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Guitarists Stanley Jordan and Diego Figueiredo

Stanley Jordan and Diego Figueiredo

Two guitar virtuosos join forces for a night of bold reinvention, soulful exploration, and mind-blowing improvisation.

When: Saturday, October 19 at 7 p.m.
Location: Blizzard Theatre
Tickets: $34

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ECC Concert Band

ECC Concert Band

Fall Spectacular

The ECC Concert Band kicks off the college ensembles' performance season with this “spectacular” evening of band favorites.

When: Wednesday, October 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Blizzard Theatre
Tickets: $9 adults / $7 students & seniors

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John Hiatt

An Acoustic Evening with John Hiatt

Experience master songwriter and musician John Hiatt in concert! Hiatt's music is filled with vivid emotion and storytelling, brought to life by his exceptional, soulful voice.

When: Saturday, October 26 at 7 p.m.
Location: Blizzard Theatre
Tickets: $53

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ECC Theatre's 2018 production of Blood at the Root

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Mature content. Please review content advisory.

A meeting of fact and fiction, this production weaves together the words of parents, survivors, and community leaders as well as police evidence in order to explore the events surrounding the 1999 school shooting at Columbine High School.

When: Friday, November 8 through Sunday, November 10 | Thursday, November 14 through Sunday, November 17 | Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. | Sundays at 3 p.m.
Location: SecondSpace Theatre
Tickets: $11 adults / $9 students & seniors

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Lean On Me stars Michael Ingersoll and Christopher Kale Jones

Lean On Me: The Brotherhood of Rock and Roll Starring Michael Ingersoll and Christopher Kale Jones

Fellow PBS television favorites (Under the Streetlamp) and former Jersey Boys co-stars Ingersoll and Jones reunite on stage for this inspiring evening of rock anthems.

When: Friday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Blizzard Theatre
Tickets: $36 / Add dinner for an additional $29.

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Kseniya Simonova and The Guy Mendilow Ensemble of The Forgotten Kingdom

The Forgotten Kingdom: Sand Stories Live Featuring Kseniya Simonova and the Guy Mendilow Ensemble

Against the Guy Mendilow Ensemble’s sweeping cinematic score, sand art superstar Kseniya Simonova uses sand—in real time—to create, animate, and morph a flowing illustrated narrative that recreates the experiences of ordinary people caught in extraordinary upheaval.

When: Saturday, November 9 at 7 p.m.
Location: Blizzard Theatre
Tickets: $35

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Elgin Master Chorale

Members of the Elgin Master Chorale

Operatic Delights

Elgin Master Chorale performs an evening of lush arias, enthusiastic choruses, and soaring melodies from a dozen different operas.

When: Sunday, November 10 at 7 p.m.
Location: Blizzard Theatre
Tickets: $24 adults / $19 students and seniors

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Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra

Members of the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra

Time. Space. Energy. Music in Motion

The award-winning Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra (EYSO) is one of the largest, oldest, and most esteemed youth orchestras in the nation. EYSO's 44th season, MOVE, explores the rich traditions of Dalcroze, ballet, and folk dance.

When: Sunday, November 17 at 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 7 p.m.
Location: Blizzard Theatre
Tickets: $25 adults / $20 seniors / $14 students

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ECC Concert Choir

Male singers of the ECC Concert Choir

Celebrate and Sing

The ECC Concert Choir invites you to celebrate and sing during its December concert.

When: Tuesday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Blizzard Theatre
Tickets: $9 adults / $7 students & seniors

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ECC Concert Band

ECC Concert Band

Holiday Traditions

Join the ECC Concert Band for its annual holiday concert.

When: Wednesday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Blizzard Theatre
Tickets: $9 adults / $7 students & seniors

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ECC Steel Bands

ECC Steel Bands musicians

Steel Some Fun

The ECC Steel Bands perform an eclectic and fun range of music during this December concert.

When: Thursday, December 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: SecondSpace Theatre
Tickets: $9 adults / $7 students & seniors

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Evan Tyrone Martin, star of An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas

An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas Starring Evan Tyrone Martin

A festive cocktail of holiday hits! Chicago sensation Evan Tyrone Martin brings the velvety vocal style of music legend Nat King Cole back to the Arts Center.

When: Friday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Blizzard Theatre
Tickets: $34

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Members of the EMC Children's Chorus

EMC Children's Chorus Holiday Concert

EMC Children's Chorus performs a festive concert of holiday favorites.

When: Sunday, December 8 at 3:30 p.m.
Location: Blizzard Theatre
Tickets: $24 adults / $19 students and seniors

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ECC Jazz Combo

 Members of the ECC Jazz Combo

Jump for Jazz

Groove and jam along with the ECC Jazz Combo during its December performance .

When: Thursday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: SecondSpace Theatre
Tickets: $9 adults / $7 students & seniors

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Cast members of It's a Wonderful Life: Live from WVL Radio Theatre

It's a Wonderful Life: Live from the WVL Radio Theatre

It’s Christmas Eve 1945, and only a handful of WVL Radio’s employees braved the blizzard for the live broadcast of It’s a Wonderful Life. This funny and heartwarming stage adaptation breathes new life into Frank Capra’s beloved film and transports you back to the Golden Age of Radio.

When: Saturday, December 21 at 3:30 p.m.
Location: Blizzard Theatre
Tickets: $29

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The Club

Members the band The Sweet Remains

The Sweet Remains

This acoustic trio blends modern folk-rock in the vein of Jason Mraz and Ray Lamontagne with lush three-part harmonies that harken back to ‘60s and ‘70s supergroups such as Crosby, Stills & Nash; the Eagles; and Simon & Garfunkel.

When: Saturday, January 18 at 7 p.m.
Location: SecondSpace Theatre
Tickets: $29

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American Grands performance, photo credit Marina Makropoulos

American Grands 25

American Grands turns 25 on January 25 during our 25th anniversary season! Over 450 pianists of all ages and skill levels perform during this celebration of the piano and those who love to play it.

When: Saturday, January 25 at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., and 7 p.m.
Location: Blizzard Theatre
Tickets: $24 adults / $15 children 12 and under

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Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn’s banjo-picking partnership is unlike any other on the planet. The wildly inventive yet strangely familiar musicality of these married master players will transform the way you see (and hear!) the banjo.

When: Thursday, February 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Blizzard Theatre
Tickets: $53-$57

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Elgin Master Chorale

Members of the Elgin Master Chorale

Educational Connections: The Life and Music of Beethoven

Elgin Master Chorale's Educational Connections concert celebrates the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.

When: Friday, February 7 at 10 a.m.
Location: Blizzard Theatre
Tickets: $24 adults / $19 students and seniors

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Suzanne O Davis performs Tapestry: The Carole King Songbook

Tapestry: The Carole King Songbook with Suzanne O Davis

With heart, reverence, and an impeccable attention to detail, Suzanne O Davis and her band perform songs from Carole King's iconic Tapestry album, plus King hits from throughout the ‘70s.

When: Friday, February 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Blizzard Theatre
Tickets: $34

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ECC Musical Theatre

Performers from ECC Musical Theatre's 2019 production of Young Frankenstein

Kiss Me, Kate

There is NOT a performance on Saturday, 2/29/20.

This song-and-dance comedy classic features iconic Cole Porter songs such as "Too Darn Hot," "Brush Up Your Shakespeare," and "Always True to You (In My Fashion)."

When: Friday, February 21 through Sunday, February 23 | Thursday, February 27; Friday, February 28; and Sunday, March 1 | Thursday, Fridays, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. | Sundays at 3 p.m.
Location: Blizzard Theatre
Tickets: $20 adults / $18 students & seniors

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Members of the band Alash, photo credit Rodney Bursiel Photography

Alash with Special Guest Shodekeh

Tuvan throat singing meets Pete Seeger-folk! Hailing from the southern edge of Siberia, this ensemble of throat singers (a technique for singing multiple pitches at once) blends the sounds of their heritage with those of folk and Americana.

When: Saturday, February 29 at 7 p.m.
Location: SecondSpace Theatre
Tickets: $29

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Guitarist Mike Dawes

International Guitar Night XX: Featuring Mike Dawes, Cenk Erdoğan, Olli Soikkeli, and Jim “Kimo” West

Please note date and line up changes.

This tour is most likely the only time you’ll see these four acclaimed guitarists share the same stage. For 20 years, International Guitar Night has been connecting the world’s best acoustic guitarists for once-in-a-lifetime concert tours.

When: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Blizzard Theatre
Tickets: $32

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Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra

Members of the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra

En pointe! Orchestra at the Ballet

The award-winning Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra is one of the largest, oldest, and most esteemed youth orchestras in the nation. Its 44th season, MOVE, explores the rich traditions of Dalcroze, ballet, and folk dance.

When: Sunday, March 8 at 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 7 p.m.
Location: Blizzard Theatre
Tickets: $25 adults / $20 seniors / $14 students

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The Ruth moody Band and Dala

The Ruth Moody Band and Dala

Ruth Moody (of The Wailin’ Jennys) and folk duo Dala co-headline this night of soaring vocals, heavenly harmonies, and moving musicianship.

When: Friday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Blizzard Theatre
Tickets: $35

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Musician John Sebastian

John Sebastian

The Grammy®-winning founder of The Lovin’ Spoonful performs an evening of hummable hits including “Do You Believe in Magic,” “Daydream,” “Welcome Back,” and many more.

When: Thursday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Blizzard Theatre
Tickets: $37-$52

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Sarah Vowell, photo credit Owen Booker

Sarah Vowell in the Land of Lincoln

Known for both her clever examinations of historical events and her distinctive deadpan voice, bestselling author Sarah Vowell will apply her trademark point-of-view to Abraham Lincoln during this evening of history and humor.

When: Saturday, April 18 at 7 p.m.
Location: Blizzard Theatre
Tickets: $35

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Elgin Master Chorale

Members of the Elgin Master Chorale

The Great Romantics: German A Cappella

Elgin Master Chorale concludes its season with a unique concert of German a cappella music.

When: Sunday, April 19 at 3:30 p.m.
Location: Blizzard Theatre
Tickets: $24 adults / $19 students and seniors

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Bands Hot Club of Cowtown and Davina & the Vagabonds

The Finest Hour: Featuring Davina & the Vagabonds and Hot Club of Cowtown

Celebrate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II by revisiting the music of the mid-1940s with rollicking quintet Davina & the Vagabonds and Western swing/Gypsy jazz trio Hot Club of Cowtown.

When: Saturday, May 9 at 7 p.m.
Location: Blizzard Theatre
Tickets: $36

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Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra

Members of the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra

Folklórico: A World of Dance

The award-winning Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra is one of the largest, oldest, and most esteemed youth orchestras in the nation. Its 44th season, MOVE, explores the rich traditions of Dalcroze, ballet, and folk dance.

When: Sunday, May 10 at 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 7 p.m.
Location: Blizzard Theatre
Tickets: $25 adults / $20 seniors / $14 students

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