Performance & Music
October 29, November 5, 16 & 18
Presented by the Cornell University Chamber Singers
American Premiere of a Work by Johann Schelle (1648-1701)
Sunday, October 29; 10 AM
First Presbyterian Church of Ithaca (315 N. Cayuga)
On the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting of the Ninety-Five Theses, the Chancel Choir of the First Presbyterian Church of Ithaca will the first performance of a work by Thomaskantor Johann Schelle in over 300 years. Director Stephen Spinelli has modernized the music of this forgotten Saxon, who sang for Heinrich Schütz as a boy and ultimately landed a position at the church where J.S. Bach lived out much of his illustrious career.
Justice Choir Ithaca SING
Sunday, November 5; 2 PM
Sage Chapel, Cornell University
The Justice Choir Ithaca is our country’s second national chapter of the Justice Choir, an organization devoted to the power of communal song. Join us for an afternoon of singing in response to injustice here and elsewhere. We are delighted to welcome song leaders Jennifer Birnbaum, choral director at the First Unitarian Society of Ithaca, and Sean Linfors, professor of music education at Ithaca College.
Lecture-Recital Featuring Variant Six
Thursday, November 16; 12:30 PM
Lincoln Hall B20, Cornell University
Stephen Spinelli, associate director of choral programs at Cornell University, presents newly-modernized 17th-century repertoire from the Thomaskirche, Leipzig. In addition to a second “re-premiere” of music by Johann Schelle offered by Cornell University PhD students, visiting artists from the Julliard 415 program, and Philadelphia’s Variant 6, Stephen will present additional research on Johann Schelle and his music, as he offers thoughts on the forthcoming Chamber Singers concert.
The Cornell Chamber Singers Present: Re-Formation
Saturday, November 18; 7:30 PM
Anabel Taylor Chapel, Cornell University
The Cornell University Chamber Singers, in collaboration with visiting artists Variant 6, present the culmination of this month-long celebration of music as a catalyst for social change. Featured works include Dieterich Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri (1680), and Pulitzer Prize-winner Caroline Shaw’s “To the Hands” (2016), whose response to Buxtehude’s work questions moral responsibility in modern society.
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