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Wednesday, 28 August 2013 00:00
The Elgin Community College Arts Center celebrates its 20th Anniversary season with an exhilarating mix of theatre, comedy and music.
The Arts Centers 2013-2014 CenterStage and Club season includes John Lithgow performing his one-man theatrical memoir “Stories By Heart,” guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel, acclaimed singer/songwriter Marc Cohn, comedian/actor Larry Miller, a collaborative performance by singer/songwriters Lizz Wright and Raul Midón, returning favorite Naturally 7, and the interactive ERTH’s Dinosaur Zoo.
Tickets to all performances are now on sale.
The season opens Wednesday, Sept. 18 with a performance by guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel. Emmanuel was mentored by Chet Atkins who called him “one of the greatest players on the planet.” He’s played with Les Paul, Eric Clapton, Richie Sambora, and Frank Vignola. Emmanuel has also won Guitar Players’ Guitar Legend and Best Acoustic Guitarist awards, Acoustic Guitar magazine’s Gold Medal, and Rolling Stone’s Best Guitarist.
On Saturday, Sept. 28, the renowned The American Place Theatre's Literature to Life stage presentation of The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien returns as part of Elgin’s The Big Read. Directed by Wynn Handman and performed by actor Billy Lyons, this stage presentation was developed in collaboration with the book’s acclaimed author.
The Things They Carried, inspired by O’Brien’s experiences serving in the Vietnam War, addresses the complex issues of war and a soldier’s struggle within it. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
Grammy-winning recording artist Marc Cohn will perform at the Arts Center on Sunday, Sept. 29. Known for classics like “Walking In Memphis,” “Silver Thunderbird,” and “True Companion,” Cohn’s latest release “Listening Booth: 1970” applies his unique brand of soul to songs by the musicians that shaped him—musicians like Paul Simon, The Grateful Dead, and Creedence Clearwater Revival
On Saturday, Oct. 12, comedian/actor Larry Miller heads to Elgin for a performance of Cocktails with Larry Miller. One of Hollywood’s most recognizable faces and “the funniest guy” Jerry Seinfeld knows, Miller will share his perspective on marriage, children, drinking, and how each one leads to the other two.
Singer/songwriters Lizz Wright and Raul Midón will perform a soul-nourishing night of jazz, R&B, soul, and gospel on Saturday, Oct. 26. On Saturday, Nov. 2, the Arts Center is proud to present the extraordinary John Lithgow in his one-man theatrical memoir, “Stories By Heart.” Following his triumphant appearances at New York’s Lincoln Center and London’s National Theatre, the Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe Award-winning actor offers a touching and humorous reflection on storytelling as the tie that binds humanity.
The Milk Carton Kids will bring what NPR calls “gorgeous, contemporary folk” to the ECC Arts Center on Saturday, Nov. 9.
Sassy American roots band-Stella!- will treat the Club to its mix of lush harmonies, country twang, and western swing on Nov. 23.
Celebrate the holidays Klingon-style with Commedia Beauregard’s A Klingon Christmas Carol on Saturday, Dec. 7. Performed in Klingon with English supertitles and a Vulcan narrator, Trekkies and non-Trekkies alike will love this inspired take on a holiday classic.
The holiday festivities continue on Saturday, Dec. 14 with singer, songwriter, and guitarist Michael Johnson’s A Down-Home Holiday. Best known for hits like “Bluer Than Blue” and “I Know This Night Won’t Last Forever."
Hundreds of area performers, a dozen grand pianos and three performances mark the return of American Grands on Saturday, Jan. 25. This event, in its 19th year, features generations of pianists performing side-by-side during this much-anticipated event.
The audience will help create a brand new musical at Broadway’s Next H!T Musical: An Improvised Musical Comedy on Saturday, Feb. 1.
Acoustic fingerstyle guitarist Shaun Hopper will mesmerize the Club on Saturday, Feb 1. .
A cappella phenom Naturally 7 returns to the Arts Center on Wednesday, Feb. 5 with its rich harmonies, unbelievable ability to replicate instruments, and a stage presence that can be felt in every seat of the house.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ historic performance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” American English will perform a tribute to that historic night entitled February 1964 on Feb. 8.
Mark Bettcher helped the Arts Center launch its Club series and returns on Feb. 15 to celebrate the 20th anniversary season with a performance that features favorite pieces from past Club performances and his always sensational band.
Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues performed in the Arts Center’s very first season and will return with its invigorating blend of classical and blues on Saturday, Feb. 15 as part of Old Town School on the Road.
One of Canada’s greatest musical treasure’s Blackie and the Rodeo Kings (B&RK) will perform in the Club on Saturday, March 1.
KDHX St. Louis called Jeffrey Foucault “part John Prine, part Dylan, part lonely cowboy swilling whiskey on a moonlit prairie.” Foucault, a longtime disciple of the rich, strange music that sings behind the American veil, will perform in the Club on Saturday, March 15.
Australian troupe ERTH Physical & Visual Inc. will bring awesome prehistoric creatures to life in ERTH’s Dinosaur Zoo on Tuesday, April 1 and Wednesday, April 2.
Experience two forces of folk in one night on Saturday, May 10 with a performance by Bonnie Koloc and Dala. Together with peers like John Prine and Steve Goodman, Koloc established the Chicago folk music scene
Tickets for all performances in the ECC Arts Center are available online at tickets.elgin.edu or at the ECC box office located in the arts center. To purchase tickets by phone, call 847-622-0300. All major credit cards are accepted.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 August 2013 09:49