Midday Music Concerts Build Community At Cornish

Cornish music students in the balcony of PONCHO. . Photo: Mark Bocek.

Midday Music Concerts Build Community At Cornish

“The Midday Concerts are an excellent opportunity for music students to experience each other’s work and for building a sense of community within our department. But it’s also a good chance for students from ADFM, Theater, Dance, and Performance Production to hear what their peers in music are working on outside their discipline" - Tom Baker

Each semester, the Music Department of Cornish College of the Arts hosts a variety of free concerts that benefit both Cornish students and the community. The Midday Concert  Series is a collection of hour-long afternoon concerts put on by a mix of students, faculty, and guest artists.   This series gives the performers the opportunity to showcase pieces they have been working on individually or as an ensemble and gain experience performing on stage in front of an audience. 

“The Midday Concerts are an excellent opportunity for music students to experience each other’s work and for building a sense of community within our department.  But it’s also a good chance for students from ADFM, Theater, Dance, and Performance Production to hear what their peers in music are working on outside their discipline,” according to Interim Music Chair Tom Baker. 

All Midday Concerts are free, open to the public, and take place in Kerry Hall’s 200-seat PONCHO Concert Hall.  Below is a list of the Midday Concert Series schedule for Spring Semester.  All concerts start at 12:30pm unless otherwise noted:

February 11 – Jazz VOX: Vocal jazz students under the direction of Johnaye Kendrick perform a variety of traditional jazz standards.

February 17 – Classical Instrumentalists and Vocalists: A split performance between classical instrumental and vocal students showcasing solo pieces.

February 18 – Chorus and Classical Vocalists (pt. II): A choir featuring music students and students from other disciplines share a concert with classical vocal students showcasing solo pieces. 

February 25 – Jazz Ensemble II & Jazz Ensemble IV: Tom Varner and Chuck Deardorf lead small combos performing jazz standards, as well as new student and faculty compositions. 

March 2  – Latin Ensemble & Improvisation: Music & Dance: An 8-piece ensemble led by Jovino Santos Neto performing a variety of Latin works.  Latin Ensemble features instrumentalists and
vocalists.  The Improvisation Ensemble features a variety of musicians and dancers performing semi-improvised, non-traditional works. 

March 3 – Classical Chamber Ensembles: A variety of classical chamber music performed by ensembles led by Paul Taub and Peter Mack. 

March 4 – Cornish Creative Ensemble: A large ensemble led by Tom Varner performing modern, non-traditional big-band “jazz”.

March 9 – Jazz Ensemble I & Jazz Ensemble III: Jazz combos lead by faculty members Jim Knapp and Randy Halberstadt perform a variety of traditional and modern works. 

 March 23 – Blues Ensemble & Vocal Jazz Ensemble: Wayne Horvitz leads a blues ensemble comprised of both instrumental and vocal students.  Kelly Ash leads her Vocal Jazz Ensemble, performing jazz pieces written, or re-worked for seven vocalists.  

March 30 – African Drumming Ensemble & Brazilian Rhythms: Faculty members Kofi Anang and Jovino Santos Neto lead ensembles performing traditional African and Brazilian instruments and rhythms. 

March 31 – Vocal Jazz Standards: Advanced vocal students under the direction of Johnaye Kendrick perform jazz standards in a small-combo setting.