Cornell kicks off free summer event series this week with Mikado and Burns & Kristy

June 23, 2014

Cornell University is kicking off its annual series of free summer events with performances this week of Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Mikado" on Tuesday and Wednesday, and a concert by Burns and Kristy on Friday evening.

"The Mikado." Photo by Chad Dumont provided by Cornell University's School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions."The Mikado." Photo by Chad Dumont provided by Cornell University's School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions.Featuring Karen Wonder Dumont as Yum-Yum, Nicholas Harmantzis as Nanki-Poo, Lisa Banlaki Frank as Katisha, Doug Mathews as Ko-Ko, Anthony Di Renzo as Pooh-Bah, and Robert Kovak as the Mikado, this week's Cornell Savoyards production of "The Mikado" adapts the operetta to satirize modern American mores using a style based on Japanese anime. The production is directed by Judith Pratt, with musical direction and piano accompaniment by Richard Montgomery.

The show will be performed at 7:30pm on both Tuesday and Wednesday, June 24th and 25th, at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts at 430 College Avenue in Collegetown. Tickets are free, and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning each evening at 6:15pm.

Friday evening features the first of Cornell's annual series of free concerts on the Arts Quad, with a performance by Burns and Kristy. The band includes Terry Burns (of Burns Sisters fame) and award-winning TV and film composer Ron Kristy, who met, fell in love, and got married after Terry had moved to Nashville to pursue her musical career. They've since moved back to Ithaca, and often perform with Rich DePaolo on guitar and bass, Janet Cotraccia on vocals and keyboard, and Bill King on drums and percussion.

Burns and Kristy performing in 2012 on WVBR's Bound for Glory. 14850 Photo.Burns and Kristy performing in 2012 on WVBR's Bound for Glory. 14850 Photo.Burns and Kristy, who offer an infectious and entertaining blend of "indie/folky pop," recently opened the summer music series at the Ellis Hollow Community Center, as well, and have played in the recent past on WVBR's Bound for Glory and at Porchfest.

Friday's concert begins at 7pm on the Arts Quad, and only in the event of thunderstorms or heavy rain, will move indoors to Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium in Goldwin Smith Hall.

The Tuesday performance series also includes "A Midsummer Night's Dance" and a concert by John McCutcheon at the Schwartz Center. A Wednesday lecture series at 7pm weekly at Bailey Hall features Professors Glenn Altschuler and Isaac Kramnick, authors of "Cornell: A History, 1940-2015," reflecting on the history of students and faculty at Cornell; as well as nutritional science Professor Brian Wansink speaking about solutions for "mindless eating." After skipping July 4th, the Friday concert series will resume with the Sim Redmond Band on July 11th.

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