Cornell Center for Historical Keyboards fosters original and imaginative approaches to the performance and study of keyboard instruments, their technological underpinnings, their intersections with other arts, and their participation in the global currents of cultural and social history.

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Fall 2021 Piano Video Highlights

As a denouement to the semester, we are happy to share three beautifully produced videos, including excerpts from Mike Lee’s program, “Bach’s Piano,” on September 24, and a set of highlights from the end-of-semester gala concert on December 10. All three videos display the breadth and depth of the CCHK’s collections as well as the rich musicianship exhibited by Cornell keyboard faculty and students. You can access the videos by way of this linked webpage. Enjoy!

Gala
End-of-semester gala concert in Barnes Hall

COVID-19 Protocols

All in-person events will follow current Cornell COVID-19 protocols. Compliance with the university’s mask mandate will be required for all audience members. Please note the following public health requirements:

All attendees who are current Cornell students or employees must show their Cornell ID for admission to events. Cornell employees must complete the Daily Check prior to attendance.

All attendees who are not current Cornell employees or students (such as alumni, visitors, guests, parents, community members, third party event attendees and others) must provide one of the following: 1) proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 with an FDA- or WHO-authorized vaccine; 2) results of a negative FDA- or DOH-authorized PCR, rapid PCR, or nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) COVID-19 test collected within 72 hours of the event start; or 3) an FDA-authorized antigen test performed on a specimen collected within six hours of the event start.

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Gala

Fall 2021 Piano Video Highlights

As a denouement to the semester, we are happy to share two beautifully produced videos: excerpts from Mike Lee’s program, “Bach’s Piano,” on September 24, and a set of highlights from the end-of-semester gala concert on December 10. Both videos display the breadth and depth of the CCHK’s collections as well as the rich musicianship exhibited by Cornell keyboard faculty and students. Enjoy!

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New Web Content from Future Imperfect: Brahms and the Passage of Time

As a teaser for the final events of Future Imperfect: Brahms and the Passage of Time – a performance of variations on Friday, November 12 and the Op. 8 Piano Trio on Saturday, November 13 – we are delighted to upload new web content based on two events from earlier in the series: a roundtable with Jacquelyn Sholes and a performance by Malcolm Bilson.

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Hands Playing Organ

Fall 2021 Season Announcement

Organ recitals this semester bring you the multifaceted music of the Northern European baroque, balancing the splendid with the learned, the glittering with the melancholic. The semester’s piano events, meanwhile, explore works by Haydn, Bach, Brahms, Beethoven, Chopin, and more, on several of the Center’s distinctive array of instruments.

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History, Music, Physics Harmonize in Keyboard Project

Elizaveta Zabelina ’24’s project demonstrates how instruments, performance and research intersect at the Cornell Center for Historical Keyboards. “Both the act of performing and doing technical work inside the mechanism involve a developing relationship between the human and the instrument,” Zabelina said. “I’m observing and participating in the relationship between material and immaterial.”

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Research Profile

A DECADE OF JULIUS EASTMAN
Developing a Contemporary Performance Practice

richard valitutto

DMA candidate Richard Valitutto documents his ongoing work into the music, performance practice, and personality of Julius Eastman.

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Cornell Center for Historical Keyboards is the home and host of the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies. Learn about the Westfield Center at www.westfield.org.