Things to Do, Sept. 27-Oct. 4, 2019

Biennial approaches

The Cornell Council for the Arts introduces the theme of the 2020 Cornell Biennial, “Swarm,” Monday, Sept. 30, at 5 p.m. at A.D. White House. Free and open to the public, the event is co-sponsored by the Society for the Humanities.

Panelists from across the university will discuss a range of artistic and conceptual approaches to the theme, to generate ideas and designs for the arts council’s universitywide competition for Biennial artworks.

The student and the master

Acclaimed pianists Daniil Trifonov and Sergei Babayan will perform on Monday, Sept. 30, at 8 p.m. in Bailey Hall as part of the Cornell Concert Series. Tickets are $29 to $39 general admission, $19 for students, at

Daniil Trifonov


Pianist Daniil Trifonov joins his teacher, Sergei Babayan, Sept. 30 in Bailey Hall for the Cornell Concert Series.

The program includes “12 Movements from Romeo and Juliet” by Prokofiev, Schumann’s “Andante and Variations,” Rachmaninoff’s “Symphonic Dances” and Ravel’s “Rapsodie Espagnole.”

Babayan is an internationally acclaimed pianist and frequent soloist with leading orchestras. He performed at the BBC Proms with Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra in 2015.

Trifonov, Babayan’s former student, is artist-in-residence with the New York Philharmonic and, like his teacher, has won several international competitions including the Tchaikovsky and Arthur Rubinstein contests in 2011. Gramophone’s Artist of the Year in 2016, Trifonov won a Grammy in 2017 for his recording of Liszt etudes.


Fall RED Day (Recognizing Employees Day) is Tuesday, Oct. 1, with cookies and fresh fruit provided from noon to 1:30 p.m. or while they last.

The Employee Recognition Team will host tables in the Groos Family Atrium in Klarman Hall; Mann Library lobby; Duffield Hall atrium; East Hill Office Building atrium and the College of Veterinary Medicine.

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