Cornish Presents Brings Diverse Series To Campus

Over the last three years, Cornish Presents has grown from a small series of jazz concerts in PONCHO Concert Hall to a year-long, multidisciplinary series of visiting artists, beloved alumni, and distinguished faculty at all three Cornish College of the Arts campuses in Capitol Hill, South Lake Union, and Seattle Center.

The 2017/18  Cornish Presents seasonlets art and discussion collide, and crossover occur naturally between disciplines. Many diverse styles and voices will be heard in this fall series, which draws from the music of Africa, Brazil, the Caribbean, Japan, and more. New partnerships, including hosting Town Hall Seattle concerts at PONCHO, give students and the rest of the Cornish community even more opportunities to see outstanding artists on campus.

Cornish Presents also includes performances from the new partnership of The Universal Language Project and Karin Stevens Dance. The December 1 and 2 performances at the Cornish Playhouse feature Saci – A Brazilian Folktale, composed by three-time Latin Grammy nominee and Cornish faculty member Jovino Santos-Neto, and The Greater Trumps, libretto by Doug Thorpe and music by Igor Stravinsky. Originally commissioned by ULP, Santos-Neto has composed music using the same instrumentation as Stravinsky, but written in the style of his native Brazil and utilizing Brazilian folklore as subject material. The Saci (sah-see) has been a mythological character of Brazilian folklore since the early 1800s – an amalgam of different cultural strains, combining elements from Native Brazilian tribes, African Slaves, and Portuguese colonizers. Inspired by Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale and set to an exciting new libretto by Doug Thorpe, The Greater Trumps will create a re-imagined and politically charged work tackling concerns of our time, and celebrating nearly 100 years since the original music’s premiere.

Other highlights include Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, Seattle's own Frequency, renowned percussionist Hamid Drake, noted composer and Cornish Professor Jarrad Powell’s Gamelan Pacifica, a new dance work by Tectonic Marrow Society called Pylon III, and a March celebration of the 38-year career of faculty member and flautist Paul Taub.

Also in December, Cornish Presents hosts alumni of Japan’s renowned Takarazuka Revue, an all-female theater company born over a century ago and still entertaining millions of fans each year. Learn more of Takarazuka’s history in this concert featuring former Revue stars Erina Mariho, Rei Ayaka, Nanami Shiho, and Mayura Tama.

Cornish Presents continues to partner with Earshot Jazz and is pleased to announce a new partnership with Town Hall Seattle as well. Starting in October, these programs will provide both jazz and chamber music at PONCHO Concert Hall on Capitol Hill.

A complete calendar of all Cornish Presents events can be found at cornish.edu. Tickets for the following events are available through Brown Paper Tickets.  For Earshot Jazz and Town Hall Seattle events held at PONCHO Concert Hall, please see their websites for ticket information.

Cornish Presents is made possible through the support of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture; Earshot Jazz; Washington State Arts Commission; WESTAF, the Western States Arts Federation; and the National Endowment for the Arts.

More On Individual Events

Projeto Arcomusical

November 6, 2017 at 8:00 pm

PONCHO Concert Hall, 710 E Roy Street, Seattle

Tickets: $20 general admission, $15 seniors, $10 students, $5 Teen Tix

Projeto Arcomusical is a world music sextet reimagining the Afro-Brazilian berimbau through a repertoire of unique, powerful, original concert chamber music. The members of the company will also teach a free master class on November 7 at PONCHO.

Frequency

November 17, 2017 at 8:00 pm

PONCHO Concert Hall, 710 E Roy Street, Seattle

Tickets: $20 general admission, $15 seniors, $10 students, $5 Teen Tix

Frequency is a new Seattle-based chamber ensemble, joining together distinguished artists: concertmaster and solo violinist of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra Michael Jinsoo Lim (violinist and artistic director), Professor of Viola and chair of Strings at the University of Washington Melia Watras (violist) and Manhattan Piano Trio’s Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir (cellist).

Program:

Richard Einhorn: Maxwell’s Demon for 5 string electric violin    

Daniel Bjarnason: Bow to String for cello and electronics

Frances White: As night falls (2012) for violin, viola, narrator, and electronic sound

Jonathan Harvey: String Trio

Gamelan Pacifica with Ki Midiyanto and Heni Savitri: Vocal Music of Central Java

November 19, 2017, 7:00 pm

PONCHO Concert Hall, 710 E Roy Street, Seattle

Tickets: $20 general admission, $15 seniors, $10 students, $5 Teen Tix

Gamelan Pacifica continues its tradition of bringing leading artists from Indonesia to Seattle by presenting special guest Javanese musicians Ki Midiyanto and Heni Savitri. Midiyanto is a renowned musician and dalang (puppet master) and Heni Savitri is an accomplished psindhen (female vocal soloist) making her first appearance in Seattle.

Saci – A Brazilian Folktale and The Greater Trumps

December 1, 2017, 8:00 pm

December 2, 2017, 2:30 pm

Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center, 201 Mercer St, Seattle

Tickets: TBA

Two fixtures of the Seattle arts scene, Karin Stevens Dance and the Universal Language Project, join forces with a shared vision of creating timely works responding to relevant social issues and the human experience. On the bill are two pieces: Saci – A Brazilian Folktale and The Greater Trumps.

World of Dreams, featuring alumni of Takarazuka Revue

December 3, 2017, 4:30 pm

Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center, 201 Mercer St, Seattle

Tickets: $50 reserved seating, $35 general admission, $25 students

Spend an evening immersed in the dazzling world of Japan’s renowned Takarazuka Revue, an all-female theater company started over a century ago and still entertaining millions of fans each year. The actresses perform everything from Western style musicals to traditional Japanese shows to novel and comic book adaptation along with original works. Join us for a presentation on Takarazuka’s history and a concert featuring former Revue stars: Erina Mariho, Rei Ayaka, Nanami Shiho and Mayura Tama.

Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble

December 9, 2017 at 8:00 pm

PONCHO Concert Hall, 710 E Roy Street, Seattle

Tickets: $20 general admission, $15 seniors, $10 non-Cornish students, $5 Teen Tix

Highly regarded, four-voice, all-woman Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble thrives on unique musical challenges and a genre-bending, contemporary repertoire. With the precision and flexibility of modern chamber musicians, Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble specializes in experimental repertoire that is changing the paradigm of contemporary vocal music, They recently received a Chamber Music America award to commission a new song cycle by composer LJ White, and will be releasing an album of contemporary vocal repertoire on New Focus Recordings early 2017.

PYLON III

February 8, 2018 at 8:00 pm

February 9, 2018, 8:00 pm

Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center, 201 Mercer St, Seattle

Tickets: $20 general admission, $15 seniors, $10 non-Cornish students, $5 Teen Tix

PYLON III is an interactive performance, led by Director/Choreographer Coleman Pester, that combines contemporary dance, live feed video projection, and looming architectural set pieces to examine surveillance, identity, and oppression.

Hamid Drake

February 15 to 17, 2018

Various events (please see cornish.edu for times after October 1)

PONCHO Concert Hall, 710 E Roy Street, Seattle

Widely regarded as one of the best percussionists in improvised music,  Hamid Drake has remained a consistently venturesome and compelling drummer with extensive knowledge of eastern and Caribbean styles, tabla playing notable for subtlety and flair, and skills in playing with his hands allowing for subtle, commanding undertones. Co-presented with the Seattle Improvised Music Festival.

Paul Taub: Special Event

March 25, 2018, 7:00 pm

PONCHO Concert Hall, 710 E Roy Street, Seattle

Tickets: $10 general admission, $5 seniors, students and Teen Tix

In celebration of faculty member Paul Taub’s 38 years of service to Cornish, flutist Taub will be joined by his colleagues from the New Performance Group, Seattle Chamber Players, IWO Flute Quartet and others, in a program of 21st century music.  The program will include a work commissioned by Taub by the late Cornish faculty member Bern Herbolsheimer, a newly commissioned piece by alumna Beth Fleenor, and music by Alexandra Gardner, Jovino Santos Neto, Angelique Poteat, and Helena Tulve.

Cornish Presents Town Hall Seattle and Earshot Jazz events are listed individually at cornish.edu/calendar.