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Dear Friend of the Performing Arts:

Bob Vaughn I am delighted to present to you the 2014-2015 performing arts season at Sangamon Auditorium, UIS.  There are a number of significant features for your consideration this year.  If you are a fan of Broadway, we offer three new titles and three very popular repeat titles.  We also bring you a return visit by The Acting Company to supplement the lively local theatre scene and provide you another peek into the mind of Mark Twain.

Our Canadian neighbors have provided us a unique theatrical experience for the season with Timber!, an event that melds a logging camp with the circus.  None of my staff have seen anything like it, and I bet that you have not either.  Buy front row seats to satisfy that sense of adventure!

The controversy created at the Newport Jazz Festival with Bob Dylan’s electric support by members of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band is only one prominent moment of the feature film Born in Chicago.  The documentary premiered at the SXSW Festival this year in Austin.  We have the film for you—and—a performance by a host of the rockers who studied at the knees of the greats playing the Chicago blues clubs in the ‘50s and ‘60s.

As usual, there are several offerings to bring us closer to other cultures.  As a music student I am pleased to bring you the opportunity to hear a performance featuring a West African instrument that eventually became the banjo, the ngoni.  Since the banjo has figured prominently in the development of American music, I also felt it important for us to experience the modern instrument in the hands of contemporary virtuoso Béla Fleck.

If the title track to your life featured rock music prominently, you have several options to consider including Ian Anderson (playing pieces from his new album as well as Jethro Tull hits), Roger McGuinn and The Moody Blues.  For a local connection, the Kitchen Sink Series features a performance by Sarah Jarosz, one of the preeminent contemporary roots musicians and granddaugher of Springfield's own Fred Jarosz.  We also continue our journey in American dance with another of the very finest, the Mark Morris Dance Group from Brooklyn. 

Take note of the five preconcert meals offered this year as a joint project between the Sangamon Auditorium Advisory Board and the University of Illinois Alumni Association SAGE Society.  Our chef and Food Service staff never fail to make these events memorable.  Buy early, since they often sell out.

Our contributors, the Friends of Sangamon Auditorium, also receive invitations to special gatherings throughout the year.  See the materials included in this brochure to get involved and help make all these performances possible.

Thank you for your interest, support and participation.  I am available in person, by phone or online to answer questions or discuss matters involving performing arts programming, events management or management of a performing arts facility – or other matters of your choice.

The shows I’ve mentioned here are just a sample of what you can enjoy this year.  Please visit Coming Events here on the website to learn more the season.

Bob Vaughn, Director
Sangamon Auditorium, University of Illinois at Springfield



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