History

The Cornell Concert Series has been hosting musicians and ensembles of international stature since 1903. Originally featuring Western classical artists, the series presented Ravi Shankar in 1987 and has since grown to encompass a broader spectrum of the world’s great art musics. Fritz Kreisler and Sergei Rachmaninov once braved getting to Ithaca (in 1919 and 1921) and more recently, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Alfred Brendel, Zakir Hussain, and the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg have made the trek. The roads may be smoother today, but the challenge and thrill of live art continue.