After graduating from the Berklee College of Music, Joe Rauen set out to find a way to combine his love for music and for visual art into a single practice. Rauen began experimenting with making playable musical instruments from everyday items, finding that “The world is just full of musical potential, everywhere.” His beautiful and unique creations include a suitcase bass, a tennis racquet banjo, an electric shovel guitar, and instruments made from plumbing, old toys, and various items from the hardware store. Rauen’s eclectic performances earned him a year-long residency at the Ace Hotel Chicago, and his music has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, on the WGN Morning News, and on NPR. Rauen will offer Stage 5 performances on his “unlikely musical objects” Friday at 6pm and 10:30pm and Saturday at 2pm. He will also be available in the Lobby to discuss the instruments on Friday from 5pm to 9pm and on Saturday from 1pm to 4pm and 5pm to 8pm.
As part of the University of Illinois, Krannert Center follows U of I guidelines regarding face coverings and other COVID-19 safety protocols. These guidelines change as conditions change, so we will continue to adjust our practices and keep you informed throughout the season. At this time, face coverings are required in indoor university spaces such as Krannert Center. In addition, people who are NOT fully vaccinated are required to wear a face covering outdoors when they cannot practice social distancing.
We kindly ask that you please leave large bags/purses at home or in your car rather than bringing them into the theatres.
Because of staffing changes resulting from the pandemic, Intermezzo cafe is closed for the festival, but snacks and beverages are available at Stage 5 Bar. Please wear a mask unless you are actively eating or drinking. No eating or drinking is permitted in lines or inside Foellinger Great Hall, Tryon Festival Theatre, or Colwell Playhouse.
Friday, September 17
Stage 5 Bar: 4pm-11:30pm
Beer and Wine Bar: 5pm-8pm
Saturday, September 18
Stage 5 Bar: 11am-11:30pm
Beer and Wine Bar: 7pm-9pm
Hummus and Pita snack box with vegetables
Assorted cheese and summer sausage snack box with crackers
Gardetto’s snack mix
Mixed nuts with fruit
Did you know that 14 cafes and restaurants are located within two blocks of Krannert Center? Please visit these neighborhood partners during the festival and beyond!
The Bread Company
Espresso Royale Coffee
Manolo’s Pizza & Empanadas
4th Quarter Nutrition
Basil Thai at Urbana
Bab Plus Korean Restaurant
- A. Mark Neuman
- Jill & James Quisenberry
- Frances & Marc Ansel in memory of George Perlstein
Corporate and Community Gold Sponsor
- The Whip at Backland Radio dot com
Corporate and Community Silver Sponsors
- Kessler Optical
Corporate and Community Bronze Sponsors
- The Blind Man Hunter Douglas Gallery
- Carter’s Furniture
- Smile Politely
The Augustine Foundation provides continued substantial support for ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival.
ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival is possible because of individual donations and corporate sponsorships. Krannert Center thanks all Patron Sponsors and Corporate and Community Sponsors—performances at the Center could not happen without their support.
If you would like to make a gift today, you can visit our giving page to learn more about the various ways you can support Krannert Center. If you are interested in sponsoring an upcoming performance, please email the Krannert Center Advancement team. Your continued support enables the Center to strengthen and enrich the community through the performing arts as we reopen our doors this season. Thank you.