Amir ElSaffar

Composer, trumpeter, santur player, and vocalist Amir ElSaffar is uniquely poised to reconcile jazz and Arabic music.

Wednesday, September 15

Stefon Harris

Stefon Harris plays mallet percussion with astonishing virtuosity that has propelled him to the forefront of the jazz scene. 

Wednesday, October 13

Yungchen Lhamo

Yungchen Lhamo’s name, which translates to “Goddess of Melody and Song,” was given to her by a holy man at birth. “Once you’ve heard her, the power that her voice and melodies have to still an agitated mind becomes obvious.” (New York Daily News)

Wednesday, November 17

Cremona Quartet

Winner of the 2019 Franco Buitoni Award, the Cremona Quartet is noted for its lustrous sound, refined musicianship, and stylistic versatility. 

Friday, February 4 | 8:00pm | Bailey Hall 

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

The multiple GRAMMY Award-winning Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir brings their choral tradition to theaters around the world. The choir’s repertoire extends from Gregorian chant and the baroque to music of the 21st century, with a special focus on the work of Estonian composers.

Sunday, March 6 | 3:00pm | Bailey Hall


Lúnasa, one of the most influential bands in the history of Irish traditional music, gets Ithaca into the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, 2022!

Friday, March 18 | 8:00pm | Bailey Hall

The Percussion Collective

The Percussion Collective transcends the medium of percussion through uncommon performance experiences that surprise and engage audiences at a profound emotional level.

Friday, April 22 | 8:00pm | Bailey Hall 

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

Since its founding by George Eastman in 1922, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra has been dedicated to artistic excellence and deeply committed to education and community engagement. 

Sunday, May 8 | 3:00pm | Bailey Hall

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Wednesday, September 15, 7:00 pm: Amir ElSaffar *Online only*

Wednesday, October 13, 7:00 pm: Stefon Harris and Blackout *Online only*

Wednesday, November 17, 7:00 pm: Yungchen Lhamo *Online only*


Friday, February 4, 8:00 pm: Cremona Quartet TICKETS

Sunday, March 6, 3:00pm: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir TICKETS

Friday, March 18, 8:00pm: Lúnasa TICKETS

Friday, April 22, 8:00pm: The Percussion Collective TICKETS

Sunday, May 8, 3:00pm: Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra TICKETS

Welcome to the 2021–22 season of the Cornell Concert Series!

As the world carefully re-emerges from the COVID-19 crisis, we look forward to safely returning the world’s greatest musical traditions to Cornell University and the greater Ithaca community. 

Working within University guidance, and state and federal regulations, we have a full, diverse program ready to present! Fall 2021 will continue in a virtual format: Iraqi-American composer and musician Amir ElSaffar opens the season, highlighting a fusion of jazz and Middle Eastern music through his Two Rivers Ensemble. Stefon Harris, vibraphone great and Director of Jazz Arts at the Manhattan School of Music, performs next with his GRAMMY-nominated group, Blackout. Finally, Tibetian artist and activist Yungchen Lhamo graces us with her powerful, enchanting vocals that extend a simple message: every human being is beautiful.

In the spring, we return to Bailey Hall with five incredible performances. The season opens with the celebrated Cremona Quartet, direct from Italy’s historical heart of violin lutherie. Next, the world-renowned Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir brings their lush singing tradition in a program of Estonian and American choral classics. Then, the Irish supergroup Lúnasa will bring down the house just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. In April, the unparalleled execution of The Percussion Collective will reinvent the concert experience through a multimedia performance featuring marimbas, vibraphones, and an assortment of drums and other struck instruments. Wrapping up the season on Mother’s Day, we are delighted to welcome the full Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra for a matinee performance.

We have all worked together to come through this darker time. We extend immense gratitude to those of you who helped shine the light of hope by generously supporting our programming throughout the pandemic. Your gifts help make the music possible – thank you. 

We look forward to sharing this wonderful season with you. 

Cornell Concert Series

101 Lincoln Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853

Public Relations & Production Coordinator:

(607) 255 5144

Concert Manager:

(607) 255 4363