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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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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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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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New Keyboard Horizons

Fall 2022 events expand the Center’s research focus to the pianola and the reproducing piano, expressive historical instruments that enable different forms of real-time dialogue between the past and present, the human and the mechanical. Rex Lawson and Denis Hall, leading specialists on the subject, will join us in November. Before then, the semester opens with an exploration of “Lisette quitté la plaine,” an enduringly popular song from guest artist Jean Bernard Cerin’s native Haiti, alongside other music of the African diaspora. As in past seasons, these events will be complemented by programs on a variety of themes inspired by our beloved organs in Ithaca and historical pianos from Cornell’s collection.

Edwin S. Votey (right) presents his first limited production model of piano-player, later called the Pianola (1922).
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CCHK to Reprise “The Piano Trios of Robert Schumann”

The CCHK is pleased to reprise “The Piano Trios of Robert Schumann,” featuring Professor Xak Bjerken’s trio, the Taliesin Trio, which was previously given as part of our salon series at the A. D. White House. This special Mother’s Day event will take place on Sunday, May 8 at the Ithaca Waldorf School.

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The CCHK Salon Series Continues through Spring 2022

The CCHK is excited to continue our new Friday evening Salon series as we segue into the sunnier side of spring, with an interactive performance featuring the Center’s artist-in-residence, Mike Lee, on March 25, and Professor Xak Bjerken’s piano trio, Taliesin Trio, on April 1.

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Ryan McCullough and Lucy Fitz Gibbon

Ryan McCullough and Lucy Fitz Gibbon at the CCHK

We are delighted to welcome longtime friends of the CCHK, pianist Ryan McCullough and vocalist Lucy Fitz Gibbon, back to campus for the semester’s final salon event on Friday, December 2. In the meantime, listen to their new recording, “the labor of forgetting.”

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Rex Lawson at Midday Music for Organ

Join us on Wednesday, November 2 during the usual Midday Music for Organ timeslot (12:30–1:15pm) to enjoy a special presentation delivered by world-renowned pianolist and expert on the history of mechanical music, Rex Lawson.

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Robert Schumann

The Young Robert Schumann

Our previously scheduled salon, “Piano Players and Player Pianos: Mechanical Instruments, Human Performances,” has been postponed and replaced with a new salon, “The Young Robert Schumann,” led by the Ji Young Kim and the CCHK’s artist-scholar in residence Mike Lee. The event takes place on Friday, October 28 at 5PM.

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Bluthner for recording
Research Profile

A History of Decay: Developing a Sonic Archive for the Cornell Center for Historical Keyboards

Joshua biggs

DMA candidate Joshua Biggs discusses the creation of a digital library of samples drawn from the CCHK’s collection. 

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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.

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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.