engage with music lovers through an enriching calendar of concerts, workshops and educational events. The New York Times hailed them as “one of the finest brass quintets in the world”.

As Cornell continues to repair King Chapel from derecho damage, this concert will be held just steps from the First Presbyterian Church campus on First Street NW.

Chicago a cappella
April 17, 2023, Kimmel Theater

Chicago a cappella members pose for a group photo
Chicago a cappella

Chicago a cappella will bring a concert of “American Songbook Classics” to Cornell.

Long recognized for her vocal virtuosity and innovative programming, Chicago a cappella enjoys a reputation as a leader in the choral field.

Ensemble of professional singers founded in 1993, Chicago a cappella has produced over 200 concerts on his Chicago-based series. On tour, the band has performed in 13 US states and Mexico. The set has been heard frequently on WFMT radio and through shows distributed by American Public Media, including the nationally broadcast Performance Today. The ensemble has produced nine CD recordings of music ranging from Renaissance masses to contemporary works.

Chicago a cappella is also active in educational and community engagement. The ensemble produces an annual youth choir festival for young singers in the Chicago area, and ¡Cantare!, a unique cross-cultural program designed to bring the talents of Mexican composers directly into the classrooms and concert hall of Chicago through school residencies and a free annual community concert.