Krannert Center

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

    • 7:30 pm

    This group from the University of Illinois specializes in tunes from the Big Band era.

    • 7:30 pm

    The outstanding musicians in the University of Illinois Wind Orchestra excel at a wide range of musical styles and are committed to expanding band music's reaches as they undertake works for large or small groups, traditional pieces, and new compositions.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

    • 7:30 pm

    Students in these small jazz combos have the opportunity to hone their technique and work on tight arrangements. World-renowned faculty musicians lead them through classic charts by influential writers such as Duke Ellington and Count Basie plus current compositions.

    • 7:30 pm

    The premier orchestra at the University of Illinois will perform a variety of pieces conducted by Donald Schleicher.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

    • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Looking for a casual place to study on Reading Day from 10am-4pm? Krannert Center has got your back: plenty of seating with charging stations, delicious food and beverages available for purchase from Intermezzo cafe, and more.

Friday, December 14, 2018

    • 10:00 am

    Experience the fellowship of communal dance with instructors Laura Chiaramonte and Kate Insolia of Dance at Illinois. If you or a loved one is living with Parkinson’s, join us to explore gentle movement in a safe, welcoming environment.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana

    Born in Mexico and raised in New York City, Grammy Award-winner Arturo O'Farrill is Director of Jazz Studies at CUNY’s Brooklyn College and founder of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, an organization dedicated to preserving the music and heritage of Afro Latin jazz and supporting its performance for new audiences.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Saturday, January 26, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana

    Tony Award-winning tap dancer Savion Glover is lauded as “the greatest tap virtuoso of our time, perhaps of all time.” Marcus Gilmore earned acclaim for his influential work as a third of the highly awarded Vijay Iyer Trio. Together, this duo connects the past and present of tap and jazz to create an evening of percussive fireworks.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

    • 3:00 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana

    Praised for playing with “supreme melodic control and total authority” and “decided dramatic impact,” the Argus Quartet has quickly emerged as one of today’s most dynamic and versatile young ensembles. Its core mission is to connect with and build up a community of engaged listeners.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Thursday, January 31, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

    The Stonewall Riots, started during a police raid on the Stonewall Inn in New York City in June 1969, are mythologized as the beginning of the contemporary gay rights movement. Playwright Ike Holter reimagines that night, bringing desire and frustration to sweaty, messy, sexy life.

    • 7:30 pm

    Described as having an “infinitely flexible sound, with many subtle colors,” Jonathan Keeble is among the leading performer/pedagogues of his generation. He is known for his rich tone, effervescent personality, and nuanced musicality.

Friday, February 1, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

    The Stonewall Riots, started during a police raid on the Stonewall Inn in New York City in June 1969, are mythologized as the beginning of the contemporary gay rights movement. Playwright Ike Holter reimagines that night, bringing desire and frustration to sweaty, messy, sexy life.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

    The Stonewall Riots, started during a police raid on the Stonewall Inn in New York City in June 1969, are mythologized as the beginning of the contemporary gay rights movement. Playwright Ike Holter reimagines that night, bringing desire and frustration to sweaty, messy, sexy life.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana

    An artist in the highest echelon of international performers, Grammy Award-winner Susan Graham’s operatic roles span four centuries. Her Krannert Center program centers around Robert Schumann’s song cycle Frauenliebe und -leben (A Woman’s Love and Life), which depicts the joys and sorrows of love, marriage, and death.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

    The Stonewall Riots, started during a police raid on the Stonewall Inn in New York City in June 1969, are mythologized as the beginning of the contemporary gay rights movement. Playwright Ike Holter reimagines that night, bringing desire and frustration to sweaty, messy, sexy life.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

    Continuing Dance at Illinois’ 50th-anniversary celebration, Professors C. Kemal Nance, Cynthia Oliver, Endalyn Taylor, and John Toenjes will create works with and for alumni and current students.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

    The Stonewall Riots, started during a police raid on the Stonewall Inn in New York City in June 1969, are mythologized as the beginning of the contemporary gay rights movement. Playwright Ike Holter reimagines that night, bringing desire and frustration to sweaty, messy, sexy life.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana

    The pairing of music and movement inspired this program by the quartet-in-residence at the University of Illinois. R. Murray Schafer’s String Quartet No. 6, “Parting the Wild Horse’s Mane” builds upon the series of 108 movements of the Chinese martial art Tai Ji.

Friday, February 8, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

    Continuing Dance at Illinois’ 50th-anniversary celebration, Professors C. Kemal Nance, Cynthia Oliver, Endalyn Taylor, and John Toenjes will create works with and for alumni and current students.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

    The Stonewall Riots, started during a police raid on the Stonewall Inn in New York City in June 1969, are mythologized as the beginning of the contemporary gay rights movement. Playwright Ike Holter reimagines that night, bringing desire and frustration to sweaty, messy, sexy life.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

    Continuing Dance at Illinois’ 50th-anniversary celebration, Professors C. Kemal Nance, Cynthia Oliver, Endalyn Taylor, and John Toenjes will create works with and for alumni and current students.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

    The Stonewall Riots, started during a police raid on the Stonewall Inn in New York City in June 1969, are mythologized as the beginning of the contemporary gay rights movement. Playwright Ike Holter reimagines that night, bringing desire and frustration to sweaty, messy, sexy life.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

    • 3:00 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

    The Stonewall Riots, started during a police raid on the Stonewall Inn in New York City in June 1969, are mythologized as the beginning of the contemporary gay rights movement. Playwright Ike Holter reimagines that night, bringing desire and frustration to sweaty, messy, sexy life.

    • 3:00 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana

    Praised for her engaging stage presence and performances that are technically and musically brilliant, Hanzhi Wang is the first accordionist to join the roster of Young Concert Artists in its 57-year history of discovering extraordinary musicians.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

    • 6:30 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana

    London’s Tall Stories is a charming theatrical company that uses puppetry and its unique style of physical storytelling to make warmhearted and witty productions for audiences of all ages. In Emily Brown, we are treated to a tender musical depiction of nighttime rituals and childhood imagination.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

    • 10:00 am
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana

    Playful lyrics, joyful grooves, and the lively influences of Caribbean and New Orleans culture come together in the toe-tapping music of celebrated songwriter, band leader, and music educator Jazzy Ash. Krannert Center has made it a tradition to present a free family concert each February to welcome our younger patrons.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana

    A performance of Steve Reich’s composition Music for 18 Musicians is an event, a monumental, pulsating, mesmerizing musical event. The hour-long work is widely recognized as one of the most influential pieces of the 20th century, and every hearing—and seeing—of it offers a new perspective to the listener.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Thursday, February 21, 2019

    • 7:30 pm

    Join us for this University of Illinois School of Music faculty recital.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

    In Benjamin Britten’s 1946 chamber opera set in ancient Rome, a woman is a pawn in a power struggle between men and pays the ultimate price. Department of Theatre Head Kirsten Pullen and Lyric Theatre Co-Director Julie Gunn lead a female production team to explore how sexual violence resonates across the centuries.

Friday, February 22, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

    In Benjamin Britten’s 1946 chamber opera set in ancient Rome, a woman is a pawn in a power struggle between men and pays the ultimate price. Department of Theatre Head Kirsten Pullen and Lyric Theatre Co-Director Julie Gunn lead a female production team to explore how sexual violence resonates across the centuries.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

    In Benjamin Britten’s 1946 chamber opera set in ancient Rome, a woman is a pawn in a power struggle between men and pays the ultimate price. Department of Theatre Head Kirsten Pullen and Lyric Theatre Co-Director Julie Gunn lead a female production team to explore how sexual violence resonates across the centuries.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

    • 3:00 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

    In Benjamin Britten’s 1946 chamber opera set in ancient Rome, a woman is a pawn in a power struggle between men and pays the ultimate price. Department of Theatre Head Kirsten Pullen and Lyric Theatre Co-Director Julie Gunn lead a female production team to explore how sexual violence resonates across the centuries.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana

    In its newest project, Kronos Quartet teams with Oscar-nominated filmmakers Sam Green and Joe Bini for a multimedia performance piece. Transcending the typical live music and film event, this collaboration quickly becomes a meditation on music itself—the act of listening to it closely, the experience of feeling it deeply, and the power that it has to change the world.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Friday, March 1, 2019

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Thursday, March 7, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

    Based on Mark Haddon’s prizewinning 2003 novel, the play presents a young man’s search for answers—to his favorite math problems, about what it means to be different, to the question of who murdered the neighbor’s dog.

Friday, March 8, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana

    For nearly two decades, Krannert Center has welcomed this illustrious company to its Midwest home for a week of high-impact engagement work and stunning performances of its heralded repertoire. This season, Mark Morris pays tribute to the iconic 1967 Beatles album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

    Based on Mark Haddon’s prizewinning 2003 novel, the play presents a young man’s search for answers—to his favorite math problems, about what it means to be different, to the question of who murdered the neighbor’s dog.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana

    For nearly two decades, Krannert Center has welcomed this illustrious company to its Midwest home for a week of high-impact engagement work and stunning performances of its heralded repertoire. This season, Mark Morris pays tribute to the iconic 1967 Beatles album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

    Based on Mark Haddon’s prizewinning 2003 novel, the play presents a young man’s search for answers—to his favorite math problems, about what it means to be different, to the question of who murdered the neighbor’s dog.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Thursday, March 14, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana

    MacArthur Fellow and Bessie Award-winner Michelle Dorrance is one of the most sought-after tap dancers of her generation and “one of the most imaginative tap choreographers working today” (The New Yorker). Under her direction, Dorrance Dance upholds uniquely American tap traditions while propelling them forward rhythmically, technically, and conceptually.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana

    The musical partnership of Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony is widely considered one of the most inspiring and successful in the world. The Symphony’s Krannert Center program is emblematic of its artistic identity, blending core classical repertoire with the work of a contemporary American composer—in this case, Tilson Thomas himself.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

    What would Queen Elizabeth, Mary Stuart, Shakespeare’s Hermione, Medea, and other queens of stage and screen say and do if they were all together at a day spa? Illinois Theatre is thrilled to premiere this devised play, created with Tectonic Theater Company master teachers Barbara Pitts McAdams and playwright Mina Samuels and further developed with our students.

Friday, March 29, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

    What would Queen Elizabeth, Mary Stuart, Shakespeare’s Hermione, Medea, and other queens of stage and screen say and do if they were all together at a day spa? Illinois Theatre is thrilled to premiere this devised play, created with Tectonic Theater Company master teachers Barbara Pitts McAdams and playwright Mina Samuels and further developed with our students.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana

    In 2002, seven circus artists came together to found The 7 Fingers (Les 7 doigts) collective. At once unified and multifaceted, this Montreal troupe calls upon more than a collective century of performance experience to expand the horizons of movement and visual spectacle through imaginative, immersive, and athletic productions.

    • 9:30 pm

    Steven Sogo is a singer from the central African country of Burundi who sings about life, love, and peace in a style that mixes traditional Burundian music with jazz, blues, and pop.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

    What would Queen Elizabeth, Mary Stuart, Shakespeare’s Hermione, Medea, and other queens of stage and screen say and do if they were all together at a day spa? Illinois Theatre is thrilled to premiere this devised play, created with Tectonic Theater Company master teachers Barbara Pitts McAdams and playwright Mina Samuels and further developed with our students.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana

    In 2002, seven circus artists came together to found The 7 Fingers (Les 7 doigts) collective. At once unified and multifaceted, this Montreal troupe calls upon more than a collective century of performance experience to expand the horizons of movement and visual spectacle through imaginative, immersive, and athletic productions.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana

    Just as the finishing touches were being put on Krannert Center, another UI institution was being born—The Other Guys men’s a cappella group. For five decades now, they’ve charmed audiences with plenty of good humor (including a rather famous ode to the university’s Morrow Plots), catchy arrangements, nearly 20 recordings, and more—all in those iconic Illini sweaters.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana

    Goldberg Variations—ternary patterns for insomnia is a collaboration between the Stockholm-based contemporary dance company and Glasgow-based string orchestra, featuring 11 musicians and five dancers choreographed together as one to create a playful, engaging, and contemporary take on Bach’s “Rubik’s Cube of invention and architecture” (npr.org).

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

    What would Mary Stuart, Shakespeare’s Hermione, Medea, Queen Christina of Sweden, and other queens of stage and screen say and do if they were all together at a day spa? What would they change? Illinois Theatre is thrilled to premiere this devised piece; join us for a fast, funny, wicked take on femininity, power, and pleasure.

    • 7:30 pm

    Join us for this University of Illinois School of Music faculty recital.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

    What would Queen Elizabeth, Mary Stuart, Shakespeare’s Hermione, Medea, and other queens of stage and screen say and do if they were all together at a day spa? Illinois Theatre is thrilled to premiere this devised play, created with Tectonic Theater Company master teachers Barbara Pitts McAdams and playwright Mina Samuels and further developed with our students.

Friday, April 5, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

    What would Queen Elizabeth, Mary Stuart, Shakespeare’s Hermione, Medea, and other queens of stage and screen say and do if they were all together at a day spa? Illinois Theatre is thrilled to premiere this devised play, created with Tectonic Theater Company master teachers Barbara Pitts McAdams and playwright Mina Samuels and further developed with our students.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

    What would Queen Elizabeth, Mary Stuart, Shakespeare’s Hermione, Medea, and other queens of stage and screen say and do if they were all together at a day spa? Illinois Theatre is thrilled to premiere this devised play, created with Tectonic Theater Company master teachers Barbara Pitts McAdams and playwright Mina Samuels and further developed with our students.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

    • 3:00 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

    What would Mary Stuart, Shakespeare’s Hermione, Medea, Queen Christina of Sweden, and other queens of stage and screen say and do if they were all together at a day spa? What would they change? Illinois Theatre is thrilled to premiere this devised piece; join us for a fast, funny, wicked take on femininity, power, and pleasure.

    • 3:00 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana

    With their “unbeatable blend of virtuosity, spontaneity, and humor,” Canadian Brass possesses a uniquely engaging stage presence and rapport with audiences (Washington Post). Renowned for musical excellence, genre-bending versatility, and joyous performances for almost 50 years, Canadian Brass has truly earned the distinction of “the world’s most famous brass group.”

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana

    Over the course of a multifaceted career spanning four decades, Grammy and Tony Award-winning jazz giant Dee Dee Bridgewater has ascended to the upper echelon of vocalists, putting her unique spin on standards as well as taking intrepid leaps of faith in re-envisioning jazz classics.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Sunday, April 14, 2019

    • All Day
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana

    This weekend is a time for friends old and new, near and far, to come together in reflection and revelry, celebrating all that has led to this moment in Krannert Center’s history.

    • 3:00 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana

    Each Krannert Center Debut Artist is featured in an intimate atmosphere with audience members seated onstage with the performer. This powerful early career boost beautifully symbolizes Krannert Center’s threefold mission of education, research, and public engagement.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana

    A cultural pride and joy of not only Illinois but the nation, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra returns for its 36th performance in its “southern home”—the acoustical splendor of Krannert Center’s Foellinger Great Hall. The orchestra will be conducted by Emmanuel Krivine, one of today’s most distinguished conductors, and rising young British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

    Always expect delightful surprises in Studiodance II, when Dance at Illinois students present their dance-making investigations curated by a panel of faculty and students.

Friday, April 19, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

    Always expect delightful surprises in Studiodance II, when Dance at Illinois students present their dance-making investigations curated by a panel of faculty and students.

    • 9:30 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S Goodwin, Urbana

    Dance the night away at Krannert Center! Come enjoy a FREE Latin Dance Night in the Krannert Center Lobby, co-sponsored by La Casa Cultural Latina.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

    Always expect delightful surprises in Studiodance II, when Dance at Illinois students present their dance-making investigations curated by a panel of faculty and students.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana

    The Jupiter String Quartet stands squarely at the forefront of the younger generation of classical chamber music ensembles. Along with works by Mendelssohn and Dvořák, the Jupiter will perform a newly composed string quartet by Kati Agócs, co-commissioned by Harvard Musical Association, Aspen Music Festival, and Krannert Center.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

    This endearing, vivacious show features unforgettable songs from American music masters George and Ira Gershwin, including “Shall We Dance,” “I Got Rhythm,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” and more.

Friday, April 26, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

    This endearing, vivacious show features unforgettable songs from American music masters George and Ira Gershwin, including “Shall We Dance,” “I Got Rhythm,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” and more.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

    This endearing, vivacious show features unforgettable songs from American music masters George and Ira Gershwin, including “Shall We Dance,” “I Got Rhythm,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” and more.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

    • 1:00 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana

    This renowned Italian theatre company has inspired Krannert Center audiences with tales of butterfly metamorphoses, trips to the Arctic Circle, and splashes in the Mediterranean Sea. Its latest interactive piece, Panda’s Home, climbs into a metaphorical journey through Chinese culture. (Recommended for ages 2 and up)

    • 3:00 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana

    This renowned Italian theatre company has inspired Krannert Center audiences with tales of butterfly metamorphoses, trips to the Arctic Circle, and splashes in the Mediterranean Sea. Its latest interactive piece, Panda’s Home, climbs into a metaphorical journey through Chinese culture. (Recommended for ages 2 and up)

    • 3:00 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

    This endearing, vivacious show features unforgettable songs from American music masters George and Ira Gershwin, including “Shall We Dance,” “I Got Rhythm,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” and more.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

    • 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Looking for a casual place to study on Reading Day from 11am-4pm? Krannert Center has got your back: plenty of seating with charging stations, delicious food and beverages available for purchase from Intermezzo cafe, and more.