Krannert Center Announces the 50th Season: 2019-20 Marquee Programming

KRANNERT CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS ANNOUNCES THE 50TH SEASON

Tickets on sale Saturday, July 20, at 10am

Urbana, IL— For the past five decades, Krannert Center has shone as a beacon, opening minds and hearts through the pursuit of excellence in the performing arts in collaboration with its colleagues in the College of Fine and Applied Arts’ School of Music, Department of Theatre, Department of Dance, and many others from across the academy, community, and world. In the 2019-20 season, patrons can look forward to inventive commissioning projects and new works, cherished familiar faces and compelling newcomers, and innovative collaborations between university students and faculty. Audience members are encouraged to curate their own season of powerful performances and discover artful inspiration, communal joy, and innumerable occasions for people from all walks of life to gather together.

The 50th season will kick off with the eighth biennial ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival from Thursday, September 5, to Saturday, September 7. The festival features “a prodigious array of the world’s most distinctive and influential guitarists” from around the globe (Premier Guitar). 2019 ELLNORA artists hail from Madagascar, Niger, Korea, Gambia, France, Bosnia, China, Brazil, Germany, and throughout the United States, representing diverse musical genres, instrumental traditions, and playing styles. Audiences are invited to attend both ticketed and free performances by artists including award-winning blues legend Buddy Guy, French-born gypsy jazz musician and ELLNORA alumnus Stephane Wrembel, ever-revolutionary musical influencer Pat Metheny, classical guitarists Bokyung Byun and Jason Vieaux, rock and rollers Samantha FishLuther Dickinson, and The Bluebonnets, and genre- and culture-fusing Rafiq Bhatia, Sona Jobarteh, and Sávila. Uncommon combinations also abound at ELLNORA with both a guitar/clarinet performance (Anat Cohen and Marcello Gonçalves) and the Balkan music guitar/accordion duoAritmia (with Merima Ključo and Miroslav Tadić). Complete details on ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival can be found at EllnoraGuitarFestival.com.

Throughout its 50-year history, Krannert Center has always demonstrated international leadership in the presentation of classical music, and for the 2019-20 season, the Great Hall Series will welcome a global sampling of exceptional classical artists, including Venice Baroque Orchestra with mezzo-soprano Ann Hallenberg, Krannert Center favorite Takács QuartetMichael Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan EnsembleSt. Louis Symphony with violinist Gil Shaham, pianist Murray Perahia, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra—which will perform for the 36th time at the Center. The classical realm also includes The Song of the Earth—Art, Science, and Humanityproject, an elegant meeting of science and performance inspired by Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, featuring Tai Ji master Chungliang Al Huang, Nathan Gunn,and Julie Gunn and created in collaboration with the Illinois Emerging Digital Research and Education in Arts Media (eDream) Institute and the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology. In the chamber and young artist realms, patrons can look forward to performances by the UI School of Music’s resident quartet Jupiter String Quartet with special guests pianist Jon Nakamatsu and vocalist Tyler Duncan, pianist Yi-Nuo Wang, cellist Jonathan Swensen, violinist Grace Park, and many more. Other classical music performers of note include The Four Italian Tenors and St. Olaf Choir.

The Center’s Big Mix Series launches with the nonstop excitement of ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival and continues with performances by David Roussève/REALITY (performing the Krannert Center co-commissioned work Halfway to Dawn), onetime Champaign-Urbana resident and acclaimed drag artist Sasha Velour, trumpet phenom Chris Botti, Lyric Theatre @ Illinois co-directors Nathan and Julie Gunn in the cabaret performance DrytownJazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton MarsalisTere O’Connor Dance (led by Professor O’Connor performing Long Run, supported by the University of Illinois), vocalist SomiChick Corea Trilogy with Christian McBride and Brian Blade, Shanghai BalletAnna Deavere SmithMariachi Herencia de México, and Mark Morris Dance Group and Music Ensemble.

While the Center encourages families to enjoy many kinds of events together, the events in the Family Fun Series are especially appropriate for the young and young-at-heart. For the 2019-20 season, those will include performances by Bizhiki Culture & Dance Company, Isango Ensemble, Trick of the Light Theatre, Step Afrika!, Cirque FLIP Fabrique, and Cahoots NI among others. The Ticket Office is pleased to answer any questions about family-friendly services and programs: 217.333.6280 or kran-tix@illinois.edu.

Throughout the 50th-anniversary two-season celebration, Krannert Center is continuing to collect stories from the past five decades. People are encouraged to share memories about the impact Krannert Center has had on them at KrannertCenter.com/StoryCollection.

The entire season, including programming from Dance at Illinois, Illinois Theatre, Lyric Theatre @ Illinois, Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, and Sinfonia da Camera, can be previewed at KrannertCenter.com now. In early July, season books will be mailed to Krannert Center mailing list members and will be available at the Center. Tickets for the 2019-20 season will go on sale Saturday, July 20, at 10am on KrannertCenter.com, by calling 217.333.6280 (800.KCPATIX), or in-person at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 South Goodwin Ave., Urbana, Illinois.

 

Krannert Center 2019-20 Marquee Artist Schedule

TH SEP 5-SA SEP 7

ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival

 

FR SEP 13

David Roussève/REALITY: Halfway to Dawn

 

SA SEP 14

Sasha Velour’s Smoke & Mirrors

Chris Botti

 

TU SEP 17

Jupiter String Quartet with Jon Nakamatsu, piano

 

TH SEP 19-SA SEP 21

Nathan and Julie Gunn: Drytown, A Living Room Vaudeville

 

FR SEP 20

Bizhiki Culture & Dance Company

 

TH SEP 26-SA SEP 28

PYGMALION

 

FR SEP 27-SA SEP 28

HOME by Geoff Sobelle

 

TU OCT 1

Isango Ensemble: Aesop’s Fables

 

TH OCT 3

Apollo’s Fire: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons—Rediscovered

 

SA OCT 12

Chick Corea Trilogy with Christian McBride and Brian Blade

 

WE OCT 23

The Four Italian Tenors: Viva Italia

 

SA OCT 26

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

 

FR NOV 1

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

 

TU NOV 5

The King’s Singers: Finding Harmony

 

TH NOV 7-SA NOV 9

Trick of the Light Theatre: The Bookbinder

 

SU NOV 10

Concert Artists Guild Winner: Yi-Nuo Wang, piano

 

TU NOV 12

Theatre Re: The Nature of Forgetting

 

TH NOV 14

Harlem 100—Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance

 

SU NOV 17

St. Louis Symphony

 

TH NOV 21

Tere O’Connor Dance: Long Run

 

TH DEC 5-SU DEC 8

The Nutcracker

 

FR JAN 24

Brush Theatre: Yao Yao

 

SU JAN 26

Naumburg International Violin Competition Winner: Grace Park, violin with Joseph Liccardo, piano

 

TU JAN 28-WE JAN 29

Shanghai Ballet: The Butterfly Lovers

 

SA FEB 1

Still Dreaming with Joshua Redman, Ron Miles, Scott Colley, and Brian Blade

 

TU FEB 4

Jupiter String Quartet

 

TH FEB 6-FR FEB 7

Step Afrika!: Drumfolk

 

TU FEB 11

St. Olaf Choir

 

FR FEB 14

Somi

 

SU FEB 16

Young Concert Artists Winner: Jonathan Swensen, cello

 

TU FEB 18

Anna Deavere Smith

 

WE FEB 19

CultureTalk: Anna Deavere Smith

 

SU FEB 23

Cirque FLIP Fabrique: Blizzard

 

TU FEB 25

Michael Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Ensemble

 

TH FEB 27

Murray Perahia, piano

 

SA FEB 29

Siberian State Symphony Orchestra

 

TH MAR 5

Venice Baroque Orchestra: The Swedish Nightingale

 

TU MAR 10

Cahoots NI: Penguins

 

WE MAR 11

TAO: Drum Heart

 

SA MAR 28

The Song of the Earth—Art, Science, and Humanity

 

TU MAR 31

Fauré Quartett

 

FR-SA APR 3-4

Mark Morris Dance Group and Music Ensemble

 

SA APR 18

Amir ElSaffar’s Rivers of Sound Orchestra

 

TU APR 21

Takács Quartet with Erika Eckert, viola

 

SU APR 26

Krannert Center Debut Artist

 

TU APR 28

Jupiter String Quartet with Tyler Duncan, baritone

 

TU MAY 5

Mariachi Herencia de México

 

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For the past five decades, Krannert Center has shone as a beacon, opening minds and hearts through the pursuit of excellence in the performing arts in collaboration with its colleagues in the College of Fine and Applied Arts’ School of Music, Department of Theatre, Department of Dance, and many others from across the academy, community, and world.