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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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Writers from the New York Writers Dojo

A 3-Slice Night of Plays

New York Writers Dojo, a dynamic incubator for emerging writers, presents a fascinating look into creating new work! The first act will feature scenes from two new plays in development. During the second act, longtime friend of the Arts Center Chris Snock will premiere his latest play.

When: Friday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: SecondSpace Theatre
Tickets: $20

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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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Lewis Black It Gets Better Tour

Lewis Black: It Gets Better Every Day Tour

Comedian Lewis Black (a.k.a. the King of the Rant) brings his "It Gets Better Every Day" tour to Elgin! “When I say, ‘It gets better every day,’ you might be wondering, ‘is he being facetious?’ Come to the show and find out. Or stay home and wallow in your sadness,” says Black.

When: Thursday, March 12 at 8 p.m.
Location: Blizzard Theatre
Tickets: $67 / $57

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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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Photo of Graham Nash

An Intimate Evening of Songs and Stories with Graham Nash

On Sale Wednesday 11/20/19 at 12 p.m.

THE Graham Nash is playing our 670-seat Blizzard Theatre! From The Hollies to Crosby, Stills, and Nash to his acclaimed solo career, Nash is a legendary musician.

When: Thursday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Blizzard Theatre
Tickets: $59-$79 | Select "Buy Tickets" for VIP Package prices/info.

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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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ECC Theatre

Actors performing ECC Theatre's 2019 production of Antigone

As You Like It

Many a mistaken identity, hijinks, hilarity, and love ensue in this beloved Shakespearian comedy.

When: Friday, April 24 through Sunday, May 3 | Thursday, 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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ECC Concert Choir

Male singers of the ECC Concert Choir

Sing Into Spring

Join the ECC Concert Choir for its spring concert!

When: Monday, May 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 Sun

Celebrate spring with the ECC Steel Bands!

When: Tuesday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Blizzard Theatre
Tickets: $9 adults / $7 students & seniors

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ECC Concert Band

ECC Concert Band

A Musical Portrait of America

The ECC Concert Band creates a musical portrait of America during its spring performance.

When: Wednesday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Blizzard Theatre
Tickets: $9 adults / $7 students & seniors

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ECC Jazz Combo

Photo of an ECC Jazz Combo performance

The Joy of Jazz

The ECC Jazz Combo performs it annual spring concert!

When: Thursday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: SecondSpace Theatre
Tickets: $9 adults / $7 students & 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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The Club

Violinist Zach Brock

The Zach Brock Trio

Zach Brock, the Grammy-winning violinist from Snarky Puppy, performs in the Arts Center's Club! Brock is heralded as the pre-eminent improvising violinist of his generation.

When: Thursday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: SecondSpace Theatre
Tickets: $25

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Children's Theatre of Elgin & Fox Valley Theatre Company

Photo from Fox Valley Theatre Company's 2018 production of High School Musical,

Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Children's Theatre of Elgin and Fox Valley Theatre Company present Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Featuring favorite songs, memorable characters, and a beloved story, this musical is the perfect opportunity for the whole family to experience all that musical theatre has to offer.

When: June 19 through June 28 | Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. | Sundays at 2 p.m.
Location: Blizzard Theatre
Tickets: $12 adults / $10 students & seniors

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Hamilton Wings' SCORE!

Students performing a SCORE! Original Production

2020 Original Production

Hamilton Wings’ SCORE! provides students ages 10 to 13 with the chance to create, develop, and produce their own original production in just 10 months.

When: Saturday, July 18 at 7 p.m.
Location: Blizzard Theatre
Tickets: $10

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Hyprov: Improv Under Hypnosis featuring Colin Mochrie and Asad Mecci

HYPROV: Improv Under Hypnosis

From the brilliant minds of improv/comedy legend Colin Mochrie and master hypnotist, Asad Mecci comes a mind-blowing and side-splitting show. Hypnosis and improv combine to create a totally unique and wildly entertaining comedy experience.

When: Saturday, October 10 at 7 p.m.
Location: Blizzard Theatre
Tickets: $42-$49

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