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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

March 2020

Alexander Techniques Convocation Hour

Date:
Tuesday, March 3rd 2020
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

For additional information contact Dr. Justin Vickers (309) 438-8855

POSTPONED – Illinois State University Speaker Series: Jennifer Eberhardt

Date:
Thursday, March 19th 2020
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Postponed: The March 19 presentation by social psychologist Dr. Jennifer L. Eberhardt will be rescheduled at a future date.

Cancelled: (Cancelled) Concert Choir and Chamber Singers

Date:
Sunday, March 22nd 2020
Time:
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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

Cancelled: (Cancelled) Performance Convocation Hour

Date:
Tuesday, March 24th 2020
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Students perform

Cancelled: (Cancelled) School of Music Auditon Day

Date:
Saturday, March 28th 2020
Time:
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

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

Cancelled: (Cancelled) Men and Women’s Glee and Belle Voix Concert

Date:
Sunday, March 29th 2020
Time:
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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

Cancelled: (Cancelled) Symphony Orchestra Concert

Date:
Sunday, March 29th 2020
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

ISU Symphony orchestra in concert with guest conductor Maestro Maurizio Colasantio from Italy and ISU artist professor of voice Elizabeth Thompson.  Music by Rossini, Mahler, and Beethoven. For additional information contact Dr. Glenn Block (309)438-2540

April 2020

Cancelled: (Cancelled) Symphonic Winds Concert

Date:
Wednesday, April 1st 2020
Time:
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

For additional information contact the band office (309)438-2166

Cancelled: (Cancelled) Wind Symphony Concert

Date:
Friday, April 3rd 2020
Time:
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

For additional information contact the band office (309)438-2166

Cancelled: (Cancelled) Music Factory

Date:
Monday, April 6th 2020
Time:
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

For additional information contact Martha Horst (309)438-5447

Cancelled: (Cancelled) Convocation Hour: Alexander Techniques

Date:
Tuesday, April 7th 2020
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

For additional information contact Dr. Justin Vickers (309) 438-8855

Cancelled: (Cancelled) Chamber Winds

Date:
Wednesday, April 8th 2020
Time:
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

Cancelled: (Cancelled) Charles W. Bolen Faculty Recital: Tuyen Tonnu, piano

Date:
Thursday, April 9th 2020
Time:
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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

Cancelled: (Cancelled) Horn Day Recital

Date:
Saturday, April 11th 2020
Time:
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

For additional information contact Dr. Rachel Hockenberry (309) 438-5063

Cancelled: (Cancelled) Performance Convocation Hour

Date:
Tuesday, April 14th 2020
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Music student performances

Cancelled: (Cancelled) Jazz Festival Concert

Date:
Friday, April 17th 2020
Time:
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

For additional information contact Dr. Tom Marko (309)438-2541

Cancelled: (Cancelled) Jazz Festival Concert

Date:
Saturday, April 18th 2020
Time:
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

For additional information contact Dr. Tom Marko (309)438-2541

Cancelled: (Cancelled) Percussion Ensemble Concert

Date:
Sunday, April 19th 2020
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

For additional information contact Dr. David Collier (309)438-8022

Cancelled: (Cancelled) Performance Convocation Hour: Guitar Studio

Date:
Tuesday, April 21st 2020
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Students perform with classical guitar

Cancelled: (Cancelled) Symphonic Band and University Band Concert

Date:
Wednesday, April 22nd 2020
Time:
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

For additional information contact band office (309)438-2166

Cancelled: (Cancelled) Wind Symphony and Symphonic Winds Concert

Date:
Saturday, April 25th 2020
Time:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

For additional information contact band office (309) 438-2166

Cancelled: (Cancelled) Choral Collage

Date:
Sunday, April 26th 2020
Time:
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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

Cancelled: (Cancelled) Symphony Orchestra Concert

Date:
Sunday, April 26th 2020
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

ISU Symphony Orchestra in concert with winners of the ISU Symphony Concerto-Aria Competition. Music by ISU composition faculty Roy Magnuson and Ottorino Respighi. For additional information contact Dr. Glenn Block (309) 438-2540

August 2020

Cancelled: If Music Be the Food of Love!

Date:
Sunday, August 23rd 2020
Time:
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

For additional information contact Dr. Daniel Schuetz (309)438-2443

Jury Recognition Recital – live stream event only

Date:
Monday, August 24th 2020
Time:
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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

Senior Recital: Jake Hackl, baritone – live stream event only

Date:
Wednesday, August 26th 2020
Time:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Student performance

September 2020

Cancelled: Wind Symphony Concert

Date:
Sunday, September 20th 2020
Time:
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

For additional information contact ISU Band Office (309)438-2166

Charles W. Bolen Faculty Recital: Anne McNamara, trumpet – streaming event only

Date:
Tuesday, September 22nd 2020
Time:
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

For additional information contact Dr. Anne McNamara (309)438-2388 https://youtu.be/k9MEi1tX-oE

Cancelled: Jazz Ensemble I & II Concert

Date:
Friday, September 25th 2020
Time:
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

For additional information contact Dr. Tom Marko (309)438-2541

Graduate Recital: Stephanie An, piano – live stream event only

Date:
Sunday, September 27th 2020
Time:
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Student performance    

October 2020

Cancelled: Symphonic Winds and Symphonic Band Concert

Date:
Thursday, October 1st 2020
Time:
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

For additional information contact ISU Band Office (309)438-2166

Senior Recital: Gianna Politano, saxophone – live stream event only

Date:
Sunday, October 11th 2020
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

For additional information contact Dr. Paul Nolen (309)438-8872

Cancelled: Wind Symphony Prism Concert

Date:
Sunday, October 11th 2020
Time:
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

For additional information contact ISU Band Office (309)438-2166

Performance Convocation Hour – live stream event only

Date:
Tuesday, October 20th 2020
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Student performances https://finearts.illinoisstate.edu/live/

Senior Recital: Andrew Bilgri, tuba – live stream event

Date:
Saturday, October 24th 2020
Time:
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Student performance

Senior Recital: Andrea McAfee, saxophone – live streaming event only

Date:
Sunday, October 25th 2020
Time:
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Student performance

Performance Convocation Hour – live stream event only

Date:
Tuesday, October 27th 2020
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Student performances  

November 2020

Cancelled: Jazz Ensemble I & II Concert

Date:
Friday, November 6th 2020
Time:
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

For additional information contact Dr. Tom Marko (309)438-2541

Joint Trumpet Recital: Andrew Ossler – live stream event only

Date:
Saturday, November 7th 2020
Time:
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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

Junior Recital: Lottie Heckman, soprano – live stream event

Date:
Saturday, November 7th 2020
Time:
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Student performance

Senior Recital: Mackenzie Ahlman, voice – live stream event only

Date:
Sunday, November 8th 2020
Time:
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Student performance

Cancelled: African Drumming and Dance – live stream event only

Date:
Sunday, November 8th 2020
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

For additional information contact Dr. Oforiwaa Aduonum (309) 438-7340  

Performance Convocation Hour – live stream event

Date:
Tuesday, November 10th 2020
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Student performances    

Senior Recital: Devin Jackson, baritone – live streamed event only

Date:
Thursday, November 12th 2020
Time:
7:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Student performance  

Redbird Musical Adventures: ISU Orchestra – online only

Date:
Saturday, November 14th 2020
Time:
10:00 am - 11:00 am

This event will be live streamed.   For information please contact Dr. Kate Lewis at kjlewis@ilstu.edu  

Redbird Musical Adventures: ISU Orchestra – online only

Date:
Saturday, November 14th 2020
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

This event will be live streamed.   For information please contact Dr. Kate Lewis at kjlewis@ilstu.edu  

Senior Recital: Wyatt Onsen, percussion – live streamed event

Date:
Saturday, November 14th 2020
Time:
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Student performance

Senior Recital: Lorelei Junkel, trumpet – live streamed event only

Date:
Monday, November 16th 2020
Time:
8:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Student recital

Cancelled: Symphonic Winds, Symphonic Band, and University Band Concert

Date:
Tuesday, November 17th 2020
Time:
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

For additional information contact (309)438-2166

Collaborative Piano Recital – Live stream event only

Date:
Thursday, November 19th 2020
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

For additional information contact Dr. Geoffrey Duce (309)438-2409    

December 2020

ISU School of Music Audition Day

Date:
Saturday, December 5th 2020
Time:
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

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

Cancelled: Music for the Holidays Concert

Date:
Saturday, December 5th 2020
Time:
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

For additional information contact Dr. Karyl Carlson (309)48-2012

Cancelled: Music for the Holidays Concert

Date:
Saturday, December 5th 2020
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

For additional information contact Dr. Karyl Carlson (309)48-2012

Cancelled: Music for the Holidays Concert

Date:
Sunday, December 6th 2020
Time:
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

For additional information contact Dr. Karyl Carlson (309)48-2012

Cancelled: String Project Winter Recitals

Date:
Friday, December 11th 2020
Time:
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

For additional information contact Dr. Adriana Ransom (309)438-8009

January 2021

ISU School of Music Audition Day

Date:
Saturday, January 16th
Time:
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

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

ISU School of Music Audition Day

Date:
Friday, January 22nd
Time:
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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

ISU School of Music Audition Day

Date:
Saturday, January 23rd
Time:
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

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

Jury Recognition Recital – livestreamed event

Date:
Monday, January 25th
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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

Concerto Aria Competition – livestreamed event

Date:
Wednesday, January 27th
Time:
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

February 2021

ISU School of Music Audition Day

Date:
Friday, February 5th
Time:
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

For additional information contact Christine Hansen (309)48-7050

ISU School of Music Audition Day

Date:
Saturday, February 6th
Time:
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

For additional information contact Christine Hansen (309)48-7050

Cancelled: Jazz Ensemble I & II Concert – livestreamed event

Date:
Friday, February 19th
Time:
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

For additional information contact Dr. Tom Marko (309)438-2541

ISU Symphony Orchestra – livestream event

Date:
Sunday, February 21st
Time:
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The ISU String Symphony will perform its first streamed concert of the new year in this program of music by Britten and Handel. The concert will include the world premiere of music by the Argentinian composer Claudio Alsuyet. Written to evoke the sounds of the nightlife of Buenas Aires, De Noche, finalmente Buenos Aires uses some advanced string techniques and tango rhythms typical of Argentinian music. Britten – Simple Symphony, Nickolai Podvin, conducting Claudio Alsuyet – De Noche, finalmente Buenos…

Performance Convocation Hour – livestream event

Date:
Tuesday, February 23rd
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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

Symphonic Winds Concert – livestream event

Date:
Friday, February 26th
Time:
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Illinois State University Symphonic Winds Mack Wood, conductor Lauren Bobarsky, graduate conductor Giovanni Gabrieli (1557-1612), arr. King – Canzon Septimi Toni No. 2 (1597) Steve Danyew (b. 1983) – Three Tallis Melodies (1561/2020) ii.  Third Mode Melody Percy Grainger (1882-1961), arr. Sheeran – Molly on the Shore (1907/2021) Charles Gonoud (1818-1893) – Petite Symphonie (1885) i. Adagio, Allegro ii. Andante Cantabile John Mackey (b. 1973) – Strange Humors (2006) Roger Zare (b. 1985) – Mare Tranquilitatis (2020) Jennifer Jolley (b.…

Senior Recital: Jennifer Carver, percussion – livestream event

Date:
Saturday, February 27th
Time:
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Student Recital

Senior Recital: Baryl Brandt, percussion – livestream event

Date:
Saturday, February 27th
Time:
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Student recital

Wind Symphony Concert – livestream event

Date:
Sunday, February 28th
Time:
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Illinois State University Wind Symphony  Anthony C. Marinello, conductor  Lauren Bobarsky, graduate conductor   Nathan Daughtrey (b. 1975) – Silent Canyons (2014) – 8’  --Stage Reset--   Percy A. Grainger (1882-1961), arr. Higgins – Lincolnshire Posy (1937/2008) Dublin Bay (Lisbon) HorkstowGrange  Lord Melbourne The Lost Lady Found Adam Gorb (b. 1958), arr. Holland – Bohemian Revelry (2013/2020)           I. Polka           III. Sousedska           IV. Skočna --Intermission--  Joaquín Rodrigo (1901-1999) – Adagio para Orquesta de Instrumentos de Viento (1966)  Roy D. Magnuson (b. 1983) – The Softest Breath (2019) …

March 2021

Guest Artist Recital: Davis Hale, saxophone – livestream event

Date:
Tuesday, March 16th
Time:
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

For additional information contact Dr. Paul Nolen (309)438-8872

Band Concerto Finals – livestream event

Date:
Friday, March 19th
Time:
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Program: 8:00 PM Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra Alexandra Pakhmutova (born 1929) Katherine Shindledecker, trumpet Lu Witzig, accompanist Katherine Shindledecker is a student of Dr. Anne McNamara 8:15 PM Buffer 8:25 PM The Castle of Dr. Bassclar (2013) Ferrer Ferran (born 1966) Thomas Shermulis, bass clarinet Momoko Gresham, accompanist Thomas Shermulis is a student of Dr. David Gresham 8:40 PM Buffer 8:50 PM Concerto for Tuba and Wind Ensemble Gary Ziek I. Soaring (born 1960) Joseph Ritchie, tuba Lu Witzig,…

Graduate Recital: Shinae Lee, piano – closed event

Date:
Saturday, March 20th
Time:
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Student performance

Senior Recital: Matthew Davis, voice – livestream event

Date:
Saturday, March 20th
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Student Recital

Cancelled: ISU Men’s Glee and Women’s Choir Concert – livestream event

Date:
Sunday, March 21st
Time:
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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

Cancelled: Evening of Brass Concert – livestreamed event

Date:
Sunday, March 21st
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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

Cancelled: Performance Convocation Hour – livestream event

Date:
Tuesday, March 23rd
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Music student perform

Cancelled: Charles W. Bolen Faculty Recital: Dr. Tuyen Tonnu, piano – livestreamed event

Date:
Tuesday, March 23rd
Time:
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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

Graduate Recital: Leo Wang, voice – livestream event

Date:
Friday, March 26th
Time:
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Student recital

ISU School of Music Audition Day

Date:
Saturday, March 27th
Time:
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

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

Sophomore Recital: Ryan Baur, saxophone -livestream event

Date:
Saturday, March 27th
Time:
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Student Rectial

Symphony Orchestra Concert featuring ISU Concert Choir – livestream event

Date:
Sunday, March 28th
Time:
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The ISU String Symphony will be joined by the ISU Concert Choir, Dr. Karyl Carlson, conducting, in a joint choral work by Mozart. The program will also include a performance of the Barber Adagio for Strings, dedicated to the memory of those we have lost to the Pandemic.

Senior Recital: Brendan Korak, trumpet – livestream event

Date:
Sunday, March 28th
Time:
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Student recital

Concert featuring Concerto Aria Winners – livestream event

Date:
Tuesday, March 30th
Time:
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Charles W. Bolen Faculty Recital: Ruben Balboa, viola – livestream event

Date:
Wednesday, March 31st
Time:
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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

April 2021

Senior Recital: Jackson Miller, classical guitar – livestream event

Date:
Thursday, April 1st
Time:
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Student performance

Senior Recital: Thomas Shermulis, clarinet – livestream event

Date:
Friday, April 2nd
Time:
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Student performance

Junior Recital: Mikayla Mindiola, voice – livestream event

Date:
Saturday, April 3rd
Time:
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Student performance

Graduate Recital: Miguel Lumbao, classical guitar – livestream event

Date:
Saturday, April 3rd
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Student performance

Charles W. Bolen Faculty Recital: David Gresham, clarinet – closed event

Date:
Tuesday, April 6th
Time:
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

For additional information contact Dr. Gresham (309) 438-2600

Graduate Recital: Ya Chun Lee, piano – livestream event

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

Student Recital

Cancelled: Jazz Festival Concert: Jazz Ensemble I & II

Date:
Friday, April 9th
Time:
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

For additional information contact Dr. Tom Marko (309)438-2541

Graduate Recital: Chuck Willard, percussion – livestream event

Date:
Saturday, April 10th
Time:
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Student recital

Graduate Recital: Erik Eeg, euphonium – livestream event

Date:
Saturday, April 10th
Time:
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Student performance

Senior Recital: Alexandria Karafotias, trumpet – livestream event

Date:
Saturday, April 10th
Time:
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Student Recital

Graduate Recital: Trevor Gould, trumpet – livestream event

Date:
Saturday, April 10th
Time:
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Student recital

Cancelled: Jazz Festival Concert: Jazz Ensemble I & II

Date:
Saturday, April 10th
Time:
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

For additional information contact Dr. Tom Marko (309)438-2541

ISU Percussion Ensemble Concert – livestream event

Date:
Sunday, April 11th
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

For additional information contact Dr. David Collier (309)438-8022

Performance Convocation Hour – livestream event

Date:
Tuesday, April 13th
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Music student perform

Graduate Recital: Caleb Gibson, saxophone – livestreamed event

Date:
Tuesday, April 13th
Time:
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Student Recital

Collaborative Piano – livestream event

Date:
Thursday, April 15th
Time:
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

For additional information contact Dr. Geoffrey Duce (309)438-2409