Due to the current political environment in Venezuela, the Simón Bolívar String Quartet, originally slated to open our 2017-18 Concert Series on Saturday, September 9, has unfortunately been forced to postpone their North American tour. We are including a message from their management and from their 1st violinist below. 

While we greatly regret that the Simón Bolívar String Quartet will no longer be able to join us, we are delighted to share that the Catalyst Quartet is able to perform in their place. Hailed by The New York Times at their Carnegie Hall debut as “Invariably energetic and finely burnished… Playing with earthy vigor,” the Catalyst Quartet is comprised of top laureates and alumni of the internationally acclaimed Sphinx Competition. Known for “rhythmic energy, polyphonic clarity, and tight ensemble playing,” the quartet has toured domestically and abroad, including solo sold-out performances at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Chicago’s Harris Theater, Miami’s New World Center, and Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall.

As a result of this artist change, we have moved the concert venue from Bailey Hall to Barnes Hall. All other concert details remain the same (Saturday, September 9, 8:00pm), and you will not need new tickets. A full concert program is available on our website.

For any patrons that would like to request a refund, please call 607-255-5144.

Thank you very much for your understanding, and for supporting the Cornell Concert Series.




It is with profound regret that we announce the postponement of the Simón Bolívar String Quartet North American recital tour which was scheduled in September 2017.


Due to the current violent and impoverished situation in Venezuela, not least following last week’s election, it is almost impossible for the quartet to navigate around Caracas to make arrangements for the tour. Both the USA and Canada have withdrawn much of their diplomatic staff from the city, and there are now very few airlines operating in and out of the country. Given that the situation is expected to escalate before it is resolved the sad decision was taken to postpone this tour. 


Alejandro Carreño, 1st violin, made the following comment:


“This is a regrettable moment for us as Venezuelans, and a dark process of our history. Artistically this tour was very important for the quartet, and that is why we want to let the presenters and public know how sorry we are about this situation which is out of our control. We hope to reschedule these concert dates where possible, so that we can return soon to these important places. We are profoundly grateful for all the support we have received from our team and colleagues; their commitment and support is invaluable to us as artists. We very much hope to be able to perform internationally as a quartet again in the near future.”


The Cornell Concert Series sends our best wishes to the members of the Simón Bolívar String Quartet and all the people of Venezuala, and we hope for a quick, peaceful and democratic resolution to the country’s current situation.


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Sphinx Program Announced!

Libertango, Astor Piazzolla, arr. Thomas Kalb (1921-1992)

Primera Suite Argentina, Alberto Williams, (1862-1952)

Metro Chabacano, Javier Álvarez, (b. 1956)

Prélude Ibérique,  César Espejo, (1892-1988)

Bachianas Brasileiras no.5, Aria, Heitor Villa-Lobos, arr. Catalyst Quartet (1887-1959)

La muerte del Ángel,  Astor Piazzolla, arr. Catalyst Quartet, (1921-1992)


Last Round for Two String Quartets and Double Bass, Osvaldo Golijov, (b. 1960)

Concerto per corde, op. 33,  Alberto Ginastera, (1916-1983)


We’re back!  The Cornell Concert Series offices have reopened for the 2016-17 season.  Tickets and subscription packages are still available.  Subscribers should begin receiving their tickets within the next 2 weeks!


Cornell Concert Series offices will be closed from June 14 to August 14.  We will re-open Monday, August 15. Tickets will be available throughout the summer online at and subscriptions may still be mailed in. Inquiries and questions may be sent to email, which will be checked periodically.  Thank you!


Single Tickets for the 2016-17 Season are now on sale! Fee Free “Early Bird” tickets are still available, so get yours while you can! Subscriber seat renewals are reserved in the system, please mail in your order to Lincoln Hall.


Single tickets to the 2016-17 Season will be available for purchase online beginning Monday, May 23. Subscriptions will be on sale prior to that date, and brochures for the new season including the subscription order form will be mailing in the next few weeks!


Wu Man, pipa virtuoso and composer, will give a public talk on Monday, April 11 for the Cornell Contemporary China Initiative Lecture Series. This lecture is free and open to the public.

She will be performing with the Shanghai Quartet as part of the Cornell Concert Series on Sunday, April 10. Tickets are on sale now. Student discounts available.


The Ithaca Times incorrectly published the date of the Freiburg Baroque Concert at Bailey Hall. The CORRECT date and time for this performance is FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26 at 8:00 pm at Bailey Hall. 


We will have a wait line at the performance beginning at 7:15pm in case any tickets are returned for resale. Seating from the wait line is NOT guaranteed.


Just Announced! Joel Krosnick to play Solo Show 4/27!

Joel Krosnick, celebrating his 42nd and final season with the Juilliard String Quartet this year, brings a signature program of contemporary American masterworks for solo cello to Barnes Hall Auditorium in Spring 2016.  Tickets and info here.


REVIEW: Click HERE to read the full review of the 10/4 performance of Made in Chicago with Jack DeJohnette.


2 FREE Events 10/3 with members of “Made in Chicago”!

Sat, October 3 – 1:30 pm @ Lincoln Hall B20
Cornell Concert Series presents an intimate interview and Q&A with NEA Jazzmaster Jack DeJohnette ahead of his “Made in Chicago” performance at Bailey Hall on Sunday, October 4. FREE

Sat., October 3 – 3:00 pm @ Lincoln Hall B20
Cornell Concert Series presents a Master Class with jazz pianist Muhal Richard Abrams ahead of his performance with Jack DeJohnette and company titled “Made in Chicago” on Sunday, October 4FREE


Cornell Concert Series offices will be closed from June 11 to August 11.  We will re-open Wednesday, August 12. Tickets will be available throughout the summer online at and subscriptions may still be mailed in. Inquiries and questions may be sent to email, which will be checked periodically.  Thank you!


Single Tickets for the 15-16 Season will go on sale at 9am on Tuesday May 5th. (Subscriber seat renewals are reserved in the system, please mail in your order to Lincoln Hall.)


We are now accepting subscription orders for the 15-16 Season! If you would like a brochure, please send us an email. You may also download an order form HERE.  Subscriptions are filled on a first come first served basis. Single tickets will be available soon. Stay tuned!


Check out the review of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande at Bailey Hall on 2/19. Read More


Cornell Concert Series is pleased to announce a free 90 minute workshopwith Nrityagram Dance Ensemble members Surupa Sen and Bijayini Satpathy. For more details or to RSVP please click here.



Nrityagram lead dancers Surupa Sen and Bijayini Satpathy are featured in the January 6 edition of the New York Times for their recent performance in Chennai, India. READ HERE


As part of their 10/24 performance at Bailey Hall, So Percussion will be performing new, original compositions by Cornell DMA composers Corey Keating and Tonia Ko. These pieces were workshopped by the group during a visit in February 2014. Be sure to see the final pieces 10/24 @ 8pm! GET TICKETS.


Master Class with Dawn Upshaw, soprano
Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 at 4:30 PM
Barnes Hall, Cornell University
Blaise Bryski, piano

Master Class with Gilbert Kalish, piano
Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014 at 10 AM
Barnes Hall, Cornell University

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Through September 21st, Cornell Concert Series is offering FEE FREE Tickets! Purchase any tickets to the 14-15 CCS Season and you will pay no ticket fees. (Save $1.50 – $2 / ticket) CLICK HERE to place your order.


The CCS office will be receiving 2014-15 subscription orders through May and continuing on into summer, although with limited hours in June and July. Please use the Contact Form to submit an inquiry and your message will be returned when we check in periodically.