Eastern Illinois University

A division of the
College of Arts & Humanities

Song Stage Midwest
Season 2

Song Stage Midwest Season 2 | Friday, Sep. 09, 6:00 pm

NOTE: Special start time of 6:00 p.m.! This is a performance recorded for broadcast. Song Stage Midwest (Season 2) is a new music competition television show similar to The Voice and American Idol. Song Stage contestants are not just singers. They are songwriters. Each contestant must narrow their entire catalogue down to one song, and perform it live. And that song had better be good because each episode pits two of these contestants, and their songs, against each other. Who wins? The live audience decides, on the spot.

View Full Event Details

Phare Circus of Cambodia:
Khmer Village

Phare Circus of Cambodia:
Khmer Village |
Monday, Sep. 12, 7:30 pm

The Company Uniquely Cambodian. Daringly Modern. More than just a circus, Phare, the Cambodian Circus performers use theater, music, dance and modern circus arts to tell uniquely Cambodian stories; historical, folk and modern. The young circus artists will astonish you with their energy, emotion, enthusiasm and talent. Phare artists are graduates of the Phare Ponleu Selpak Circus School in Battambang, Cambodia. The school was founded in 1994 by nine young men returning home from a refugee camp after the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime. They had taken art therapy courses at the camp and wanted to share the power of art to heal among the poor, socially deprived and troubled youth in Battambang. They started with drawing classes taught to a handful of students. Soon they opened a public school, then a music school, theatre school and circus school. Today more than 1,200 pupils attend the public school daily and 500 attend the vocational arts training programs. The Show: Khmer Village The storyline, music and acts of ‘Khmer Village’ were created in a unique collaborative process between international choreographers and Cambodian performers. The show presents an upbeat view of present-day Cambodian life and the cast features nine Cambodian artists–six acrobats and three musicians. It is an opportunity for American audiences to see something completely different, a truly spectacular, rousing, energizing, and sometimes surprising performance by a group of highly trained, talented artists. This is a Doudna Fine Arts Center New & Emerging Artists Series production

View Full Event Details

Herencia de Timbiqui

Herencia de Timbiqui | Tuesday, Oct. 04, 7:30 pm

While Colombia is often synonymous with Cumbia, the music from the Pacific Coast, like that of Herencia de Timbiquí, remains largely unexplored. Herencia de Timbiquí works to preserve the ancestral roots of the marimba de chonta, and traditional instruments such as the bombo, cununos and the guasá and combines them with a powerful band, including energetic vocals, brass, keyboards, and guitar. The currulao ensemble features exceptional hand percussion on drums that resemble West African djembes, beautifully honoring traditional regional music styles. The Afro-descendant Herencia de Timbiquí caught the attention of USAID, and featured the group in a 2014 documentary highlighting not only what the artists represent to the Colombian music scene, but also the social challenges faced on the Colombian Pacific coast where the town of Timbiquí is located.

View Full Event Details

Pacifica Quartet

Pacifica Quartet | Tuesday, Oct. 18, 7:30 pm

Recognized for its virtuosity, exuberant performance style, and often-daring repertory choices, over the past two decades the Pacifica Quartet has gained international stature as one of the finest chamber ensembles performing today. The Pacifica tours extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia, performing regularly in the world’s major concert halls. Named the quartet-in-residence at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in March 2012, the Pacifica was also the quartet-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2009 – 2012) – a position that had previously been held only by the Guarneri String Quartet – and received the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance.

View Full Event Details

Evening of Silent Film featuring
Paragon Ragtime Orchestra

Evening of Silent Film featuring
Paragon Ragtime Orchestra |
Monday, Nov. 28, 7:30 pm

The evening will bring a variety of silent films from Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, and The Great Train Robbery from the Thomas Edison laboratory -- considered to be the first Western on film. Soundtracks for the films are presented live on stage following the original scores and performed by the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra. The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra is the world’s only year-round, professional ensemble re-creating “America’s Original Music” – the syncopated sounds of early musical theater, silent cinema, and vintage dance. The PRO came into being as the result of conductor/director Rick Benjamin’s 1985 discovery of thousands of turn-of-the-century orchestra scores once belonging to Victrola recording star Arthur Pryor. In 1988 the Orchestra made its formal debut at Alice Tully Hall – the first concert ever presented at Lincoln Center by such an ensemble.

View Full Event Details

Gangstagrass

Gangstagrass | Friday, Jan. 27, 7:30 pm

NOTE: Contains mature content Presented in conjunction with the Lions In Winter Literary Festival Best known as the Emmy-nominated makers to the hit FX drama Justified, Gangstagrass is now back with its fourth official album, the aptly-titled, American Music. Released in April 2015, American Music has done what no other Gangstagrass album has done before, charting on Billboard for the first time. Reaching Number 5 on the Bluegrass Charts, American Music debuted on the charts in only its first week of release.

View Full Event Details

Vanessa Rubin & the
58th Annual EIU Jazz Festival

Vanessa Rubin & the
58th Annual EIU Jazz Festival |
Friday, Feb. 10, 7:30 pm

58th EIU Jazz Festival featuring vocalist Vanessa Rubin music of Billie Holiday, Tad Dameron, and others Endowed with the kind of liquid phrasing and sheer wisdom that comes from depth of experience on the jazz performance campaign trail, Vanessa Rubin is an ever-evolving classic singer. The development of a true jazz singer is a long-range prospect, laden with learning experiences that forge the voice into a true instrument, rich with passion, deeply invested in living through life’s joys and perils; such is the journey of Vanessa Rubin, jazz singer extraordinaire. Capable of employing the gamut of emotions, the mature Ms. Rubin can range from whisper to shout in the blink of an eye; from honey-laden ballads purring like a kitten, to up tempo swinging and scatting like a fluent saxophone, she delivers the goods. Instrumentalists have always been impressed by her way around a song, her willingness to flow with their muse, and her innate ability to swing that music.

View Full Event Details

USAF Band of Mid-America
Freedom Winds

USAF Band of Mid-America
Freedom Winds |
Tuesday, Feb. 14, 7:30 pm

FREE (ticket required). Contact the box Office at 217-581-3110, or email doudnatix@eiu.edu for ticket information. This is a general seating event; seats are not reserved.

View Full Event Details

Dervish

Dervish | Wednesday, Mar. 08, 7:30 pm

The Sligo Borough Council’s decision to award Dervish the Freedom of the Borough of Sligo cemented the group’s position as preeminent band in Ireland’s wild west. It raised them into the exalted company of poet W.B. Yeats, who was the first person to be awarded the freedom of Sligo. Built upon two sturdy pillars — the hauntingly charismatic vocals of Cathy Jordan and the dazzling virtuosity of award-winning instrumentalists like Tom Morrow on fiddle, Liam Kelly on flute, and Shane Mitchell on accordion, Dervish is a solid structure of a band, its foundation in legendary pub sessions, its shape the result of years of international touring. In the most recent of many honors, Dervish was recently chosen to represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2005, just after the group toured China in the company of the Prime Minister, Ireland’s premier music magazine Hot Press voted the band Best Traditional / Folk Group.

View Full Event Details