Tuesday, June 28, 2011

What the heck is the UIS Kitchen Sink series?

You have heard the expression, “everything but the kitchen sink”??  Well, welcome to the series that offers diverse events presented in the intimate UIS Studio Theatre on the first floor of the Public Affairs Center.  This season includes a smattering of opera, popular tunes, blues, jazz, classical, roots, traditional and contemporary – themes from family to the Illinois River. 

And yes, we’ll even *have* a kitchen sink. 

It’s All Relative with Kirsten and Karin Paludan
Saturday, September 24, 2011, 8 p.m.

Midwestern natives and acclaimed singing sisters, Kari and Kirsten Paludan, make their Springfield debut in the uplifting, multi-media musical memoir, “It’s All Relative”. Uniquely personal, yet universal, “It’s All Relative” showcases the sisters’ diverse vocal talents and features memorable songs both familiar and brand new.

Erin Bode Group
Friday, October 14, 2011, 8 p.m.

The Erin Bode (BOH-DEE) Group creates music forged from the Americana of its members' midwestern roots, infused with jazz grooves and made magic by Bode's bell-like voice. Sophisticated arrangements and attention to phrasing, both vocal and instrumental, further distinguish the band's fresh sound. Her distinctive repertoire and crossover appeal - evoking comparisons to Eva Cassidy and Norah Jones - have proven equally at home in grand venues or relaxed clubs.

Jake Shimabukuro

Tuesday, November 8, 2011, 7:30 p.m.

As the San Francisco Gate recently posited about the Hawaiian musician: “The sounds the boyish 33-year old wrings from his ukulele…are unlike anything else in the history of the instrument.”  In the hands of Shimabukuro, the traditional Hawaiian instrument of four strings and two octaves is stretched and molded into a complex and bold new musical force. On an album like his new ‘Peace Love Ukulele,’ Jake and his “uke” effortlessly (it seems) mix jazz, rock, classical, traditional Hawaiian music and folk, creating a sound that’s both technically masterful and emotionally powerful…and utterly unique in the music world.
Eric Bibb & Grant Dermody
Saturday, January 28, 2012, 8 p.m.

Already enjoying success in Europe, Grammy nominee Eric Bibb is becoming a familiar face - and voice - in the U.S.  Nominated for nine W.C. Handy Blues Music Awards and winner of the Best Newcomer title in the British Blues Awards, Bibb has been appropriately described as “discreetly awesome” and “a total original.”  Bibb will be joined on stage by
Grant Dermody (DER-muh-dee), who has been described as "an understated harmonica virtuoso and a vocalist of subtlety and warmth" by Don McLeese of No Depression magazine.

Ruth Moody Band
Saturday, February 11, 2012, 8 p.m.

Although best known for her role as a founding member of the internationally renowned, Billboard-charting trio The Wailin' Jennys, Ruth Moody is also an exceptional solo artist full of depth and grace. Critics have lauded her ethereal vocals, impressive multi-instrumentalism (she plays guitar, banjo, accordion, piano, and bodhrán), and her talent as a songwriter. Writing with a maturity and wisdom that belies her age, her songs are timeless, universal, and exceptionally well-crafted, all sung with an intimacy and honesty that is unmistakably her own.

5th House
Saturday, April 14, 2012, 8 p.m.

The Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble is defined by its limitless imagination and energy, and an insatiable desire to bring chamber music to audiences of all types. 5th House harnesses the collaborative spirit of chamber music to create transformative cross-media performance experiences that bring together elements as diverse as storytelling, physical theatre, graphic novels, and fashion design. With humor and joy, they breathe life into repertoire both established and emerging, equally at home on the most prestigious stages and unexpected venues.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Why Subscribe?

Ever wondered how to get the best seats at the best prices for the shows you want to see?  Become a Sangamon Auditorium subscriber!  You can subscribe to one or more of our four series – Broadway, Visiting Artists, Family, and new this year, the UIS Kitchen Sink Series – or you can personalize your experience and Create Your Own series.  The Ticket Office staff will be happy to answer your questions and help you put together the best package for you. 

Series Subscriber - Benefits

By subscribing, you are guaranteed to experience it all!  Secure the best seats at the best prices by subscribing today, plus receive many benefits that only our subscribers enjoy…
  • Receive up to a 25 % savings on series tickets.
  • Never hear the words “sold out!”
  • Get the best seats at the best prices before the general public.
  • Enjoy the same great seat at every show with the series subscription you select.
  • Benefit from Lost Ticket insurance, available only to subscribers.
  • Secure the right to renew the same great seat, or upgrade, year after year.
  • Never wait in line to see your favorite show again!
 Broadway Series

To subscribe to the UIS Broadway series, simple pick one of the following package options. Package options start at as little as $182!
·         My Fair Lady, South Pacific, Young Frankenstein, In the Heights
·         My Fair Lady, South Pacific, Young Frankenstein, In the Heights + Beauty in the Beast
My Fair Lady, South Pacific, Young Frankenstein, In the Heights + Riverdance
·         Or just see them all! My Fair Lady, South Pacific, Young Frankenstein, In the Heights , Beauty in the Beast and Riverdance

Visiting Artist Series

Simply select at least 6 performances from the Visiting Artists at UIS Series to enjoy the same seat and save!
  • It’s All Relative with Kirsten Paludan and Karin Paludan*
  • ScrapArtsMusic
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis
  • Erin Bode Group*
  • In the Mood
  • Midori
  • Jake Shimabukuro*
  • Mannheim Steamroller
  • Eric Bibb & Grant Dermody*
  • Ruth Moody Band*
  • Ballet Folklorico de Antioquia, Columbia
  • The All New Original Tribute to The Blues Brothers™
  • Pink Floyd Experience
  • Soweto Gospel Choir
  • 5th House*
  • Pilobolus

    *Performances in the UIS Studio Theatre
 Kitchen Sink Series

Subscription packages are just $174 for all six events! What greater benefit could we offer?
  • It’s All Relative with Kirsten and Karin Paludan.
  • Erin Bode Group
  • Jake Shimabukuro
  • Eric Bibb & Grant Dermody
  • Ruth Moody Band
  • 5th House
Family Series

Purchase all three Family Series events and make an already affordable ticket price even more affordable!
  • ScrapArtsMusic
  • Imago
  • Treasured Stories by Eric Carle
For more information about subscriptions or to fill out our online subscription request form, please visit http://www.uis.edu/sangamonauditorium/tickets/subscriptions.html

Announcing Sangamon Auditorium's 2011-2012 season of events!

We are so pleased to announce our 2011-2012 season of events.  Please visit our website for more information and details about how to subscribe!

Click here to read Brian Mackey's State Journal-Register article about the new season.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Class Acts Notes from Students

This spring, Theatreworks/USA’s play “Charlotte’s Web” appeared on the Class Acts series and was enjoyed by more than 2900 students and teachers.  We received some delightful student thank you notes/pictures from this performance and have included some of our favorites here.

Class Acts is Sangamon Auditorium’s Performing Arts Series for K-12 youth offered through the schools.  Through the Class Acts program, more than 500,000 students and teachers have attended live events at Sangamon Auditorium over the past 25 years. 

Reservations are already being taken for the 2011-2012 Class Acts season.  You can view the schedule here.