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2014-2015 Season

Willie NelsonWillie Nelson & Family
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 7:30 PM

The iconic Texan is the creative genius behind historic recordings like "Crazy," "Hello Walls," “Red Headed Stranger” and “Stardust.” His career has spanned six decades. His catalog boasts more than 200 albums. He's earned every conceivable award and honor (more)

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The Moody BluesThe Moody Blues
Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 7:30 PM

“The Moody Blues are still the Sistine Chapel of popular music,” proclaims Rolling Stone Magazine. In an endless sea of rock and pop formats, The Moody Blues have distinguished themselves through four decades as that shimmering jewel vindicating rock music as a (more)

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Sarah JaroszAn Evening with Sarah Jarosz
Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 7:00 PM

Once described as Gillian Welch’s “long-lost daughter” by Rolling Stone Magazine, Sarah Jarosz’s music fits comfortably where contemporary folk, Americana and roots music intersect. A 22-year-old Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from (more)

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Bill CosbyBill Cosby...far from finished tour
Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 7:00 PM

As One of America’s most beloved comedians of all time, Bill Cosby has captivated generations of fans with his comedy routines, iconic albums and best-selling books such as Fatherhood.  His comedy transcends age, gender and cultural barriers. Cosby broke television’s racial (more)

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O Sole TrioO Sole Trio - From Prima Donna to Post-Madonna:
How Italy and Italian Americans Influenced
American Popular Music

Friday, October 10, 2014 - 8:00 PM

O Sole Trio is a vibrant musical ensemble that has brought their exhilarating and unique show capturing the essence of the Italian and Italian-American songbook (more)

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The best of Jethro Tull performed by Ian AndersonThe best of Jethro Tull performed by Ian Anderson
featuring new album Homo Erraticus

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 8:00 PM

Legendary progressive rocker Ian Anderson is widely considered an icon of the genre and is recognized as the protagonist of the flute in rock music. As a solo artist and with the band Jethro Tull, Anderson has performed (more)

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Mark Morris Dance GroupMark Morris Dance Group - Excursions Tour
Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 7:00 PM

For more than 30 years, Mark Morris Dance Group has enthralled critics, dance enthusiasts and novices alike with its amazing technical expertise, unique artistry and its signature use of live music. Hailed as “one of the greatest living choreographers” by The New Yorker, Mark (more)

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Cirque PekingThe National Acrobats of the People's Republic of China - Cirque Peking
Friday, October 24, 2014 - 7:00 PM

Family FriendlyOne of the world’s preeminent acrobatic companies, that will thrill young and old alike with their athletic (more)

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Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni BluesBassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Blues
Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 8:00 PM

Bassekou Kouyate is one of the true masters of the ngoni, an ancient traditional lute found throughout West Africa. He is a virtuoso picker and musical visionary whose work blurs the lines between West African and American roots music.  The ngoni is an ancestor of the banjo, (more)

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Anything GoesAnything Goes
Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 7:00 PM

All aboard for this saucy and splendid production of Anything Goes, winner of three 2011 Tony® Awards including Best Musical Revival and Choreography! Peppering this Cole Porter first-class comedy are some of musical theater’s most memorable standards, including (more)

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All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914Cantus - All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914
Monday, December 1, 2014 - 7:30 PM

Acclaimed as “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” (Fanfare), Cantus is committed to inspiring audiences with music performed at the highest level. Rehearsing and performing without a conductor or music director, the nine members of Cantus are (more)

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Chicago Blues Weekend

In the early 1960s, a small group of white middle-class Chicago teenagers fell in love with the blues. They were drawn to the small clubs in the city's toughest neighborhoods where Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter and others performed nightly. These young musicians were accepted and mentored by their larger-than-life heroes and then went out to bring the blues to the rest of the country, exploding on the music scene as solo artists and in groups like The Electric Flag, Goldberg Miller Blues Band, Siegel-Schwall Band, Canned Heat, Charlie Musselwhite's South Side Band, and John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers.

Born in Chicago FilmFILM - Born in Chicago
Friday, December 5, 2014 - 7:00 PM

This new feature-length documentary film includes both performance and interview footage, vintage and current, including on-screen appearances by Elvin Bishop, Michael Bloomfield, Eric Burdon, Paul Butterfield, Marshall Chess, Bob Dylan, Barry Goldberg, Nick Gravenites, Buddy (more)

Chicago Blues ReunionLIVE PERFORMANCE - Chicago Blues Reunion
Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 8:00 PM

Fifty years after learning blues from the masters, Barry Goldberg (Hammond B-3), Nick “The Greek” Gravenites (vocals/guitar), Harvey “The Snake” Mandel (guitar), Corky Siegel (harmonica/vocals), Gary Mallaber (percussion) and Rick Reed (bass) are reuniting in an all-star (more)

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Sister ActSister Act
Friday, December 19, 2014 - 8:00 PM

Sister Act is Broadway's feel-amazing musical comedy smash! The New York Post calls it "ridiculously fun,” and audiences are jumping to their feet in total agreement! Featuring original music by 8-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast) (more)

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April Verch Bigger BandApril Verch Bigger Band
Friday, January 16, 2015 - 8:00 PM

Throw down the plywood and let April and her boys do the rest! Canada’s Ottawa Valley meets Old-Time Appalachia: crack fiddling, electric step dancing, and sweet singing. Juno Award nominee April Verch has never sounded more comfortable in her skin than she does now in the (more)

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StompSTOMP
Monday, January 26, 2015 - 7:30 PM

STOMP is explosive, provocative, sophisticated, sexy, utterly unique and appeals to audiences of all ages. The return of the percussive hit also brings some new surprises, with some sections of the show now updated and restructured and the addition of two new (more)

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The Elephant WrestlerIndian Ink Theatre Company - The Elephant Wrestler
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 7:30 PM

The contradictions of modern India with its iPhones and ancient gods come alive in this outrageously funny and heartbreakingly beautiful romantic thriller. A poor chaiwallah (tea seller) has his life changed forever when a young girl is abandoned at a busy railway station (more)

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Song of Eva PeronTango Buenos Aires - Song of Eva Perón
Sunday, February 8, 2015 - 7:00 PM

Tango Buenos Aires has become one of Argentina’s great cultural exports, known throughout the world as the most authentic and uncompromising representative of the Tango. Song of Eva Perón is a Tango dance and music presentation inspired by the most important (more)

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Fleck, Washburn & The Del McCoury BandBéla Fleck & Abigail Washburn and The Del McCoury Band - Del & Woody
Friday, February 20, 2015 - 8:00 PM

Husband and wife banjoists Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn have mastered the intricate art of the duet with two banjos and one voice. Bluegrass legend Del McCoury’s new project, Del & Woody, features unheard (more)

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Mamma Mia!Mamma Mia!
Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 7:30 PM

Mamma Mia! is the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill.  Now it’s your turn to have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical that combines ABBA’s greatest hits, including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” (more)

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A Conneticut Yankee in King Arthur's CourtThe Acting Company - Mark Twain's A Conneticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 7:30 PM

In this satirical tale from America’s favorite humorist, Mark Twain himself travels from 19th century Hartford, Connecticut, to 6th century England through the eyes of Hank Morgan, who awakens in the medieval era (more)

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DervishDervish - Magical Music from Ireland
Friday, March 13, 2015 - 8:00 PM

Ireland and Celtic music’s most respected and legendary band Dervish is a ground-breaking force in traditional Irish music. Their colorful career has taken them to every corner of the globe and has seen them share center stage with such names as James Brown, The Buena Vista (more)

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JumpinJazz KidsJumpinJazz Kids - A Swinging Jungle Tale
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 7:00 PM

Family FriendlyA new fun-filled family concert based on the Grammy Nominated and Parents' Choice Gold Award winning Best Children's Album. The 45-minute live performance (more)

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Peter and the StarcatcherPeter and the Starcatcher
Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 7:00 PM

Peter and the Starcatcher, the most magical evening of madcap fun, is now on tour!  Hailed by The New York Times as "the most exhilarating storytelling on Broadway in decades,” this comedy takes a hilarious romp through the Neverland you never knew.  The winner of (more)

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Million Dollar QuartetMillion Dollar Quartet
Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 7:00 PM

Million Dollar Quartet is the Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical inspired by the electrifying true story of the famed recording session where Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll” brought together icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl (more)

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Timber!Timber! by Cirque Alfonse
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 7:30 PM

You can almost smell the fresh-cut pine logs and the sweat of lumberjacks as you watch them jiving to a traditional folk soundtrack. The founding members of this young circus troupe have worked with some of the most renowned “nouveau cirque” companies around (more)

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Roger McguinnAn Evening with Roger McGuinn
Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 7:30 PM

As the founder of The Byrds, Roger McGuinn is firmly established as an indisputable industry icon. From his signature twelve-string Rickenbacker sound to his instantly recognizable vocals on hits like “Turn, Turn, Turn,” “Eight Miles High” and “Mr. Tambourine Man," (more)

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Neil Berg & Rita HarveyNeil Berg and Rita Harvey On Broadway
Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 8:00 PM

Award-winning Broadway composer/lyricist Neil Berg and his wife, singer/actress Rita Harvey return to UIS following their successful visits with “Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway” and its follow-up, “Neil Berg’s 101 Years of Broadway.” In the intimate cabaret-like setting (more)

 

 
 

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