Free Concerts by Renowned Guest Artists Highlight Fall Ithaca College Offerings

By Nicole Kramer '19, August 29, 2018
Talented group of artists to appear on 2018 schedule

A range of diverse and talented performers highlight the Ithaca College School of Music’s schedule of free concerts by visiting guest artists this fall semester.

NEXUS, one of the most influential percussion ensembles in the world, will kick off the series at Ford Hall on Thursday, September 6, at 7 p.m.  They will be joined by longtime faculty member Gordon Stout, who is retiring at the end of the 2018-19 school year.

Percussion ensemble NEXUS in performance

Percussion ensemble NEXUS will open the series of performances.

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The world’s most famous brass group, The Canadian Brass, will perform as part of the Shirley and Chas Hockett Chamber Music Concert Series on Saturday, September 22, at 8:15 p.m. in the Hockett Family Recital Hall. A master class will follow on Sunday, September 22, at noon in the same location.

The Robert G. Boehmler Community Foundation Series will present the Grammy Award-winning Harlem Quartet on Thursday, September 27, at 8:15 p.m. in Ford Hall. The Quartet, which performed at the White House in 2009 for President Barack Obama, is renowned for advancing diversity in classical music.

The British vocal ensemble VOCES8 will be welcomed to Ford Hall at 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Aiming to inspire people with their music, the versatile group performs everything from Renaissance polyphony to contemporary commissions and arrangements. The day before their performance, they will hold a master class at 7 p.m. in the Hockett Family Recital Hall.

A tireless advocate for contemporary music for the violin, Leila Josefowicz was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2008 in recognition of her unique contributions to contemporary life. She will perform on Sunday, November 11, at 3 p.m. in Ford Hall as part of the annual Louis K. Thaler Concert Violinist Series. A workshop presentation will follow in the Hockett Family Recital Hall at 6 p.m. Josefowicz’s program will include works by Sibelius, Prokofiev, Saariaho and Zimmermann.

The Rachel S. Thaler Concert Pianist Series will welcome Sergei Babayan on Friday, November 30, at 8:15 p.m. in Ford Hall. His master class will be the following day at 1 p.m., in the Hockett Family Recital Hall. The Armenian-American pianist has won numerous competitions and performed across the globe at some of the world’s most prestigious recital halls.