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Sangamon Auditorium History

Sangamon Auditorium opened its doors on February 21, 1981, and has since presented more than 1,025 events. Some have been public events; some have been private meetings; some have been children's shows; and some have been for university students, graduates, and their family and friends. In addition to the many performance events, the Auditorium has hosted debates and inaugurations. In all, close to one and a half million people have ventured to Sangamon Auditorium, UIS from Illinois and beyond. We invite you to look back at highlights of the major events presented and hosted by the Sangamon Auditorium.

Spring 1981
Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight!
Billy Taylor Trio
Mummenschanz
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Pointer Sisters with comedian Arsenio Hall
Pat Carroll in Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein
Pilobolus Dance Theatre
Harry Chapin with Tom Chapin
Salem Inspiration Gospel Choir
Byron Janis, Piano
Count Basie and His Orchestra

1981-82
Ray Charles and the Raeletts with comedian Mike Bender
Helen Reddy with comedian David Sayh
Morning's at Seven
New England Ragtime Ensemble
Westminster Choir
A Chorus Line
Los Angeles Ballet in Cinderella
Dave Rowland and Sugar with Johnny Rodriguez
A Christmas Carol by Nebraska Theatre Caravan
Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company
One Mo' Time
Alan Marks, pianist
Tammy Wynette with Nightstreets
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Maynard Ferguson
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra with Leonard Slatkin, conductor and Sergui Luca, pianist
Victor Borge
The Association
Kris Kristofferson with Billy Swan

1982-83
Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Reynold Giovaninetti
Beatlemania
Pirates of Penzance
Ohio Ballet Company
Tintypes
I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It On the Road
Carlos Montoya
A Christmas Carol by Nebraska Theatre Caravan
The Acting Company in Tartuffe, Pericles, and Twelfth Night
Ramsey Lewis Trio
Frank Holder Dance Company
Vienna Choir Boys
Children of a Lesser God
Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin Big Band
Texas Opera Theatre in The Marriage of Figaro


1983-84
Give 'em Hell Harry starring Kevin McCarthy
John Prine in Concert with Leo Kottke
Lorin Hollander, piano
Chicago City Ballet
The 1940's Radio Hour
George Carlin
A Christmas Carol by Nebraska Theatre Caravan
James Cunningham's Acme Dance Company
Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight!
Evita
The Guthrie Theatre in The Importance of Being Earnest
Atlanta Symphony
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Julliard String Quartet
Count Basie and His Orchestra with Cab Calloway
Neil Sedaka
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with John Hartford 


1984-85
Sarah Vaughn in Concert with Ramsey Lewis Trio
Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Raymond Leppard
Arlo Guthrie and Shenandoah
Indianapolis Ballet
Mark Russell
P.D.Q. Bach
Brighton Beach Memoirs
Chuck Mangione
Sophisticated Ladies
Handel's Messiah with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Wesleyan Collegiate Choir, and Springfield Messiah Chorus
Don Redlich Dance Company
Dracula starring Martin Landau
Springfield Symphony Chamber Ensemble
Tony Bennett with Buddy Rich Orchestra
GiGi starring Louis Jourdan and Betsy Palmer
Cotton Patch Gospel
The Count Basie Orchestra conducted by Thad Jones 


1985-86
Les Ballet Trockaderos de Monte Carlo
George M! starring Ken Barry
Cyrano de Bergerac starring John Cullom
Royal Winnipeg Ballet
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
The Magic of David Copperfield
Vienna Choir Boys
Roy Clark Christmas Show
The Flying Karamazov Brothers
The Guthrie Theatre in Great Expectations
Brigadoon
Joshua Rifkin plays Scott Joplin
Victor Borge
Peking Acrobats
William Windom plays Thurber II
Harry Anderson with Spatz 


1986-87
Chicago Brass Quintet
Tap Dance Kid
North Carolina Dance Theatre
Doug Henning presents A New Evening of Magic and Wonder
The Negro Ensemble Company in Ceremonies in Dark Old Men
George Carlin with Glen Super as Mr. Bullhorn
The Osmond Family Christmas Show with Marie Osmond
The Mid-America Dance Company in Madcracker
Mummenschanz
Odetta
On the Twentieth Century
The Milwaukee Ballet in Swan Lake with the Illinois Chamber Orchestra
Can Can
Montreux and Metamora
1964...as the Beatles
Steve Landesberg with Tom Chapin
Biloxi Blues  


1987-88
Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kenneth Jean
The Alchemedians with Bob Berky and Michael Moschen
Cats
The National Shakespeare Company in Julius Caesar
David Brenner with Corky Siegel
Ballet du Nord
The Great Gershwin Concert with Mel Torme, Leslie Uggams, and Peter Nero
Paul Winter Consort
Pump Boys and Dinettes
A Christmas Carol by Nebraska Theatre Caravan
Chestnut Brass
Ain't Misbehavin'
Jack Daniels Original Silver Cornet Band
Hubbard Street Dance Company
Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Imago
The Acting Company in Kabuki Macbeth
I'm Not Rappaport starring Vincent Gardenia and Glynn Turman
McLain Family Band
Mel Torme with Eastern Illinois University Jazz Ensemble
Judy Collins
Steven Wright with James Lee Stanley 


1988-89
Broadway Bound
New England Ragtime Ensemble with Gunther Shuller
Royal Winnipeg Ballet
The Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats and Magicians
Duke Ellington Orchestra Christmas Show with Mercer Ellington
It's a Wonderful Life
Dreamgirls
Asolo Theatre Company in Toward Zero
Muntu African Dance
Nunsense
Irish Folk Music Festival with Scartaglen and DeDannan
My One and Only
Jazz Tap Ensemble
Zoppe Circus Europa

1989-90
The Nylons
Michael Doucet and Beausoleil
London Ballet Theatre
Smothers Brothers
Beehive
American Indian Dance Theatre
Anne Murray
Driving Miss Daisy
Cats
David Seebach's Merry Magic Christmas
Dizzy Gillespie with Eastern Illinois University Jazz Ensemble
Me and My Girl
Lewitzky Dance Company
Asolo Theatre Company in Blithe Spirit
Kodo
HMS Pinafore
West Side Story
Romeo and Juliet
Dukes of Dixieland

1990-91
Mame with Juliet Prowse
Steven Wright
Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim
Bob Newhart
Sarafina
Abby Theatre in Playboy of the Western World
Mantovani Orchestra Christmas Show
Les Miserables
Asolo Theatre Company in Master Harold... and the Boys
Rumors
Martha Graham Dance Company with the Illinois Chamber Orchestra
Patrick Street
Soviet Acrobatic Revue
Sound of Music
Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour Revisited
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight! 


1991-92
Barnum
The Four Preps
Corky Siegel: Chamber Blues
Folklorico de Mexico
A Chorus Line
Les Grandes Ballets Canadiens
Winter Solstice featuring Barbara Higbie, Philip Aaberg, and Nightnoise
Gypsy
An Evening with Harry Belafonte
Yakov Smirnoff
Love Letters
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Tosca with the New York City Opera
Annie
ISO and the BOBS
The Irish Rovers
Diane Schurr with Eastern Illinois University Jazz Ensemble
Peter, Paul and Mary
Boys Choir of Harlem
Cats 


1992-93
Red Army Chorus and Dance Ensemble
Buddy
Doc Severinsen and His Orchestra
An Evening with Michael Feinstein and Rosemary Clooney
Steven Wright
Battlefield Band
Hubbard Street Dance Company
Fiddler on the Roof
A Christmas Carol by Nebraska Theatre Caravan
Mantovani Orchestra Christmas Show
Billy Taylor and Ramsey Lewis
Porgy and Bess
TRU starring Robert Morse
The Music Man
Lend Me a Tenor
Lynn Redgrave in Shakespeare for My Father
Paula Poundstone
Ballet Chicago
Los Folkloristas
Little Shop of Horrors
Beausoleil 

1993-94
Glenn Yarbrough and The Fabulous Limeliters
An Evening with Harry Belafonte
The New York Chamber Soloists in The Six Brandenburg Concerti
The Minnesota Opera in Don Giovanni
Lost in Yonkers
Evita
A Chipmunk Christmas
Winter Solstice featuring Liz Story, Alex de Grassi, and Nightnoise
Oklahoma
Once on This Island
Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens
Mel Torme with the Eastern Illinois University Jazz Ensemble
Na Casaidigh -- The Cassidys
Cloris Leachman in Grandma Moses
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre
The Wizard of Oz
Saturn V Laser Light Concert
 

1994-95
Art Garfunkel
Zap Mama
Oleanna
The Secret Garden
Taiko Dojo -- Drums of Japan
Bobcat Goldthwait
Penn and Teller
Winter Solstice featuring Liz Story, Modern Mandolin Quartet, and Andy Narell
Johnny Cash and The Carter Family
Oliver!
Guys and Dolls
Bobby McFerrin's Bang Zoom
My Children! My Africa!
Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra
Mummenschanz
Boys of the Lough
Jesus Christ Superstar
James Whitmore in Will Rogers USA 


1995-96
Judy Collins
Stars of Broadway! with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra
The Late Great Ladies of Blues and Jazz with Sandra Reaves
Greater Tuna
Laughter on the 23rd Floor
Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight!
Vienna Choir Boys
The Will Rogers Follies
The Lettermen Christmas Show
The Who's Tommy
Les Ballets Africains
Irish Rovers
Paula Poundstone
R. Carlos Nakai & Jackalope
The Sunshine Boys
Eastern Illinois Jazz Ensemble with Joe Williams and Snooky Young
Crazy for You 


1996-97
Roger Whittaker
42nd Street
Turtle Island String Quartet
Penn & Teller
San Francisco Western Opera Theatre in The Barber of Seville
Peter, Paul and Mary
Les Miserables
A Christmas Carol by Nebraska Theatre Caravan
The Glenn Miller Orchestra Christmas Show
GREASE!
The Shirelles with Eastern Illinois University Jazz Ensemble
Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal
The Odd Couple starring Jamie Farr & William Christopher
Reeltime
Elayne Boosler
Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
An Evening with John Tesh
All American Pops! with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra
BeauSoleil with Michael Doucet
The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra


1997-98
A Chorus Line
STOMP
San Francisco Western Opera Theatre in Carmen
Great American Brass Band Festival on Tour
Winter Solstice with Nightnoise, Seamus Egan, and Andy Stewart
The Roy Clark Christmas Show
Messiah with Illinois Chamber Orchestra and Illinois Symphony Chorus
Damn Yankees
The Paul Taylor Dance Company
Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
The Mikado
The Peking Opera
Altan
Romeo & Juliet
An Evening with Bill Cosby
West Side Story
An Evening with Joan Baez introducing Richard Shindell
Cats
The Lettermen
La Bottine Souriante
Beale Street Saturday Night
The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra

1998-99
Tap Dogs
An Evening with Robert Wagner & Jill St. John in Love Letters
Le Ballet National du Senegal
Ondekoza: Demon Drummers of Japan
Patsy! A Musical Tribute to Patsy Cline
Spirit of the Dance
The Winter Solstice Concerts: A Christmas Heritage
A Holiday Evening with Sandi Patty
Grease!
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Big Band ’99: The Fabulous Dorseys
The King and I
Cherish the Ladies
An Evening with Marvin Hamlisch
Twelfth Night by The Acting Company
The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago
Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra
Spyro Gyra
Whatcha Gonna Swing Tonight? With The Chenille Sisters and James Dapogny’s Chicago Jazz Band
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
The Nylons
Maynard Ferguson and his Big Bop Nouveau Band


1999-2000
Carrot Top
Smokey Joe’s Café
As You Like It by the Alabama Shakespeare Festival
Don Cossacks of Rostov
Last Swing of the Century featuring Guy Lombardo’s Royal Canadians, The Music of Benny Goodman, and The Ink Spots
Ballet Hispanico
Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues
Camelot
Rent
Macbeth
by The Acting Company
The Rivals by The Acting Company
The Irish and How They Got That Way
Turandot by Teatro Lirico D’Europa
Mick Moloney’s Irish Music & Dance Festival
The Manhattan Transfer
1776
The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber
Chicago

An Evening with Bill Cosby


2000-01
The Spinners
"Weird Al" Yankovic's Touring with Scissors
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Jekyll & Hyde
The Klezmer Conservatory Band
Footloose
Melissa Manchester Christmas Show
Annie
George Winston, The Plains Tour
The Kingston Trio
American Indian Dance Theatre
Eileen Ivers, Celtic Fusion Fiddler
G. Verdi's Opera AIDA by Teatro Lirico D'Europa
Chorovaya Akademia
An Evening with Paula Poundstone
I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change
Juan De Marcos' Afro-Cuban All Stars


2001-02
Sandra Bernhard
Philadanco
Ragtime
Bayanihan Philippine Dance Company
Unforgettable
Cosi fan tutte
Cabaret
Riverdance
Christmas with Mantovani
A Celtic Christmas
The Taming of the Shrew with The Acting Company
Fiddler On the Roof
Peking Acrobats
Rigoletto
Dervish & Karan Casey
Titanic The Musical
ART

Mingus Big Band
Bill Cosby

2002-03
Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight!
Paragon Ragtime Orchestra featuring The Clown Princes
Stanislavsky Opera Company in La Boheme
Carrot Top
An Evening with Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers
Ballet National du Senegal
Miss Saigon
Saturday Night Fever

Cherish the Ladies Christmas Show
Fosse
Rich Little starring in The Presidents
Chanticleer
Mummenschanz
The Vagina Monologues
Tango Buenos Aires
Il Trovatore
South Pacific
Donny Osmond
The Miracle Worker
Swing!
BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet 


2003-04
Cats
Krasnoyarsk National Dance Company of Siberia
National Theatre of the Deaf in Oh, Figaro!
Mozart's Don Giovanni
The Glenn Miller Orchestra
Les Miserables
Yamato Taiko Drummers of Japan
Winter Solstice
Manhattan Transfer Christmas Show
A Scottish Christmas
The Chieftains
Jesus Christ Superstar
The Second City
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
The Acting Company in Richard III
La Traviata
A Streetcar Named Desire
Kiss Me Kate


2004-05
Davy Jones
Crazy for You
The Ten Tenors
Capitol Steps
Aquila Theatre Company's The Invisible Man
River North Dance Chicago
Steven Wright
Contact: The Musical
Leahy
Four Bitchin' Babes
Carmen
ABBA The Show
The Ahn Trio
Trinity Irish Dance
David Sedaris
The Full Monty
Debbie Reynolds


2005-06
Parrothead
Berenstain Bears
Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Willy Wonka
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
42nd Street
Jump Rhythm Jazz Project
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra
The Stinky Cheese Man
An Evening with Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood
The Barber of Seville
David Copperfield
The Very Hungry Catepillar
Our Sinatra
Typo
Blast
Kingston Trio - Silver Celebration
Riverdance

2006-2007
Melissa Ferrick
Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet - Dracula
Bo Diddley and Friends
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Kathy Griffin
Red Grammer
Sister's Christmas Catechism "The Mystery of the Magi's Gold"
Mamma Mia!
Junie B. Jones
The Producers
Garrison Keillor
Momix - Opus Cactus
Man of La Mancha
RENT
Natalie MacMaster
The Star Keeper
Jesus Christ Superstar
If You Give A Mouse A Cookie
Tibetan Monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery

2007-2008
Marvin Hamlisch
Hairspray
Georgian State Dance Company
Defending the Caveman
Cashore Marionettes
Jethro Tull
STOMP
Yamato
Gypsy
Diavolo
Riders in the Sky
Marie Osmond’s Magic of Christmas
Ring of Fire
St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre
Chris Korblein
Evita
L.A. Theatre Works,Top Secret: The Battle for The Pentagon Papers
The Golden Dragon Acrobats
CATS
Phil Coulter with his Irish Pops Orchestra
Kronos Quartet - Sun Rings
Fred Garbo Inflatable Theater Co.
Hal Holbrook in “Mark Twain Tonight!”
Movin’ Out
Arlo Guthrie, Solo Reunion Tour, Together at Last

2008-2009
Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley
Compañía Flamenco José Porcel
An Evening With David Crosby And Graham Nash
Capitol Steps
Direct from Africa: The Song and Dance Ensemble of West Africa
The Pajama Game
Cherryholmes Christmas
Ira Glass: Radio Stories and Other Stories
Russian National Ballet Company – Giselle
Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny
Jay Ungar and Molly Mason: An Early Birthday Party for A. Lincoln
RAIN: The Beatles Experience
National Acrobats of China
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Ensemble Galilei with NPR's Neal Conan
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Susan Werner Duo
Reduced Shakespeare - History of America “Abridged”
Hairspray
Annie
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Cirque Dream Jungle Fantasy

2009-2010
An Evening with Garrison Keillor
Tommy Emmanuel
Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company
Darwin the Dinosaur - Corbian Visual Arts and Dance
An Evening with Brian Wilson
Neil Berg’s 101 Years of Broadway
Tap Dogs
Kevin Locke Native Dance Ensemble
Avenue Q
Cirque Dreams Illumination
Russian Ballet Gala: In an Afternoon of Ballet’s Greatest Hits
Cabaret
Ralph’s World
Band of the Irish Guards / Royal Regiment of Scotland
The Blind Boys of Alabama
Junie B. Jones
Romeo & Juliet - the Acting Company
RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles
Ballet Folklórico de México
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Chic Gamine
The Wizard of Oz
B.B. King
The Doobie Brothers
BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet - 2010-2011 Season Announcement Event

2010-2011
Buddy Guy
Bayanihan Philippine National Dance Company
David Sedaris
A Chorus Line
The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh
Paul Taylor Dance Company
Spring Awakening
Drumline LIVE!
Legally Blonde The Musical
Tango Buenos Aires
Giggle, Giggle, Quack
The King's Singers
Hot Tuna Blues
Mamma Mia!
Arlo Guthrie
Tom Chapin
Anthony Zerbe, "It's All Done With Mirrors"
Peter Yarrow & Noel Paul Stookey

2011-2012
"It's All Relative" with Kirsten and Karin Paludan
ScrapArtsMusic
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Erin Bode Group
Imago
In the Mood
Midori
My Fair Lady
Jake Shimabukuro
The Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller
Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Treasured Stories by Eric Carle
Eric Bibb & Michael Jerome Browne
Ruth Moody Band
Ballet Folklorico de Antioquia, Colombia
Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific
The All New Original Tribue to the Blues Brothers
Pink Floyd Experience
Soweto Gospel Choir
Riverdance
5th House
Young Frankenstein
Pilobolus
In the Heights

2012-2013
Midtown Men
William Fitzsimmons
Savion Glover
LEO
Jackson Browne
The Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi
Stanley Jordan
A Night in Treme
West Side Story
Boston Brass and the Brass All-Stars Big Band: Christmas Bells are Swingin’
Time for Three
Blues at the Crossroads 2: Muddy & The Wolf
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Shrek The Musical
The Campbell Brothers
Experience the Beatles with RAIN
Eric Johnson
TRACES
The Good Lovelies
The Ugly Duckling & the Tortoise and the Hare
An Evening with Janis Ian & Liv Taylor
Chanticleer
3-Legged Tale
Menopause
Leon Redbone
Rock of Ages

 

 

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