• 2017-2018 season

    Cornell Orchestras

  • Upcoming Concerts

    All concerts are free and open to the public

    8 pm, Wednesday, 3/28/2018

    @Bailey Hall, Cornell University

    Wynton Marsalis, A.D. White House Professor

    A collaboration on Wynton Marsalis' Blues Symphony
    WYNTON MARSALIS Blues Symphony mvts 2-5 [world premiere of the revised version]


    also featuring

    CU Jazz Band led by Paul Merrill

    CU Winds led by James Spinazzola

    3 pm, Sunday, 4/22/2018

    @Barnes Hall, Cornell University

    Chris Younghoon Kim, conductor

    Lucy Fitz Gibbon, voice

    AARON COPLAND Appalachian Spring

    SAMUEL BARBER Knoxville Summer 1915 with Lucy Fitz Gibbon

    3 pm, Sunday, 4/29/2018

    @Bailey Hall, Cornell University

    Chris Younghoon Kim, conductor

    Nicholas Walker, Greg Evans, Rick Faria, and Frank Campos, guest artists

    DUKE ELLINGTON/MAURICE PERESS Harlem For Jazz Band And Orchestra with Nicholas Walker, bass, Rick Faria, clarinet, Frank Campos, trumpet

    P.I. TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6 (125th anniversary of year of his death)

    4 pm, Saturday, 5/5/2018

    @Ford Hall, Ithaca College

    Conductors of the 9th International Ithaca Conducting Masterclass with master teacher Larry Rachleff

    P.I. TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6

    [Cornell Symphony Orchestra]


    L.V. BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7

    [Ithaca College Chamber Orchestra]

    3 pm, Sunday, 3/4/2018

    @Barnes Hall, Cornell University

    Chris Younghoon Kim, conductor

    Dennis Kim, guest artist/leader


    BELA BARTOK Divertimento for Strings, Sz 113

    3 pm, Sunday, 3/11/2018

    @Bailey Hall, Cornell University

    Robert Boardman, guest conductor

    Andy Sheng, soloist

    Kirsten Marshall, conductor

    THOMAS RACHMAN Passages [premiere]

    L.V. BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto no. 4 mvt. 1

    featuring 14th Cornell Concerto Competition Winner, Andy Sheng
    WYNTON MARSALIS Blues Symphony mvts. 2, 3

    P.I. TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 2 Finale
    with CCO Youth Orchestra and IHS Chamber Orchestra conducted by Kirsten Marshall

    7 pm, Saturday, 9/30/2017

    @Bailey Hall, Cornell University

    Chris Younghoon Kim, conductor
    Alex Shuhan, guest artist

    Paul Merrill and CU Jazz, guest artists
    President Martha Pollack, narrator

    James Spinazzola, guest artist

    with the Cornell Chamber Orchestra

    GUNTHER SCHULLER Journey into Jazz with Paul Merrill, James Spinazzola, and CU Jazz

    GRAZYNA BACEWICZ Concerto for String Orchestra


    P.I. TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6 Mvt 1

    JIM STEPHENSON Sounds Awakened, concerto for French Horn with Alex Shuhan

    DUKE ELLINGTON/JEFF TYZIK Black, Brown And Beige Suite

    7 pm, Saturday, 11/11/2017

    @Bailey Hall, Cornell University

    Chris Younghoon Kim, conductor

    Miri Yampolsky, guest artist
    James Spinazzola, guest artist

    BARRY SHARP Farther from the Truth for orchestra [world premiere]

    ROBERT SCHUMANN Piano Concerto in A Minor Op. 54 with Miri Yampolsky

    P.I. TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6 Mvt 2 & 3

    DUKE ELLINGTON/LUTHER HENDERSON Three Black Kings (Les trois rois noirs) with Tenor Sax/Soprano Sax James Spinazzola

    3 pm, Sunday, 11/19/2017

    @Barnes Hall, Cornell University

    Chris Younghoon Kim, conductor

    Victoria Miskolczy, guest artist

    Featuring Jason Kim, Alex Shuhan, Ilze Brink Button, Emily DiAngelo and Daniel Hanes


    Six Songs for Solo Saxophone, Jazz combo and Chamber Orchestra

    JOSEF SUK Meditation on the Old Czech Chorale "St. Wenceslas", op.35a

    GEORG PHILLIPP TELEMANN Viola Concerto in G major, TWV 51:G9 with Victoria Miskolczy

    J.S. BACH  Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major

    5:30 pm, Thursday, 11/30/2017

    @Cayuga Heights Elementary School

    Chris Younghoon Kim, conductor

    GRAZYNA BACEWICZ Concerto for String Orchestra

    JOSEF SUK Meditation on the Old Czech Chorale "St. Wenceslas", op.35a

    8 pm, Thursday, 11/30/2017

    @Barnes Hall, Cornell University

    Andy Sheng, conductor

    ANTONIN DVORAK Symphony No. 9

    7 pm, Friday,


    @Sage Chapel, Cornell University

    Stephen Spinelli, conductor

    A collaboration with Cornell University Chorale


  • Recent News

    What has the orchestra been up to?

    Fall 2017 Cornell Orchestras Newsletter

    The newest edition of the Cornell Orchestras' Newsletter, Whole Note, has been published. Click here to check it out!

    Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Fundraiser a Huge Success

    Thank you to all who attended our September 30 concert and donated funds toward hurricane relief in Puerto Rico. We raised over $1500 in one evening thanks to your help. Your generous gifts more than doubled the contributions from the Cornell community thus far.


    See the post from Cornell PRSA here

    Cornell Orchestras tour Argentina

    During spring break in 2017, the Cornell Orchestras embarked on an exciting week-long tour to Argentina. Our collaboration with the Orquesta Sinfónica del Neuquén and Maestro Andres Tolcachir culminated in a sold-out performance of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 6. Aside from rehearsal, our members were able to enjoy the sights of Argentina and take in the local culture.


    More about the tour

    Alumni member Risa Naka was on hand in Seattle to accept the award on behalf of the Cornell Orchestras

    27 American orchestras were recognized with 2013-14 ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming at the League of American Orchestras’ National Conference, June 4-6 in Seattle. ASCAP and the League present the awards each year to orchestras of all sizes for programs that challenge the audience, build the repertoire, and increase interest in music of our time. Press release linked here, and a complete repertoire list is posted here. Photo credit: Robert Wade Photography


    Read more

  • Hurricane Relief in Puerto Rico

    Our partners from our 2014 tour to Puerto Rico have been greatly affected by recent hurricanes. Please consider contributing to the Students With Puerto Rico fund at the link below in order to aid relief efforts.


    There is also a fund being run by the Puerto Rican Student Association of Cornell via venmo, @prsacornell