FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                   Date: November 29, 2000

                                                                                    Contact: Debi Edwards, 206-6150

Sangamon Auditorium announces spring 2001 performing arts season

SPRINGFIELD - Subscription and individual tickets for the Spring Performing Arts Season will be on sale through the mail via On Stage magazine, which was distributed the week of November 20.  Tickets go on sale over-the-counter at 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 16.  The ticket office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; telephone (217) 206-6160 or (800) 207-6960.  The spring season is as follows.

At 8 p.m. on Friday, February 9, The Kingston Trio will bring their classic folk music to Sangamon Auditorium. Even though the group’s lineup has changed over the years—now consisting of Bob Haworth, George Grove, and Bob Shane (the only original member)—the music retains the same timeless sound.  Since the group’s inception in 1957 they have maintained their trademark three-part harmony and clean, crisp sound that has helped them survive changes in popular music styles. Today they are touring 30 weeks of the year and attracting new fans with classic hits such as “Tom Dooley” and “MTA.”  The Kingston Trio is sponsored by Springfield Magazine; tickets are $24, 21, 19, and 12.

For the past 12 years the American Indian Dance Theatre has been a pioneer in bringing authentic traditional American Indian dance and music to the world in a theatrical setting.  The troupe consists of 18 dancers and musicians from tribes across the U.S. and Canada. Among them are Assiniboine (Saskatchewan), Comanche and Creek (Oklahoma), Cherokee (North Carolina), Menominee/Potawatomi (Wisconsin), Navajo (New Mexico), Southern Ute (Colorado), Cree (Alberta and Montana), Sioux (the Dakotas and Saskatchewan), Nez Perce (Idaho), Ojibway and Tsau T’ini/Blackfoot (Alberta), and Zuni (New Mexico). The American Indian Dance Theatre performs at 8 p.m. on Friday, February 23.  The performance is sponsored by FAXXON Title Services; tickets are $24, 21, 19, and 12.

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            Listen to the music of Eileen Ivers and you’ll sense that she began to wield a fiddle bow when she learned to hold a spoon. She made her mark on American audiences as the chief instrumentalist in Riverdance and as a seven-time All-Ireland fiddle champion. Her unique musical vision combines the traditional Irish fiddling she was raised on with African percussion, hip-hop samples, dynamic rock effects, and tap dance rhythms. Touring on the release of her first solo album, Crossing the Bridge, she’ll unleash her fiddle at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 3.  Ivers’ performance is sponsored by WSEC 14/65; tickets are $24, 21, 19, and 12.

Teatro Lirico D’Europa will present Guiseppe Verdi’s opera Aida at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 9, performed in Italian with English super titles. Set in Ancient Egypt, Aida is the story of an Ethiopian Princess (Aida) who becomes a slave at the court of Pharaoh. The drama focuses on Aida’s internal struggle with conflicting loyalties, her love for her own country, and her passion for Radames, the captain of the Egyptian army who defeats her people. Fully staged with critically acclaimed sets, the opera boasts a 50-piece orchestra, a 40-member chorus, and a professional ballet ensemble of 10 dancers.  Aida is sponsored by the Roman Cultural Society; tickets are $36, 33, 31, and 18.

The men’s a cappella choir Chorovaya Akademia was founded in Moscow in 1989. Directed by Alexander Sedov, the choir takes the audience back through time and the north seas to the courts of the czars and the ornate cathedrals when St. Petersburg was the patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church.  In addition to the astonishingly beautiful works of the Russian church, its programs include pieces by some of Russia’s greatest composers. Sponsored by WUIS, Chorovaya Akademia will perform at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 16; tickets are $22, 19, 17, and 11.

Paula Poundstone is one of the most original and imaginative comedians in the country today.  Choosing honesty and her own off-kilter world view, Poundstone is among a handful of comics who came to prominence in the comedy-wild ‘80s and was still standing when the craze finally ended.  Her offbeat interpretations of everyday life, including the peaks and valleys of parenting, come from her own experiences. Poundstone currently appears as a regular celebrity panelist on the new version of the game show To Tell the Truth. She performs at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 30, sponsored by Crowne Plaza Hotel; tickets are $30 (Gold Circle rows AA-L), 25, 22, 20, and 13.

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At 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, the musical comedy revue I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change will be performed. Everything you’ve secretly thought about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives, and in-laws (but were afraid to admit) is celebrated in this musical joyride through the jungle of the modern-day mating game. With four actors playing over 40 roles in a collection of scenes and songs spanning the dizzying spectrum of male/female relationships, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change reveals the difficulties and joys of connecting with another person, no matter what age. The show is sponsored by SIU Physicians & Surgeons; tickets are $30, 27, 25, and 15.

The Afro-Cuban All Stars combine the musical cultures of African slaves, brought to Cuba to work on sugar plantations, and native Cuban people. Juan de Marcos Gonzalez formed the group as a multi-generational big band with a mission to explore the island’s rich musical heritage and to show the world the diversity, continuity, and vitality of Cuban music. The 13-member band produces a variety of contrasting styles, including classic son montuno, contemporary timba, swinging big band guajira, Afro-Cuban jazz, danzon, the pure tribal rhythms of abakua, bolero, and more.  Their musicianship is showcased on their Grammy-nominated debut album, A Toda Cuba Le Gusta, and on their recent release, Distinto, Diferente.  The performance, sponsored by Illinois Times, is at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 20; tickets are $26, 23, 21, and 13.

A PDQ (Pre-show Discussion & Questions) session, sponsored by Barnes & Noble, will be held 45 minutes prior to each Spring Performing Arts Series performance.  PDQs are held in the Studio Theatre on level one of the Public Affairs Center.

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