Performances

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Sunday, March 24, 2019

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

    • 5:00 pm

    Join us this week for a showcase of performing artists from our very own Lyric Theatre @ Illinois.

    • 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

    • 7:00 pm

    Doors open 6PM

    • 7:00 pm

    Doors open 6:30PM

    • 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

    • 2:30 pm

    Doors open 2PM

    • 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.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

    • 3:00 pm
    • Foellinger Great Halll

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

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).

    • 7:30 pm

    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? IWhat 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.

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

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

    • 2:00 pm
    • Foellinger Great Halll

    The Women’s Glee Club performs a wide variety of repertoire chosen from all periods and styles of Western art music as well as works from other cultures.

    • 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
    • Foellinger Great Halll

    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 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.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Foellinger Great Hall

    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.”

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

    • 5:00 pm

    Push4Art is an arts initiative focused on partnering Krannert Center for the Performing Arts with student talent to create spontaneous pop-up performances. At the event area there will be a podium with a button on top of it and when someone presses the button, a rehearsed, short performance will start!

    • 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.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Foellinger Great Hall

    Enjoy the excellent musicianship of the university of Illinois Wind Orchestra and the Hindsley Symphonic Band.

Friday, April 19, 2019

    • 8:30 am
    • Foellinger Great Hall

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

    • 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.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Studio Theatre

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

    • 7:30 pm
    • Colwell Playhouse

    This group performs calypso, soca, jazz, and global styles.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

    • 7:30 pm
    • Studio Theatre

    The composer and prolific recording artist Jim Pugh leads the UI Jazz Trombone Ensembles on works arranged or written by group members.

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

Thursday, April 25, 2019

    • 8:30 am
    • Studio Theatre

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

    • 5:00 pm

    Since Whiskey Shadows' debut in early 2017, audiences have been shakin' and jumpin' to their high energy stomp shuffles and rootsy rock sound.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Foellinger Great Hall

    These bands perform large ensemble works specifically focused on a variety of quality repertoire, unique/untraditional repertoire, and non-traditional collaborations.

    • 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.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Foellinger Great Hall

    The Illinois Modern Ensemble focuses on contemporary and experimental music. Concerts feature compositions by prominent artists as well as new works by students and faculty members.

    • 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.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

    • 3:00 pm
    • Studio Theatre

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

    • 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.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Studio Theatre

    Jazz vocalists can perform a cappella, create their own vocal percussion, become entire orchestras unto themselves, or sing dense arrangements backed by rhythm musicians.

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.

    • 3:00 pm
    • Studio Theatre

    Reeds and strings take the lead when these student jazz ensembles head into the Studio Theatre.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Studio Theatre

    The UI Latin Jazz Ensemble performs works with South American, Caribbean, Afro-Cuban, and traditional jazz influences.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Foellinger Great Hall

    The UI Trombone Choir, directed by Elliot Chasanov, shares the stage with the UI Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, directed by Mark E. Moore, for a blending of brass sounds in the Great Hall.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

    • 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 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.