Dear Friend of the Performing Arts:
What is it that is so special about a live performance? I believe that the communication that occurs between the artist and audience is unlike anything that can be achieved via electronic media. Further, that communication occurs most effectively when the scale of the performance is matched to the hall size and both parties are comfortable and without distraction.
It is our intention to provide that atmosphere for you, and to provide you the opportunity to affordably experience this communication with a spectacular array of artists and companies in a broad spectrum of artistic media. I assure you that, though not every artist within may be familiar, they are all amazing.
Because your ability to fully participate depends on your current life experience, and there are items outside our control, like your day at work, family situation, your meal, the traffic, the weather, and so forth, those we can affect are very much on our radar.
We are constantly assessing our level of customer service and developing strategies to make improvements. Your suggestions are always welcome.
Last year, our “Kitchen Sink Series” was even more successful than we had anticipated. There are an enormous number of extraordinary artists available to showcase that otherwise would never be seen locally and need a smaller venue than the Auditorium. If you missed attending at least one performance in the Studio Theatre this past year, take a chance this season. It is great fun to enjoy liquid refreshment with the artist following the performance while acquiring an autographed copy of the artists’ latest recording. You might even have a photo opportunity.
There are so many ways you can help your performing arts center and deepen your experience. There are volunteers, those who have their names, messages or dedications engraved on a seat arm, who lend their expertise by assisting with pre or post-concert presentations or discussions, committee members who help with special events, and let us not forget the many financial donors, our Friends of Sangamon Auditorium.
From time to time this year we will open the Atrium Lounge on level three of the UIS Public Affairs Center following a performance to Friends of Sangamon Auditorium and their guests to enjoy a beverage and mix and mingle with the artists. This new project termed “The Friends Lounge” begins with our opening performance by four of the original Broadway cast of the Broadway smash hit Jersey Boys, The Midtown Men. Visit our brochure description of the September event for more information. Don’t miss out!
Other new developments this year made possible by Ticket Holders, Friends, and University support include:
• New carpet and signage;
• A new 10’ x 14’ portable projection screen;
• Replacement of our stage lighting dimmers;
• Expansion of our stage lighting capability in the Studio Theatre;
• Creation of a climate-controlled piano storage room;
• Complete renovation (except the box and soundboard) of one of our two grand pianos; and
• New University of Illinois Springfield light projections in the Auditorium.
Finally, if you have not met our new Chancellor, Susan J. Koch, take a few moments to introduce yourself or let me know and I will introduce you. With her leadership and exciting new vision you can expect great things for our campus.
Sangamon Auditorium, University of Illinois at Springfield