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ELLNORA Opening Night Party, National Anthem performed by Malina Moye

Krannert Center is kicking off the 2023-24 season with a mindblowing lineup of guitar virtuosos at the 2023 ELLNORA festival! Come help us celebrate at this year's Opening Night Party, where we start the season off right with the National Anthem performed by acclaimed singer-songwriter Malina Moye. Hailed by Guitar World Magazine as a musical pioneer and one of the world's best guitarists, Moye has carved out her own path in today's music scene with her genre-defying sound of pop, rock, blues, funk, and soul. The first African American woman to play the national anthem for a professional sport, Moye has played the anthem for the NBA, the NFL, and the MLB. In 2021, Moye teamed up with Generation Z artist Bella Thorne on the song “Phantom,” which, along with the video, received over four million views on YouTube in 48 hours. Malina also spearheaded the #IAMENOUGH campaign along with her song "Enough" that garnered over 14 million impressions online. Her humanitarian efforts include serving as cofounder of the Drive Hope Foundation, a nonprofit that's dedicated to helping individuals elevate themselves and their communities. Her latest album Dirty is receiving critical acclaim and is available now.

FR SEP 8: Opening Night Party
    6:00pm   National Anthem Performed by Malina Moye (free)
    6:00pm   Instrument Petting Zoo, Children's Crafts (Studio Theatre, free)
    6:05pm   Roosevelt Collier (free)
    7:30pm   The Stephane Wrembel Band (free)
    8:30pm   The Surfrajettes (free)
    9:30pm   Rodrigo y Gabriela (admission charge; tickets required)

    11:00am   Sharon Isbin and Pacifica Quartet (free)
    12:30pm   Yamandu Costa (free)
    1:30pm   Conversation & Inspirational Talk with Malina Moye (free)
    2:00pm   Ron Carter Golden Striker Trio (admission charge; tickets required)
    4:00pm   Ani DiFranco (admission charge; tickets required)
    5:00pm   Jake Eddy/Tosin Abasi (free)
    6:30pm  Yasmin Williams/William Tyler (free)
    8:00pm   Andy Summers: The Cracked Lens + A Missing String (admission charge; tickets required)
    9:30pm   Emmylou Harris (admission charge; tickets required)
    10:30pm   North Mississippi Allstars (free)

Corporate & Community Gold Sponsors

  • The Whip at Backland Radio dot com

Corporate & Community Silver Sponsors

  • Adams Outdoor Advertising
  • Kessler Optical
  • Neighbors of Southwest Champaign (Steve and Connie Miller)
  • Smile Politely

Corporate & Community Bronze Sponsors

  • Carter's Furniture
  • Triptych Brewing
  • Upper Bout

Patron Sponsors

  • A. Mark Neuman
  • Dr. Jan Marie Aramini & Michael Pettersen
  • Jill & James Quisenberry
  • Trent Shepard
  • Patricia Plaut & Kenneth Suslick

Patron Co-sponsors

  • Frances & Marc Ansel, in memory of George Perlstein
  • Jean Huddleston & Kelly Foster
  • Betsy Bachmann & Rebecca McBride
  • Brenda & Stephen Pacey
  • Carolyn Maille-Petersen & Todd Petersen
  • Julia & Gene Robinson
  • Pat & Allan Tuchman

Grant Support

  • The Augustine Foundation

With deep gratitude, Krannert Center thanks all Patron Sponsors and Corporate and Community Sponsors.

If you believe in the life-affirming experiences that Krannert Center and the performing arts at Illinois make possible, please make a gift: advancement@krannertcenter.illinois.edu, KrannertCenter.com/Give, or faa.illinois.edu/giving.

Event Details

Fr Sep 08, 2023 - 6:00pm CT