About the Music Series
For more than 30 years, Cornish College of the Arts, through the Cornish Music Series, has presented an annual series of concerts, master classes, clinics, and lecture-demonstrations featuring a wide-range of professional visiting artists and resident faculty.
The series concentrates on presenting living composers, jazz, classical and contemporary chamber music, period instrument performances of Baroque music, and world music traditions from around the globe, with a special focus on showcasing emerging artists as well as artists of international stature new to the Seattle community. Artistic director Kent Devereaux curates the series.
The series showcases a wide variety of music from different musical traditions that might not otherwise be heard in Seattle and seeks to present emerging artists who are expanding the boundaries of the traditional performing arts. The series also serves as a teaching resource for Cornish’s students, professional artists in training, as many of the artists participate in daylong or weeklong residencies at the College, working closely with students in ensemble settings. Many visiting artists also conduct masterclasses and lecture demonstrations for the general public.
Notable artists presented on the Cornish series over the past thirty years have included Laurie Anderson, Gil Evans, Margaret Leng Tan, Anthony Braxton, Philip Glass, Sheila Jordan, Ralph Towner, Toru Takemitsu, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Meredith Monk, Bill Frisell, Carla Bley, Louis Andriessen, Dave Holland, and Vladimir Feltsman.