Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Bringing World Cultures to Springfield

This past weekend was full of international activities on our Performing Arts Series and across campus.  On Friday, October 24, UIS hosted its 37th annual International Festival, and we welcomed The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China for a performance of Cirque Peking.  The evening included many pre-show activities before the stunning performance.

Our popular series of pre-show dinners included a Chinese buffet before Cirque Peking.  The attendees enjoyed an assortment of Chinese dishes and lovely decorations created by Sangamon Auditorium’s Development Assistant Brandy Stabler with help from Al Geitle.  (Our next pre-show dinner is less than a week away, before the performance of Anything Goes on Sunday, November 2.)


Sangamon Auditorium’s Director of Audience Development Carly Shank led a special pre-show learning experience for a group of over 200 Girl Scouts and leaders.  The girls learned about the training process to become a professional acrobat and then were able to ask questions of the choreographer for The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China.


Also before the performance, we offered fun activities in the lobby.  Jessica Ingold, the Youth Programs Coordinator at Lincoln Land Community College’s Community Education department, brought a great craft project of making spinning toy top out of a milk jug lid and a toothpick.  The new Sangamon Auditorium Student Club (SASC) led an activity of creating paper lanterns.  This was the first official activity of our new club, and we’re so excited for their involvement in what we do.  Their enthusiasm and ideas are bringing fresh energy into the office, and we’re thrilled to have a new opportunity for UIS students to be more directly involved in what we do.

We were also very pleased to welcome student musicians from UIS Music’s Camerata group to provide pre-show music in the lobby.  Three students played traditional Chinese string instruments, and we also enjoyed a flute and oboe duet playing Taiwanese melodies.  The musicians added wonderful atmosphere to the lobby, and we are happy to be able to support our campus's student musicians.  (If you missed out, a different group of Camerata musicians will be providing classical and holiday pre-show music before the performance by Cantus on Monday, December 1.)

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Our international activities continued on Saturday evening with a performance by Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Blues.  Bassekou is the world’s leading performer on the ngoni, a traditional African string instrument that is the forerunner to the banjo.  UIS Music also held an Ethnomusicology Concert on Saturday afternoon, showcasing faculty and student musicians performing a wide variety of world music styles.  We had made arrangements for Bassekou’s participation in that concert, but due to travel delays he didn’t arrive in Springfield in time.  Although this was disappointing, we were still pleased to see many UIS Music students in the audience for Bassekou's concert.

We love being able to bring world cultures to central Illinois!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Make it a themed evening with a pre-show dinner

Are you familiar with our Pre-Show Dinner program?  Each year, the Sangamon Auditorium Advisory Committee partners with the UIS Alumni SAGE Society on a series of pre-show dinners prior to specially-selected events. prior to specially-selected events.  The menu and décor are designed to complement the evening’s performance.

This year, the first pre-show dinner will be prior to O Sole Trio, the vibrant musical trio that captures the essence of the Italian and Italian-American songbook.


Of course, our chef will prepare a fantastic Italian meal this evening!  The menu is as follows:

  • Selection of Italian cheese and cured meats
  • Fresh sliced fruit
  • Greens and rissichio with roma tomatoes, parmesan, peppers, olives, white balsamic vinaigrette
  • Fettucini with scallops, spinach, sun dried tomatoes
  • Carved sicilian marinated flank steak
  • Grilled pesto chicken
  • Rice pilaf milanese
  • Tortollini with herbed olive oil and prosciutto
  • Roasted asparagus
  • Assorted grande tortes to include tiramisu, raspberry white chocolate, italian cream torte
  • Artisan breads
  • Beverage

Check our website for more information about this and future dinners.  The dinners allow patrons the opportunity to come early, get a good parking space, relax, enjoy great food and camaraderie with other audience members.  These dinners sell out quickly and space is limited.  Tickets are available when purchasing tickets to the performance. A cash bar is available. Seating is limited.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sarah Jarosz to open 2014-2015 UIS Kitchen Sink Series

We've been watching Sarah Jarosz for awhile.  Awhile...and yet she's only twenty-three!  The accomplished singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and bluegrass prodigy has had a record contract since she was a senior in high school.  Sample her music here.

Recently, she played the festival circuit this summer and has been opening up for Nickel Creek.  This week, she will perform at the Americana Music Honors & Awards in Nashville on Wednesday, September 17 at 8 PM ET.  Fans can watch the award event in a live video stream at NPR Music.


But for the truly live performance, join us in the UIS Studio Theatre on Sunday, September 28 at 7 PM.  Sarah has already sold out the main floor seating, but balcony seating in this intimate venue is still available by calling 217.206.6160.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Staff Members declare their “Create Your Own” preferred packages

A Sangamon Auditorium “Create Your Own” package must have at least four events and the events can be from a combination of our Broadway, Visiting Artists, and Kitchen Sink series.  It’s the most flexible package we offer; patrons enjoy up to a 15% discount on tickets and early access to Broadway tickets.

Every year at this time, I ask our staff to look through our season brochure and declare to me which events they would choose for their “Create Your Own” (CYO) package.  My exact email to the staff stated, “Please send me the list of the 4 events on our season that you would select if you were assembling your personal create-your-own series.”

Well, either none of our staff is good at math or this season is just so fantastic that most cannot resist choosing more than four events.  Here are their choices:

Mindy McCaffrey, Volunteer Coordinator: “I really want to list 7 or 8 events, but if I have to limit it to 4…”  Well, I'm glad you at least understand the assignment, Mindy!

Ian Anderson
Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Blues
Cantus – All is Calm
Peter and the Starcatcher

Michelle Yenerall, Ticket Sales Assistant: “Ok, I know this is more than four, I can count. These are just the ones I am interested in seeing.”  Hmmm...acknowledgement that you did the assignment wrong should count for something, I think!

The Moody Blues
Cirque Peking
Anything Goes
Sister Act
STOMP
Mamma Mia!
Dervish
Peter and the Starcatcher
Timber! By Cirque Alfonse

Briana Fugnitti, Business Administrative Associate:  It would be terrible if our business associate had poor math skills; probably very good that she truly only chose four.  

Mark Morris Dance Group
Cirque Peking
STOMP
Timber! By Cirque Alfonse

Mandy Buchanan, Ticket Sales Assistant: Since Mandy handles many of the cash deposits for the ticket office, also a very good thing that she can count.

STOMP
Million Dollar Quartet
Timber! By Cirque Alfonse
Roger McGuinn

Shannon Smith, Ticket Office Manager: Good thing Shannon has Mandy and Briana looking out for her math skills.

Moody Blues
Peter and the Starcatcher
Ian Anderson
Cirque Peking
Cantus – All is Calm
Chicago Blues Reunion
Indian Ink Theatre Company - The Elephant Wrestler
Bela Fleck, Abigail Washburn, and the Del McCoury Band
The Acting Company in Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Dervish

LaNita Cox, Marketing Graduate Assistant: LaNita is brand new to our office this week!  I'm glad to see that she is still reading emails and following instructions and glad to see that her math skills are in tact (that should help her during her graduate studies).

STOMP
Cantus – All is Calm
April Verch Band
Chicago Blues Reunion

Amy Zepp, Audience Development Coordinator: “I think my list has 5 this year.” High points for acknowledgment of complete disregard for the assignment.

Anything Goes
Cantus – All is Calm
Peter and the Starcatcher
The Acting Company in Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Timber! By Cirque Alfonse

Brandy Stabler, Development Assistant: Rest assured, everyone, that if you contribute to Friends of Sangamon Auditorium we *will* tabulate your gift amount correctly, even if Brandy can't count to four when selecting events.

Anything Goes
Mamma Mia!
Million Dollar Quartet
O Sole Trio
STOMP

Jennie Davis, Valet Supervisor: I think moms of five can be forgiven if they temporarily forget how to count.

The Moody Blues
STOMP
Peter and the Starcatcher
Mamma Mia!
Timber! By Cirque Alfonse

Monday, August 11, 2014

Announcing special pricing for UIS Employees!

For many years now, Sangamon Auditorium has offered special pricing to UIS Students.  With the 2014-2015 season, we are so pleased to also announce the availability of UIS Employee pricing for most of our events.

We have occasionally been asked about the availability of UIS Employee ticket prices.  Armed with the recent knowledge that we could offer a special employee price without additional tax burden to individual employees or added work for payroll staff from all areas of campus, we are pleased to be able to roll out the availability of UIS Employee pricing with the beginning of this 2014-2015 season.

Any employee with a valid UIS i-card can receive up to 10% off the regular ticket price for most events in our season, including Broadway shows.

Single tickets to many of our season events go on sale Monday, August 18, at 10 AM.  UIS Employee tickets must be purchased in-person at the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office (in the PAC lobby) or over the phone at 217.206.6160 or 800.207.6960.  The special UIS Employee pricing will be limited to 2 Employee-priced tickets per i-card per event.

UIS Employee prices for the upcoming season are listed below.  Visit our website for more information about these events.

Blue Man Group
Friday & Saturday, September 5 & 6, 8 p.m.
Regular Price: $65, $60, $55  UIS Employee Price: $59, $55, $50

An Evening with Sarah Jarosz
Sunday, September 28, 7 p.m.
Regular Price: $39  UIS Employee Price: $36

O Sole Trio
Friday, October 10, 8 p.m.
Regular Price: $39  UIS Employee Price: $36

Mark Morris Dance Group – Excursions Tour
Sunday, October 19, 7 p.m.
Regular Price: $48, $38  UIS Employee Price: $44, $35

Cirque Peking
Friday, October 24, 7:00 p.m.
Regular Price: $25, $20  UIS Employee Price: $23, $19

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Blues
Saturday, October 25, 8 p.m.
Regular Price: $39  UIS Employee Price: $36

Anything Goes 
Sunday, November 2, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Regular Price: $65, $60, $55  UIS Employee Price: $59, $55, $50

Cantus – All is Calm
Monday, December 1, 7:30 p.m.
Regular Price: $50, $45  UIS Employee Price: $46, $41

Chicago Blues Reunion
Saturday, December 6, 8 p.m.
Regular Price: $45, $40  UIS Employee Price: $41, $37

Sister Act 
Friday, December 19, 8 p.m.
Regular Price: $65, $60, $55  UIS Employee Price: $59, $55, $50

April Verch Bigger Band
Friday, January 16, 8 p.m.
Regular Price: $39  UIS Employee Price: $36

STOMP
Monday, January 26, 7:30 p.m.
Regular Price: $65, $60, $55  UIS Employee Price: $59, $55, $50

Indian Ink Theatre Company – The Elephant Wrestler 
Tuesday, February 3, 7:30 p.m.
Regular Price: $39  UIS Employee Price: $36

Tango Buenos Aires – Song of Eva Perón
Sunday, February 8, 7 p.m.
Regular Price: $48, $43  UIS Employee Price: $44, $39

Mamma Mia! 
Thursday, February 26, 7:30 p.m.
Regular Price: $67, $62, $57  UIS Employee Price: $61, $56, $52

The Acting Company – Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court 
Wednesday, March 4, 7:30 p.m.
Regular Price: $44, $40  UIS Employee Price: $41, $37

Dervish – Magical Music from Ireland
Friday, March 13, 8 p.m.
Regular Price: $28, $23  UIS Employee Price: $26, $21

JumpinJazz Kids – A Swinging Jungle Tale
Tuesday, March 31, 7 p.m.
Regular Price: $19  UIS Employee Price: $18

Peter and the Starcatcher 
Regular Price: $55, $50, $45  UIS Employee Price: $50, $46, $41

Million Dollar Quartet 
Sunday, May 3, 7 p.m.
Regular Price: $65, $60, $55  UIS Employee Price: $59, $55, $50

Timber! by Cirque Alfonse
Tuesday, May 12, 7:30 p.m.
Regular Price: $50, $45  UIS Employee Price: $46, $41

An Evening with Roger McGuinn
Thursday, May 14, 7:30 p.m.
Regular Price: $39  UIS Employee Price: $36

Neil Berg and Rita Harvey On Broadway
Saturday, June 27, 8:00 p.m.
Regular Price: $39  UIS Employee Price: $36


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Blue Man Group returns!

Have you heard the news?  Blue Man Group is returning to Sangamon Auditorium on Friday and Saturday, September 5 and 6.  Tickets are on sale now!

Blue Man Group returns on September 5-6
Last fall, two near-capacity Sangamon Auditorium crowds enjoyed the visual spectacle that is Blue Man Group.  This year, we are pleased to welcome them back on a Friday and Saturday evening.  It will be a great kick-off to the UIS fall semester, with special pricing available for UIS students.

Plan to join us for an exciting weekend.  Call 217.206.6160 or go online for your tickets today!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Do you have your Moody Blues and Ian Anderson tickets yet?

Tickets for The Moody Blues and Ian Anderson, events on our 2014-2015 Performing Arts Season are already on sale, and the tickets have been moving quickly, to say the least!  Get in on these classic rock events soon by visiting our website or calling the Ticket Office at 217.206.6160.  Please note that the only remaining tickets for The Moody Blues can only be accessed by calling the Ticket Office, so be sure to do so Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The Moody Blues - photo by Mark Owens
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 substantial artistic contribution to Western culture.  Since the 60s, as a part of the historic original British invasion of Supergroups, The Moody Blues have lit up the hearts and minds of millions of rock fans with inspiring anthems like “Nights in White Satin,” “Tuesday Afternoon” and “I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band),” which express universal themes of love, compassion and peace.  The band just recently celebrated the 45th Anniversary of their monumental 1967 album, “Days of Future Passed,” which features “Nights in White Satin,” one of the first four minute songs played on the radio, becoming one of the biggest selling singles in history, and hitting #1 three separate times on Billboard.

Ian Anderson and band 
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 in more than 54 countries over 45 years, selling more than 60 million albums.

Anderson’s new album, Homo Erraticus, will be performed in its entirety followed by a selection of Jethro Tull classics updated with video and theatrics. Anderson will perform with guitarist Florian Opahle, bassist David Goodier, keyboardist John O'Hara, drummer Scott Hammond and backing vocalist/actor Ryan O'Donnell.

Anderson recently won The Prog God Award from Prog Magazine, celebrating the innovators of rock who have inspired generations and carved a way for others to be at their creative best. There is no one who has pushed the boundaries more than Ian Anderson, who to this day remains immersed in his love for the music.