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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.

Past Events

April 2021

Cancelled: Senior Recital: Matthew Davis, voice – livestream event

Date:
Saturday, April 17th 2021
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Student performance

Graduate Recital: Jacob Okrzesik, percussion – livestream event

Date:
Saturday, April 17th 2021
Time:
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Student recital

Graduate Recital: Elliot Godinez, percussion – livestream event

Date:
Sunday, April 18th 2021
Time:
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Student performance

Senior Recital: Eric Cadwell, trumpet – livestream event

Date:
Sunday, April 18th 2021
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Student performance

Cancelled: Graduate Recital: Elizabeth Turner, voice – livestream event

Date:
Sunday, April 18th 2021
Time:
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Student recital

Performance Convocation Hour

Date:
Tuesday, April 20th 2021
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Student performances

Symphonic Band Concert – livestreamed event

Date:
Wednesday, April 21st 2021
Time:
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Illinois State University Symphonic Band Anthony C. Marinello, conductor Lauren Bobarksy, guest conductor Livingston Band Kimberly Archer, arr. Gentry (b. 1973) – Devil’s Workshop (2009/2020) Michael Daugherty (b. 1954) – Made for You and Me: Inspired by Woody Guthrie (2020) Lauren Bobarsky, guest conductor John Mackey, arr. Dunnigan (b. 1973) – This Cruel Moon (2017/2020) Ryan George (b. 1978) – Café 512 (2010/2020 Foeller Band Giovanni Santos (b. 1980) – Lost in Tijuana (2020) Julie Giroux (b. 1961) – Our…

Senior Recital: Grace Suglich, flute – livestream event

Date:
Friday, April 23rd 2021
Time:
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Student Recital

Symphonic Winds Concert

Date:
Saturday, April 24th 2021
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Illinois State University Symphonic Winds F. Mack Wood, conductor Steven Bryant (b. 1972), arr. Lourens – Ecstatic Fanfare (2012/2015) – 3’ John Mackey (1973), arr. Wallace – Hymn to a Blue Hour (2010/2021) – 8’ Kevin Day (b. 1996), arr. Trentadue – Dancing Fire (2016/2020) – 4’ --Intermission-- James M. David (b. 1978) – Menlo Park, 1879 (2020) – 7’ Nicole Piunno (b. 1985) – Letters from the Traveling Doll (2021) – 12’ i. Love and Loss ii. The Mountains…

Wind Symphony Concert – livestream event

Date:
Saturday, April 24th 2021
Time:
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Illinois State University Wind Symphony Anthony C. Marinello, conductor Illinois State University Wind Symphony Anthony C. Marinello, conductor Lauren Bobarsky, guest conductor Andrew Blair (b. 1987) – anti-FANFARE for wind ensemble, minus brass (2019) Emily Bingham, arr. Cawkwell (b. 1952) – Bright Spirit for woodwind ensemble (2001/2013) Tara Islas (b. 1966) – Ascent to the Summit for brass and percussion (2016) Fisher Tull (1934-1994) – The Binding for brass and percussion (1981) Ludwig van Beethoven, tr. Schmitt (1770-1827) – Symphony…

Choral Collage – livestream event

Date:
Sunday, April 25th 2021
Time:
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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

May 2021

Senior Recital: Ryan Lauciello, percussion – livestream event

Date:
Sunday, May 30th 2021
Time:
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Student Recital

August 2021

School of Music Freshman Mandatory Meeting

Date:
Sunday, August 15th 2021
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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

Cancelled: Charles W. Bolen Faculty Recital: Daniel Schuetz, countertenor

Date:
Sunday, August 22nd 2021
Time:
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Program: Schlummert ein from Ich habe genug BWV 82 Zefiro torna (Rinuccini)  Ninth Book of Madrigal (1632) If music be the food of love (Heveningham) Barcarolle (Barbier) Abendsegen beten (Wette) from Hänsel und Gretel Habe deine Lust an dem Herren Atto secondo, Scena terza (Busenello) from L’incoronazione di Poppea For additional information contact Dr. Daniel Schuetz (309) 438-2443

Jury Recognition Recital – Closed to public

Date:
Monday, August 30th 2021
Time:
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Student performances Live Stream link:  https://finearts.illinoisstate.edu/live/ For additional information contact School of Music (309) 438-7631

September 2021

Choral Showcase

Date:
Sunday, September 19th 2021
Time:
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Choral Music is alive and well at ISU! The Choral Showcase features Treble Choir, Men’s Glee, Belle Voix, Madrigal Singers and Concert Choir in their first concert of the 2021-22 school year. There will be a variety of music, including Madrigal’s performing a world premiere of ISU graduate student Mackenzie Ahlman’s “Hope is the Thing with Feathers.” It was composed last spring for Incite Hope, one of the Choral Impact Projects.   For additional information contact Dr. Karyl Carlson (309)…

Illinois State University Symphony Orchestra

Date:
Sunday, September 19th 2021
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Glenn Block Music Director and Conductor “LES PRELUDES” Join the ISU Symphony, after an 18-month Pandemic pause, in their first concert of the season with music by Liszt, Mahler and Haydn, featuring ISU artist voice faculty member Elizabeth Thompson. Program: Haydn – Symphony No. 100 “Military” Mahler – Ruckert Lieder (Lily Thompson, faculty soloist) Liszt – Les Preludes For additional information contact Dr. Glenn Block (309) 438-2540

Charles W. Bolen Faculty Recital: Anne McNamara, trumpet

Date:
Tuesday, September 21st 2021
Time:
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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

Jazz Ensemble I & II

Date:
Friday, September 24th 2021
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 2021
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 2021
Time:
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The fall Collage Concert is a celebration of the students in the School of Music. The concert will feature performances by Illinois State University’s Concert Choir, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, and Jazz I Combo with a special performance by ISU piano faculty. The concert will also include remarks by School of Music Interim Director Adriana Ransom and Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts Dean Jean Miller announcing that the Illinois State University School of Music has received the All-Steinway School designation.…

Chamber Music Recital Convocation

Date:
Tuesday, September 28th 2021
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 2021
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 2021
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 2021
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 2021
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 2021
Time:
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Student recital

Afternoon of Brass

Date:
Sunday, October 10th 2021
Time:
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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

Cancelled: Guest Artist: Ivana Francisci, piano

Date:
Wednesday, October 13th 2021
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 2021
Time:
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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

Guest Artist Master Class: Daniel Pendley, string bass

Date:
Friday, October 15th 2021
Time:
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Daniel Pendley joined the Buffalo Philharmonic as Principal Bass in September 2007. He has appeared as a soloist with the BPO at Artpark and Canisius College. Mr. Pendley serves on the music faculty at the University of Buffalo and has presented masterclasses at UB, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and the University of Louisville. Prior to moving to New York, Mr. Pendley served as the Assistant Principal Bass of the Louisville Orchestra for one year. Mr. Pendley earned…

ISU Symphony Orchestra Concert

Date:
Sunday, October 17th 2021
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 2021
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 2021
Time:
6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Student recital

Junior Recital: Allison Loyd, voice

Date:
Sunday, October 24th 2021
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Student Recital

Guest Artist Recital: Dr. Daniel Shapiro, piano

Date:
Friday, October 29th 2021
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 2021
Time:
10:00 am - 11:30 am

Music for All concert welcomes an audience with special needs to experience a live ISU Symphony in a safe environment.  The concert will have narration and be signed. For additional information contact Dr. Glenn Block (309) 438-2540

On Our Way: Treble Choir, Men’s Glee, and Belle Voix in Concert

Date:
Sunday, October 31st 2021
Time:
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

You are invited to join three university choirs as they present songs of journeying and aspiration. Choral selections from the Baroque era to the 21st century will relate empowering messages about sharing a journey together and striving towards a bright future. Instrumental guests will help craft a variety of nuanced musical textures within the choral artform, along with some festive nods to the Halloween holiday. You won't want to miss it!   For additional information contact Professor Mark Grizzard (309)…

November 2021

Performance Convocation Hour

Date:
Tuesday, November 2nd 2021
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Students perform

Vala Studio Recital

Date:
Tuesday, November 2nd 2021
Time:
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

The Vala Voice Studio will present an array of vocal literature pieces including a collection of songs by American composer, Ben Moore. Vocalists include: Rachel Burris, Austin Ebert, James Engelhorn, Sophie Evans, JD Scherb, Michael St. Aubin, and Olivia Wexler. For additional information contact Dr. Matthew Vala (309)438-8855

Charles W. Bolen Faculty Recital: String Faculty Showcase

Date:
Thursday, November 4th 2021
Time:
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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

Spring Project 20th Anniversary Concert 1 featuring Guest Artist Mike Block, cello

Date:
Friday, November 5th 2021
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Mike Block is a pioneering cello player, singer, composer and educator. Passionate about cross-cultural collaboration through music, Mike is committed to inspiring individuals and connecting communities. Acclaimed by the New York Times for his "vital rich-hued solo playing”, and by Salt Lake City Desert News as “a true artist... a sight to behold”, Mike Block “is one of the bravest, most intriguing musicians on the American fusion scene.” (Gramophone). Mike's performances offer a rich mixture of classical repertoire, folk music,…

20th Anniversary String Project Concert

Date:
Saturday, November 6th 2021
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Current students, teachers, alumni, faculty and guest artists perform an electric variety of string solo, chamber music and orchestra repertoire in this family friendly celebration of 20 years of String Project at ISU. This concert will feature the premiere of Mike Block's Fey-O by 3rd-8th graders currently enrolled in our program. For additional information contact Dr. Katherine Lewis (309) 438-2951

Concert Choir Concert

Date:
Sunday, November 7th 2021
Time:
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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

Civic Chorale presents Sing We Now of Christmas!

Date:
Thursday, November 11th 2021
Time:
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts and the School of Music present: The Illinois State University Civic Chorale John M. Koch, Conductor Dr. Dennis Gotkowski, Pianist Featuring Guest Artists Dr. Adriana Ransom, Cello and Dr. Kim Risinger, Flute SING WE NOW OF CHRISTMAS! PROGRAM Alleluia Randall Thompson (1899-1984) In Time of Silver Rain René Clausen (b. 1953) Adriana Ransom, Cello Light Beyond Shadow Music by Dan Forrest (b. 1978) Text by Paul Wigmore (1925-2014) Light of a Clear Blue…

Wind Symphony Concert

Date:
Monday, November 15th 2021
Time:
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Illinois State University Wind Symphony Anthony C. Marinello, conductor Presents Amen! Viet Cuong (b. 1990) – Bull’s Eye (2019) Cassie Wieland (b. 1994) – power lines (2021) World Premiere Performance Donald Grantham (b. 1947) – Circa 1600 (2018) --intermission-- Peter Meechan (b. 1980) – Loss Verses (2021) Dr. Anne McNamara, flugelhorn Consortium Premiere Performance Carlos Simon (b. 1986) – Amen! (2017) Please join the Illinois State University Wind Symphony on Monday, November 15, 2021 for the second concert of the…

Performance Convocation Hour

Date:
Tuesday, November 16th 2021
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 2021
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

University Band Program: La Banda Nascente - Berardo Sbraccia/ed. Fennell Lauren Bobarsky, conductor Reckoning - Michael Markowski John Gonzalez, conductor Seal Lullaby - Eric Whitacre F. Mack Wood, conductor Melodious Thunk - David Biedenbender Lauren Bobarsky, conductor Remembering the Remarkables - Grace Baugher F. Mack Wood, conductor Mother of a Revolution - Omar Thomas John Gonzalez, conductor Symphonic Band Program TJ Mack Conductor John Gonzalez, guest conductor Jinzhe Zhang, guest conductor Festival Prelude - Alfred Reed John Gonzalez, guest conductor…

Jazz Ensemble I and II Concert

Date:
Thursday, November 18th 2021
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 2021
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 2021
Time:
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The popular annual Music For the Holidays is celebrating its 30th anniversary year! Students in the School of Music bring you a musical welcome to the holiday season with performances by the ISU Concert Choir, Madrigal Singers, and Symphony Orchestra.  The Saturday afternoon performance will also feature the ISU String Project’s Sinfonia Class and the Treble Choir. For additional information contact Dr. Karyl Carlson (309) 438-2012 or Dr. Glenn Block (309) 438-2540 Ticket prices are $15 general admission, $12 faculty/staff,…

Music For the Holidays

Date:
Saturday, December 4th 2021
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The popular annual Music For the Holidays is celebrating its 30th anniversary year! Students in the School of Music bring you a musical welcome to the holiday season with performances by the ISU Concert Choir, Madrigal Singers, and Symphony Orchestra.  The Saturday evening performance will also feature the ISU African Drumming and Dance Ensemble and the advanced treble choir Belle Voix. For additional information contact Dr. Karyl Carlson (309) 438-2012 or Dr. Glenn Block (309) 438-2540 Ticket prices are $15…

Music For the Holidays

Date:
Sunday, December 5th 2021
Time:
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The popular annual Music For the Holidays is celebrating its 30th anniversary year! Students in the School of Music bring you a musical welcome to the holiday season with performances by the ISU Concert Choir, Madrigal Singers, and Symphony Orchestra.  The Sunday afternoon performance will also feature ISU’s Jazz Combo I and Men's Glee. For additional information contact Dr. Karyl Carlson (309) 438-2012 or Dr. Glenn Block at (309) 438-2540 Ticket prices are $15 general admission, $12 faculty/staff, and $10…

String Project Winter Concert

Date:
Friday, December 10th 2021
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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

January 2022

School of Music Audition Day

Date:
Saturday, January 15th
Time:
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

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

Concerto Aria Competition

Date:
Wednesday, January 19th
Time:
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

School of Music Audition Day

Date:
Friday, January 21st
Time:
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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

School of Music Audition Day

Date:
Saturday, January 22nd
Time:
8:00 am - 1:00 pm

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

Band Concerto Competition – closed event livestream only

Date:
Sunday, January 23rd
Time:
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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

Jury Recognition Recital

Date:
Monday, January 24th
Time:
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

For additional information contact Dr. David Collier (309) 438-5386

String Project Honors Recital

Date:
Sunday, January 30th
Time:
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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

February 2022

School of Music Audition Day

Date:
Friday, February 4th
Time:
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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

School of Music Audition Day

Date:
Saturday, February 5th
Time:
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

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

RedNote New Music Festival – Music of Bright Sheng and Missy Mazzoli

Date:
Thursday, February 10th
Time:
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Music for chorus and wind ensemble by guest composers Missy Mazzoli and Bright Sheng, as well as winning works in the year's RED NOTE New Music Festival Composition Competition For additional information contact Dr. Carl Schimmel (309)438-3477

Symphonic Winds Concert

Date:
Friday, February 11th
Time:
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

  Washington Grays (1861) Claudio Grafulla (1812-1880) ed. Reeves/Fry O Magnum Mysterium (1994/2003) Morten Lauridsen (b. 1943) trans. H. Robert Reynolds Lauren Bobarsky, guest conductor Folk Song Suite (1924/2008) Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) I. March, Seventeen Come Sunday II. Intermezzo, My Bonny Boy III. March, Folk Songs from Somerset For additional information contact Dr. Mack Wood (309) 438-8834

Cancelled: Performance Convocation Hour

Date:
Tuesday, February 15th
Time:
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

For additional information contact Dr. David Collier (309) 438-5386

Choral Showcase

Date:
Sunday, February 20th
Time:
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

All of ISU's choral ensembles will be performing! Treble Choir, and Belle Voix, conducted by Mark Grizzard; Men's Glee conducted by Tim Fredstrom, and Concert Choir, conducted by Director of Choral Activities Karyl Carlson. Concert Choir will perform a selection called A PORTER'S SONG, recently performed at the ISU RED NOTE New Music Festival. Composed by the renowned Bright Sheng, the expressive and haunting song will be performed in Chinese. For additional information contact Dr. Karyl Carlson (309) 438-2012

Jazz Ensemble I & II

Date:
Tuesday, February 22nd
Time:
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Directed by Tom Marko, ISU Jazz Ensembles I and II present their first concert of the semester. They will perform a wide variety of works by composers and arrangers such as Chick Corea, Thad Jones, Sammy Nestico, Wayne Shorter, Charles Mingus and many others. For additional information contact Dr. Tom Marko (309) 438-2541

Symphonic Band

Date:
Wednesday, February 23rd
Time:
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Overture for Winds, Charles Carter Halcyon Hearts, Katahj Copley Pastorale, Roger Zare Postcard from Singapore, Philip Sparke I. Gelang sipaku gelang II. Di-tanjung katong III. Lenggang Kangkung & Munnaeru Vaalibaa Amparito Roca, Jaime Texidore, arr. Winter   For additional information contact TJ Mack (309) 438-5109

Guest Artist Recital: Ivana Francisci, piano

Date:
Thursday, February 24th
Time:
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

Cancelled: Charles W. Bolen Faculty Recital: Matthew Vala, voice

Date:
Friday, February 25th
Time:
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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

Illinois State Symphony Orchestra Concert

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

ISU Symphony Orchestra, Glenn Block, Music Director will present its first concert of the new year on Sunday, February 27 at 3:00 PMN in the ISU Center for the Performing Arts with guest conductor Maestro Maurizio Colasanti , from Italy, in a concert including the Dvorak NEW WORLD SYMPHONY No. 9 and the DANZON NO. 2 by Colombian composer Arturo Marquez. For additional information contact Dr. Glenn Block (309) 438-2540

Evening of Brass

Date:
Sunday, February 27th
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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

March 2022

Chamber Music Convocation Hour

Date:
Tuesday, March 1st
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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

Charles W. Bolen Faculty Recital: Mark Babbitt, trombone

Date:
Tuesday, March 1st
Time:
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Professor of Trombone, Mark Babbitt will be joined by pianist Nancy Pounds performing works by Florian Meier, Kevin Day, Inez McComas, and the world premiere of Peter Strohm's Sonata No.5 (2021). For additional information contact Dr. Babbitt (309) 438-5260

Treble Choir, Men’s Glee and Belle Voix Concert

Date:
Sunday, March 20th
Time:
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

For additional information contact Professor Mark Grizzard (309) 438-0883

Performance Convocation hour

Date:
Tuesday, March 22nd
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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

School of Music Audition Day

Date:
Saturday, March 26th
Time:
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

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

Senior Recital: Mikayla Mindiola, voice

Date:
Saturday, March 26th
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Student Recital

ISU Symphony Orchestra

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

ISU Symphony Orchestra with Music Director Glenn Block, conducting will play a program featuring ISU artist faculty violist Katherine Lewis performing Forsyth viola concerto. The program will also include music by ISU faculty composer Martha Horst in her "Quiet Places" and a suite from the ballet "Romeo and Juliet" by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev. The program will open with an orchestra from the ISU String Project. For additional information contact Dr. Glenn Block (309) 438-2540 To purchase tickets

Symphonic Winds Concert

Date:
Monday, March 28th
Time:
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Program: Mother Earth - David Maslanka Autumn - Cait Nishimura *Seth Marshall, guest conductor We Choose to Go to the Moon - Roger Zare *Roger Zare, composer in residence Stillwater - Kelijah Dunton *John Gonzalez, guest conductor Wild Nights - Ticheli For additional information contact Dr. Mack Wood (309)438-8834   To purchase tickets

April 2022

Cancelled: Jazz Festival Concert

Date:
Friday, April 1st
Time:
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Guest trombonist and composer Mike Davis will present a concert with ISU Jazz Ensembles directed by Tom Marko. Davis’ compositions and virtuosic trombone playing will be featured extensively throughout. Davis has enjoyed a diverse and acclaimed career over the past 35 years. Widely known as the trombonist for five world tours with the Rolling Stones, he toured and recorded extensively with Frank Sinatra, has released 11 CDs as a solo artist, composed over 150 works, authored a dozen books for…

Jazz Festival Concert

Date:
Saturday, April 2nd
Time:
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Guest trombonist and composer Mike Davis will present a concert with ISU Jazz Ensembles directed by Tom Marko. Davis’ compositions and virtuosic trombone playing will be featured extensively throughout. Davis has enjoyed a diverse and acclaimed career over the past 35 years. Widely known as the trombonist for five world tours with the Rolling Stones, he toured and recorded extensively with Frank Sinatra, has released 11 CDs as a solo artist, composed over 150 works, authored a dozen books for…

Concert Choir and Madrigals present Infinite Horizons

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

INFINITE HORIZONS, is a choral concert presented by Illinois State University Concert Choir and Madrigal Singers, conducted by Dr. Karyl Carlson, Director of Choral Activities. The concert includes the premier of the RedNote New Music Festival Choral Composition Competition, "Infinite Horizon" by Nicolas Kelly. Mr. Kelly was honored to lend the title to name our concert. The choirs have been immersing themselves in the cultures and music of the United States, Brazil, China, England, Germany, Canada. For additional information contact…

Wind Symphony Concert

Date:
Wednesday, April 6th
Time:
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Please join the Illinois State University Wind Symphony on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 for the fourth concert of the 2021/2022 concert season. The concert will welcome a full live audience and is the first engagement of our 2022 Performance Tour that includes an invited performance at the 2022 College Band Directors National Association North Central Region Conference at The University of Wisconsin-Madison. You can learn more about our performance tour via the following website:  https://finearts.illinoisstate.edu/bands/wind-symphony-tour/ The concert opens with New York-based…

Cancelled: Guest Artist Recital: Shawn Roy, bass baritone and Chan Kiat Lim, piano

Date:
Thursday, April 7th
Time:
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Performing vocal works of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Jacques Ibert, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Robert Schumann, Samuel Barber, Ben Moore, Richard Faith and Florence Price. For additional information contact Professor John Koch (309) 438-2472

Cancelled: Junior Recital: Michael St. Aubin, voice

Date:
Saturday, April 9th
Time:
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Student Recital

Senior Recital: Ashley Storinger, voice

Date:
Saturday, April 9th
Time:
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Student performance

Percussion Ensemble

Date:
Sunday, April 10th
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

On Sunday evening April 10 at 7:00 pm, the ISU Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. David Collier and Dr. Ben Stiers, will present their spring concert in the Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Illinois State University. After almost two years, the Percussion Ensemble is excited to be back performing for a live audience. The unique interaction of rhythm and sound color will be explored fully in this concert. The spring program will present the…

Performance Convocation Hour

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

For additional information contact Dr. David Collier (309) 438-5386

Senior Recital: Zachary Bodnar, voice

Date:
Saturday, April 16th
Time:
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Student performance

Senior Recital: Emily Hansen, voice

Date:
Saturday, April 16th
Time:
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Student performance

Graduate Recital: Aidan Singh, voice

Date:
Saturday, April 16th
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Student recital

Perspectives: A Song Recital featuring Matthew Vala and the Vala Voice Studio

Date:
Tuesday, April 19th
Time:
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Matthew Vala and the Vala Voice Studio are excited to present Perspectives: a Song Recital. The voice students will present a student immersion project featuring the music of Jason Robert Brown. JASON ROBERT BROWN is the ultimate multi-hyphenate – an equally skilled composer, lyricist, conductor, arranger, orchestrator, director and performer – best known for his dazzling scores to several of the most renowned musicals of our time, including the generation-defining The Last Five Years, his debut song cycle Songs for a…

Symphonic Band and University Band Concert

Date:
Wednesday, April 20th
Time:
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

For additional contact Band Office (309) 438-2166   To purchase tickets

Convocation Hour: Music for Viola by Underrepresented Composers

Date:
Thursday, April 21st
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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

Wind Symphony and Symphonic Winds Concert

Date:
Saturday, April 23rd
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Illinois State University Symphonic Winds: Dr. F. Mack Wood, conductor John Gonzalez, guest conductor Washington Grays (1861) - Claudio Grafulla (1812-1880) arr. Reeves and Fry Stillwater (2019) - Kelijah Dunton (b. 1999) John Gonzalez, guest conductor Suite from Star Wars "The Force Awakens" (2015) - John Willams (b. 1932) arr. Paul Lavender 4. Jedi Steps and Finale Illinois State University Wind Symphony: Dr. Anthony C. Marinello, conductor Lauren Bobarsky, guest conductor John Gonzalez, guest conductor William Schuman (1910-1992) – Chester…

Choral Collage

Date:
Sunday, April 24th
Time:
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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

Concerto Aria Concert

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

The ISU Symphony Orchestra will performs its final concert of the spring, 2022 semester, featuring the two winners of the ISU Concerto-Aria Competition held back in January. This competition across the entire ISU School of Music identifies the two top performers among the entire student body. The ISU Symphony Orchestra is under the direction of Dr. Glenn Block, Music Director since 1990. The ISU Symphony will perform, in addition to the winning concertos, music by American composers John Adams with…

Spring String Project Concert

Date:
Saturday, April 30th
Time:
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

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