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Tony Khalife Wellness Gathering

Tony Khalife is a singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, yogi, artist, teacher, child-soldier, and messenger of love and peace. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, in the spring of 1964, Khalife knew at a very young age that he wanted to be a musician but the Civil War soon marked the end of his childhood. Drafted into a local militia, Khalife learned to handle a gun instead of a guitar or schoolbooks. When gunmen stormed the Khalife home the family was forced to leave, hiding in an underground room. Here, Khalife taught himself to play the guitar. His journey since has been a lifelong search for musical truth with a mission to raise the world’s vibration through music, to be the melody of peace overpowering the guns of war.

Khalife will present a free wellness workshop, “Sanskrit Chants & Sacred Syllables.” The workshop will begin using a harmonium (a lap accordion) to teach the breath and the singing practice of seed syllables (Bija Mantras) in a meditative state, then will transition into an ecstatic singalong/call and response (Kirtan) with guitar in Sanskrit. No musical experience is required.

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.

Festival Eats
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
KoFusion Urbana
4th Quarter Nutrition
Rosati’s Pizzeria
Basil Thai at Urbana
Caffé Bene
Tenko Tea
Bab Plus Korean Restaurant

Patron Sponsors

  • A. Mark Neuman
  • Jill & James Quisenberry

Patron Co-sponsors

  • 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.

Event Details

Foellinger Great Hall
Sa Sep 18, 2021 - 9:00am CT
Free (Donations Encouraged)