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Cornish Fall 2015 Season: Visiting Artists And Student Performances

Seattle WA--Since opening in 1914, the Cornish College of the Arts has introduced Seattle audiences to iconic visiting artists as well as the stars of tomorrow in music, theater, and dance. Art exhibitions are free and theater/music/dance performances range from $5 to $30 per ticket.

With a campus and performances spaces that stretches from Capitol Hill to the Seattle Center, Cornish continues to provide almost weekly entertainment during Fall and Spring Semesters to its neighborhoods. Cornish’s main campus is located at South Lake Union. The Art, Design, Film+Media Department, the Theater Department, and the Performance Production Department offices are located on this campus. Art exhibitions in the fall take place in the Main Campus Center’s multiple galleries at 1000 Lenora Street. Raisbeck Hall’s Ned & Kayla Skinner Theater serves as an intimate black box setting for theater and music shows at 2015 Boren Ave.

Cornish also owns the historic Kerry Hall on Capitol Hill, built by the College in the 1920s, where dancer Martha Graham, composer John Cage, and Northwest painter Mark Tobey all instructed students. This building continues to serve today as the home of the Music and Dance departments and houses PONCHO Concert Hall, which is used for visiting artists as well as student performances.

In addition, Cornish operates the Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center, originally built for the 1962 World’s Fair and former home of the Seattle Rep and Intiman Theatre, respectively. Today the Cornish Playhouse and the Marleen and Kenny Alhadeff Studio Theater (formerly known as the Cornish Playhouse Studio), 201 Mercer St., are used for theater, dance, and music student productions as well as serving nearly 40 nonprofits annually.

Further information about Cornish College of the Arts and all events can be found at www.cornish.edu. Tickets for Cornish events are sold through Brown Paper Tickets.

VISITING ARTISTS

2015 Neddy Artist Awards 2015
September 9 through October 24
Free and open to the public
Cornish College of the Arts
Open Project Space/Main Gallery, Main Campus Center, 1000 Lenora St., Seattle, WA The Neddy Artist Awards, housed at Cornish College of the Arts, are among the largest artist awards in the State of Washington, providing two annual, unrestricted gifts of $25,000 to artists living and working in the greater Puget Sound region as well as smaller cash grants of $1,500 to all the finalists annually. All the finalists for 2015 will be on display. This year’s finalists in painting are Matt Browning, Paul Komada, Elise Richman and Robert Yoder. The 2015 finalists for open medium are Leo Saul Berk, Wynne Greenwood, Mark Mitchell and Rodrigo

Remembering Ned Behnke
September 9 through October 24
Free and open to the public
Cornish College of the Arts
President’s Gallery, Main Campus Center, 1000 Lenora St., Seattle, WA A selection of key paintings, in Behnke’s signature style, along with photographs of the artist, highlights his roles as painter, teacher, and artist-peer. This exhibition, curated by Neddy Artist Awards Director Robin Held, offers a glimpse into the life and practice of the artist who inspired the Neddy Artist Awards.

Sidra Bell Dance Residency Lecture-Demonstration
October 9, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Free and open to the public
Cornish College of the Arts
PONCHO Concert Hall at Kerry Hall, 710 E. Roy St, Seattle, WA 98102 Visiting choreographer Sidra Bell and Cornish students present a lecture-demonstration of an original work in progress.

Cornish Presents: Some Places are Forever Afternoon
October 10, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Tickets: $28 GA, $26 Seniors and Earshot Jazz Members, $14 Students
Cornish College of the Arts PONCHO Concert Hall at Kerry Hall, 710 E. Roy St, Seattle, WA 98102 “Some Places are Forever Afternoon/11 Places for Richard Hugo,” composed by Cornish Faculty member Wayne Horvitz, is a suite of 11 pieces based on the poems of Richard Hugo. Co-presented with Earshot Jazz Festival

Cornish Presents: IWO Flute Quartet
October 12, 12 to 1 p.m.
Free and open to the public
Cornish College of the Arts
PONCHO Concert Hall at Kerry Hall, 710 E. Roy St, Seattle, WA 98102 IWO Flute Quartet (Sydney Carlson, Leonard Garrison, Jennifer Rhyne and Cornish faculty member Paul Taub) will perform a program that includes Second Grand Quartet for Sixteen Flutes - The White Labyrinth by Harvey Sollberger, a piece that IWO commissioned from the National Flute Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award winning composer, and Song and Dance by Seattle composer and Cornish Adjunct faculty Angelique Poteat. For more info about the composers, visit harveysollberger.com and angeliquepoteat.com

Cornish Presents: Camilla Hoitenga and Jean-Baptiste Barrière
October 15, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Cornish College of the Arts
PONCHO Concert Hall at Kerry Hall, 710 E. Roy St, Seattle, WA 98102
Tickets: $20 GA, $ 15 Seniors, $10 Students, $5 Teen Tix
Multi-media concert by flutist Camilla Hoitenga and composer/sound designer Jean-Baptiste Barrière featuring breathtaking electronic music by Barrière and Kaija Saariaho for flute, electronics and video.

Cornish Presents: Edmar Castañeda
October 16, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Cornish College of the Arts
PONCHO Concert Hall at Kerry Hall, 710 E. Roy St, Seattle, WA 98102
Tickets: $16 GA, $18 Seniors and Earshot Jazz Members, $9 Students
Called the “Hippest harpest” by The Wall Street Journal, Castañada takes the instrument to new heights, rivaling the most celebrated flamenco guitarists. Co-presented with Earshot Jazz Festival

Cornish Presents: Kris Davis Trio
October 19, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Cornish College of the Arts
PONCHO Concert Hall at Kerry Hall, 710 E. Roy St, Seattle, WA 98102
Tickets: $18 GA, $ 16 Seniors and Earshot Jazz Members, $9
Students Kris Davis (piano), Tom Rainey (drums) and Tony Malaby (tenor saxophone) Co-presented with Earshot Jazz Festival

Cornish Presents: Joel Ross Quartet
October 30, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Cornish College of the Arts
PONCHO Concert Hall at Kerry Hall, 710 E. Roy St, Seattle, WA 98102 Tickets: $20 GA, $15 Seniors, $10 Students, $5 Teen Tix Co-presented with Earshot Jazz Festival Tickets: $16 GA, $14 Seniors and Earshot Jazz Members, $8 Students

Cornish Presents: Gamelan Pacifica: Music for Gamelan and String Quartet
November 1, 7 to 9 p.m.
Cornish College of the Arts
PONCHO Concert Hall at Kerry Hall, 710 E. Roy St, Seattle, WA 98102
Tickets: $20 GA, $15 Seniors, $10 Students, $5 Teen Tix
Gamelan Pacifica is joined by four outstanding string players from the Seattle area (violinist Michael Jinsoo Lim , violinist Brittany Boulding Breeden, violist Melia Watras, and cellist Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir) in this unusual chamber music concert featuring performances by each ensemble as well as the premieres of several new works for the expanded instrumentation of gamelan and string quartet together, including new works by Seattle composers Marguerite Brown and Stephen Fandrich.

Cornish Presents: Art Lande Quartet
November 6, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Cornish College of the Arts
PONCHO Concert Hall at Kerry Hall, 710 E. Roy St, Seattle, WA 98102
Tickets: $18 GA, $16 Seniors and Earshot Jazz Members, $9 Students
Art Lande (piano), Dave Peterson (guitar), Dean Johnson (bass) and Dave Coleman (drums) Co-presented with Earshot Jazz Festival

Cornish Presents: Anat Cohen Quartet
November 10, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Cornish College of the Arts
PONCHO Concert Hall at Kerry Hall, 710 E. Roy St, Seattle, WA 98102
Tickets: $30 GA, $28 Seniors and Earshot Jazz Members, $15 Students
Jazz clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen has won hearts and minds the world over with her expressive virtuosity and delightful stage presence. She performs with her quartet. Co-presented with Earshot Jazz Festival

STUDENT PERFORMANCES

Kittens In A Cage by Kelleen Conway Blanchard (Local playwright and Cornish Theater alumna 1996)
Directed by Keira McDonald
Cornish College of the Arts Theater and Performance Production Departments
October 22 to 24 and 29 to 31 at 8 p.m.
Skinner Theater, Raisbeck Performance Hall, 2015 Boren Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
Tickets $17 General Admission, $7 Senior Citizens, $5 Cornish Community and Teen Tix
Kittens in a Cage tells Junie’s story, a good girl gone bad, sent to the pen by a buncha rats. From the knife fights in the showers to riots in the prison mess hall, ukulele-toting Junie has to toughen up fast. Lucky for Junie, she’s got Vickie. A tough love story about bad broads that can’t get no breaks.

Ash but whose story is amplified and illuminated by brief g
Based on the Mowgli stories of Rudyard Kipling, adapted by Edward Mast (local playwright)
Directed by Rhonda J. Soikowski
October 28 to 30, 8 p.m., October 31, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., November 1, 2 p.m.
Cornish College of the Arts Theater Department
Alhadeff Studio at the Cornish Playhouse, 201 Mercer Street, Seattle WA 98109
Tickets $12 General Admission, $7 Senior Citizens, $5 Cornish Community and Teen Tix
Set on a jungle gym instead of the jungle of India, this adaptation of the Jungle Book stories breathes new life in the classic tale of the boy raised by wolves. Will Mowgli honor the code of the jungle creatures who raised him, or turn to the ways of man, leaving the jungle forever?

Quixote, based on Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes
Adapted by Octavio Solis
Directed by Richard E.T. White
Cornish College of the Arts Theater and Performance Production Department
November 6 and 7, 8 p.m., November 8, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., November 12 and 13, 8:00p.m.
Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center, 201 Mercer Street, Seattle WA 98109
Tickets $17 General Admission, $7 Senior Citizens, $5 Cornish Community and Teen Tix
SEATTLE PREMIERE! Leading contemporary playwright Octavio Solis (El Paso Blue)brings his unique voice to the classic tale of the power of dreams to influence reality in this fresh and vibrant retelling of Don Quixote. An ensemble cast uses poetic language, song, dance, sword-fighting and dynamic transformation to bring the denizens of Quixote’s Spain, both human and animal, to raw, vivid life on the Cornish Playhouse stage.

Blown Youth by Dipika Guha
Directed by Caitlin Sullivan
November 12 to 14 and November 19 to 21 at 8 p.m.
Cornish College of the Arts Theater Department
Alhadeff Studio at the Cornish Playhouse, 201 Mercer Street, Seattle WA 98109
Tickets $12 General Admission, $7 Senior Citizens, $5 Cornish Community and Teen Tix
SEATTLE PREMIERE! All Celia wants is to play a great role. But unlike Hamlet, there isn't one for her to inherit. Despite her sophisticated education and commitment to helping other women, somehow Celia -- like her counterpart -- cannot act. Inspired by Shakespeare's Hamlet, Blown Youth asks what happens to the universe when a woman is at its center.

Anon(ymous) by Naomi Iizuka
Directed by Desdemona Chiang
November 18 to 20, 8 p.m., November 21, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., November 22, 7 p.m.
Cornish College of the Arts Theater Department
Skinner Theatre, Raisbeck Performance Hall, 2015 Boren Ave, Seattle WA 98121
Tickets $12 General Admission, $7 Senior Citizens, $5 Cornish Community and Teen Tix
Separated from his mother, a young refugee called Anon journeys through the United States, encountering a wide variety of people -- some kind, some dangerous and cruel -- as he searches for his family. From a sinister one-eyed butcher to beguiling barflies to a sweatshop, Anon must navigate through a chaotic, ever-changing landscape in this entrancing adaptation of Homer's Odyssey

Cornish Dance Theater Fall 2015 Concert
November 20 at 8 p.m. and November 21 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Cornish College of the Arts Dance Department
Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center, 201 Mercer Street, Seattle WA 98109
Tickets $12 General Admission, $7 Senior Citizens, $5 Cornish Community and Teen Tix
The Fall 2015 concert features choreography by faculty and guest choreographers Sidra Bell, Dayna Hanson, Pat Hon, Veronica Lee-Baik, and Paula Peters. This concert is presented with support from the Bossak Heibron Charitable Foundation.

New Moves Concert
December 4 at 8 p.m. and December 5 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Cornish College of the Arts Dance Department
Velocity Dance Center, 1621 12th Avenue, Seattle WA 98112
Tickets $12 General Admission, $7 Senior Citizens, $5 Cornish Community and Teen Tix
The New Moves Concert 2015 features choreography by Cornish students performed by their peers.

Wild Kate: A Tale of Revenge at Sea by Karen Hartman (local playwright)
Directed by Annie Lareau
December 9 to 11, 8 p.m., December 12, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., December 13, 7 p.m.
Cornish College of the Arts Theater Department
12th Ave Arts Black Box, 1620 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98102
Tickets $12 General Admission, $7 Senior Citizens, $5 Cornish Community and Teen Tix
SEATTLE PREMIERE! "Call me Isabel." A brainy teen with a chip on her shoulder seeks adventure and escape when she enrolls in High School on the High Seas. But soon Isabel, her new pal Quinn, and a rag-tag collection of classmates and crew find themselves swept off course in an extracurricular payback mission led by the boat's strange and formidable captain, Wild Kate. In this contemporary adventure inspired by Melville's Moby Dick and the Deepwater Oil Rig disaster, these young sailors are forced to consider whether saving the ocean is worth risking their lives.

Golden, A Cabaret
December 16 to 18 at 8:00p.m.
Cornish College of the Arts Theater Department
Skinner Theatre, Raisbeck Performance Hall, 2015 Boren Ave, Seattle WA 98121
Free
The themes of thankfulness and gratitude are explored in a cabaret revue, featuring songs by Katy Perry, Leonard Bernstein, Cole Porter, Blossom Dearie, Stevie Wonder and others. Conceived and Directed by Frances King and Timothy McCuen Piggee, with music direction by Katherine Strohmaier.

SPECIAL EVENT

The Next Century Gala
November 13, 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
The Four Seasons Hotel
Tickets $300 per person
Cornish College of the Arts closes its Centennial Celebration year with The Next Century Gala, celebrating 100 years of Cornish informing the cultural vitality of the region. Proceeds benefit The Cornish Scholarship Fund.

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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 in 1914, and continues to be innovative today. The College offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Art, Dance, Design, Performance Production and Theater, a Bachelor of Music degree and an Artist Diploma in Early Music. The College is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. For more information, please visit: www.Cornish.edu.