Ithaca College’s Annual Founder’s Day Concert to Celebrate Community

By Kalia Kornegay, September 8, 2016

Annual Founder’s Day Concert to Celebrate Community

Update: Due to inclement weather forecast for Sunday, Sept. 18, the Founder's Day Concert will take place in Ford Hall.

The Ithaca College Wind Ensemble, conducted by Christopher Hughes, will continue the annual Friends of Ithaca College September tradition of the Founder’s Day Concert in the Park with a free, open-air performance on Sunday, Sept. 18. The concert will begin at 2 p.m. in DeWitt Park in downtown Ithaca, with a rain location at Ford Hall in the James J. Whalen Center for Music.

Entitled “Banding Together,” the program will feature “Molly on the Shore,” “Colonel Bogey March,” and “America the Beautiful,” among other stirring works.

This will be Hughes’ first Founder’s Day Concert. Hughes was appointed the college’s new director of bands in April 2016. Prior to joining Ithaca College, he served as director of instrumental studies and associate professor of music at New Mexico State University.

The concert brings music back to the original Ithaca College downtown “campus quad” and celebrates the college’s partnership with the community, which began in 1892. The first Founder’s Day Concert in the Park took place in 1992 to mark the centennial of the founding of the Ithaca Conservatory of Music.

The college offers special thanks to Beverly Baker ’54 and Baker Travel for 22 years of sponsorship, and special thanks also to the Boardman House.

For more information, contact Dan Verderosa, communications and media relations specialist, at or (607) 274-1440.