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Center for the Performing Arts

Location:
Center for the Performing Arts 351 S. School Street
Normal, IL

The construction of the Center for Performing Arts cost $19.8 million and was completed and dedicated in the Fall of 2002. An 800-seat concert hall and a 450-seat theatre are the building’s main features.

Upcoming Public Events

September 2021

Jazz Ensemble I & II

Date:
Friday, September 24th
Time:
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

  Join Dr. Marko and Illinois State University Jazz Ensembles I and II for a wide variety of big band jazz and numerous student soloists. Jazz Ensemble II will open the concert with a short set, followed by Jazz Ensemble I. For additional information contact Dr. Tom Marko (309) 438-2541

Audition Day – Spring Transfer Students

Date:
Saturday, September 25th
Time:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

For additional information contact Christine Hansen (309) 438-7050

School of Music Collage Concert: Featuring Orchestra, Piano Duet, Choir, Jazz Combo, and Wind Symphony

Date:
Sunday, September 26th
Time:
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

For additional information contact the School of Music (309) 438-7631

Chamber Music Recital Convocation

Date:
Tuesday, September 28th
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

For additional information contact Dr. Michael Dicker (309) 438-8240

Symphonic Winds and Symphonic Band Concert

Date:
Thursday, September 30th
Time:
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Symphonic Band Prof. T.J. Mack, conductor Lauren Bobarsky, guest conductor Program: Kalos Eidos, Carol Brittin Chambers Different Voices, Rick Kirby Shenandoah, Frank Ticheli Fantasy on a Theme by Sousa, Andrew Boysen Jr. -Break Symphonic Winds Dr. F. Mack Wood, conductor John Gonzalez, guest conductor Marissa Miko, guest conductor Program: Festive Overture, Dmitri Shostakovich/trans. Donald Hunsberger One Life Beautiful, Julie Giroux Danza Final from "Estancia," Alberto Ginestera, arr. David John INTERMISSION Roma, Valerie Coleman Of Our New Day Begun, Omar Thomas…

October 2021

Austin Voice Studio Recital

Date:
Saturday, October 2nd
Time:
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

The recital will feature songs from Scarlatti to Sondheim. For additional information contact Professor Deb Austin  (309) 438-8118

Wind Symphony Concert

Date:
Sunday, October 3rd
Time:
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Illinois State University Wind Symphony Anthony C. Marinello, conductor Lauren Bobarsky, guest conductor Brian Balmages (b.1975) – Fanfare Canzonique (2003) Richard Strauss (1864-1949) – Serenade in E-flat major, op. 7 (1881/1986) Julie Giroux (b. 1961) – Riften Wed (2013) Lauren Bobarsky, guest conductor --Intermission-- David Maslanka (1943-2017) – Symphony No. 4 (1993) Please join the Illinois State University Wind Symphony on Sunday, October 3, 2021 for the first concert of the 2021/2022 concert season. The concert will welcome a limited…

School of Music Convocation Hour: Recital Celebrating Latinx Heritage Month

Date:
Tuesday, October 5th
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

For additional information contact School of Music (309) 438-3839

Senior Recital: Grace Pauley, voice

Date:
Saturday, October 9th
Time:
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Student recital

Afternoon of Brass

Date:
Sunday, October 10th
Time:
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

For additional information contact Dr. Rummel (309)438-5817

Guest Artist: Ivana Francisci, piano

Date:
Wednesday, October 13th
Time:
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

For additional information contact Dr. Glenn Block (309) 438-2540  

Charles W. Bolen Faculty Recital: Faculty Brass Quintet

Date:
Thursday, October 14th
Time:
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

For additional information contact Dr. Anne McNamara (309) 438-2388

ISU Symphony Orchestra Concert

Date:
Sunday, October 17th
Time:
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Maestro Maurizio Colasanti (Italy), guest conductor “PASTORALE” Hear the ISU Symphony with Italian guest conductor Maestro Maurizio Colasanti conducting music by Rossini and the Beethoven Symphony No. 6 “Pastorale”, in the ISU Symphony pre-Chicago tour concert! For additional information contact Dr. Glenn Block (309) 438-2540

Performance Convocation Hour

Date:
Tuesday, October 19th
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

For additional information contact School of Music (309) 438-7631

Senior Recital: Maggie Oedewaldt, voice

Date:
Friday, October 22nd
Time:
6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Student recital

Junior Recital: Allison Loyd, voice

Date:
Sunday, October 24th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Student Recital

Guest Artist Recital: Dr. Daniel Shapiro, piano

Date:
Friday, October 29th
Time:
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

For additional information contact Dr. Tuyen Tonnu (309) 438-8423

ISU Symphony Orchestra presents Music for All

Date:
Saturday, October 30th
Time:
10:00 am - 11:30 am

Instrument Petting Zoo – 9:00 AM “Music and Weather” The Music for All concert welcomes an audience with special needs to experience a live ISU Symphony in a safe environment. The concert will begin with an instrument “petting” zoo where audience members can get up close and touch instruments of the ISU Symphony. The concert will have narration and be signed. For additional information contact Dr. Glenn Block (309) 438-2540

ISU Men’s Glee and Belle Voix Concert

Date:
Sunday, October 31st
Time:
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

For additional information contact Dr. Tim Fredstrom (309) 438-5174

November 2021

Performance Convocation Hour

Date:
Tuesday, November 2nd
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Students perform

20th Anniversary String Project Concert

Date:
Saturday, November 6th
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

For additional information contact Dr. Katherine Lewis (309) 438-2951

Concert Choir Concert

Date:
Sunday, November 7th
Time:
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

For additional information contact Dr. Karyl Carlson (309) 438-2012

Civic Chorale

Date:
Thursday, November 11th
Time:
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

For additional information contact Professor John Koch (309) 438-2472

Wind Symphony Concert

Date:
Monday, November 15th
Time:
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

For additional information contact Dr. Tony Marinello (309) 438-1702

Performance Convocation Hour

Date:
Tuesday, November 16th
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

For additional information contact the School of Music (309) 438-7631

Symphonic Band, Symphonic Winds, and University Band Concert

Date:
Tuesday, November 16th
Time:
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

For additional information contact Dr. Mack Wood (309) 438-8834

Jazz Ensemble I and II Concert

Date:
Thursday, November 18th
Time:
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

  Join Dr. Marko and Illinois State University Jazz Ensembles I and II for a wide variety of big band jazz and numerous student soloists. Jazz Ensemble II will open the concert with a short set, followed by Jazz Ensemble I.   For additional information contact Dr. Tom Marko (309) 438-2541

Opera Practicum Performance

Date:
Friday, November 19th
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

For additional information contact Professor Matthew Vala (309) 438-8855

December 2021

Music For the Holidays

Date:
Saturday, December 4th
Time:
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The popular annual Music For the Holidays will celebrate its 30th anniversary year, with choirs, ensembles and the ISU Symphony in their musical welcome to the holiday season! For additional information contact Dr. Karyl Carlson (309) 438-2012 or Dr. Glenn Block (309) 438-2540

Music For the Holidays

Date:
Saturday, December 4th
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The popular annual Music For the Holidays will celebrate its 30th anniversary year, with choirs, ensembles and the ISU Symphony in their musical welcome to the holiday season! For additional information contact Dr. Karyl Carlson (309) 438-2012 or Dr. Glenn Block (309) 438-2540

Music For the Holidays

Date:
Sunday, December 5th
Time:
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The popular annual Music For the Holidays will celebrate its 30th anniversary year, with choirs, ensembles and the ISU Symphony in their musical welcome to the holiday season! For additional information contact Dr. Karyl Carlson (309) 438-2012 or Dr. Glenn Block at (309) 438-2540

February 2022

Illinois State Symphony Orchestra Concert

Date:
Sunday, February 27th 2022
Time:
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

“SCHEHEREZADE” The ISU Symphony begins its first concert of the new year with the glorious music by Rimsky-Korsakov in his virtuosic “Scheherezade”. The concert will also feature ISU artist professor of viola Kate Lewis in the Walton “Viola Concerto.”   For additional information contact Dr. Glenn Block (309) 438-2540

March 2022

ISU Symphony Orchestra featuring Concert Choir

Date:
Sunday, March 27th 2022
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

“FAREWELL” The ISU Symphony and ISU Concert Choir join forces in its annual choral concert with music by Vaughan-Williams and the Mozart Requiem with Karyl Carlson conducting in her final orchestral/choral concert before her retirement. For additional information contact Dr. Glenn Block (309) 438-2540

April 2022

Concerto Aria Concert

Date:
Sunday, April 24th 2022
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The ISU Symphony closes its season with the annual Concerto-Aria concert featuring winners of the annual ISU Concerto-Aria Competition! The ISU Symphony will also perform music by John Adams and Samuel Barber. For additional information contact Dr. Glenn Block (309) 438-2540