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Cornish Presents Spring Events 2010

January 29, 2010

Seattle, WA – Cornish College of the Arts announces the Spring 2010 Events Calendar, including performances and exhibitions in music, dance, theater, performance production, art & design.

Alumni Retrospective Series: Dan Webb (Art ’91)
January 21 – February 26
Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 20, 5 - 8 pm
Cornish Main Gallery

Dan Webb (Art ‘91) is featured in the second installment of this insightful exhibition series. Emphasizing the artist’s development from student experiences at Cornish through recent years, this exhibition focuses on work not recently seen in museums or galleries along with sketches and other items never before displayed to the public. The artist’s solo show at Greg Kucera Gallery later in 2010 picks up where this exhibition leaves off, and visitors are encouraged to visit both venues for a cohesive look at his entire career.

The Alumni Retrospective Series focuses on the trajectory of one artist’s career within the context of their Cornish education. Featuring class projects and other work from their student days through their development into their current work, these exhibitions provide the public and students a different perspective on the work of an established Cornish graduate.

Michael Nicolella          
Saturday, January 30, 8 pm

Michael Nicolella performs an eclectic array of music for classical and electric guitar including music by Domenico Scarlatti, Isaac Albeniz, Jacob ter Veldhuis, and Jimi Hendrix as well as his own compositions.

PONCHO Concert Hall
Tickets: $18 advance, $20 general at the door, $10 students, seniors & alumni

Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa: Cosmophony
Saturday, February 6, 8 pm
Pianist Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa presents a recital of new works for solo piano by nine contemporary Canadian composers including Denis Gougeon, Jordan Nobles, Jocelyn Morlock, Alexander Pechenyuk, Jennifer Butler, Rodney Sharman, Marci Rabe, Jeffrey Ryan, and Cornish faculty member Emily Doolittle.

Cosmophony is a solo piano performance inspired by our solar system. The concert includes nine solo piano pieces by Canada’s most prominent composers and brightest rising stars plus George Crumb’s remarkable work Makrokosmos II: 12 Fantasy Pieces After the Zodiac.

Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa master class– Friday, February 5, 12 pm – Free and open to the public

PONCHO Concert Hall
Tickets: $18 advance, $20 general at the door, $10 students, seniors & alumni


An Evening of One Act Plays
February 12-13, 8pm
Directed by Richard E.T. White

          Nippleboy
          Written by Jessie Underhill (TH’10)

          The Bible: In Two Parts
          Written by Tracy Cahill (TH’10)

Notion Building
Room 1
Free and open to the public

Jane Ira Bloom Quartet
Saturday, February 13, 8 pm

Soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom and her quartet featuring Dawn Clement, piano, Mark Helias, bass, and Jaz Sawyer, drums.

Saxophonist/composer Jane Ira Bloom is a pioneer in the use of live electronics and movement in jazz, as well as a frequent collaborator with such outstanding jazz and world music artists as Charlie Haden, Ed Blackwell, Kenny Wheeler, Rufus Reid, Bob Brookmeyer, Julian Priester, Jerry Granelli, Min Xiao-Fen, Mark Dresser, Matt Wilson, Bobby Previt, and Fred Hersch.

PONCHO Concert Hall
Tickets: $18 advance, $20 general at the door, $10 students, seniors & alumni

B.F.A. Dance Concerts 2010
Program 1: February 18-19, 8 pm
Program 2: February 20, 2 & 8 pm
Program 3: February 27, 2 & 8 pm

Dance department senior thesis performances.

Broadway Performance Hall
Tickets: Free (but ticket required for entry) call 206-726-5151 ext.1018

Two New Works in Development
February 19-27

          Thoroughbred of my F&*$king Heart
          February 19-20, 8 pm
          Written by James James
          Directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton

          I Wanna Tap Dance Too
          Feb 26-27, 8 pm
          Written by Bonnie Cohen
          Directed by Kathleen Collins

Notion Building
Room 1
Free and open to the public

Quartett
Saturday, February 20, 8 pm

A special reunion concert featuring internationally revered performers, Julian Priester - trombone, Jay Clayton - vocals, Anthony Cox - bass, and Jerry Granelli - drums.

This stellar ensemble was originally formed at Cornish in the mid-80s when Priester, Clayton and Granelli, along with bassist Gary Peacock, taught side-by-side in the music department. The band released one album entitled, No Secrets, on New Albion Records.  Joined by bassist Anthony Cox, Cornish is excited to welcome Quartett back for its first concert in Seattle in 20 years.

PONCHO Concert Hall
Tickets: $18 advance, $20 general at the door, $10 students, seniors & alumni

Icicle Creek Piano Trio
Saturday, February 27, 8 pm

The Icicle Creek Piano Trio featuring Oksana Ezhokina, piano, Sally Singer, cello, and Jennifer Caine, violin, perform works by Ravel and Schubert.

PONCHO Concert Hall
Tickets: $18 advance, $20 general at the door, $10 students, seniors & alumni

Brutality of Fact
March 4-6, 8 pm; March 7, 2 pm
Written by Keith Reddin
Directed by Katjana Vadeboncoeur

There are plenty of laughs in this sequence of short, punchy scenes which explore the lives of a terminally dysfunctional family. Full of quirky dialogue and oddball confrontations. Produced in collaboration with the Performance Production Department.

Raisbeck Performance Hall
Ned & Kayla Skinner Theater
Tickets: $5 general

Butch Morris
Saturday, March 6, 8 pm
A Butch Morris Conduction® by New York-based composer, conductor, and cornetist Butch Morris featuring an all-star local ensemble.

Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris redefines the roles of composer, conductor, and performer. Through Conduction® workshops, Morris engages musicians in the process of composition and creation. The workshops stress ensemble “team play,” which allows each individual the opportunity to participate in the overall construction of compositional development. It enhances and enriches the ensemble member’s interpretive skills by strengthening each musician’s understanding of composition, orchestration and arrangement.

Butch Morris is recognized internationally as a leading innovator in the confluence of jazz, new music, improvisation and contemporary classical music and the principal theorist and practitioner in the evolution of Conduction®. Since 1974, his career has been distinguished by unique and outstanding international contributions to film, theater, dance, television, radio, interdisciplinary collaborations, concerts and recordings. Employing more than 5,000 musicians in 23 countries and 63 cities, Morris has opened the door to a new understanding of musical language. Morris has acted as a resident conductor and lecturer at institutions such as Princeton University, California Institute of the Arts, Yale University, Wesleyan University, New York University, University of Westminster, London, Orchestra della Toscana, Florence, Mito Museum, Mito, Japan, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and many others.

Butch Morris Residency, February 22 – March 6
A special multi-week residency designed to feature both student and professional ensembles in collaboration with the New York-based composer and conductor Butch         Morris. Student Performance - Friday, March 5, 8 pm

PONCHO Concert Hall
Tickets: $18 advance, $20 general at the door, $10 students, alumni & seniors

Art Faculty Exhibition
March 10 – April 14
Opening Reception: March 10, 5-8 pm
Curated by Exhibitions Curator Jess Van Nostrand, the distinguished faculty of the Art Department present their newest work, offering a look into the diverse talent of the Cornish community.

Cornish Main Gallery


Rudresh Mahanthappa & the Indo-Pak Coalition            
Friday, March 12, 12 pm

Join us for this rare treat: a master class with Downbeat Rising Star-Artist of the Year, saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, guitarist Rez Abbasi and tabla player Dan Weiss.

PONCHO Concert Hall
Free and open to the public

Natalie Lerch Opera Undressed – Three Acts, One Woman
Saturday, March 27, 8 pm

Soprano Natalie Lerch performs two stunning one-woman operas: Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine (1959) and Judith Weir’s King Harald’s Saga (1979) in semi-staged performances.

PONCHO Concert Hall
Tickets: $18 advance, $20 general at the door, $10 students, alumni & seniors

Wayne Horvitz, Briggan Krauss, and Le Quan Ninh                      
Thursday, April 1, 12 pm

Join composer Wayne Horvitz, Cornish alum Briggan Krauss, saxophone, and percussionist Le Quan Ninh for a master class presentation.

PONCHO Concert Hall
Free and open to the public

The Corigliano Quartet
Saturday, April 3, 8 pm
Hailed as one of today’s most exciting and dynamic young string quartets, the Corigliano Quartet has won the acclaim of audiences and critics alike. A quartet of “profound beauty” and “riveting power.” — The Baltimore Sun

The Corigliano Quartet is dedicated to the presentation of new American music. The group was founded in 1996 with the blessing of Pultizer, Grammy, and Oscar-winning composer John Corigliano. The group’s dedication to new works has made them one of the most sought after interpreters of contemporary music today.

          Corigliano Quartet Residency, March 29 – April 3
          The Quartet is led by Cornish faculty member Michael Lim, and features
          Lina Bahn – violin, Melia Watras – viola,            and Amy Barston – cello.
          Reading of new works by Cornish student composers - Friday, April 2, 8 pm.

PONCHO Concert Hall
Tickets: $18 advance, $20 general at the door, $10 students, alumni & seniors


Ivona Kaminska: “Cannons Hidden Amid Flowers”            
Saturday, April 10, 8 pm
Ivona Kaminska presents a recital of Chopin’s B minor Sonata, Op. 58 and works by Maria Szymanowska, Karol Kurpinski, and John Field.
Join Ivona Kaminska in a recital presenting Chopin’s B minor Sonata, Op. 58, as well as the music of Chopin’s predecessors within Poland and abroad: Maria Szymanowska, Karol Kurpinski, and John Field, a music that preserved and sustained a spirit of independence in the Polish people for over one hundred and fifty years of occupation, uttered through the poetic voice of the piano.
PONCHO Concert Hall
Tickets: $18 advance, $20 general at the door, $10 students, alumni & seniors

Urinetown, The Musical
April 14-16,8 pm; April 17 at 2 & 8 pm
Music & Lyrics by Mark Hollmann
Book & Lyrics by Greg Kotis
Directed by Timothy McCuen Piggee
Music direction by Roger Nelson & Natalie Lerch
Choreographed by Kathryn Van Meter

Set in a grim, futuristic world in which water is so scarce that residents have to pay to relieve themselves, Urinetown satirizes corporate greed and resource mismanagement, with a musical score which sends up every musical from West Side Story to Les Miz. Produced by the Theater, Music, Dance, and Performance Production Departments.

Broadway Performance Hall
Tickets: $10 general, $5 students, seniors & alumni

Terpsichore’s Landing
April 18, 3pm and 8pm

Choreography by Dance Department students.

PONCHO Concert Hall
Tickets:  Free

Roll Call: Art Department Merit Awards
April 19–23
Reception: April 23, 12 pm
Scholarship recipients from the Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior classes present their work in a group exhibition. 
Cornish Main Gallery

Coriolanus
Much Ado About Nothing

April 23-25 & April 30-May 2, 3:30 pm
Directed by John Farrage and Kerry Skalsky

Junior class members of the Theater Department present their annual Shakespeare in the park production, featuring two works presented in Capitol Hill’s Volunteer Park. The performance will include Coriolanus as directed by John Farrage and Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Kerry Skalsky.

Volunteer Park
Free and open to the public

Rahayu Supanggah and Gamelan Pacifica
Saturday, April 24, 8 pm

Rahayu Supanggah, one of Indonesia’s preeminent composers, curates a concert of contemporary gamelan compositions by Indonesian composers.

From the very beginning of his artistic career Supanggah was significantly influenced by his experiences abroad and by various collaborations with foreign artists. Yet he has never left behind his Central Javanese roots; rather he argues for an open, responsible, and on-going development and extension of his own musical culture. His numerous compositions may be seen as a mirror of these efforts.

Originally formed in 1980, Gamelan Pacifica is among the finest ensembles in the United States devoted to the performance of gamelan music. It is an active and adventurous ensemble, with a reputation for creating diverse productions merging traditional and contemporary musical forms with dance, theater, puppetry, and visual media.

PONCHO Concert Hall
Tickets: $18 advance, $20 general at the door, $10 students, alumni & seniors

David Russell
Sunday, April 25,10 am

Join us for this special master class with this inspired guitarist, Grammy Award Winner and Seattle favorite David Russell.

PONCHO Concert Hall
Free and open to the public


Scores of Sound                                                                    
April 27 - 30

Four days and nights of ensembles, soloists, composers, singers, new works, standards, unusual repertoire, experimental music, and more. The best of music at Cornish!

PONCHO Concert Hall

Sophomore Ensemble Project
April 27-May 2

          Manifesto for Another World: Voices from Beyond the Dark
          April 27 & 29, 8 pm; May 1, 2 pm; May 2, 7 pm
          Written by Ariel Dorfman
          Directed by Christine Sumption

          Two Generative Ensemble Pieces
          April 28, 30 & May 1, 8 pm; May 2, 2 pm
          Directed by Paul Budraitis and Todd Jefferson Moore

Two generative pieces based on the play above, presented by members of the Sophomore Theater class.

Raisbeck Performance Hall
Ned & Kayla Skinner Theater
Tickets: $5 general


Design 123: Design Department Merit Awards
April 26-30

Scholarship recipients from the Freshmen, Sophomore, and Junior classes present their work in a group exhibition. 

Cornish Main Gallery


Cornish Dance Theater Spring 2010 Concert
April 30, 8 pm
May 1, 2 & 8 pm

Choreography by Corinna Befort , Steve Casteel, Nancy Cranbourne, Wade Madsen and Tim Lynch.
Broadway Performance Hall
Tickets: $10 general. $5 students, alumni & seniors

Cornish Junior Dance Company Spring Concert
Sunday, May 2, 3 & 7:30 pm

Broadway Performance Hall
Tickets: $14 general, $12 students, alumni & seniors


Cornish Art & Design BFA Exhibition
May 14 – June 5
Opening reception: Friday, May 14, 5-8 pm

Graduating seniors from the Art & Design departments each present a complete body of work reflecting their technical skills and artistic voice. Exhibition takes place in two buildings on campus and features a lively opening reception not to be missed!

Main Campus Center
9th Avenue Studios


For additional information, or to request images, please contact Meike Kaan or Beth Fleenor (see information above).

About Cornish College of the Arts

Cornish College of the Arts is nationally recognized as a premier college of the visual and performing arts offering Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in dance, theater, art, design and performance production, and a Bachelor of Music degree. 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.