FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                   Date: November 29, 2000

                                                                                                Contact: Debi Edwards, 206-6150

Melissa Manchester celebrates the Christmas spirit at Sangamon Auditorium

SPRINGFIELD – With more than two decades as a hit maker and concert headliner, Melissa Manchester brings her Christmas show to the University of Illinois at Springfield’s Sangamon Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Sunday, December 10.

Sponsored by Isringhausen Imports, Manchester’s show features her own chart-topping hits of poignant lyrics and strong vocals, as well as favorites of the season from her holiday release Joy. Composed mostly of secular Hollywood material, it is a Christmas show most anyone can relate to.

Melissa’s musical career spans more than 20 years and 10 albums. “Through the Eyes of Love” and “The Promise” earned her a place in Oscar history as the first artist to have two nominated songs in a given year. A recent role in the Andrew Lloyd Weber Tony Award-winning musical Song and Dance has proved her to be a versatile and lasting performer.

Manchester’s hit singles include “Midnight Blue,” “Lovers After All,” “Whenever I Call You Friend,” and “You Should Hear How She Talks About You.” 

A dinner will be served at 5 p.m. in the UIS cafeteria, PAC level 1. Tickets are $16 (adults), 13.50 (Terrific Friends & up), and 11 (children 12 & under).

A Pre-show Discussion & Questions session (PDQ), sponsored by Barnes & Noble, will be held at 6:15 p.m. in the Studio Theatre, PAC level 1.

Tickets are $35 (Gold Circle AA-H), 30, 27, 25 and 18. Tickets can be ordered by calling the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office, (217) 206-6160 or (800) 207-6960, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.


Monday through Friday. The auditorium administrative offices can be reached at (217) 206-6150 or by e-mail at



Sat. 2                Nutcracker                                                      2 & 8 p.m.

                        Springfield Ballet Company


Sun. 3               Nutcracker                                                      2 p.m.

                        Springfield Ballet Company


Sun. 10             Melissa Manchester                                          7 p.m.

                        Christmas Show

                        Sponsored by Isringhausen Imports


                        Dinner, 5 p.m.*

Wed. 13            Peter Pan                                                         10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.

                        (Class Acts Series-Sponsored by Bank One)

Sat. 16              Illinois Symphony Orchestra                               2 & 8 p.m.

                        Holiday Pops

                        2 p.m.-$16

                        8 p.m.-$25/22/20

*Dinner will be served in the UIS cafeteria, PAC level 1. Tickets are $16 (adults), 13.50 (Terrific Friends & up), and 11 (children 12 & under).

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