Free summer events begin June 22

Savoyards Ithaca will open Cornell University's summer events

Free summer events will be offered at Cornell beginning June 27 and downtown at the Bernie Milton Pavilion, Ithaca Commons, beginning June 22

Cornell summer events

Cornell’s free summer events series, which runs from June 27 to August 4, is sponsored by the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions and includes Tuesday performances at the Schwartz Center, Wednesday lectures at Call Auditorium in Kennedy Hall, and Friday concerts on the Arts Quad.

Cornell performances

Cornell performances are at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, 430 College Ave. Tickets are necessary but free – limit four per person – and will be available in the theater lobby starting at 6 p.m. on performance days.

Savoyards Ithaca will open Cornell University's summer events series with performances of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Sorcerer” June 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Falling Waters Sampler, July 18 at 7:30 p.m., features Ithaca fiddlers Judy Hyman, Tim Ball, and Rick Manning, who teach and perform annually at the Falling Waters Music Camp in Ithaca.

Galumpha, July 25 at 7:30 p.m., combines acrobatics, visual effects, physical comedy and choreography, bringing to life a world of imagination, beauty, muscle and merriment.

Stanley Chepaitis, Aug. 1 at 7:30 p.m., presents The Jazz-Baroque Project. Chair of the string faculty at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Chepaitis is fascinated by the similarities between Baroque music and jazz. He will perform with pianist Howard Spindler from the Eastman School of Music.

Cornell concerts

Cornell concerts are on the Arts Quad (in case of rain, concerts will take place in the Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium in Klarman Hall):

Stone Cold Miracle will offer the first Cornell summer concert, June 30 at 7 p.m., playing original soul music with deep grooves, funky beats, and gospel-inspired vocals.

Diana Leigh and the Savoy Stompers, July 14 at 7 p.m., will feature dynamic vocalist Diana Leigh in one of Ithaca’s hottest new dance bands.

The Pelotones will play in a wide range of styles, from swing, jazz, and R&B to rock-and-roll and country, July 21 at 7 p.m..

Not From Wisconsin will play July 28 at 7 p.m., led by singer-guitarist Dave Yantorno, and offering pop music with a serious edge.

Annie and the Hedonists will play Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. Annie Rosen leads this eclectic Albany-based band with covers of favorite jazz, blues, folk, and bluegrass standards.

Cornell lectures

Cornell lectures are at Call Auditorium, Kennedy Hall.

Diane Ackerman will speak on "Everyday Heroism and The Zookeeper's Wife," July 12 at 7 p.m. The Zookeeper's Wife is a true story of Jan and Antonina Zabinski, Christian zookeepers disgusted by Nazi racism who decided to capitalize on the Nazis' obsession with prehistoric animals in order to save scores of doomed people.

Jonathan Lunine will speak on "The Big Bang Theory and the Priest Who Fathered It,” July 19 at 7 p.m.  Looking at the life of Georges Lemaitre, a Belgian mathematician, physicist and Catholic priest, Lunine, director of the Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science, will discuss: who gets credit for what in scientific discoveries, and can a scientist be religious?

Robert Morgan, Kappa Alpha Professor of English, will talk about his novel “Chasing the North Star,” which was inspired by the true story of a runaway slave who was taken in by his family, July 26 at 7 p.m.

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CFCU Summer Concert Series 

The CFCU Summer Concert Series kicks off June 22 at 6 p.m. at the Bernie Milton Pavilion with Julia Felice and The Whiskey Crisis (Soul/Rock). Except where noted, all concerts are held at this pavilion. The series also includes:

  • June 29: El Rumbon (Afro-Latin)
  • July 6: Cosmic Joke Collective - "We've Got You Covered" live music edition (local)
  • July 8: U.S. Army Field Band, 4-6 p.m. in Dewitt Park
  • July 13: Empire Kings Ft. Ave Mack & Friends (Hip-Hop)
  • July 19: Ithaca Underground: Saint Mela (Hybrid Indie-Pop)
  • July 27: Kings of The Fall (R&B/Soul)
  • August 3: Kurt Riley (21st Century Rock&Roll) and Fall Creek Brass Band (Brass Funk)
  • August 10: Tenzin Chopak
  • August 17: The Blind Spots (Moxy Rock)
  • August 24: Crucial Reggae Social Club (Reggae – local)
  • August 31: The Gunpoets (Hip-Hop)
  • September 7: Downtown Ithaca Battle of The Bands (More information to come)

The CFCU Community Credit Union (CFCU) is title sponsor. The series is also supported by Seneca Beverage Company, Cayuga Radio Group, Ithaca Marriott Downtown on the Commons, Green Street Pharmacy, Wagner Vineyards, and Cornell University Community Relations. For more information, visit