107 West State Street
Ithaca, NY 14850

p: (607) 277-8283


From the NEW YORK CITY Area

Follow Route 17 (soon to be I-86) west to Binghamton and take I-81 north to exit 8 at Whitney Point. Follow Route 79 west into Ithaca. As you get into the Ithaca, take a Left onto Cayuga Street. The Theatre will be on your right hand side on State Street.


Follow the New York State Thruway (I-90) west to I-88 (exit 25A). Take I-88 west to Bainbridge (exit 8) and then Route 206 to Whitney Point. Pick up Route 79 west to Ithaca. As you get into the Ithaca, take a Left onto Cayuga Street. The Theatre will be on your right hand side on State Street.


Follow the New York State Thruway (I-90) east to exit 41 at Waterloo. (Do not follow the signs that direct you to Ithaca via Geneva.) Turn right after the toll booth (onto Route 414 south), then left at the red light (onto Route 318 east). Follow Route 318 east several miles. At the T-intersection turn left, then a quick right onto Route 89 to Ithaca. From route 89 take a left onto State Street/MLK JR. The theatre will be on your right hand side.


Take I-81 north to Whitney Point (exit 8). Pick up Route 79 west to Ithaca. As you get into the Ithaca, take a Left onto Cayuga Street. The Theatre will be on your right hand side on State Street. Important Notice: Major road construction is planned for Route 17 and I-81 through the City of Binghamton during 2013. This construction will include permanent lane closures and speed reductions between exit 72 on Route 17 and between exits 3 and 5 on I-81. The New York State Department of Transportation suggests finding alternate routes. Up-to-date information is available by calling 511 or visiting


Follow Route 17 (soon to be I-86) east to exit 54 and take Route 13 north into Ithaca. Turn right onto State Street/MLK JR. The Theatre will be on your right and side.


Follow I-81 south to Cortland (exit 12). Take Route 281 south to Route 13 south to Ithaca. Take a left onto State Street/MLK JR. The theatre will be on your right hand side.



Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding

@[142203899129782:274:CFCU Community Credit Union] and Gateway Commons Community Series Presents: @[279919320526:274:Esperanza Spalding] presents: Emily's D+Evolution at the @[11128345140:274:State Theatre of Ithaca] on 10/16 7:30PM Doors 8:00PM Show Esperanza Spalding “Ms. Spalding is still enamored of Wayne Shorter’ s harmonic depth and Stevie Wonder’ s melodic lift, but her frame of reference has broadened in salutary ways: ‘ Funk Your Fear’ ha(s) the serpentine gnarl of a Funkadelic anthem, and ‘ Noble Nobles’ brazenly evoke(s) Hejira-era Joni Mitchell.”--NY Times “...a fresh artistic vision for the four-time Grammy winner, a daring tapestry of music, vibrant imagery, performance art and stage design.”--Ebony “Emily’s D+Evolution is more than a recording project, it’ s an awakening of her inner child. It’ s an audio portrait stretching Spalding beyond music and into storytelling through acting, staging, and movement.”--Amy Poehler’ s Smart Girls Seven collaborative and five solo albums into her career at 31, Esperanza Spalding has always resolutely, intuitively, deftly expanded upon both her art and herself as a world-renowned genre-bending composer, bassist and vocalist. Spalding’ s work, grounded in jazz traditions but never bound by them, has won her four Grammy awards and brought her onstage at the Oscars, the Nobel Prize Ceremony, the White House, and with Prince and Herbie Hancock. Not only does she know who she is, we know who she is. Or, rather, we think we do. The elastic self and work of a true artist is always changing; ideas are channeled, shape-shifting becomes necessary. Emily’s D+Evolution (pronounced “d plus evolution”) is where we meet Emily--both Esperanza’ s middle name and the label for the spirit-muse that flows through this multi-dimensional, theatrical performance artwork wrapped in a brilliantly urgent, vivacious record. With 6 tracks co-produced by Tony Visconti (David Bowie) and drawing, at times, from wellsprings as disparate as Cream to Shostakovich to St. Vincent, Emily’s D+Evolution is a kaleidoscopic project; raw, honest, luminous. "Whether you want to see it as devolution and evolution, and the place where they co-exist without one diminishing the other, or...barely having the tools that you need, but having to move forward, and having to keep moving," Spalding explained to NPR in a recent interview, the album conceptually addresses the always exciting, sometimes messy process of reconciling the aspects of our selves that are in conflict. Exploding with literal and proverbial electricity, this album’ s complex but immediate compositions were committed to tape partially live, and partially in front of a control room packed full of 20 or more onlookers. The trio of Spalding (fretless electric bass and vocals), Matthew Stevens (electric guitar) and Justin Tyson and Karriem Riggins (splitting drum duties) often decided to use the first take--a testament to the project’ s particular energy and Spalding’ s virtuosity. Many of the compositions on Emily’s D+Evolutionwere, after all, incubated onstage during the rigorous live performance schedule that preceded it. Armed with the entity of Emily flowing through her, Spalding’ s visionary performance of the album is an experience to behold and an integral part of the project itself. Here, Spalding is, for the first time, incorporating stage design, movement and acting into her already vivid musical storytelling practice. She’ s working with stage director and playwright Will Wiegler to manifest her concepts physically now that they’ ve come to life aurally. Each track on the album, from the soaring ode to uninhibited self-expression “Good Lava” to the affecting, shimmery funk ballad “Unconditional Love”, Emily’s D+Evolution is rich, surprising and labyrinthian, yet classic and timeless, as if these songs have always existed out there in the ether. Turns out that Spalding just had to tune in to Emily to bring them here to Earth.

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State Theatre of Ithaca Inc. is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that owns and operates Tompkins County’s last remaining historic theatre. Our mission is to enhance the cultural life of Ithaca and the Finger Lakes by preserving, operating and promoting the historic State Theatre as an active venue for national, international and community performances and programming.

107 West State Street
(607) 277-8283
Ithaca, NY 14850

Summer Box Office Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10am - 5pm, Closed Mondays!