Dear Friend of the Performing Arts:
Thank you for your participation in performing arts programming at Sangamon Auditorium UIS.
The season presented to you here is the twelfth and final for me, as I am retiring on September 30th after 41 years in this business. Although in the course of my career I have visited nearly every major city in the U.S. as well as a few in Mexico and Canada, my wife, Veda, has had limited opportunities to travel. She says it is time for us to travel together while age and health permit. I suppose that she is correct; maybe the fishing boat will see more action, and I would like to play more music. Perhaps a few rounds of golf with old friends would be in order. Certainly, spending more time with my sons, daughters, and grandchildren will be a priority!
The season featured in this brochure continues my efforts to provide a survey of the world’s spectacular cultures with visitors from Athens, Greece; Dublin, Ireland; Alstätten, Switzerland; the State of Jalisco, Mexico; Russia’s capital, Moscow; and Oz (somewhere over the rainbow or Kansas, I think). It also includes some of our audience favorites, such as Mannheim Steamroller’s Christmas and the Broadway smash Jersey Boys, as well as artists of premier quality, such as the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and Wynton Marsalis with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
I am sure that the Broadway touring companies of Motown the Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, and Kinky Boots will be popular choices, but I invite you to take a chance on the artists less well-known. You will not be disappointed in attractions like Black Violin, the amazing illusionist Vitaly, the Julian Bliss Septet’s Tribute to Benny Goodman, and Joshua Kane’s Gothic at Midnight.
Those who have enjoyed the journey through the history of rock music are familiar with the music of the Band. We are presenting a group of support players to the original members of The Band in a tribute called The Weight. How about a different spin on The Who’s rock opera Tommy – this time via a bluegrass band called The HillBenders?
Make your choices soon to assure the best seats, and please bring a friend or a young person to experience a performance. It is so important to provide opportunities to new audiences through the performing arts.
I will miss the many friends I have made while in this position and my colleagues at UIS, my alma mater. I believe we have come a good distance together. Please continue the excellent support you have shown, and please, don’t be a stranger!
Bob Vaughn, Director
Sangamon Auditorium, University of Illinois Springfield