Chicago ::

Chicago Date: Monday August 15, 2016
Time: 8:00 PM

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 Hailed as one of the "most important bands in music since the dawn of the rock and roll era" by former President Bill Clinton, the legendary rock and roll band Chicago will perform at the Coronado Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. on Monday, August 15.

Chicago came in at #9 in the highest charting American band in Billboard Magazine's recent Hot 200 All-Time Top Artists. And Chicago is the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in six decades. Chicago will be inducted into the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Chicago’s lifetime achievements include a Grammy Award, multiple American Music Awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Chicago street dedicated in their honor, and keys to and proclamations from an impressive list of US cities. Record sales top the 100,000,000 mark, and include 21 Top 10 singles, 5 consecutive Number One albums, 11 Number One singles and 5 Gold singles. An incredible 25 of their 36 albums have been certified platinum, and the band has a total of 47 gold and platinum awards. Chicago have toured every year since the beginning – this is the band’s 49th consecutive year of touring – without missing a single concert date. 

Weird Al Yankovic: The Mandatory World Tour ::

Weird Al Yankovic: The Mandatory World Tour Date: Tuesday August 23, 2016
Time: 8:00 PM

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FEW WOULD HAVE GUESSED that “Weird Al” Yankovic – who as a shy, accordion-playing teenager got his start sending homemade tapes in to the Dr. Demento Radio Show – would go on to become the biggest-selling comedy recording artist in history and a pop culture icon.   Now in his fourth career decade as America’s foremost song parodist, he has been honored with four Grammy® Awards and fifteen nominations, including his most recent win in 2015 for Mandatory Fun, the first-ever comedy album in history to debut at #1 on the Billboard charts, capping a career’s worth of accolades for classic song and music video parodies such as “Eat It,” “Like a Surgeon,” “Smells Like Nirvana,” “Amish Paradise,” “White & Nerdy” and “Tacky.”

Following his wildly successful 2015 Mandatory World Tour, traveling to more than 100 cities in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia, the tour continues beginning on June 3, with Yankovic bringing his high-energy comedy rock show to another 80 cities across North America including New York City’s Radio City Music Hall and two nights at the legendary Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles where he will be performing with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. 

In the last decade, Yankovic’s music and videos have only become more popular.  His 2006 album Straight Outta Lynwood spawned the Billboard Top 10 single “White & Nerdy,” the video for which spent two months at #1 on iTunes and garnered over 150 million web hits.  In 2009 he wrote, directed and starred in the themed attraction Al’s Brain: A 3-D Journey through the Human Brain featuring cameos by his mother-in-law and Paul McCartney.  Two years later, in tandem with the release of his album Alpocalypse, Comedy Central aired the concert special “Weird Al” Yankovic Live: The Alpocalypse Tour, filmed at Toronto’s venerable Massey Hall, and released the unedited version of the concert on DVD and Blu-ray.  In 2012, The Nerdist Channel debuted Face 2 Face with “Weird Al” Yankovic, a web series where Al got to “interview” some of his “close, personal friends” in the entertainment biz.

In July 2014 Yankovic released his 14th studio album, Mandatory Fun, which would go on to win Best Comedy Album at the 2015 Grammy Awards.  The album features parodies of some of the biggest hits of the previous year, including Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” (“Tacky”), Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (“Word Crimes”), Lorde’s “Royals” (“Foil”), Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” (“Handy”) and Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” (“Inactive”).  The album also features several inspired originals and pastiches (“Lame Claim to Fame,” “Sports Song,” “My Own Eyes,” “Mission Statement,” “First World Problems” and “Jackson Park Express”) along with Al’s latest accordion-fueled medley, “NOW That’s What I Call Polka!”

 Yankovic added “New York Times bestselling author” to his resume with the release of his 2011 children’s book, When I Grow Up (HarperCollins).  The following year came Weird Al: The Book (Abrams), an illustrated hardcover on Al’s life and career, followed by another Al-penned kids’ book, My New Teacher and Me! in 2013.  Currently in the pipeline is a television show based on his children’s books, being developed with the Jim Henson Company.  Among other publishing milestones, on April 21, 2015 Weird Al had the honor of becoming MAD Magazine’s cover boy and the first guest editor in the magazine’s 63-year history.

 

 

Facebook:  weirdal

Twitter: @alyankovic I

Instagram: alfredyankovic

 YouTube: alyankovic

www.weirdal.com

 

The Piano Guys ::

The Piano Guys Date: Friday September 16, 2016
Time: 8:00 PM

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 Hailing from Utah, THEPIANOGUYS are four dads who became an Internet sensation by way of their immensely successful series of strikingly original self-made music videos. They’ve made over 50 since early 2011, including their hit video, an innovative multi-handed version of One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” and a gorgeous reinvention of the hit song “Let It Go” from Disney’s Frozen. Experience the Guys’ highly original blend of classical music with pop that has been the cause of an Internet phenomenon and has led to over 500 million YouTube views. It is their endearing personalities, along with their obvious will to inspire young and old, which keep the fans coming back for more. 

RSO Classics: Beethoven ::

RSO Classics: Beethoven Date: Saturday October 01, 2016
Time: 7:30 PM

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This all-Beethoven program features three of the master’s greatest works: the overture from his only opera, Leonore;  Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, first performed  in 1803; and his third symphony.  Pianist Awadagin Pratt, acclaimed for his musical insights and intensely involving performances, brings his talent to the RSO with the performance of Piano Concerto No. 3. Mr Pratt graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of Music where he became the first student in the school's history to receive diplomas in three performance areas - piano, violin, and conducting.

On the Program:
Beethoven 
Leonore Overture No. 3
Beethoven
 Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor

Awadagin Pratt, piano
Beethoven
 Symphony No. 3 in E flat (Eroica)

RCCA: Ailey II ::

RCCA: Ailey II Date: Friday October 14, 2016
Time: 7:30 PM

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Ailey II is universally renowned for merging the spirit and energy of the country’s best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers.

Founded in 1974 as the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, the company embodies his pioneering mission to establish an extended cultural community that provides dance performances, training, and community programs for all people. Under the direction of Sylvia Waters from 1974 to 2012, Ailey II flourished into one of the most popular modern dance companies, combining a rigorous touring schedule with extensive community outreach programs.

With Artistic Director Troy Powell at the helm, Ailey II continues to thrive as he brings a fresh dimension to this beloved company.  Dance Magazine calls Ailey II "second to none," and The New York Times declares, "There's nothing like an evening spent with Ailey II, the younger version of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater."

For more information visit www.alvinailey.org

Octonauts Live! ::

Octonauts Live! Date: Friday October 21, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM

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Brand New Children’s Stage Show Based on Hit Television Show on Disney Junior and Popular Children's Book Series

Explore. Rescue. Protect! "Octonauts" announced a brand new, action-packed and interactive theatre show for the very first time in the U.S. The Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure (www.octonautsliveus.com) features brand new and fan favorite songs led by the entire Octonauts eight-member crew including Captain Barnacles, Lieutenant Kwazii and Medic Peso, as they invite audiences aboard an underwater quest through a world full of adventure, interactivity, and tons of sea life surprises. The tour will head coast-to-coast visiting more than 60 cities including Rockford, IL on Friday, October 21st at the Coronado Performing Arts Center.

The Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure is a high-tech production featuring costume characters and animated projections to a massive screen on stage.  "We are thrilled for kids and families to see Octonauts come to life on stage," said Amy Koudelka, SVP of Product Development and Brands, Silvergate Media. “The Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure is an opportunity for Octo-Cadets to be a real part of the action.”

Ticket prices are as follows: $27.50, $37.50, and $47.50.

 

RSO Pops: A Night of Symphonic Rock ::

RSO Pops: A Night of Symphonic Rock Date: Saturday October 22, 2016
Time: 7:30 PM

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 A Night of Symphonic Rock is a night of classic rock hits like you’ve never seen or heard! The show features a “hit parade” of the greatest hits from classic rock like Kashmir, Hotel California, More than a Feeling, Barracuda, Cold as Ice, Dream On, All of My Love, and more with a full rock band and the Rockford Symphony Orchestra. The show features former lead singer of Kansas, John Elefante, performing great Kansas hits like Dust in the Wind and Carry on Wayward Son along with Mickey Thomas from Starship performing hits from Led Zeppelin, Heart, Foreigner, and more.

 

Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience ::

Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience Date: Sunday October 23, 2016
Time: 7:30 PM

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Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience brings her face-to-face with her fans, as she lets spirits guide her through the audience. A video display ensures everyone in the venue has an up close-hands-on experience regardless of seat location.

Caputo is the star of the highly-rated show, Long Island Medium which follows her life as a typical Long Island wife and mom with one very big difference…she can communicate with the dead. Since she cannot “turn off” this gift, messages from departed loved ones can come through at any time, which can lead to spontaneous readings with those she encounters. 

Tickets go on sale Friday, June 24th at 10 a.m. Tickets start at $39.75 (plus applicable service charges) and are subject to change. Purchasing a ticket does not guarantee a reading. 

The Moody Blues ::

The Moody Blues Date: Wednesday October 26, 2016
Time: 8:00 PM

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 THE MOODY BLUES – one of the most enduring and beloved rock bands in music history – going 40+ years strong!  USA Weekend calls the band “a great rock n’ roll band with staying power beyond anybody’s wildest dreams” and the NY Post says they sound “untouched by time”. With a legacy that spans the late 60’s to present, and worldwide album sales of over 70 million, The Moody Blues have generated a legendary list of hit songs (“Nights In White Satin,” “Tuesday Afternoon,” “Question,” “Your Wildest Dreams” and many others) that are regarded as some of the most ground-breaking and innovative music of our time.  In the fall of 2010, winner of the UK talent show X-Factor, Matt Cardle (19 years of age), performed “Nights In White Satin” on the hit show, propelling the song back onto the UK charts (#2 on UK rock and #27 on BBC Radio 1) for the fourth time since its release in 1967. The Moody Blues – Justin Hayward, John Lodge, and Graeme Edge – carry on their magical musical legacy to generation after generation, year after year.  

RCCA: Havana Cuba All Stars ::

RCCA: Havana Cuba All Stars Date: Saturday November 05, 2016
Time: 7:30 PM

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Drawing their inspiration from traditional Cuban Son, Cuba’s greatest musicians have created and maintained the songs and music of the rich culture of the Cuban people in the program, “Cuban Nights.” Staying true to an acoustic base, they have developed a fresh sound with inventive songwriting, and have preserved the traditions of the Cuban musical art form. The Cuban Nights program is representative of the extraordinary musical legacy of this wonderful country.
The Havana Cuba All-Stars is a band comprised of Cuba’s greatest and most prominent musicians, and is devoted to promoting the entire tapestry of Cuban music. The origin of the Havana Cuba All-Stars began when it was created to exemplify the great musical traditions of the Cuban people. This is the debut tour of Cuba’s greatest musicians in the United States and Canada. 

For more information click HERE

RSO Classics: Great Choruses & Overtures from Opera ::

RSO Classics: Great Choruses & Overtures from Opera Date: Saturday November 12, 2016
Time: 7:30 PM

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Thrill to the majestic overtures and choruses from the great operas- featuring the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center’s Mendelssohn Chorale.

On the Program:
Johann Strauss II 
Overture to Die Fledermaus
Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov 
Procession of the Nobles from Mlada
Pyotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky 
Polonaise from Eugene Onegin
Richard Wagner 
Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Handel 
"Happy We" from Acis and Galatea
Guiseppe Verdi, 
"Va, pensiero" from Nabucco
Guiseppe Verdi, 
"Anvil Chorus" from Il trovatore
Richard Wagner, 
Prelude to Act III and “The Bridal Chorus” from Lohengrin and "Entry of the Guests" from Tannhauser
Richard Wagner, "Entry of the Guests" fromTannhäuser

Carl Maria von Weber, "Hungers' Chorus" from Die Freischütz
Modest Mussorgsky, "Coronation Scene" from Boris Godunov

Elf the Musical ::

Elf the Musical Date: Wednesday November 30, 2016
Time: 7:30 PM

 ELF THE MUSICAL is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF.

PAW Patrol Live! "Race to the Rescue" ::

PAW Patrol Live! Date: Saturday December 03, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM

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Nickelodeon and VStar Entertainment Group today announced the first tour stops for PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue,” a music-filled adventure, featuring more than a dozen characters on stage from the hit animated preschool series PAW Patrol, produced by Spin Master Entertainment. PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue” is an action packed, high-energy adventure featuring up-tempo show music that is set around the day of the Great Race between Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger, but with the race about to begin, Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found. Ryder summons Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Rocky, Zuma, and the newest pup, Everest, to rescue Mayor Goodway and to run the race in her place. 

The show combines classic theatrical scenery along with a high-tech video wall to visually transport families to popular locations from the TV series, like Adventure Bay, The Lookout, Seal Island, Farmer Yumi’s Farm and Jake’s Mountain. Once guests enter the theater, they will have the opportunity to participate in the adventure and become a part of the PAW Patrol Cheer Team. The show, which includes two acts and an intermission, incorporates an innovative costume approach to help bring the pups to life on stage as well as their vehicles and packs during the all important rescue mission.

For more information visit www.pawpatrollive.com

Event Dates & Times:

December 3 10:00AM & 3:30PM

December 4 10:00AM

Straight No Chaser ::

Straight No Chaser Date: Friday December 09, 2016
Time: 8:00 PM

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 I’ll Have Another: 20th Anniversary World Tour

If the phrase “male a cappella group” conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties, and khakis singing traditional college songs on ivied campuses... think again. Straight No Chaser (SNC) are neither strait-laced nor straight-faced, but neither are they vaudeville-style kitsch. They have emerged as a phenomenon with a massive fanbase, numerous national TV appearances and proven success with CD releases. The I’LL HAVE ANOTHER…WORLD TOUR comes to town in celebration of the group’s 20th Anniversary together.  Straight No Chaser is the real deal, the captivating sound of ten unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music that is moving people in a fundamental sense... and with a sense of humor. On the road, Straight No Chaser has built a reputation as an unforgettable live act.

RSO Pops: Holiday Pops ::

RSO Pops: Holiday Pops Date: Saturday December 17, 2016
Time: 7:30 PM

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Celebrate the season with Rockford’s largest holiday musical celebration featuring traditional and sacred music performed by the RSO and Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center’s Mendelssohn Chorale. 

RSO Pops: Holiday Pops ::

RSO Pops: Holiday Pops Date: Sunday December 18, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM

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Celebrate the season with Rockford’s largest holiday musical celebration featuring traditional and sacred music performed by the RSO and Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center’s Mendelssohn Chorale. 

Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy ::

Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy Date: Wednesday January 18, 2017
Time: 7:30 PM

Created and directed by renowned theatrical and circus impresario Neil Goldberg, CIRQUE DREAMS Jungle Fantasy is an exotic encounter inspired by nature’s unpredictable creations brought to life by an international cast of soaring aerialists, spine-bending contortionists, acrobats, jugglers and musicians. Hailed by the New York Post as “Dazzling,'" the astounding feats performed in this action-packed Cirque Dream are enhanced with spectacular costumes nominated for an American Theatre Wing Best Costume Design Award. L.A. Times calls it “Jaw dropping!  A whiz-bang family friendly spectacle.” From the Butterfly Ballet and Flipping Monkeys to Hopping Frogs and Stretching Lizards, this world-class explosion of imagination, athleticism and Broadway theatrics will exhilarate and entertain audiences of all ages.  

RSO Classics: The Three Violins of Rachel Barton Pine ::

RSO Classics: The Three Violins of Rachel Barton Pine Date: Saturday January 21, 2017
Time: 7:30 PM

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Featuring Rachel Barton Pine, violin, viola d’amore, electric violin.

On the Program:
Pietro Locatelli 
Violin Concerto No. 12 in D major (“The Labyrinth”)
Antonio Vivaldi 
Viola d’amore Concerto in D minor
Camille Saint-Saëns 
Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
Tracy Silverman 
Anthem25 for Electric Violin and Orchestra
Mozart 
Symphony No. 40 in G minor, KV 550

RCCA: The Five Irish Tenors ::

RCCA: The Five Irish Tenors Date: Friday February 10, 2017
Time: 7:30 PM

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Starring: David Martin, Morgan Crowley, Ciarán Kelly, Alan Leech and George Hutton
Featuring: Pianist/Composer/Arranger Danny Forde and Pianist Feargal Murray.

Following in the footsteps of the great Irish Tenor John McCormack, in a sensational program, “The Five Irish Tenors” fuses Irish wit and boisterous charm, with lyricism, dramatic flair and operatic style to bring you a unique Irish tenor concert experience. 
Featuring both famously beloved Irish song and opera arias in combinations of tenor solos, duets, trios, quartets, quintets and tutti, this distinctive program includes, among others, W.B Yeats's "Down by the Sally Gardens," Verdi's "O Mio Rimorso" from La Traviata, Cherubini Bixio's "Mamma, The Rose of Tralee," Cesar Frank's "Paris Angelicus," Mozart's "Il Mio Tesoro," "She Moves Through the Fair," "Will You Go Lassie Go," and the glorious "Danny Boy," performed by Ireland’s most legendary tenors. 

This concert project is the first tour ever in North America of Ireland’s most popular ensemble, and has been specially recreated from the major cities in Ireland for the United States and Canada.

 

For more information click HERE.

42ND Street ::

42ND Street Date: Tuesday February 14, 2017
Time: 7:30 PM

The quintessential backstage musical comedy classic, 42ND STREET is the song and dance fable of Broadway with an American Dream story and includes some of the greatest songs ever written, such as “We’re In The Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off To Buffalo,” “Dames,” “I Only Have Eyes For You” and of course “42nd Street.” Based on a novel by Bradford Ropes and Busby Berkeley’s 1933 movie, 42nd Street tells the story of a starry-eyed young dancer named Peggy Sawyer who leaves her Allentown home and comes to New York to audition for the new Broadway musical Pretty Lady.  When the star breaks her ankle, Peggy takes over and becomes a star.  With a book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, music by Harry Warren and lyrics by Al Dubin, this sparkling new production will be directed by co-author Mark Bramble and choreographed by Randy Skinner, the team who staged the 2001 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Revival.

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