Ithaca attracts major performers, such as YoYo Ma and Snoop Dogg, along with homegrown entertainment, like the Volvo Ballet (cars in tutus!) and Circus Eccentrithica. Cornell University, Ithaca College, and the Downtown Partnership host many free and low-cost events throughout the year. The following list is a sampling of the many performing arts organizations in Ithaca.
Cornell Concert Commission
Take a look at who has performed on-campus: everyone from Aretha Franklin to Adam Sandler. During the semester, check out who will be coming to Cornell this year.
Cornell University Department of Performing and Media Arts
430 College Avenue
At the Department of Performing and Media Arts in the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts you can see student dance ensembles or a Thornton Wilder play, and it’s just feet away from the Law School in Collegetown!
Hangar Theatre (on Taughannock Boulevard)
Summer performances only at this famous local theater.
Kitchen Theatre Company
413 West State Street
Year-round professional theatre company.
Ithaca College Department of Theatre Arts
201 Dillingham Center Ithaca College
Ithaca College first started as a music school and is still very strong with the performing arts. Many of the faculty recitals are excellent, and Ford Hall hosts many free and low-cost concerts throughout the year.
Cayuga Chamber Orchestra
116 North Cayuga Street
Cayuga Vocal Ensemble