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The Come Home Gala, A 50th-Anniversary Celebration

As part of the Come Home weekend, the gala will be a grand celebration of the five decades of impact that began when Krannert Center opened in April of 1969. Join the Center’s director, Mike Ross; University of Illinois leadership; representatives from Dance at Illinois, Illinois Theatre, and Lyric Theatre @ Illinois; and other special guests for an evening featuring a display curated by the University of Illinois Student Life and Culture Archives, a patron-populated timeline, and more. Acoustic musical performances begin at 6pm, with complimentary appetizers and cash bar available. At 7pm, formal remarks will be presented, followed by a performance of an original composition by ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival alum Steve Dawson, performed by Dawson and the School of Music’s Jupiter String Quartet and complemented by a slideshow of Krannert Center images. The formal presentation will finish with a “global toast”—a “cheers” to the Center, both on-site and by friends around the world—via social media. Patrons are encouraged to use the hashtag #KrannertCenterat50 to participate in the global toast on social media. DJ music and dancing will follow.

Join us—and help spread the word—for this Come Home weekend, a centerpiece of Krannert Center’s two-season 50th-anniversary festivities.

With deep gratitude, Krannert Center thanks the following Come Home sponsors.

  • News-Gazette Media | An Independent local media company owned by Marajen Stevick Foundation
  • Allan & Pat Tuchman
  • Midwest Event Solutions, LLC
  • Michaels’ Catering, LLC
  • Premier Print Group
  • Norman Beamer & Diane Tasca
  • Sun Singer Restaurant and Wine Bar
  • Blossom Basket Florist
  • Weiskamp Screen Printing

If you believe in the life-affirming experiences that Krannert Center and the performing arts at Illinois make possible, please join these sponsors by making an anniversary gift at