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Tower in Spring

February—Calling all sweethearts! The Cornell Chimes Cupids will be performing our Valentine's Day concert on February 14. Visitors are cordially invited to join us for love-themed music and (chocolate) kisses in a decorated tower. Take note the chimesmasters will be on winter break from February 17-20. Regular concerts will resume on Wednesday, February 21.


The Cornell Chimes are the university's oldest musical tradition, and one of the most frequently played set of bells on any American college campus. Housed in historic McGraw Tower, the 21-bells are played primarily by student chimesmasters.

All concerts are open to the public—you simply have to climb the tower's 161 steps. The door to the tower opens five to ten minutes before a scheduled concert and closes before concert's end. Your stair-climbing efforts will be rewarded with a spectacular view of Cornell and the surrounding community, and a musical performance like you've never seen before.

The Cornell Chimesmasters perform a regular program of three concerts daily while classes are in session and a modified schedule during exams and breaks. Please check the concert schedule for complete concert and special event information.

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Contact Information

Cornell Chimes
2333 South Balch Hall
Ithaca, New York 14853
(607) 255-5350

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