Krannert Center

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Friday, July 19, 2019

    • 6:30 pm
    • Research Park (1816 South Oak Street, Champaign)

    Krannert Center for the Performing Arts once again joins forces with Fox/Atkins Development, LLC and the University of Illinois to present this free summer concert with Alma Afrobeat Ensemble and Zécca Bom.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Thursday, September 5, 2019

    • 5:30 pm
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

    Krannert Center’s 50th season opens at high speed with the return of ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival and the Opening Night Party! Get ready to gather and groove as the entire community comes together for a night of exceptional music-making, fabulous food and drink, and all-ages amenities.

    • 9:30 pm

    Once you’ve experienced some Opening Night Party goodness, head to the Studio Theatre for this late-night set featuring a powerhouse lineup of six-string practitioners in a totally improvised concert. Luther Dickinson, Steve Dawson, Rob Ickes, Trey Hensley, and Molly Tuttle will light up the night with this collaborative and excitingly extemporaneous experience.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Saturday, September 7, 2019

    • 9:00 am

    Stretch into the final day of ELLNORA 2019 with a refreshing morning yoga session from Lola Pittenger of GLOW by Lola, including live musical accompaniment.

    • 10:00 am

    Bassist Danny Weinkauf is a Grammy Award winner and longtime member of They Might Be Giants. Now with the Red Pants Band, Weinkauf packs his deliciously catchy tunes with pop beats and intelligent topics that reach kids with fun facts and life lessons.

    • 10:15 am

    Hear Wrembel’s arrangements of Django Reinhardt’s rare solo guitar works in this 30-minute set.

    • 11:00 am

    Emerging Korean guitarist Bokyung Byun enjoys a growing reputation sparked by her first-place finishes in international competitions and proven by her numerous performances across Asia and North America. NPR describes Grammy Award winner Jason Vieaux as “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation.”

    • 11:00 am

    Go up close with the craft of guitar making! Rhode Island-based French luthier Rachel Rosenkrantz is a contemporary luthier with a strong sense of instrument-making traditions.

    • 12:30 pm

    Ickes and Hensley are a Grammy-nominated duo made in bluegrass heaven. Together, Ickes and Hensley create a supercharged collaboration that Marty Stuart says affirms “that the real deal still exists.”

    • 1:30 pm

    Sávila is a medicinal plant that grows wild in tropical climates all over the world, as well as the name of the cumbia/Latin/world/R&B-inspired ensemble of guitarist Fabi Reyna, vocalist Brisa Gonzalez, and percussionist Papi Fimbres. English and Spanish vocals mix in the hypnotizing music of this trio.

    • 2:30 pm

    • 2:30 pm

    As a young prodigy, Danilo Brito would play the bandolim, a Brazilian-style mandolin, alongside his elders at rodas de choro—informal gatherings of musicians that celebrated Brazil’s popular choro music style. He quickly earned comparisons to Brazil’s pioneering mandolin player Jacob do Bandolim, from whom the bandolim takes its name.

    • 4:00 pm

    As a young prodigy, Danilo Brito would play the bandolim, a Brazilian-style mandolin, alongside his elders at rodas de choro—informal gatherings of musicians that celebrated Brazil’s popular choro music style. He quickly earned comparisons to Brazil’s pioneering mandolin player Jacob do Bandolim, from whom the bandolim takes its name.

    • 5:00 pm

    Experience a little sonic rejuvenation with this new offering that combines the wisdom of spiritual leaders with acoustic musical sets.

    • 5:00 pm

    These Austin-based rock and rollers own the stage with “irresistible swagger,” unforgettable melodies, and inflections of punk, pop, funk, and soul (The Austin Chronicle). The lineup includes Dominique Davalos (bass, lead vocals), Eve Monsees (guitar, vocals), Kathy Valentine (guitar, vocals—of The Go-Go's), and Christina Comley (drums).

    • 6:00 pm

    • 7:15 pm

    With his embrace of electronica, jazz, rock, and multiple Indian and American musical influences, Rafiq Bhatia—a first-generation son of Muslim immigrants and the guitarist of the band Son Lux—“blows up all expectations about what can be done with the instrument and how it should sound” (The New York Times).

    • 8:00 pm

    Experience a little sonic rejuvenation with this new offering that combines the wisdom of spiritual leaders with acoustic musical sets.

    • 8:30 pm

    You might know guitar legend Buddy Guy from his eight Grammy wins, his Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, 37 Blues Music Awards (yes, that’s the most ever!), a Kennedy Center Honor, a Presidential National Medal of Arts, Rolling Stone’s list of “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,” or that occasion when he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

    • 9:00 pm

    With his embrace of electronica, jazz, rock, and multiple Indian and American musical influences, Rafiq Bhatia—a first-generation son of Muslim immigrants and the guitarist of the band Son Lux—“blows up all expectations about what can be done with the instrument and how it should sound” (The New York Times).

    • 10:00 pm

    Come rock out to close out ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival 2019 with beloved local music educator and 40 North ACE Award winner Brandon T. Washington and friends.

Friday, September 13, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Colwell Playhouse

    Roussève and his nine-member ensemble powerfully explore the legendary music and complicated emotional truths of Billy Strayhorn, the gay, African-American jazz composer and civil rights activist best known as Duke Ellington’s main arranger and writing partner.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Tryon Festival Theatre

    Since the release of his 2004 acclaimed CD "When I Fall In Love," trumpet phenom Chris Botti has become the largest-selling American instrumental artist.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Foellinger Great Hall

    Sinfonia’s 36th season opens with a lush, virtuosic program featuring violinist Stefan Milenkovich performing the Bruch Violin Concerto in G Minor.

    • 8:00 pm
    • Colwell Playhouse

    "Smoke & Mirrors," Sasha Velour’s first one-queen show, is an effortless blend of drag, visual art, and magic.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Thursday, September 19, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Studio Theatre, Club-Style

    The Gunns invite you to pull up a chair for a charming living-room style cabaret, complete with a small band and filled with their own family stories as well as friends old and new singing and playing songs old and new (including numbers by the witty and wise Susan Werner).

Friday, September 20, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Tryon Festival Theatre

    Intricate storytelling, a blending of traditional and contemporary song and dance, and a deep connection to traditional ecological knowledge form the heart of Bizhiki Culture & Dance Company, which will present a powerful, intriguing, and informative powwow dance exhibition.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Studio Theatre, Club-Style

    The Gunns invite you to pull up a chair for a charming living-room style cabaret, complete with a small band and filled with their own family stories as well as friends old and new singing and playing songs old and new (including numbers by the witty and wise Susan Werner).

Saturday, September 21, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Studio Theatre, Club-Style

    The Gunns invite you to pull up a chair for a charming living-room style cabaret, complete with a small band and filled with their own family stories as well as friends old and new singing and playing songs old and new (including numbers by the witty and wise Susan Werner).

Thursday, September 26, 2019

    • 5:00 pm
    • Lobby and Theatres

    PYGMALION enters its 15th season in 2019, and its broad and diverse programming has grown to include music, technology, comedians, podcasts, authors, makers, innovators, and more.

Friday, September 27, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Colwell Playhouse

    HOME combines dance, illusion, live music, homespun engineering, and inventive audience interaction to compose a work that awakens its viewers to housing dilemmas both local and global while asking, “Where is home?”

Saturday, September 28, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Colwell Playhouse

    HOME combines dance, illusion, live music, homespun engineering, and inventive audience interaction to compose a work that awakens its viewers to housing dilemmas both local and global while asking, “Where is home?”

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

    • 7:00 pm
    • Tryon Festival Theatre

    Based on a brilliant script from playwright Peter Terson, the expressive tale portrays the ancient Greek story of a servant on a journey to Mount Olympus, contextualized in the recent history of South Africa and sung in English, Tswana, and Zulu.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Foellinger Great Hall

    If you think you know the Four Seasons, be prepared for surprises, and if you’ve never experienced it before, now is the time. Rich with musical depictions of bird calls, storms, animals, and more, Vivaldi’s story is made clear as Apollo’s Fire precedes each concerto that makes up the work with a quick “tour” of the sound effects to come.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Studio Theatre

    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, October 4, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Studio Theatre

    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.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Foellinger Great Hall

    CUSO’s 60th-anniversary season begins with some of the most vibrant music ever written, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. Dramatic and fateful, amorous and delightful, few works leave an audience more spellbound.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Studio Theatre

    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.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Thursday, October 17, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Colwell Playhouse

    Part of August Wilson’s celebrated Pittsburgh Cycle, Illinois Theatre’s production is directed by long-time Wilson collaborator Chuck Smith and features a newly choreographed and composed City of Bones section in collaboration with Dance at Illinois.

Friday, October 18, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Colwell Playhouse

    Part of August Wilson’s celebrated Pittsburgh Cycle, Illinois Theatre’s production is directed by long-time Wilson collaborator Chuck Smith and features a newly choreographed and composed City of Bones section in collaboration with Dance at Illinois.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

    • 6:30 pm
    • Krannert Room

    Go behind the scenes with a pre-show conversation.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Colwell Playhouse

    Part of August Wilson’s celebrated Pittsburgh Cycle, Illinois Theatre’s production is directed by long-time Wilson collaborator Chuck Smith and features a newly choreographed and composed City of Bones section in collaboration with Dance at Illinois.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Foellinger Great Hall

    Enjoy this University of Illinois Homecoming Saturday concert featuring the world premiere of David Canfield’s recent "Concerto after Elgar," composed for Sinfonia’s principal violist, Csaba Erdélyi.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Foellinger Great Hall

    In this delightful program of romantic, captivating, and passionate Italian music, a charming quartet of award-winning, rising musical stars salute tenor statesmen of Italian classical music.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Colwell Playhouse

    Part of August Wilson’s celebrated Pittsburgh Cycle, Illinois Theatre’s production is directed by long-time Wilson collaborator Chuck Smith and features a newly choreographed and composed City of Bones section in collaboration with Dance at Illinois.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Studio Theatre

    One of Shakespeare’s earliest commercial successes, critics have sometimes dismissed the tragedy as a failure or as somehow “unShakespearean” for its abrupt tonal shifts and extreme violence.

Friday, October 25, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Colwell Playhouse

    Part of August Wilson’s celebrated Pittsburgh Cycle, Illinois Theatre’s production is directed by long-time Wilson collaborator Chuck Smith and features a newly choreographed and composed City of Bones section in collaboration with Dance at Illinois.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Studio Theatre

    One of Shakespeare’s earliest commercial successes, critics have sometimes dismissed the tragedy as a failure or as somehow “unShakespearean” for its abrupt tonal shifts and extreme violence.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Foellinger Great Halll

    As one of the world’s premier orchestras returns to one of the world’s premier performance halls, David Afkham takes the podium for a program featuring Haydn, R. Strauss, and Brahms.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Colwell Playhouse

    Part of August Wilson’s celebrated Pittsburgh Cycle, Illinois Theatre’s production is directed by long-time Wilson collaborator Chuck Smith and features a newly choreographed and composed City of Bones section in collaboration with Dance at Illinois.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Studio Theatre

    One of Shakespeare’s earliest commercial successes, critics have sometimes dismissed the tragedy as a failure or as somehow “unShakespearean” for its abrupt tonal shifts and extreme violence.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

    • 2:00 pm
    • Krannert Room

    Go behind the scenes with a pre-show conversation.

    • 3:00 pm
    • Colwell Playhouse

    Part of August Wilson’s celebrated Pittsburgh Cycle, Illinois Theatre’s production is directed by long-time Wilson collaborator Chuck Smith and features a newly choreographed and composed City of Bones section in collaboration with Dance at Illinois.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Studio Theatre

    One of Shakespeare’s earliest commercial successes, critics have sometimes dismissed the tragedy as a failure or as somehow “unShakespearean” for its abrupt tonal shifts and extreme violence.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Studio Theatre

    One of Shakespeare’s earliest commercial successes, critics have sometimes dismissed the tragedy as a failure or as somehow “unShakespearean” for its abrupt tonal shifts and extreme violence.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Studio Theatre

    One of Shakespeare’s earliest commercial successes, critics have sometimes dismissed the tragedy as a failure or as somehow “unShakespearean” for its abrupt tonal shifts and extreme violence.

Friday, November 1, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Foellinger Great Hall

    Modern jazz legend Wynton Marsalis has led this remarkably versatile ensemble for over three decades—harmonizing a graceful blend of masterworks by Ellington, Basie, Monk, Mingus, Goodman, and more with original compositions, Lincoln Center-commissioned works, and rare historic pieces.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Studio Theatre

    One of Shakespeare’s earliest commercial successes, critics have sometimes dismissed the tragedy as a failure or as somehow “unShakespearean” for its abrupt tonal shifts and extreme violence.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Studio Theatre

    One of Shakespeare’s earliest commercial successes, critics have sometimes dismissed the tragedy as a failure or as somehow “unShakespearean” for its abrupt tonal shifts and extreme violence.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

    • 3:00 pm
    • Studio Theatre

    One of Shakespeare’s earliest commercial successes, critics have sometimes dismissed the tragedy as a failure or as somehow “unShakespearean” for its abrupt tonal shifts and extreme violence.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Foellinger Great Hall

    The King's Singers' program, "Finding Harmony," expresses the idea that singing is a language that can be spoken by anyone, and that uniting voices in harmony creates something greater and more beautiful than the sum of its parts.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Colwell Playhouse

    During Dance at Illinois’ continued 50th-anniversary celebration, the department honors its rich relationship with dance history and the hallmark choreographic innovations that distinguish its present and future. Reconstructions of two masters of the 20th and 21st centuries will highlight November Dance 2019.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Studio Theatre

    This one-person show, written by Ralph McCubbin Howell and directed by Hannah Smith, pays homage to old-world fairy tale traditions with touches of darkness, mystery, and high-stakes daring as an apprentice bookbinder gets rather too engaged in his work.

Friday, November 8, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Colwell Playhouse

    During Dance at Illinois’ continued 50th-anniversary celebration, the department honors its rich relationship with dance history and the hallmark choreographic innovations that distinguish its present and future. Reconstructions of two masters of the 20th and 21st centuries will highlight November Dance 2019.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Studio Theatre

    This one-person show, written by Ralph McCubbin Howell and directed by Hannah Smith, pays homage to old-world fairy tale traditions with touches of darkness, mystery, and high-stakes daring as an apprentice bookbinder gets rather too engaged in his work.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

    • 3:00 pm
    • Studio Theatre

    This one-person show, written by Ralph McCubbin Howell and directed by Hannah Smith, pays homage to old-world fairy tale traditions with touches of darkness, mystery, and high-stakes daring as an apprentice bookbinder gets rather too engaged in his work.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Colwell Playhouse

    During Dance at Illinois’ continued 50th-anniversary celebration, the department honors its rich relationship with dance history and the hallmark choreographic innovations that distinguish its present and future. Reconstructions of two masters of the 20th and 21st centuries will highlight November Dance 2019.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Studio Theatre

    This one-person show, written by Ralph McCubbin Howell and directed by Hannah Smith, pays homage to old-world fairy tale traditions with touches of darkness, mystery, and high-stakes daring as an apprentice bookbinder gets rather too engaged in his work.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

    • 3:00 pm
    • Foellinger Great Hall, Salon-Style

    Chinese pianist Yi-Nuo Wang was selected as First Prize winner of the 2018 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, which is just the latest in a series of impressive first-prize performances, along with the 2017 Wideman International Piano Competition.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Colwell Playhouse

    Neuroscientist Kate Jeffery collaborated with director Guillaume Pigé for this London company’s moving exploration of the countless dimensions of memory and amnesia, linking science with real-life experiences in a captivating style that embraces mime, theatre, and live music.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Friday, November 15, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Tryon Festival Theatre

    This enchanting children’s story, filled with beautiful music and the sounds of nature, portrays a family-friendly, fantastic journey, exploring the relationship between humans and animals and the renewal that the natural world offers.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

    • 5:00 pm
    • Tryon Festival Theatre

    This enchanting children’s story, filled with beautiful music and the sounds of nature, portrays a family-friendly, fantastic journey, exploring the relationship between humans and animals and the renewal that the natural world offers.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

    • 2:00 pm
    • Krannert Room

    Enjoy a pre-performance discussion with members of the artistic team.

    • 3:00 pm
    • Tryon Festival Theatre

    This enchanting children’s story, filled with beautiful music and the sounds of nature, portrays a family-friendly, fantastic journey, exploring the relationship between humans and animals and the renewal that the natural world offers.

    • 7:00 pm
    • Foellinger Great Hall

    Widely considered one of the world’s finest, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra maintains its commitment to artistic excellence, educational impact, and community connections—all in service to its mission of enriching lives through the power of music.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Colwell Playhouse

    In the professional dance world, Tere O’Connor is known as a foremost choreographer, mentor, and award winner. At the University of Illinois, he is a Center for advanced Studies professor in Dance at Illinois. For their first-ever performance at Krannert Center, Tere O’Connor Dance will present "Long Run."

Friday, November 22, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Foellinger Great Hall

    This lightly staged production of Gilbert & Sullivan's "H.M.S. Pinafore" will include Sinfonia da Camera seated onstage and immersed in the action.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Tryon Festival Theatre

    A festive holiday gathering is transformed by a simple gift in this enchanting production that’s become a local tradition. E.T.A. Hoffman’s fanciful tale of royal rats, a princely Nutcracker, and plenty of sugar-coated fun is brought to life with glittering costumes, magical settings, and Tchaikovsky’s beloved score.

Friday, December 6, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Tryon Festival Theatre

    A festive holiday gathering is transformed by a simple gift in this enchanting production that’s become a local tradition. E.T.A. Hoffman’s fanciful tale of royal rats, a princely Nutcracker, and plenty of sugar-coated fun is brought to life with glittering costumes, magical settings, and Tchaikovsky’s beloved score.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

    • 2:00 pm
    • Tryon Festival Theatre

    A festive holiday gathering is transformed by a simple gift in this enchanting production that’s become a local tradition. E.T.A. Hoffman’s fanciful tale of royal rats, a princely Nutcracker, and plenty of sugar-coated fun is brought to life with glittering costumes, magical settings, and Tchaikovsky’s beloved score.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Tryon Festival Theatre

    A festive holiday gathering is transformed by a simple gift in this enchanting production that’s become a local tradition. E.T.A. Hoffman’s fanciful tale of royal rats, a princely Nutcracker, and plenty of sugar-coated fun is brought to life with glittering costumes, magical settings, and Tchaikovsky’s beloved score.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

    • 2:00 pm
    • Tryon Festival Theatre

    A festive holiday gathering is transformed by a simple gift in this enchanting production that’s become a local tradition. E.T.A. Hoffman’s fanciful tale of royal rats, a princely Nutcracker, and plenty of sugar-coated fun is brought to life with glittering costumes, magical settings, and Tchaikovsky’s beloved score.

    • 6:00 pm
    • Tryon Festival Theatre

    A festive holiday gathering is transformed by a simple gift in this enchanting production that’s become a local tradition. E.T.A. Hoffman’s fanciful tale of royal rats, a princely Nutcracker, and plenty of sugar-coated fun is brought to life with glittering costumes, magical settings, and Tchaikovsky’s beloved score.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Friday, January 24, 2020

    • 6:30 pm
    • Studio Theatre

    This spirited blend of reality and fantasy incorporates shadow play, pantomime, live music, and clever digital media for audiences of all ages.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

    • 7:30 pm
    • Tryon Festival Theatre

    Krannert Center has a beloved tradition of leaping into the spring semester with the beauty of classical dance performances—and this season we uphold that legacy with the exquisite artistry of the award-winning Shanghai Ballet.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

    • 7:30 pm
    • Tryon Festival Theatre

    Krannert Center has a beloved tradition of leaping into the spring semester with the beauty of classical dance performances—and this season we uphold that legacy with the exquisite artistry of the award-winning Shanghai Ballet.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

    • 7:30 pm
    • Foellinger Great Hall

    The Jupiter String Quartet, an important voice in the world of chamber music, chose its name because Jupiter was the most prominent planet in the night sky at the time of its formation in 2001, and the astrological symbol for Jupiter resembles the number four.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

    • 7:30 pm
    • Colwell Playhouse

    Step Afrika!, the first professional organization dedicated to the African-American tradition of stepping, has amazed Krannert Center audiences twice before with its lightning-fast footwork, percussive chants, and incredible synchronicity.

Friday, February 7, 2020

    • 7:30 pm
    • Colwell Playhouse

    Step Afrika!, the first professional organization dedicated to the African-American tradition of stepping, has amazed Krannert Center audiences twice before with its lightning-fast footwork, percussive chants, and incredible synchronicity.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

    • 7:30 pm
    • Foellinger Great Halll

    Sinfonia’s principal musicians are also superior soloists, and tonight’s featured performers, bassoonist Henry Skolnick and percussionist William Moersch, are no exceptions.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

    • 7:30 pm
    • Foellinger Great Halll

    On the choir’s 100th-anniversary tour, which includes performances at Carnegie Hall and Severance Hall, Krannert Center audiences will once again experience the St. Olaf Choir’s warm tone and amazing technique, highlighted by the remarkable acoustics of Foellinger Great Hall.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

    • 7:30 pm
    • Studio Theatre

    Almost every weekend, a girls’ competitive high school soccer team meets at the City Sports Dome. Over the course of several Saturdays, nine female warriors navigate the cacophony, the cruelty, and the courage of adolescence.

Friday, February 14, 2020

    • 7:30 pm
    • Foellinger Great Halll

    Recognized with the 2018 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Album, Somi and her vocal stylings have drawn comparisons to Nina Simone, Miriam Makeba, and Sarah Vaughan, but her mesmerizing singing and songwriting have created an identity all her own.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Studio Theatre

    Almost every weekend, a girls’ competitive high school soccer team meets at the City Sports Dome. Over the course of several Saturdays, nine female warriors navigate the cacophony, the cruelty, and the courage of adolescence.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

    • 7:30 pm
    • Studio Theatre

    Almost every weekend, a girls’ competitive high school soccer team meets at the City Sports Dome. Over the course of several Saturdays, nine female warriors navigate the cacophony, the cruelty, and the courage of adolescence.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

    • 3:00 pm
    • Foellinger Great Hall

    In 2017, Jonathan Swensen made his concerto debut performing the Elgar "Cello Concerto, with his father, Joseph Swensen, conducting the Porto National Symphony Orchestra in Portugal. Since that debut, he has featured as soloist with orchestras in Spain, the United States, Denmark, and Poland.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

    • 7:30 pm
    • Colwell Playhouse

    Playwright, actor, and educator, Anna Deavere Smith uses her singular brand of theatre to explore issues of community, character, and diversity in America. She is probably most recognizable in popular culture as the hospital administrator on Showtime’s "Nurse Jackie" and the national security advisor on NBC’s "The West Wing."

    • 7:30 pm
    • Studio Theatre

    Almost every weekend, a girls’ competitive high school soccer team meets at the City Sports Dome. Over the course of several Saturdays, nine female warriors navigate the cacophony, the cruelty, and the courage of adolescence.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

    • 7:30 am
    • Colwell Playhouse

    Following her one-woman presentation the previous evening, playwright, actor, and educator Anna Deavere Smith will join another special guest—to be announced—in CultureTalk, an exploration of the ideas surrounding the arts and culture.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Studio Theatre

    Almost every weekend, a girls’ competitive high school soccer team meets at the City Sports Dome. Over the course of several Saturdays, nine female warriors navigate the cacophony, the cruelty, and the courage of adolescence.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

    • 7:30 pm
    • Studio Theatre

    Almost every weekend, a girls’ competitive high school soccer team meets at the City Sports Dome. Over the course of several Saturdays, nine female warriors navigate the cacophony, the cruelty, and the courage of adolescence.

Friday, February 21, 2020

    • 7:30 pm
    • Studio Theatre

    Almost every weekend, a girls’ competitive high school soccer team meets at the City Sports Dome. Over the course of several Saturdays, nine female warriors navigate the cacophony, the cruelty, and the courage of adolescence.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

    • 7:30 pm
    • Studio Theatre

    Almost every weekend, a girls’ competitive high school soccer team meets at the City Sports Dome. Over the course of several Saturdays, nine female warriors navigate the cacophony, the cruelty, and the courage of adolescence.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

    • 3:00 pm
    • Tryon Festival Theatre

    Has winter taken over? Has the frost crept across the fields, down the streets, maybe right into our very homes or even our own hearts? Quebec’s youthful, fearless, masterful Cirque FLIP Fabrique is a magically poetic cirque-style expedition that’s taking worldwide stages by storm.

    • 3:00 pm
    • Studio Theatre

    Almost every weekend, a girls’ competitive high school soccer team meets at the City Sports Dome. Over the course of several Saturdays, nine female warriors navigate the cacophony, the cruelty, and the courage of adolescence.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

    • 7:30 pm
    • Foellinger Great Halll

    This ensemble is composed of Arab and Israeli musicians defying fierce political divides to make music together. Led by its concertmaster, violinist Michael Barenboim, West-Eastern Divan Ensemble demonstrates that bridges can be built to encourage people to listen to the narrative of others.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

    • 7:30 pm
    • Tryon Festival Theatre

    This joint production celebrates Krannert Center’s 50-year partnership with the School of Music, Lyric Theatre @ Illinois, Illinois Theatre, and Dance at Illinois. Come to the Cabaret and enjoy classic songs, fresh choreography, and an emphasis on the humanity of life in the Weimar Republic.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Foellinger Great Halll

    Murray Perahia’s readings of landmark repertoire by composers from Bach and Beethoven to Chopin and Liszt offer timeless lessons in sophistication, sensitivity, and expressive intensity.

Friday, February 28, 2020

    • 7:30 pm
    • Tryon Festival Theatre

    This joint production celebrates Krannert Center’s 50-year partnership with the School of Music, Lyric Theatre @ Illinois, Illinois Theatre, and Dance at Illinois. Come to the Cabaret and enjoy classic songs, fresh choreography, and an emphasis on the humanity of life in the Weimar Republic.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

    • 6:30 pm
    • Krannert Room

    Go behind the scenes with a pre-show conversation.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Tryon Festival Theatre

    This joint production celebrates Krannert Center’s 50-year partnership with the School of Music, Lyric Theatre @ Illinois, Illinois Theatre, and Dance at Illinois. Come to the Cabaret and enjoy classic songs, fresh choreography, and an emphasis on the humanity of life in the Weimar Republic.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Foellinger Great Hall

    With noted Russian pianist Peter Laul, the orchestra will present an exhilarating program of Russian symphonic classics, including an impassioned and once-banned Shostakovich composition and two works by Tchaikovsky.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

    • 7:30 pm
    • Tryon Festival Theatre

    This joint production celebrates Krannert Center’s 50-year partnership with the School of Music, Lyric Theatre @ Illinois, Illinois Theatre, and Dance at Illinois. Come to the Cabaret and enjoy classic songs, fresh choreography, and an emphasis on the humanity of life in the Weimar Republic.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Foellinger Great Hall

    Venice Baroque Orchestra and Swedish mezzo-soprano Ann Hallenberg pay tribute to Swedish singer Jenny Lind’s musicianship as Hallenberg performs arias of Orlandini, Giacomelli, Hasse, Handel, and Vivaldi.

Friday, March 6, 2020

    • 7:30 pm
    • Tryon Festival Theatre

    This joint production celebrates Krannert Center’s 50-year partnership with the School of Music, Lyric Theatre @ Illinois, Illinois Theatre, and Dance at Illinois. Come to the Cabaret and enjoy classic songs, fresh choreography, and an emphasis on the humanity of life in the Weimar Republic.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

    • 7:30 pm
    • Tryon Festival Theatre

    This joint production celebrates Krannert Center’s 50-year partnership with the School of Music, Lyric Theatre @ Illinois, Illinois Theatre, and Dance at Illinois. Come to the Cabaret and enjoy classic songs, fresh choreography, and an emphasis on the humanity of life in the Weimar Republic.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Foellinger Great Hall

    In this concert, CUSO will perform works by David Diamond and Tchaikovsky, and the soloistic skills of clarinetist J. David Harris and bassoonist Timothy McGovern will shine in Richard Strauss’ "Duet-Concertino."

Sunday, March 8, 2020

    • 2:00 pm
    • Krannert Room

    Go behind the scenes with a pre-show conversation.

    • 3:00 pm
    • Tryon Festival Theatre

    This joint production celebrates Krannert Center’s 50-year partnership with the School of Music, Lyric Theatre @ Illinois, Illinois Theatre, and Dance at Illinois. Come to the Cabaret and enjoy classic songs, fresh choreography, and an emphasis on the humanity of life in the Weimar Republic.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

    • 6:30 pm
    • Studio Theatre

    Northern Ireland’s Cahoots NI returns to Krannert Center with an enchanting and heartfelt tale filled with music, dance, and non-verbal theatre, based on a true story about love and the ever-evolving meaning of family.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

    • 7:30 pm
    • Tryon Festival Theatre

    The members of Aichi, Japan-based Tao are expressive percussion artists and highly trained athletes who are preserving and expanding the ancient Japanese drumming tradition.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

    • 7:30 pm
    • Colwell Playhouse

    Henry Wishcamper, member of the Goodman Theatre Artistic Collective, updates his 2007 "The Polish Play," a conflation of Shakespeare’s "Macbeth," Alfred Jarry’s "Ubu Roi," and today’s political landscape.

Friday, March 27, 2020

    • 7:30 pm
    • Foellinger Great Hall

    Krannert Center’s 50th-season celebrations continue with this special performance by Sinfonia da Camera. Hosted at Krannert Center for 36 seasons, Sinfonia is an integral part of the Center’s history and boasts many notable performances, including this program.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Colwell Playhouse

    Henry Wishcamper, member of the Goodman Theatre Artistic Collective, updates his 2007 "The Polish Play," a conflation of Shakespeare’s "Macbeth," Alfred Jarry’s "Ubu Roi," and today’s political landscape.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

    • 7:30 pm
    • Foellinger Great Hall

    Recognized for their visionary collaborations and their compelling interpretations of compositions from core classical chamber music standards to pop songs, the Fauré Quartett is widely regarded as one of today’s top chamber ensembles.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

    • 7:30 pm
    • Colwell Playhouse

    Henry Wishcamper, member of the Goodman Theatre Artistic Collective, updates his 2007 "The Polish Play," a conflation of Shakespeare’s "Macbeth," Alfred Jarry’s "Ubu Roi," and today’s political landscape.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Studio Theatre

    Studiodance I and Studiodance I Extended feature keystone projects of Dance at Illinois graduate students Elliot Emadian, Evvie Allison, William Ervin, and Kaitlin Fox that explode open new possibilities of contemporary dance.

Friday, April 3, 2020

    • 7:30 pm
    • Colwell Playhouse

    Henry Wishcamper, member of the Goodman Theatre Artistic Collective, updates his 2007 "The Polish Play," a conflation of Shakespeare’s "Macbeth," Alfred Jarry’s "Ubu Roi," and today’s political landscape.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Tryon Festival Theatre

    The Mark Morris Dance Group and Music Ensemble will present three works including the newly premiered "Sport" and an as-yet-to-be-titled work set to cantatas by Handel. The final selection is Morris’ beautifully balletic "The Trout," premiered in 2018 and inspired by Franz Schubert’s enchanting chamber music masterpiece, the "Trout" Quintet.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Studio Theatre

    Studiodance I and Studiodance I Extended feature keystone projects of Dance at Illinois graduate students Elliot Emadian, Evvie Allison, William Ervin, and Kaitlin Fox that explode open new possibilities of contemporary dance.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

    • 7:30 pm
    • Colwell Playhouse

    Henry Wishcamper, member of the Goodman Theatre Artistic Collective, updates his 2007 "The Polish Play," a conflation of Shakespeare’s "Macbeth," Alfred Jarry’s "Ubu Roi," and today’s political landscape.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Tryon Festival Theatre

    The Mark Morris Dance Group and Music Ensemble will present three works including the newly premiered "Sport" and an as-yet-to-be-titled work set to cantatas by Handel. The final selection is Morris’ beautifully balletic "The Trout," premiered in 2018 and inspired by Franz Schubert’s enchanting chamber music masterpiece, the "Trout" Quintet.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Studio Theatre

    Studiodance I and Studiodance I Extended feature keystone projects of Dance at Illinois graduate students Elliot Emadian, Evvie Allison, William Ervin, and Kaitlin Fox that explode open new possibilities of contemporary dance.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Thursday, April 16, 2020

    • 7:30 pm
    • Studio Theatre

    Contemporary gender, racial, and sexual identities as well as political debates find ancient parallels in Illinois Theatre’s bawdy, brave reimagining of the classic text.

Friday, April 17, 2020

    • 7:30 pm
    • Studio Theatre

    Contemporary gender, racial, and sexual identities as well as political debates find ancient parallels in Illinois Theatre’s bawdy, brave reimagining of the classic text.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

    • 7:30 pm
    • Colwell Playhouse

    Amir ElSaffar’s Rivers of Sound Orchestra brings together 17 musicians from a broad spectrum of traditions, creating an entirely new musical vocabulary that transcends established notions of style.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Foellinger Great Hall

    CUSO’s 60th-anniversary season concludes with brilliant works that will resound magnificently in the glorious acoustics of the Foellinger Great Hall.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Studio Theatre

    Contemporary gender, racial, and sexual identities as well as political debates find ancient parallels in Illinois Theatre’s bawdy, brave reimagining of the classic text.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

    • 7:30 pm
    • Studio Theatre

    Contemporary gender, racial, and sexual identities as well as political debates find ancient parallels in Illinois Theatre’s bawdy, brave reimagining of the classic text.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Foellinger Great Hall

    Returning to Krannert Center for its 10th performance, the Takács Quartet will be joined by violist Erika Eckert—co-founder and former violist of the Cavani String Quartet—for Brahms’ "String Quintet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 111."

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

    • 7:30 pm
    • Studio Theatre

    Contemporary gender, racial, and sexual identities as well as political debates find ancient parallels in Illinois Theatre’s bawdy, brave reimagining of the classic text.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

    • 7:30 pm
    • Studio Theatre

    Contemporary gender, racial, and sexual identities as well as political debates find ancient parallels in Illinois Theatre’s bawdy, brave reimagining of the classic text.

Friday, April 24, 2020

    • 7:30 pm
    • Studio Theatre

    Contemporary gender, racial, and sexual identities as well as political debates find ancient parallels in Illinois Theatre’s bawdy, brave reimagining of the classic text.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

    • 7:30 pm
    • Foellinger Great Halll

    With works by Weber, Hindemith, and Bartók, this program was crafted to showcase Sinfonia’s skill and agility.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Studio Theatre

    Contemporary gender, racial, and sexual identities as well as political debates find ancient parallels in Illinois Theatre’s bawdy, brave reimagining of the classic text.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

    • 3:00 pm
    • Foellinger Great Hall, Salon-Style

    Each spring for nearly 40 years, Krannert Center and the School of Music have together chosen an outstanding student through audition who is then presented in recital at Krannert Center with a full professional contract.

    • 3:00 pm
    • Studio Theatre

    Contemporary gender, racial, and sexual identities as well as political debates find ancient parallels in Illinois Theatre’s bawdy, brave reimagining of the classic text.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

    • 7:30 pm
    • Foellinger Great Hall

    Joining the Jupiter String Quartet for this concert is emerging Canadian baritone Tyler Duncan, who brings consummate musicianship, vocal beauty, and interpretive insight to recital, concert, and operatic literature.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

    • 7:30 pm
    • Tryon Festival Theatre

    In this musical comedy of manners, both charming and wistful, surprises lie just around the corner, and a magical summer night offers new beginnings.

Friday, May 1, 2020

    • 7:30 pm
    • Tryon Festival Theatre

    In this musical comedy of manners, both charming and wistful, surprises lie just around the corner, and a magical summer night offers new beginnings.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

    • 7:30 pm
    • Tryon Festival Theatre

    This ensemble of young musicians who live in Chicago’s Mexican-American neighborhoods has made a glittering debut in the Latin music scene, celebrating and defining an aspect of Mexican heritage (herencia) for a new generation.