Cornish Presents Opens With StuART Fest and The Three Yells In February

Seattle, WA – Cornish College of the Arts’ visiting and resident artists series “Cornish Presents” opens its spring season with StuART Fest on February 6, 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., at the PONCHO at Kerry Hall on Capitol Hill. Renowned  trombonist Stuart Dempster honors his deep history with Cornish in a concert of his own compositions Cornish faculty members Paul Taub in a solo performance and Tom Varner with students, as well as improvisations with Cornish faculty member Janice Giteck, trombone legend and retired Cornish faculty member Julian Priester, and long-time colleague and friend clarinetist William O. Smith. This special event honors Cornish’s past and present, and looks into the future featuring the Cornish Creative Ensemble. Also, as part of his February residency at Cornish, Dempster will present a free master class on February 2.

On February 11 and 12 at the Cornish Playhouse at the Seattle Center, The Three Yells will premiere “Her Name Is Isaac,” a multidisciplinary dance work that draws attention to the treatment of women through a distinctly Asian lens. A current recipient of the Artist Trust GAP and Seattle Office of Arts & Culture smART Ventures grant, artistic director/choreographer of The Three Yells Veronica Lee-Baik began this project in April 2015 and developed it further during Cornish Playhouse's Arts Incubator Residency with the collaborative genius of Bellingham National Art Exhibition Award Winner Robert Campbell, lighting designer Meg Fox, and Fritz Rodriquez and Brendan Hogan for original music composition.

The Three Yells creates art as activism through performance, education and outreach. The project includes outreach with Young-Women Empowered, a non-profit who empowers at-risk young women in the greater Seattle area, and a free community workshop open to the public at Cornish College of the Arts in January 2016. The community is invited to post-performance talkbacks with the company immediately following each performance in the Cornish Playhouse lobby. The performance will contain  partial nudity and moments of extremely loud music.

Cornish  Presents’ jazz concerts this spring include Ches Smith Trio, February 16 at 8:00 p.m., and Greg Ruby and The Rhythm Runners, March 24 at 8:00 p.m., at PONCHO. The March 24 concert features compositions by Seattle jazz pioneer Frank D. Waldron and delivers intoxicating Prohibition-era jazz in the 1921 hall.

On April  12, 8:00 pm, Cornish alumni, faculty, students, and friends will gather at PONCHO to celebrate the long and dedicated teaching career of Janice Giteck with a concert of her music performed by old friends and former students.

The Friction Quartet will appear at PONCHO on April 21 at 8:00 pm. Kevin Rogers and Otis Harriel, violins, Taija Warbelow, viola and Douglas Machiz, cello, are known for exhilarating performance of contemporary string quartets.

Tickets for Cornish Presents concerts range from $10 (students with ID) to $20 (general admission) and are available through Brown Paper Tickets. PONCHO at Kerry Hall is located at 710 East Roy Street. The Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center is  located at 201 Mercer Street. For information on these and other events happening at Cornish College of the Arts, see The Ches Smith Trio is presented with the support of Earshot Jazz.