Cornish Presents 2017/18 Season

Seattle, WA - 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 season is no exception. This current series lets 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.

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.