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Ah, December. Barren trees. Desolate landscapes. Dark evenings and darker nights. What a perfect time to gather for a ghostly tale or two. Settle in for an evening of stories written by the masters of the macabre. Tricia Kelly will read aloud tales from gaslight authors like Bierce, Poe, Stevenson, James, etc. Each tale is long enough to let the creeps set in, but short enough to please the 21st century attention span. Cost per guest: $10. Save $1 if your purchase online by 12-7-16.
You are cordially invited to the Hegeler family’s annual Christmas party. Step back in time to 1887 and be whisked away by the staff as you peek into the family’s and guests’ party preparations. Then, experience the fun of the party with carols, stories, and more. Guests at this event will tour the Mansion and will be guided through a play by one of our maids, meeting the Hegeler family and friends as the story unfolds. Actors in period dress in each room will give you a glimpse into the holidays as celebrated during Victorian times. The halls are festively decorated for the occasion. This theatrical tour is different every year and features local stars from Stage 212, Engle Lane, IVCC, and local high schools. This event always sells out quickly and is a fun annual tradition.
Swing into Christmas with this fun holiday variety show guaranteed to entertain the whole family! Beautiful singing, spectacular dancing and rib tickling comedy brought to you by an all-star cast of talented performers led by our own John Stephens and Therese Kincade. It’s all wrapped up in a beautiful package with lots of favorites like White Christmas, O Holy Night, This Christmas, Let It Snow, Jingle Bells and a stunning finale about the true meaning of Christmas. A Swingin’ Little Christmas will keep you in the holiday spirit all winter long!
Come enjoy the many sounds of Christmas as the Bethalto Community Choir Christmas Concert at First Baptist Church. The program is free and features a 60-voice choir and accompanying orchestra delivering a variety of Christmas music. The event also features appearances by select soloists, ensembles, a children's choir and the Civic Memorial High School Chorus. Plan to arrive early as this event commonly packs the 750-seat auditorium.
The Stage Coach Players will be performing their production of "Hairspray" based on the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters. This musical sends the message of acceptance by showing the bright, energetic story of Tracy Turnblad who teaches us all to look past the color of one’s skin and fight for every human being’s equal rights.
At a time when the charts were ruled by pop-metal acts, Dokken’s captivating stage presence and high energy style brought us some of the greatest rock music of the 1980s. With Warrant performing hits like Cherry Pie, and Firehouse, performing hits like Love of a Lifetime, this show will rock you.
From Respighi’s passionate Fountains of Rome to Russian composer Liadov’s serene Enchanted Lake, these concerts will awaken the senses and present the listener with a musical rainbow of sound. The program also holds Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3, featuring guest organist Jonathan Rudy, and containing a melody called “so gorgeous that it seems plucked from an operatic love scene by Bizet or Gounod.”
The Ultimate Holiday Tradition! Mannheim Steamroller Christmasby Chip Davis has been America’s favorite holiday tradition for over 30 years! Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. Experience the magic as the spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller. Their holiday CDs have become synonymous with Christmas and continue to occupy top spots on Billboard’s Seasonal Charts every year!
Picosa is a new Chicago-based mixed chamber ensemble (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano). Noted for its signature symphonic sound and virtuosity, Picosa presents an eclectic variety of works from baroque to contemporary, and soloist to full chamber ensemble. The ensemble’s unique approach to programming presents celebrated masterworks from across the centuries and around the globe. Picosa concerts are community gatherings, with lively conversations after every event. Picosa is also committed to nurturing rising young musicians through our Interludes Chamber Ensembles program, where student and amateur musicians play in pre-concert performances, and through our workshops, concerts, and residencies at local colleges. Additionally, Picosa seeks to be an arts collective, featuring cross-genre collaborations each season. All Chamber Series concerts begin at 2:30 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Art Gallery of Wilson Hall.
Two-time Grammy award-winner Kacey Musgraves will be ringing in this holiday season by launching her very first Christmas Headling tour, which will feature Kacey showcasing songs off her upcoming debut Christmas album, A Very Kacey Christmas. The tour will hit iconic venues throughout the US including the historic Rialto Square Theatre.
The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra will be presenting their Arthur D. Montzka Memorial Concert which features the winner of their Youth Artist Concert Competition.
A half-century ago, the Enrico Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory began to grow on the Illinois prairie. Through the intelligence, ingenuity, and industry of many gifted people, it grew into one of the world’s great research institutions—a truly national resource for American physicists and a treasured destination for legions of international colleagues. Chris Quigg will trace the lab’s evolution from start-up to world-leading center, highlighting landmark research results while recalling iconic moments and extraordinary characters. Tickets for lectures are $7. Program starts at 8 pm.
Created by Scott Bradlee, the rotating collective of Postmodern Jukebox has spent the past few years by amassing millions of fans by taking current Top 40 hits and re-imagining them as coming from older eras of popular music.
One of the only artists to win Grammy Awards in the jazz, pop, and R&B categories, Al Jarreau has a golden musical touch. He has a charismatic quality and storytelling ability that mesmerizes the audience and embraces them with his intimate style. Don’t miss the chance to see this living legend perform some of the greatest pieces in music history.
Fermilab continues its 50-year anniversary celebration with work from the artist who helped give Fermilab its visual identity, Artist Angela Gonzales. Fermilab founding director Robert Wilson hand-picked artist Angela Gonzales to help create a visual identity for Fermilab. “A Lasting Mark: Artist Angela Gonzales at Fermilab, 1967-1998” showcases her bold, inspiring work over 31 years at the lab. Opening reception at 5pm Thurs. June 1. The exhibit will run from June 1 to Sept. 30, 2017. Free and open to the public.
EagleMania performs all of the hits of the Eagles, as well as Don Henley, Glen Frey, and Joe Walsh’s solo albums. Their attention to detail and their ability to reproduce the Eagles exactly leaves their fans with an experience that they do not soon forget. People often remark that if they closed their eyes they would think they were listening to the actual Eagles live in concert.
Pippin is a high-flying, death-defying hit Broadway musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs from the composer of Wicked, Pippin will lift you up and leave you smiling. This unforgettable new production is the winner of four 2013 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival. Hailed as "an eye-popping, jaw-dropping extravaganza" (NY1), it's unlike anything you have ever seen!
Back by popular request, it's The Three Celli, performing a mix of music for one, two or three celli by some of the area's finest musicians. Stephen Balderston, former Assistant Principal Cello of the Chicago Symphony, is the Professor of Cello at DePaul University. Prior to joining the CSO in 1993, he performed for ten years with the Saint Louis Symphony. Linc Smelser, a member of the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, is on the faculty of Northern Illinois University as well as the Music Director of the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Brant Taylor, a former member of the Saint Louis Symphony, has been a member of the Chicago Symphony since the 1997-1998 season. He also teaches at Roosevelt University's Chicago College of the Performing Arts and performs with the band Pink Martini. All Chamber Series concerts begin at 2:30 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Art Gallery of Wilson Hall.
Perhaps the best loved holiday story of all time, the Rialto's adaptation of Dickens’ classic is particularly suited to children, and features a magnificent score by Jule Styne, the composer of Broadway’s immortal Peter Pan, Gypsy and Funny Girl. All the joy, sentiment and meaning are here, without being too scary for young audiences.
Enjoy a return to a quieter time at the Bethalto Spirit Victorian Christmas Walk. Stroll through the downtown area, viewing the storefront decorations, children's craft areas, snacks, costumed characters, Father Christmas and more. For more information, call (618) 377-8051.
Armed with nothing but their sharp wit, comedians Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood take to the live stage to create hilarious and original scenes in their two-man show. Known by TV audiences for their work on Whose Line is it Anyway?, Colin & Brad improvise new material every night from audience suggestions and participation.
Since its founding in 2010, the Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company has rapidly become a highly respected professional dance company, with a national reputation for the high quality, artistic variety, grace and strength of its programs. Known for its accessible and uplifting performances, the company's goal is to better the community, and to bring joy and happiness to the audience. We are delighted that one of the lead dancers will be Jacksonville native Laura Roth.
Founded in 1999, the Equinox Chamber Players ensemble is one of the area's most dynamic chamber music groups. The music of Equinox has a unique flair, featuring both traditional and recent works. The ensemble continues to build new repertoire for the woodwind quintet every year by commissioning new works and arrangements, championing new voices from the U.S. and around the world.
ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father on a Greek island paradise. After reading her mom’s diary from one carefree summer 20 years ago, Sophie secretly invites the three men her mom wrote about to her wedding. Set to the classic songs of ABBA, Mamma Mia! is the enchanting and unforgettable tale of love, laughter, family and friendship.