Cornell Concert Series, Spring 2017

Feb. 3, Bailey Hall: Christian McBride and Edgar Meyer

Christian McBride and Edgar Meyer are two singular voices in the double bass universe. Playing a stylistically diverse program, including new original music composed for the two of them, they will explore previously unimagined possibilities for the double bass.

Feb. 23, Barnes Hall: Vida Guitar Quartet

Hailed as a masterful ensemble that sparkles with “vitality and spontaneity” (Acoustic), VIDA charms audiences through their wry British manner and abilities to “conjure up an orchestral palette of color and effects” (Classic FM). VIDA will perform a program of lush arrangements ranging from traditional British folk songs to Bach to Gershwin.

March 10, Bailey Hall: Simon Shaheen’s Zafir

‘Ud and violin master Simon Shaheen comes to Cornell for a not-to-be missed performance of his composition project Zafir, which mixes the Arab music of Al-Andalus with Spanish flamenco and global jazz. The concert features the Al Qantara ensemble joined by a Tunisian singer, a flamenco vocalist/multi-instrumentalist, and a dancer.

March 25, Barnes Hall: The Jerusalem Quartet

The Jerusalem Quartet, making its Cornell Concert Series debut, is hailed by The Strad as “one of the young, yet great quartets of our time.” A record three-time recipient of the BBC Music Magazine Chamber Music Award, this ensemble has garnered international acclaim for its rare combination of passion and precision.

April 28, Klarman Hall: eighth blackbird

Winners of four Grammy® awards, this Chicago-based sextet has provoked and impressed audiences for over 20 years. Their 2017 CCS program collaborates with the Sleeping Giant composer collective and includes multimedia element visuals to draw upon the timeless dark side of American folk music and European fairy tales.

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