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The Cornish Centennial Gala

President Nancy J. Uscher and the Cornish Board of Trustees invite you to a once-in-a-lifetime event…

The Cornish Centennial Gala

Friday, November 14, 2014
6:30 pm — 10:00 pm


The Paramount Theatre
911 Pine Street
Seattle, WA

On November 14, 1914, Nellie Centennial Cornish opened the doors of the Cornish School of Music in the Booth Building on Capitol Hill. Exactly 100 years later, we celebrate Nellie’s bold vision and the essential role Cornish has played in the cultural vitality of our great city.

The evening will be highlighted by student performances and a special appearance by Grammy-nominated recording artist and Cornish alumna, Mary Lambert (MU ’11).

Proceeds benefit The Cornish Scholarship Fund.

Tickets and Tables

  • Friend: $250 per person / $2,500 table of 10
  • Benefactor: $500 per person / $5,000 table of 10
  • Centennial Patron: $1,000 per person / $10,000 table of 10

Formal or Black-Tie Attire

RSVP by October 31st

Guest Artists

The Centennial Gala will feature exceptional student performances as well as performances from the following guest artists.

Mary Lambert (MU ’11)

Singer, Songwriter

Before Cornish alumna Mary Lambert achieved “quasi-stardom” (as she puts it in her typical self-deprecating way) for writing and singing the hook on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ marriage equality anthem “Same Love,” the Seattle native was an aspiring singer-songwriter who also worked as a brunch waitress and bartender. After years of struggling both financially and personally, Lambert suddenly found herself signed to Capitol Records, releasing an EP (Welcome To The Age of My Body), getting nominated for two Grammy Awards (for “Song of the Year” and “Album of The Year”), and making history performing on the Grammy telecast with Macklemore, Lewis, and Madonna, while Queen Latifah memorably married 33 same-sex couples.

“Having an actual platform made me think about my motivations and what I want to put out into the world,” Lambert says about creating the songs that appear on her debut full-length album, Heart On My Sleeve. “So I made a list of goals.” They were to: 1. Have fun. 2. Create something catchy. 3. Create something that positively impacts the world. 4. Stay true to yourself. 5. Make money. “Is that okay to say?” she asks. “I want to buy my mom a house. I want to start a charity that offers free mental health treatment. I want to tip brunch waitresses hundred dollar bills! But in all seriousness, I wanted to write a pop album that had profound emotional depth and interesting language, while being accessible and catchy,” she explains. “I wanted the songs to be poignant and raw, but I want to hear them on the radio. I like to describe Heart On My Sleeve as a pop album with a conscience.”

Miwa Matreyek

Multimedia Artist

Miwa Matreyek is an internationally recognized animator, designer, and multimedia artist based in Los Angeles. She creates animated short films as well as live works that integrate animation, performance, and video installation. Arriving to animation from a background in collage, her work explores how animation transforms when it is combined with body, both physically in her performance pieces, as well as a composited video element in her short films.

The Centennial Gala will feature an excerpt of her dreamlike work Myth and Infrastructure, which premiered at TED Global 2010 and has since toured internationally. It was created in 2010 with Special Projects Grant by Princess Grace Foundation, Seed Grant by Under the Radar Festival and the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. Matreyek received her MFA (2007) in Experimental Animation and Integrated Media at the California Institute of the Arts. She is one of the founding-member and core-collaborator of Cloud Eye Control.

Matreyek is a recipient of the Creative Capital grant for Performing Arts in 2013. She is also a recipient of the Princess Grace Award for film (2007) as well as subsequent Special Project awards from the Princess Grace Foundation

Centennial Honorary Committee

We are honored have the following community members share in our centennial celebration as members of the Centennial Honorary Committee.

  • Eve and Chap Alvord, Chairs
  • Ida Cole
  • Dave Dederer
  • Joshua and Pam Green
  • Sherry and James Raisbeck
  • Scott Redman and Shawn Anderson
  • Norm and Constance Rice
  • Jon Shirley
  • David Skinner and Catherine Eaton Skinner
  • Howard S. Wright and Katherine Janeway
  • Virginia Wyman
  • The Honorable Ed Murray, Mayor of Seattle
  • Jim Kelly, 4Culture
  • Randy Engstrom, Office of Arts & Culture, City of Seattle
  • David Armstrong, The 5th Avenue Theatre
  • Jim Baker, Pilchuck Glass School
  • Kurt Beattie, ACT Theatre
  • Peter Boal, Northwest Ballet
  • Stefano Catalani, Bellevue Arts Museum
  • Lane Czaplinski, On the Boards
  • Luis Croquer, The Henry Gallery
  • Leonard Garfield, MOHAI
  • Robert Hunt, Village Theatre
  • Josh LaBelle, Seattle Theatre Group
  • Aidan Lang, Seattle Opera

This event will take place Friday, November 14, 2014 at 6:30 pm at The Paramount Theatre