Free summer events
Exciting performances, thought-provoking lectures
The School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions invites you to continue your education in one of the most enjoyable ways possible—by attending our free summer events series! We offer concerts and lectures at no charge to encourage you to take a chance and experience something new or listen to music you may never have heard, all while visiting our gorgeous campus.
See the Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday pages for a list of past events.
Friday, June 29, 2018, 7:00 pm
The Sim Redmond Band has been making its Afro-Caribbean, roots-rock world music at home in Ithaca, as well as across the globe, for more than a decade. Sim plays guitar and supplies vocals, together with Jen Middaugh, and keyboard player Nate Richardson. Supporting them are Jordan Aceto on guitar, Dan Merwin on bass, and Asa Redmond on percussion.
Friday, July 6, 2018, 7:00 pm
Sixties cover band Radio London plays great tunes from the golden age of Top 40 radio. Featuring a tight rhythm section, sizzling instrumental solos, and shimmering harmonies, the band draws from a set list of classic British Invasion tunes, surf instrumentals, American cult classics and other sonic surprises.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 7:30 pm
Eloise & Co. features two of the country’s most sought-after contra musicians, fiddler Becky Tracy and accordionist Rachel Bell. Their depth and versatility are evident not only in their dynamic playing but also in their rich repertoire, which ranges from exciting original compositions to traditional tunes. Supporting them on guitar is Andrew VanNorstrand.
Friday, July 13, 2018, 7:00 pm
MAQ comprises some of the area's best seasoned jazz and Brazilian-music musicians. Its members have toured throughout the United States and Europe, in venues from concert halls to clubs, performing everything from classic and modern jazz to Brazilian bossa and folk music.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018, 7:30 pm
Celtic trio Arise & Go brings stunning musical precision and energy to every show. Members Ellie Goud, Michael Roddy, and Tim Ball each use a diverse range of Celtic sounds to perform traditional melodies, instrumentals, and fresh new arrangements on favorite contra compositions.
Friday, July 20, 2018, 7:00 pm
El Rumbon delivers dance-music in the styles of salsa, mambo, plena, merenge, cumbia and cha-cha from artists such as Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Manny Oquendo, Johnny Pacheco, and more. The band features a full rhythm section of congas, timbales, bongos, piano, and bass to hold down the classic Afro-Latin beat.
Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 7:30 pm
Celebrated trumpeter, composer, and educator Paul Merrill delivers dazzling jazz performances. Merrill has performed and collaborated with Grammy-nominated ensembles and big bands around the country, and is the Gussman Director of Jazz Ensembles at Cornell University.
Friday, July 27, 2018, 7:00 pm
Laila Belle serves up an energetic set of country rock originals. The soulful vocals of local artist Amy Puryear are complemented by electric and steel guitar grooves and funky percussion provided by the rest of the band.
Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 7:30 pm
Theatre Street Productions has been featured nationally and internationally at the world-renowned Newport Music Festival and International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival. Acclaimed artists Andrea Gregori (soprano), Ivy Walz (mezzo-soprano), and Margaret Reitz (pianist), will present a concert of favorites from oratorio, opera, operetta, and musical theater, with a special tribute to Leonard Bernstein.
Friday, August 3, 2018, 7:00 pm
NEO Project is a seven-piece, high-energy dance band rooted in funky R&B grooves, Afro Cuban/Caribbean rhythms, and jazzy, bluesy rock. Its repertoire is made for dancing, with arrangements of established hits and original party grooves.
"Fun, fascinating, and free—It's a trifecta!" —David Gersh
"I love summer in Ithaca because of the series. Keep it up, SCE!"
"It's a wonderful community resource—a great variety of events, and you can't beat the price."