Friday, March 25, 2011

Sangamon Auditorium receives recognition for arts education efforts

Sangamon Auditorium honored at this year’s Illinois Alliance for Arts Education Service Awards Ceremony
Sangamon Auditorium was honored at this year’s Illinois Alliance for Arts Education Service Awards Ceremony on March 17, 2011.

The 2011 IAAE Service Recognition Awards Ceremony, held in Springfield at the Governor's Mansion, recognized 24 individuals and organizations for their part in promoting and supporting arts education in Illinois. Sangamon Auditorium was one of four recipients recognized in the Public/Community Service category. Robert Vaughn, director of Sangamon Auditorium, Carly Shank, director of audience development, and Amy Zepp, audience development assistant, were in attendance to receive the award.

Sangamon Auditorium was recognized for both long-standing as well as new initiatives related to arts education.  Class Acts, the Auditorium’s school matinee series, welcomes 15,000 children annually to enjoy curriculum-based performances and lecture/demonstrations.  Students come from 15 counties, roughly a 50-mile radius of Springfield, to participate in Class Acts.  The series is celebrating its 25th anniversary season this year.   

Through the Auditorium’s ClassPass program, school groups can purchase discounted tickets to weekend/evening events.  This program enables K-12 teachers and their students to experience a wide variety of performing arts events.  When possible, ancillary activities are built into the ClassPass program, including artist master classes, performing arts career information workshops, and cultural immersion activities. 

Along with Springfield Public Schools, Sangamon Auditorium recently became one of fourteen new teams to offer professional development for K-12 teachers through the Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education program.  Two workshops led by Kennedy Center workshop leaders have been held in the 2010-2011 school year, with a third workshop planned for May 10.

Illinois Alliance for Arts Education (IAAE)
The Illinois Alliance for Arts Education is a non-profit organization of arts educators in dance, drama, music and visual art. Our mission is to ensure high quality arts education for all Illinois students, grades K-12.

As the only state alliance member of the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network (KCAAEN) in Illinois, the IAAE receives support from KCAAEN promotions, award recognition programs and professional development opportunities. In 2006 an Illinois school received the national Creative Ticket Award, in 2007and 2009 Illinois schools received the National School Boards Association award, and in 2010 an Illinois school received the National Schools of Distinction in Arts Education Award. The arts are alive in Illinois!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Arlo Guthrie coming to Sangamon Auditorium

Folk singer Arlo Guthrie is, among other things, a hippie icon.

Long before he started touring venues like Sangamon Auditorium, where he performs next Wednesday evening, he was on the bill at Woodstock. One of his best-known songs, “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree,” is an 18-minute ballad that confronted the Vietnam-era draft with dark humor.



Monday, March 7, 2011

Mamma Mia! Coming to THIS Friday and Saturday, March 11th and 12th!

Mamma Mia! Here we go again!

Mamma Mia! will be lighting up the stage at Sangamon Auditorium this weekend. Performances are Friday, March 11th at 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 12th at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Feeling adventurous? Click HERE to take a quiz from the North American tour website of Mamma Mia! It's called "Does your mother know?", and it's sure to be something fun to get you excited about the show.

Don't have your tickets yet or need more information? Call the Ticket Office at 217.206.6160 or visit our website at!

Great seats are still available! Call TODAY!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Hot Tuna to perform at Sangamon Auditorium

From its origins in the folk-rock psychedelia of ’60s San Francisco, Hot Tuna earned a spot at the vanguard of the blues-rock explosion of the 1970s.

Created as a side project by Jefferson Airplane members Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, Hot Tuna has had nearly two-dozen members and featured countless more guest artists over the years.



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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Hot Tuna Blues coming THIS FRIDAY to Sangamon Auditorium!

From their days playing together in the iconic psychedelic band Jefferson Airplane probably no one has more consistently led American music for the last fifty years than Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, the founders and continuing core members of HOT TUNA. Now joined onstage with blues legend Charlie Musselwhite, winner of eighteen W.C. Handy Awards and six Grammy® nominations and Jim Lauderdale, two-time Grammy® winner and premier Americana and Bluegrass artists, Hot Tuna Blues is an excited evening of music legends and electric and acoustic blues.

Hot Tuna Blues
Friday, March 4, 2011, 8 p.m.
Featuring Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady with special guest Charlie Musselwhite and Jim Lauderdale.

For more information and/or tickets, call 217.206.6160 or visit our website by clicking HERE!