Carroll, Lee, Ogle & Whiteside Counties Northwest Illinois
Renown Carnegie Hall flute soloist (and Sterling native) Peg Cornils, will be performing at The Next Picture Show (TNPS) for a benefit concert on Saturday, May 4th at 7 pm. TNPS has limited seating for this wonderful event so call for reservations.The Next Picture Show (TNPS) is a non-profit fine arts center in the Rock River Valley. Our goal is to nurture, develop, educate, foster the arts, and galvanize artists and patrons within the community. Located in the heart of downtown Dixon, Illinois, we invite you to explore our website for information on our current shows, exhibiting artists, workshops, classes, and special events.
Open stage acoustic music featuring gospel, folk, country, blues & bluegrass. Always held at 7pm the 3rd Friday of each month at the HI Lincoln Bldg in downtown Franklin Grove. Free admission but donations accepted.
Brass Quintet at Savanna Museum & Cultural Center on May 31st starting at 7pm. The Savanna Museum and Cultural Center will present an evening of music, featuring area musicians. The Museum is located at 406 Main St. Savanna. Suggested donation: $5.00
Famed soloist Cecelia Otto will be taking a musical journey across the Lincoln Highway commemorating the 100th anniversary of America's first cross-country highway. This singing travelogue will be held Sunday, June 2nd at 2 pm at the Loveland Community House, 513 West Second Street in Dixon.
Listen to concert band music by the Rock River in the Page Park Band Shell, located on Lincoln Drive off Peoria Ave. Bridge alongside the Dixon High Schoo. All concerts start at 7pml
A Tony Award winning classic! Originally done by Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy & most recently by Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore.Senior citizen Weller Martin meets fellow retirement home resident, Fonsia Dorsey and teaches her the game of Gin Rummy. Over a deck of cards, these two lonely, quirky people exchange opinions of society, families and the indignities of growing old. White Pines Dinner Theatre afternoon matinees are for those who enjoy nostalgic musicals, charming entertainers, lots of laughter and delicious food served in a log cabin lodge. Best of all, it's reasonably priced and you can be home before dark! Matinee seating begins at 11:45. Call for reservations and ask about our motor coach & group For more information go to whitepinesinn.com
Come to Mt Carroll for the Market Street Block Fest and experience 13 live bands while strolling the brick streets of our historic downtown. Music starts at 11am and runs until midnight. Block Fest pins are $8.00 in advance and are available at Charlie's Bar & Grill, 123 W Market St and Bella Food & Spirits, 110 W Market St.
Featuring Robyn Wilkes - Conducotr - Sarasota Pops Orchestra - Director of Instrumental Studies State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota Grandon Civic Center, located in Central Park on East 4th Street (Rt-2) in Sterling, IL. 61081
Join us for an evening of Concert Band Music in the Page Park Band Shell located on Lincoln Statue Drive just off the Peoria Ave. Bridge alongside the Dixon High School, Dixon, Illinois 61021
JULY 5-14. An affectionate tribute to small towns of a bygone era, The Music Man is family entertainment at its best. The acclaimed Broadway classic has become an all-American institution, thanks to its quirky characters and one-of-a-kind, nostalgic score of rousing marches ("Seventy Six Trombones"), barbershop quartets ("Lida Rose") and sentimental ballads ("'Til There Was You") which have become popular standards.Go to website for performance times and reservation information.
Featuring Margaret Cornils-Luke, Flautist, Composer, Professional Piano Accompanist, Singer -Altus/Azumi/Jupitor Flutes Artist and Sterling Native Grandon Civic Center, located in Central Park on East 4th Street (Rt-2) in Sterling, IL. 61081
Big Band Dance - featuring music from the Big Band and Swing era. Come on out with your dancing shoes on. Tiki torches and an imported dance floor Grandon Civic Center, located in Central Park at East 4th Street (Rt-2) in Sterling, Illinois 61081
Featuring Stephen Squires - Professor of Conducting in the Music Conservatory at Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University Grandon Civic Center, located in Central Park on East 4th Street (Rt-2) Sterling, Illinois 61081
Michael Andrews of Miami Beach, Florida, will present a cello concert on Friday, July 26, 2013, at 7 PM at St. Peter's Church, 8225 So. Main St., Grand Detour. Andrews is a performer and cello teacher. He has had three-year' experience in El Sistema, the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra brought to international attention by Gustavo Dudamel. Andrews currently plays in the Miami Symphony and is founder and artistic director of the South Beach Chamber Ensemble in Florida. In 2006 he established South Beach Up North, a summer chamber music festival in Wausau WI, where he spends summers.
The concert will be open to the public. No tickets are being sold, but freewill donations will be welcome. The sponsor is St. Peter's Church Preservation Committee, a not-for-profit organization in Grand Detour. St. Peter's Church is air-conditioned and seats ninety.
In addition, Andrews will offer a master class for string players and ensemble groups of all ages on Saturday, July 27, beginning at 10 AM, also to take place at St. Peter's Church in Grand Detour. The master class is free to observers and visitors of all ages. The participant fee for those who bring and play their instrument is $20. Scholarships are available. For more information and registration contact David Nelson of Grand Detour, telephone 815 652 3031.
Don't miss Byron Civic Theatre's opening production of their Nineteenth Season. HAIRSPRAY tells the story of the lovable, plus-sized teen, Tracy Turnblad as she navigates through the trials and tribulations that all teens face in high school. When she lands a role on The Corny Collins Show, she suddenly goes from social outcast to rising star.
HAIRSPRAY is chock full of wonderful music and a great story. The BCT production features great sets, costumes and choreography inspired by the Tony Winning Broadway production.
Get ticket information at our website at www.bctmagic.com or call the box office at 815 312-3000.
HAIRSPRAY RUNS JULY 26 - 28 AND AUGUST 2 - 4.
TICKETS PRICES ARE $12 FOR ADULTS, $10 FOR SENIORS, AND $6 FOR STUDENTS AND CHILDREN.
SHOW TIMES ARE 7:30 FOR FRIDAY AND SATURDAY SHOWS AND 2:00 FOR SUNDAY SHOWS
Sterling Main Street Music Fest will be held July 27th at the Grandon Civic Center, East 4th Street & Rt 2, in Sterling. Gates open at 1pm and bands will perform at 2:00, 4:00, 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. Admission is $5.00. Food and Art Vendors will be on the grounds as well.
A Night of Jazz Grandon Civic Center, located in Central Park at East 4th St. (Rt-2) in Sterling, Illinois 61081
Aug 1-11. Timber Lake Playhouse will present the first regional production of Monty Python's SPAMALOT. Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, SPAMALOT retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, their quest for the Holy Grail and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. Did we mention the bevy of beautiful show girls? Go to website for performance times and reservation information.
A Night of Jazz at the Grandon Civic Center starting at 7pm
Featuring John Heath - Retired Band Director - Batavia High School. All concerts at the Grandon Civic Center, located in Central Park on East 4th Street (Rt-2) Sterling, IL. 61081
Friday, August 9th at 7:00 pm and Saturday, August 10th at 1:00 pm, Hope Life Center will present Broadway Revue at Woodlawn Arts Academy, located at 3807 Woodlawn Rd, Sterling, IL 61081.
Back by popular demand, this show will feature a full lineup of Broadway music performed by local talent. Seasons of Love, Notice Me Horton, Marry the Man Today, and You Can't Stop the Beat are just a few Broadway favorites to be featured at the show.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Admission is free for children under 5. Tickets are available now and can be purchased at Hope Life Center in Sterling located at 2323 E. Lincolnway, Suite A. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.
All proceeds from Broadway Revue will benefit Hope Life Center, a pregnancy resource center with locations in Sterling and Dixon.
Downtown Dixon will play host to a new music and food festival on Saturday, August 10 at the Beanblossom Music Festival in downtown Dixon. Featuring JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, Gina Venier & the Gentlemen, and many more great musicians, this one-day festival will run from 5 p.m. - 1 a.m. at the Beanblossom Parking Lot in the heart of downtown Dixon. Along with the great music, the event will feature fantastic food by local restaurants Orom and Mama Ciminos.JC Brooks and the Uptown sound are currently touring to support their latest album Howl. Fresh off a performance at Milwaukee's Summerfest, the band continues to tour throughout the Midwest. Gina Venier & the Gentlemen rocked the Riverfront Stage during Dixon's annual Petunia Festival on July 5. With a crowd of 3,000 people, Gina showed her hometown crowd what she has been up to while playing gigs throughout the Chicagoland area. Nate Gordon will open the festival with his acoustic blues/rock sound. Gordon has been playing locally at Rosbrook Studio, Books on First, and Musical Fridays. He has also been touring throughout Illinois and Iowa this summer.
Advance tickets are just $5 at Venier's Jewelry in downtown Dixon. For more information, call 815-288-2308 or online at www.dixonmainstreet.com
For Reagan Trail Days in the Dixon Historic Theatre located in Dixon, Illinois
Final Concert of the Season in honor of our Municipal Band Family Who Will Always Be With Us in Spirit: Jack Chapman 1924-2012; Hal Hokenson 1931-2013. Concert to be held at the Grandon Civic Center, located in Central Park on East 4th Street (Rt-2) in Sterling
Aug 15-25 Timber Lake Playhouse presents 'S Wonderful an all singing, all dancing musical revue, featuring over 42 songs by the beloved George and Ira Gershwin, including, "Someone to Watch Over Me," "I've Got Rhythm," "Embraceable You," "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off," "Summertime" and more. The melodies flow through five mini-musicals inspired by stories of young love, beginning in 1920s New York City, moving to Paris in the 1930s, Hollywood in the '40s, New Orleans in the 1950s and ending in the present day. S'Wonderful takes you on a nostalgic ride that has been called "a gem for Gershwin lovers, young and old." Go to website for performance times and reservation information. Additional matinee performances at 2pm on Aug 21 & 24th.