Performances

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Friday, January 24, 2020

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Monday, January 27, 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
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

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

    • 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.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Friday, January 31, 2020

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

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.

    • 9:30 pm
    • Lobby and Stage 5

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

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

    • 5:00 pm
    • Stage 5

    At Krannert Uncorked, Stage 5 is the crossroads to gather, make connections, and try a new wine.

    • 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

    • 10:00 am
    • Drama Rehearsal Room

    If you or a loved one is living with Parkinson’s, join us to explore gentle movement in a safe, welcoming environment.

    • 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.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Foellinger Great Hall

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

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 be joined by Julia Wolfe, composer, educator, and recipient of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Music, 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

    • 5:00 pm
    • Stage 5

    At Krannert Uncorked, Stage 5 is the crossroads to gather, make connections, and try a new wine.

    • 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
    • Foellinger Great Hall

    Each year, the 21st Century Piano Commission sponsors a competition with a cash prize for a composition featuring the keyboard instrument.

    • 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 the other.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

    • 7:30 pm
    • Foellinger Great Hall

    A preeminent ensemble in the world, the University of Illinois Wind Symphony premieres new works, travels to national and international events, and sets the standard for band performance and training.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

    • 5:00 pm
    • Stage 5

    At Krannert Uncorked, Stage 5 is the crossroads to gather, make connections, and try a new wine.

    • 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

    Pianist Murray Perahia has announced the cancellation of several performances due to illness, including his February 27 appearance at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

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.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Foellinger Great Hall

    The outstanding musicians in the University of Illinois Wind Orchestra and Hindsley Symphonic Band excel at a wide range of musical styles and are committed to expanding band music's reaches.

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.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Thursday, March 5, 2020

    • 5:00 pm
    • Stage 5

    At Krannert Uncorked, Stage 5 is the crossroads to gather, make connections, and try a new wine.

    • 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

    • 10:00 am
    • Drama Rehearsal Room

    If you or a loved one is living with Parkinson’s, join us to explore gentle movement in a safe, welcoming environment.

    • 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.

    • 3:00 pm
    • Foellinger Great Hall

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

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 12, 2020

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

    • 7:30 pm
    • Foellinger Great Hall

    The versatile musicians of the UI Philharmonia Orchestra play works ranging from new experimental pieces to classics of the literature.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

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

Friday, April 3, 2020

    • 10:00 am
    • Drama Rehearsal Room

    If you or a loved one is living with Parkinson’s, join us to explore gentle movement in a safe, welcoming environment.

    • 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

    • 2:00 pm
    • Foellinger Great Hall

    The Women’s Glee Club is the premier women’s choir at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    • 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.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Foellinger Great Hall

    The UI Black Chorus has sustained a high level of excellence in performance and collaborating with writers, jazz and gospel musicians, chamber orchestras, and dancers.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

    • 2:00 pm
    • Krannert Room

    Go behind the scenes with a pre-show conversation.

    • 3:00 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.

    • 3:00 pm
    • Foellinger Great Hall

    A preeminent ensemble in the world, the University of Illinois Wind Symphony premieres new works, travels to national and international events, and sets the standard for band performance and training. In this program, the Symphony will be joined by the Libertyville High School Wind Ensemble.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

    • 7:30 pm
    • Foellinger Great Hall

    This band performs large ensemble works specifically focused on a variety of quality repertoire, unique/untraditional repertoire, and non-traditional collaborations.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

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.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Foellinger Great Hall

    The Varsity Men's Glee Club at the University of Illinois presents their annual Dad's Day concert.

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.

    • 9:30 pm
    • Stage 5

    Derek Gripper calls upon his own national roots in his interpretation of the diverse musical traditions of Africa. Virtuosic melodies and hints of European, Indian, and Brazilian influences color Gripper’s masterful guitar renderings of kora music for “an open-minded fusion of classical and indigenous” (Art South Africa).

Sunday, April 19, 2020

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
    • Foellinger Great Hall

    The Illini Strings is a string orchestra that performs music from the classics to music written in the 21st century.

    • 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

    • 5:00 pm
    • Stage 5

    At Krannert Uncorked, Stage 5 is the crossroads to gather, make connections, and try a new wine.

    • 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

    This band performs large ensemble works specifically focused on a variety of quality repertoire, unique/untraditional repertoire, and non-traditional collaborations.

Friday, April 24, 2020

    • 10:00 am
    • Foelinger Great Hall

    Pianist and conductor Ian Hobson leads masterclasses at Krannert Center, open for public viewing. Come watch, listen, and learn!

    • 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

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Thursday, April 30, 2020

    • 5:00 pm
    • Stage 5

    At Krannert Uncorked, Stage 5 is the crossroads to gather, make connections, and try a new wine.

    • 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.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Foellinger Great Hall

    The Hindsley Symphonic Band includes strong players who perform music for large ensembles, historic works, transcriptions, and modern pieces. For this program, the band will be joined by Victor J. Andrew High School wind Ensemble.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Studio Theatre

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

Friday, May 1, 2020

    • 10:00 am
    • Drama Rehearsal Room

    If you or a loved one is living with Parkinson’s, join us to explore gentle movement in a safe, welcoming environment.

    • 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.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Studio Theatre

    The classic jazz ensemble, UI Concert Jazz Band, is led by Chip McNeill—a performer with Arturo Sandoval, Nat Adderley, Maynard Ferguson, and the Woody Herman Orchestra.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Foellinger Great Hall

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

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.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Studio Theatre

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

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

    • 7:30 pm
    • Foellinger Great Hall

    A preeminent ensemble in the world, the University of Illinois Wind Symphony premieres new works, travels to national and international events, and sets the standard for band performance and training.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Studio Theatre

    Students in these small jazz combos have the opportunity to hone their technique and work on tight arrangements.

Thursday, May 7, 2020