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Announcing the 2023-24 Season

Announcing the 2023-24 Season

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This is the moment you’ve been waiting for!

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is happy to announce the 2023-24 performance season, featuring emerging artists, returning favorites, and the tenth edition of ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival. Events from September to May showcase national and international artists as well as university student performances in music, theatre, lyric theatre, dance, and more.

The complete season listing is at the bottom of this article.

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Announcing the 2024-25 Season at Krannert Center

Announcing the 2024-25 Season at Krannert Center

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign proudly announces the 2024-25 performance season, featuring an exciting mix of both emerging and world-class artists. Events from September to May showcase national and international performers and multiple GRAMMY award-winners, as well as university student performances in music, theatre, lyric theatre, and dance.

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Intermezzo Cafe Shifts to Summer Hours

Intermezzo Cafe Shifts to Summer Hours

Intermezzo Café is getting into the summer mindset at Krannert Center, with the new summer schedule beginning on Monday, May 13. Starting then, the café will be open from 9 am to 2 pm Monday-Friday. Friday, May 17 the café will be closed due to ongoing renovation needs in Colwell Playhouse.

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Krannert Center Announces Youth Series 2024-25 Season with Reception

Krannert Center Announces Youth Series 2024-25 Season with Reception

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts will celebrate their upcoming 2024-25 performances aimed at schoolchildren at their annual Youth Series Preview and Educator Appreciation Event on Tuesday, April 30 from 4 – 5:30pm in the Krannert Center lobby. All teachers, school district administrators, and parents who homeschool their children are welcome to attend.

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Krannert Center 2024 Renovations Include Intermezzo Cafe Drive-Thru

Krannert Center 2024 Renovations Include Intermezzo Cafe Drive-Thru

Plans are underway for Krannert Center’s Intermezzo Cafe to add a drive-thru window.  The window will be on the northwest corner of the 5th floor of Krannert Center, and the project will be included as part of the renovations currently underway with the Colwell Playhouse.

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Krannert Center Teams with Illinois Soul

Krannert Center Teams with Illinois Soul

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Krannert Center for the Performing Arts has teamed with Illinois Public Media (IPM) to support their latest initiative, Illinois Soul. The new service from IPM will debut on February 1, broadcasting in Champaign-Urbana on WILL-FM 101.1 and streaming everywhere at illinoissoul.org.

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Family-Friendly Activities at ELLNORA

Family-Friendly Activities at ELLNORA

Guitar festivals haven’t traditionally been family-friendly events. Krannert Center’s ELLNORA Guitar Festival, held on Friday, September 8 and Saturday, September 9, is different. From the very first edition back in 2005, Krannert Center has made family participation a cornerstone of ELLNORA. In addition to all the great music – both ticketed performances and free concerts -- there’s plenty to do for everyone that make ELLNORA the perfect family event.

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