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    • 5:00 pm
      5/30/2019
    • Stage 5

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

    • 5:00 pm
      6/6/2019
    • Stage 5

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

    • 5:00 pm
      6/13/2019
    • Stage 5

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

    • 5:00 pm
      6/20/2019
    • Stage 5

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

    • 5:00 pm
      6/27/2019
    • Stage 5

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

    • 5:00 pm
      7/11/2019
    • Studio 5

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

    • 5:00 pm
      7/18/2019
    • Stage 5

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

    • 6:30 pm
      7/19/2019
    • 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. Stay tuned for upcoming artist and amenity announcements on June 4.

    • 5:00 pm
      7/25/2019
    • Stage 5

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

    • 5:30 pm
      9/5/2019
    • 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
      9/5/2019

    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.

    • 11:00 am
      9/6/2019

    Experience a live broadcast of Illinois Public Media’s The 21st—a public radio talk show that celebrates news, culture, and the stories that matter to Illinois. Host Niala Boodhoo will welcome special ELLNORA guests for this new festival feature.

    • 12:00 pm
      9/6/2019

    Slow life down for a moment with the tranquil sounds of slack key guitar—the distinctly Hawaiian finger-style genre known as kī hō’alu in the islands.

    • 1:30 pm
      9/6/2019

    Fabi Reyna—founder of She Shreds magazine, the only print publication in the world dedicated to women guitarists and bassists—will lead this lively conversation about gender and genre in the music industry.

    • 2:45 pm
      9/6/2019

    ELLNORA alum Steve Dawson brings his insightful series of interviews with guitarists and other music makers live to the festival.

    • 4:00 pm
      9/6/2019

    Rhode Island-based French luthier Rachel Rosenkrantz approaches guitar making from her experience as both a performing artist and a product and furniture designer. She’ll lead this panel in an engaging exploration of long-standing guitar-making traditions and modern craftsmanship.

    • 5:00 pm
      9/6/2019

    The African kora legacy has been handed down for seven centuries from father to son, but Sona Jobarteh has broken new ground as a female pioneer in this male-dominated tradition.

    • 6:00 pm
      9/6/2019

    • 7:30 pm
      9/6/2019

    Kaki King is a favorite among Krannert Center audiences. Her newest performance project, DATA NOT FOUND—for which Krannert Center is a commissioning partner and which will premiere at the Center—is an audiovisual expedition featuring new music, projection mapping, and a host of new performative tools.

    • 8:00 pm
      9/6/2019

    Discover the rich and colorful lyricism of this French-born gypsy jazz musician. Past ELLNORA attendees will recall Wrembel’s soaring 2013 fresh-air Amphitheatre sets, filled with flamenco rhythms, Django Reinhardt-inspired odes, and a healthy infusion of rock and blues.

    • 9:00 pm
      9/6/2019

    In 2005, Krannert Center’s very own guitar festival was taking shape for the first time, and jazz icon Pat Metheny made his third visit to the Center’s stages. Fourteen years later, this National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master returns with young jazz frontrunners for a musical incarnation called “Side Eye."

    • 10:00 pm
      9/6/2019

    Discover the rich and colorful lyricism of this French-born gypsy jazz musician. Past ELLNORA attendees will recall Wrembel’s soaring 2013 fresh-air Amphitheatre sets, filled with flamenco rhythms, Django Reinhardt-inspired odes, and a healthy infusion of rock and blues.

    • 10:30 pm
      9/6/2019

    Jazz and experimental guitarist Anthony Pirog leads this instrumental power trio that includes bassist Joe Lally and Brendan Canty on drums (the rhythm section of the legendary punk rock band Fugazi).

    • 9:00 am
      9/7/2019

    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
      9/7/2019

    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
      9/7/2019

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

    • 11:00 am
      9/7/2019

    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
      9/7/2019

    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
      9/7/2019

    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
      9/7/2019

    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
      9/7/2019

    • 2:30 pm
      9/7/2019

    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
      9/7/2019

    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
      9/7/2019

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

    • 5:00 pm
      9/7/2019

    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
      9/7/2019

    • 7:15 pm
      9/7/2019

    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
      9/7/2019

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

    • 8:30 pm
      9/7/2019

    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
      9/7/2019

    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
      9/7/2019

    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.

    • 7:30 pm
      9/13/2019
    • 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.

    • 7:30 pm
      9/14/2019
    • 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
      9/14/2019
    • 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
      9/14/2019
    • Colwell Playhouse

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

    • 7:30 pm
      9/17/2019
    • Foellinger Great Hall

    The Jupiter String Quartet has invited pianist Jon Nakamatsu—known internationally for the panache and elegance of his solo, concerto, and chamber performances—to join them for "Brahms’ Piano Quintet."

    • 7:30 pm
      9/19/2019
    • 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).

    • 7:30 pm
      9/20/2019
    • 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).

    • 7:30 pm
      9/20/2019
    • 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
      9/21/2019
    • 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).

    • 5:00 pm
      9/26/2019
    • 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.

    • 7:30 pm
      9/27/2019
    • 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?”

    • 7:30 pm
      9/28/2019
    • 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?”

    • 7:00 pm
      10/1/2019
    • 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.

    • 7:30 pm
      10/3/2019
    • 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
      10/3/2019
    • 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.

    • 7:30 pm
      10/4/2019
    • 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.

    • 7:30 pm
      10/5/2019
    • 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.

    • 7:30 pm
      10/5/2019
    • 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
      10/12/2019
    • Tryon Festival Theatre

    Individually, pianist Chick Corea, bassist Christian McBride, and drummer Brian Blade represent the heights of their crafts—so imagine what happens when these three musical masters join forces for a landmark project.

    • 7:30 pm
      10/17/2019
    • 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
      10/18/2019
    • 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.

    • 6:30 pm
      10/19/2019
    • Krannert Room

    Go behind the scenes with a pre-show conversation.

    • 7:30 pm
      10/19/2019
    • 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.

    • 7:30 pm
      10/19/2019
    • 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
      10/23/2019
    • 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.

    • 7:30 pm
      10/24/2019
    • 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.

    • 7:30 pm
      10/24/2019
    • 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
      10/25/2019
    • 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.

    • 7:30 pm
      10/25/2019
    • 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
      10/26/2019
    • 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.

    • 7:30 pm
      10/26/2019
    • 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
      10/26/2019
    • 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.

    • 2:00 pm
      10/27/2019
    • Krannert Room

    Go behind the scenes with a pre-show conversation.

    • 3:00 pm
      10/27/2019
    • 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
      10/29/2019
    • 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.

    • 7:30 pm
      10/30/2019
    • 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.

    • 7:30 pm
      10/31/2019
    • 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.

    • 7:30 pm
      11/1/2019
    • 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.

    • 7:30 pm
      11/1/2019
    • Foellinger Great Hallll

    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
      11/2/2019
    • 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.

    • 3:00 pm
      11/3/2019
    • 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.

    • 7:30 pm
      11/5/2019
    • 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.

    • 7:30 pm
      11/7/2019
    • 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
      11/7/2019
    • 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
      11/8/2019
    • 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
      11/8/2019
    • 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.

    • 3:00 pm
      11/9/2019
    • 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
      11/9/2019
    • 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
      11/9/2019
    • 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.

    • 3:00 pm
      11/10/2019
    • 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.

    • 7:30 pm
      11/12/2019
    • 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.

    • 7:30 pm
      11/14/2019
    • Colwell Playhouse

    In the early 1900s, New York City’s Harlem neighborhood became an African-American cultural Mecca. This performance pays homage to the sights and sounds of Harlem in an electrifying, multimedia music and dance showcase.

    • 7:30 pm
      11/15/2019
    • 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.

    • 5:00 pm
      11/16/2019
    • 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.

    • 2:00 pm
      11/17/2019
    • Krannert Room

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

    • 3:00 pm
      11/17/2019
    • 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
      11/17/2019
    • 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.

    • 7:30 pm
      11/21/2019
    • 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."

    • 7:30 pm
      11/22/2019
    • 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.