Concert for strings
Violinist Dennis Kim, concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, joins the Cornell Chamber Orchestra as a guest artist for a concert March 4 at 3 p.m. in Barnes Hall Auditorium. The performance, conducted by Director of Orchestras Chris Younghoon Kim, is free and open to the public.
Kim is collaborating on two works for string orchestra: Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov’s “Last Round” and Béla Bartók’s “Divertimento.”
Dennis Kim has led multiple orchestras, including an appointment as the youngest concertmaster in the history of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Appointed concertmaster of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra at age 22, he also served in that role with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra in Finland. He’s also been guest concertmaster on four continents with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Malaysian Philharmonic, Western Australia Symphony and other orchestras.
Native rockers in “Rumble”
A documentary celebrating Native American contributions to popular music over the last century will have its area premiere at Cornell Cinema March 6 at 7 p.m. in Willard Straight Theatre, with a post-screening discussion.
Rock guitarist Link Wray, a North Carolina Shawnee, is featured prominently in “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World,” which also profiles influential musicians from Choctaw/African-American bluesman Charley Patton to Jimi Hendrix, who was part Cherokee, African-American and Scottish. The film also features The Band’s Robbie Robertson (Mohawk), Cree folk singer-activist Buffy Sainte-Marie, jazz singer Mildred Bailey (Coeur d’Alene), Kiowa session guitarist Jesse Ed Davis and Apache drummer Randy Castillo, who played with Ozzy Osbourne and Mötley Crüe.
Tony Bennett, George Clinton, Martin Scorsese, writers and historians also are interviewed, praising the film’s subjects. Co-directed by Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana, “Rumble” was an official selection of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival in the World Cinema Documentary Competition.
After the screening, Chad Uran, a visiting postdoctoral associate in the Department of Anthropology, will be joined by Cayuga flutist Dan Hill, schedule permitting. Hill was involved with the music business during the era the film portrays. Uran is White Earth Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) and has taught Cornell courses including American Indian Music in Context and The Anthropology of Zombies.
The event is cosponsored by the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program and the Native American Law Students Association.
Also showing: “The Divine Order,” March 2-3, a feature film about the 1971 fight for women’s suffrage in Switzerland; and “Faces Places,” March 8 and 11, documenting two artists bringing personalized public art to villages in France.
Urban ecology talk
Two Cornell scholars will discuss how environmental education can contribute to urban sustainability in a Chats in the Stacks book talk, March 8 at 4 p.m. in the Stern Seminar Room, 160 Mann Library. The event includes light refreshments and is free and open to the public.
Extension associate Alex Kudryavtsev, M.S. ’06, Ph.D. ’13, and Marianne E. Krasny, professor of natural resources and director of the Civic Ecology Lab, are co-editors of the 2017 book, “Urban Environmental Education Review.” The book addresses learning opportunities fostering individual and community well-being in cities as crucial elements of a healthy environment and quality of life.
The book’s contributing authors include Shorna Allred, associate professor of natural resources, and Jacqueline Davis-Manigaulte, senior extension associate in the College of Human Ecology.
Visit the Mann Library website for more information on public events and exhibits.
Images of serenity now
Boyce Thompson Institute hosts an exhibition by photographer Nancy V. Ridenour in the BTI atrium through March 31.
From floral photographs taken in her personal gardens and ponds to cement sculptures in the Cornell Botanic Gardens Arboretum, Ridenour’s photo montages feature a sense of tranquility and compositional foresight. She emphasizes the beauty and diversity in architectural and botanic subjects. Juxtaposing light and texture devoid of physical context, Ridenour urges viewers to reorient themselves, to grasp the possibility in the work and find serenity and a sense of pleasure in her subjects.
The work showcased in Art@BTI includes floral and abstract photography, natural settings, digital montages and staged macrophotography.
The Cornell Fashion Collective (CFC) stages its 34th annual Runway Show, Saturday, March 10, at 7 p.m. in Barton Hall, featuring work by 29 student designers. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Leading up to the show, Fashion Week events (including social meetups, an event in Klarman Hall and a screening of “The Devil Wears Prada”) are being held on and off campus March 4-9. Runway show tickets will be available at each event.
VIP seating at the show is sold out. Friends and Family seating is available for $15, and general admission tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online or from any CFC member, and at the Cornell Store. (Organizers recommend buying advance tickets in person to avoid lines at the event.)
CFC gives members of the Cornell community an outlet to express creativity in fashion and gain experience in event and fashion management. The student-run organization has 150 members across Cornell, spanning 25 majors.