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Cornish College fo the Arts: Fall 2012 Events

August 01, 2012

Seattle, WA – Cornish College of the Arts produces and presents more than 150 arts and cultural events each year, all open to the public. Performances and exhibitions feature Cornish students, the next generation of artists—in fine art, design, dance, music, theater, and performance production—just before they begin to make their mark around the world. Audiences also experience the mastery of Cornish faculty and visiting artists, some of the finest artistic professionals from the region and around the world in all disciplines.

This year, Cornish events range from an exhibition of contemporary Northwest artists in old ghost ranges, sunken rivers, come again; the West Coast premiere of Punk Rock, a new play by Simon Stephens, one of Britain’s hottest new playwrights, directed by Cornish alum Wayne Rawley (TH ’93); Cornish Dance Theater performing choreography by Danielle Agami, Camille A. Brown, Pat Hon, and Wade Madsen; Cornish Opera Theater’s production of John Blow’s Venus and Adonis, in a bold new staging by director James Darrah and visual artist Susie J. Lee, and a new Cornish event, Our Creative Society: Beyond Art. Creative Thinking in Contemporary Culture, featuring David Shields, New York Times bestselling essayist and author of Reality Hunger: A Manifesto.

Many events are free; ticket prices for dance, music and theater performances range from $5 to $20. Information and tickets available at http://www.cornish.edu/events.

About Cornish College of the Arts
A pioneer in arts education, Cornish College of the Arts sprang from the remarkable vision of Nellie Cornish, a woman determined to cultivate the arts in Seattle when it was scarcely more than a frontier town. Her philosophy of educating the artist through exposure to all the arts was progressive at the time, and continues to be innovative today, nearly 100 years later. The College offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Art, Dance, Design, Performance Production and Theater, and a Bachelor of Music degree. Cornish College of the Arts provides students aspiring to become practicing artists with an educational program of the highest possible quality, in an environment that nurtures creativity and intellectual curiosity, while preparing them to contribute to society as artists, citizens, and innovators. The College is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Cornish College of the Arts
Event listings

DANCE

Camille A. Brown Residency
Lecture/Demonstration
October 5, noon-1 pm
PONCHO Concert Hall
Free
An informative lecture-demonstration exploring the creative process of New York choreographer Camille A. Brown, presented by her company member Juel lane and featuring performances by Cornish Dance Theater, the performing ensemble of the Cornish College of the Arts Dance Department.

Camille A. Brown Residency
Open rehearsal
October 5, 2-3:30 pm
Kerry Hall Dance Studios
Free

Cornish Dance Theater Fall 2012 Concert
November 16 at 8 pm and November 17 at 2 pm and 8 pm
Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway
$10 general, $5 students, seniors & Cornish alumni
Choreography by Danielle Agami, Camille A. Brown, Pat Hon, and Wade Madsen
Presented with support from the Bossak Heilbron Charitable Foundation

New Moves Concert
December 7 at 8 pm, December 8 at 2 pm and 8 pm
Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway
$5 general, $3 students, seniors & Cornish alumni
Choreography by Dance Department students

Cornish Junior Dance Company presents The Nutcracker
December 16 at 3 pm & 7:30 pm
Shorecrest Performing Arts Center, 15343 25th Avenue Northeast Shoreline
$16 general; $12 students, seniors & Cornish alumni; $5 Teen Tix members
Cornish Junior Dance Company and students in the Preparatory Dance Program present The Nutcracker. Students from age 6 to 18 bring this classic story to the stage with heart, humor, and strong classical technique
EXHIBITIONS

old ghost ranges, sunken rivers, come again
September 5 - October 12
Opening Reception: September 5, 5 - 8 pm
Cornish Main Gallery
1000 Lenora St. (first floor)
Free admission

Gallery Hours
Monday – Friday, 12-5 pm
http://www.cornish.edu/exhibitions

old ghost ranges, sunken rivers, come again is a group exhibition that features contemporary artists from the Northwest, whose artwork collectively reflects our complex relationship to the forest. This exhibit includes work by Vaughn Bell, Gretchen Bennett, Zack Bent, Matt Browning, Stephen Chalmers, Eirik Johnson, Matthew Offenbacher, Whiting Tennis, Kimberly Trowbridge, Allyce Wood, Peter Scherrer, and Claude Zervas.


Susan Robb
October 24 - December 13
Opening Reception: October 24, 5 - 8 pm
Cornish Main Gallery
1000 Lenora St. (first floor)
Free admission

Gallery Hours
Monday – Friday, 12-5 pm
http://www.cornish.edu/exhibitions


Susan Robb’s work is an ongoing investigation of people, place, and our search for utopia. It often takes its form as temporary, site-responsive, and socially engaged projects. These projects include ONN/OF “a light festival”, Sleeper Cell Training Camp, and Warmth Giant Black Toobs as well as public commissions such as The Long Walk, Parking Squid, and Water Lab. Her work has been funded by a Pollack Krasner Foundation Grant, two Artist Trust Fellowships, a Stranger Genius Award, a 4Culture Special Projects grant, a US Artist Projects campaign, and by the City of Seattle.
MUSIC

John Cage 100th Birthday Celebration
September 14, 8 pm
PONCHO Concert Hall, 710 East Roy Street
$20 general admission; $15 senior citizens; $10 students and Cornish alumni w/ID
Join us for this concert of music by John Cage in honor of the legendary composer’s 100th birthday.

Chamber Music
September 23, 7 pm
PONCHO Concert Hall, 710 East Roy Street
$20 general admission; $15 senior citizens; $10 students and Cornish alumni w/ID
Paul Taub (flute), Valerie Muzzolini Gordon (harp), Mara Gearman (viola), Paige Stockley Lerner (cello), and Peter Mack (piano) present a concert of chamber music featuring works by Durufle, Gubaidulina, Takemitsu, and the Seattle premiere of a new composition by Gabriela Lena Frank.

Paoli Mejías Latin Percussion Ensemble
October 5, 8 pm
PONCHO Concert Hall, 710 East Roy Street
$20 general admission; $15 senior citizens; $10 students and Cornish alumni w/ID
Latin Grammy nominee Paoli Mejías leads an exciting ensemble that fuses straight-ahead jazz with African, Mediterranean, and Caribbean folkloric rhythms.

Red Oak Duo
October 9, 12:30 pm
PONCHO Concert Hall, 710 East Roy Street
Free Masterclass
Guitarist Storm Nilson and pianist Adam Benjamin are Red Oak. Join us for this special masterclass presentation by this dynamic duo.

Jake Hertzog
October 10, noon
PONCHO Concert Hall, 710 East Roy Street
Free Masterclass
Join us for this special masterclass presentation with award-winning jazz guitarist and composer Jake Hertzog.

Maciej Grzybowski
October 12, noon
PONCHO Concert Hall, 710 East Roy Street
Free Masterclass
Join us for this special masterclass presentation by the internationally acclaimed Polish pianist Maciej Grzybowski.

Maciej Grzybowski
October 12, 8 pm
PONCHO Concert Hall, 710 East Roy Street
$20 general admission; $15 senior citizens; $10 students and Cornish alumni w/ID
The internationally acclaimed Polish pianist Maciej Grzybowski in a recital of classic and contemporary piano music.

Phil Dadson
October 19, noon
PONCHO Concert Hall, 710 East Roy Street
Free Masterclass
New Zealand-based sound and intermedia artist Phil Dadson shares his work and perspectives in this special presentation.

Philip Glass 75th Birthday Concert
October 21, 7 pm
PONCHO Concert Hall, 710 East Roy Street
$20 general admission; $15 senior citizens; $10 students and Cornish alumni w/ID
The St. Helens String Quartet celebrates Philip Glass’ 75th birthday with performances of his seldom-heard string quartets.

Lee Berwick
October 23, 12:30 pm
PONCHO Concert Hall, 710 East Roy Street
Free Masterclass
A sonic and visual artist, Lee Berwick has been working in the world of sonics, dance and film since the late 1980s, including at London’s ICA and Hayward Galleries.

Earshot Jazz Festival: Arga Bileg
October 23, 8 pm
PONCHO Concert Hall, 710 East Roy Street
$18 general admission; $9 students, Cornish alumni w/ID and Earshot Jazz members
All the way from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Arga Bileg create their own blend of jazz and traditional Mongolian folk music using traditional and western musical instruments. Co-presented with Earshot Jazz.

Earshot Jazz Festival: Anat Cohen
October 24, 8 pm
PONCHO Concert Hall, 710 East Roy Street
$18 general admission; $9 students, Cornish alumni w/ID and Earshot Jazz members
Idiomatically conversant with modern and traditional jazz, classical music, Brazilian Choro, and Argentine tango, Anat Cohen has established herself as one of the primary voices on clarinet today. Co-presented with Earshot Jazz.

Earshot Jazz Festival: Tamarindo
October 25, 8 pm
PONCHO Concert Hall, 710 East Roy Street
$18 general admission; $9 students, Cornish alumni w/ID and Earshot Jazz members
Tamarindo is tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby, the great William Parker on bass and Mark Ferber on drums. Co-presented with Earshot Jazz.

Earshot Jazz Festival: The JD Allen Trio
October 26, 8 pm
PONCHO Concert Hall, 710 East Roy Street
$20 general admission; $15 senior citizens; $10 students and Cornish alumni w/ID
Tenor saxophone stylist JD Allen and his trio featuring Gregg August, bass, and Rudy Royston, drums, performing music from their critically-lauded recent CD release. Co-presented with Earshot Jazz.

Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo
October 27, 8 pm
PONCHO Concert Hall, 710 East Roy Street
$20 general admission; $15 senior citizens; $10 students and Cornish alumni w/ID
The phenomenal technique and artistry of this dynamic two piano duo; Helena Bugallo and Amy Williams in a 100th birthday anniversary concert tribute to the great American maverick composer Conlon Nancarrow.

Gamelan Pacifica with A.L. Suwardi
November 17, 8 pm
PONCHO Concert Hall, 710 East Roy Street
$20 general admission; $15 senior citizens; $10 students and Cornish alumni w/ID
A.L. Suwardi, one of Indonesia’s most famous composers and performers of both traditional and contemporary Javanese gamelan karawitan joins Gamelan Pacifica in a concert featuring his work.

Mark Robbins and Tom Varner
November 30, 8 pm
PONCHO Concert Hall, 710 East Roy Street
$20 general admission; $15 senior citizens; $10 students and Cornish alumni w/ID
Two superb French hornists—Seattle Symphony Orchestra associate principal Mark Robbins and jazz improviser extraordinaire Tom Varner—team up to present a concert that showcases the diversity of the French horn repertoire in both chamber music and jazz settings.

La Voce di Gabriela
December 9, 7 pm
PONCHO Concert Hall, 710 East Roy Street
$20 general admission; $15 senior citizens; $10 students and Cornish alumni w/ID
Kris Kwapis (baroque trumpet) and Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord) play works by Girolamo Fantini and Girolamo Frescobaldi, two of the most accomplished instrumentalists of the early 17th Century.

OPERA

Venus and Adonis
by John Blow
Directed by James Darrah
Musical direction by Stephen Stubbs
Visual design by Susie J. Lee
Produced by Cornish Opera Theater
November 8-10 at 8 pm, November 11 at 2 pm
PONCHO Concert Hall
$20 general admission; $15 senior citizens; $10 students and Cornish alumni w/ID

Blow’s strikingly original 17th century masterpiece Venus and Adonis in a bold, contemporary staging by director James Darrah and visual artist Susie J. Lee; a timeless tale of love, loss, beauty and redemption featuring a period instrument ensemble directed by Stephen Stubbs, choreography by Anna Mansbridge, and student singers from Cornish’s Artist Diploma in Early Music program.

THEATER

Punk Rock
by Simon Stephens
Directed by Wayne Rawley (TH ’93)
Produced with the Performance Production Department
October 17-20 at 8 pm, October 20 and 21 at 2 pm
Location Skinner Theater, Raisbeck Performance Hall, 2015 Boren Ave
$15.00 general admission, $5 Cornish community and senior citizens
Cornish is proud to present the West Coast premiere of this new play, based on the playwright’s experience as a teacher. Punk Rock explores the underlying tensions and potential violence in a group of affluent, articulate British private school students. Simon Stephens, one of the most celebrated new theater writers in Britain, employs barbed wit, compassion and sometimes shocking cruelty to expose the latent violence simmering beneath the surface of success-obsessed students. The Chicago Tribune called it “a beautiful piece of writing… closely observed and dark, yet affectionate…”

Fefu and Her Friends
by Maria Irene Fornes
Directed by Paul Budraitis
October 24-27 at 8 pm, October 28 at 7 pm, October 29 at 8 pm
Studio One, 427 9th Ave. North
$10 general admission, $5 Cornish community and senior citizens
Playwright Fornes received one of her six Obie awards for this play, which she also directed in its original, innovative staging. Fefu and Her Friends explores the early days of feminism, as women were just beginning to find their voice and free themselves from male domination. L.A. Weekly called it “one of the most powerful plays written about the mysteries and shared hallucinations of the female experience.”

Directorfest 2012: A festival of student-directed work.
The Blue Hour: Original Works senior Abby Stein directs a collection of short plays by David Mamet (American Buffalo). October 25-27 at 8pm, October 27 and 28 at 2pm
MCC, Studio 102
Free

Cloud Nine
by Caryl Churchill
Directed by Timothy McCuen Piggee
Produced with the Performance Production Department
November 7-10 at 8 pm, November 10 and 11 at 2 pm
Raisbeck Performance Hall
$15.00 general admission, $5 Cornish community and senior citizens
The time-shifting comedy by the author of Top Girls created a sensation Off-Broadway when it opened in 1981. Set in colonial Africa and contemporary London, Churchill’s groundbreaking work challenges our preconceptions about gender and sexuality, as much today as it did 30 years ago. A modern classic!

Balm in Gilead
by Lanford Wilson
Directed by Jane Jones
November 7-10, 8 pm, November 10, 11 at 2 pm and November 11 at 7 pm
Studio One, 427 9th Ave. North
$10 general admission, $5 Cornish community and senior citizens
“There is a balm in Gilead, to make the wounded whole…” goes the old spiritual. The walking wounded in Lanford Wilson’s sprawling play are the denizens of New York’s lower East Side, who drift in and out of an all-night café. Boozers and losers, searchers and runners, whores and junkies, con men and hit men all jostle each other looking for a cup of coffee and a shot at redemption.

The Drunken City
by Adam Bock
Directed by Roger Benington
November 29, 30 and December 1, 6, 7 at 8 pm, December 2, 8 at 2 pm
Studio 102, Main Campus Center, 1000 Lenora Ave.
$10 general admission, $5 Cornish community and senior citizens
Off on the bar crawl to end all crawls, three twenty-something brides-to-be find their lives going topsy-turvy when one of them begins to questions her future after a chance encounter with a handsome stranger. “Adam Bock’s scalpel-sharp insight has made him a potent force on today’s theater scene.” - NY Daily News

Summer Brave
by William Inge
Directed by Sheila Daniels
December 6, 7, 8 and 10 at 8pm, December 8 at 2pm, December 9 at 7pm
Studio One, 427 9th Ave. North
$10 general admission, $5 Cornish community and senior citizens
Summer Brave is William’s Inge’s revised version of his 1953 Pulitzer-prize winning play Picnic. On a sultry Labor Day weekend, a mysterious drifter’s animal vitality stirs up emotions in the women of a small Kansas town. Few writers have captured the complex relationships between women as well as Inge.

Payback- A Senior Cabaret
Conceived and Directed by Timothy McCuen Piggee and Frances Leah King
December 12-14 at 8 pm
Raisbeck Performance Hall
Free
An evening of music presented by the Senior Musical Theater Students.


SPECIAL EVENTS

Our Creative Society: Beyond Art. Creative Thinking in Contemporary Culture
October 5 & 6
A new Fall tradition at Cornish College of the Arts, Our Creative Society will be a lively exploration of the relationships between art, creativity, technology, civic life and more through presentation, conversation and experiences guaranteed to illuminate and inspire.

Happy Hour Open House
October 5, 5:30 – 7 pm
Cornish Main Campus Center
1000 Lenora St.
Free
Enjoy drinks and small bites during a tour of the Cornish Main Campus Center.

Smoosh.
October 5, 7 – 10 pm
Visual Arts Complex
1000 Virginia St.
$25 general admission, $20 Cornish students and alumni
An evening kick off party featuring a live performance by POLLENS and a creative mashup of dance, music, theater and visual art architected by Kate Wallich (DA ’10). Cocktails, food truck and DJ to follow. 21+.

Day of Ideas
October 6, 9 am – 4 pm
Cornish Main Campus
1000 Lenora St.
Free
Features keynote conversation with David Shields, New York Times bestselling essayist and author of Reality Hunger: A Manifesto. Day of Ideas will include performances, presentations and lectures that explore themes within the framework of key focal points of public life, including Creativity in Business & Technology; Creativity in Science & Medicine; Creativity in Civic Life; and Creativity in the Arts – New Frontiers.

Cornish Celebrates an Evening of the Arts
Featuring special guest, Tony Award-winning actor Bill Irwin.
November 18, 5 to 9 pm
The Grand Ballroom, Seattle Sheraton Hotel and Towers
1400 6th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
$250 to $1,000 per person. (Net proceeds benefit the Cornish Scholarship Fund.)
Cornish students and alumni meld music, dance, theater and visual art under the magical touch of Seattle’s ultimate showman, David Koch, for a unique and surprising evening of breathtaking artistry. Cocktails, dinner, performances and art!