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Merry Celebratory at Krannert

by Alia Muhammad Radzi

Ticket to the Performance

The 50th Anniversary Krannert Center Performing Arts Celebration was done with tranquil and serene music. This event was led by Wilson Poffenberger, a student from the school of music who was selected based on his skills during recital auditions. I don’t think I have ever seen a performance where at the center of it was a saxophone player.

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50 years of Magic and Creativity

…and going with an actress made it all the more special!

By: Daniel Corry

Colleen posted on the post it note wall about her achievements in Krannert as well.

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Going to the 50th Anniversary of the Krannert Center was a truly special night. I went with a friend of mine who is pursuing an acting degree as well, so getting inside scoops along the way was a fun addition. The thing I personally took the most interest in was this post it note wall. To celebrate 50 years of the Krannert center, there was a wall covered in sticky notes full of stories that have happened within the beautiful building we call a home away from home: funny moments, memories of opening nights, first dates! My friend had the honor of writing “first graduate of the new BMA lyric theatre degree” and it was an awesome moment for her, and a cool opportunity for me to be a part of.

On a broader scale however, I really enjoyed watching all of the donors, alumni and current students come together in a shared passion for the arts, and that really came through in this presentation. I think I would have lost some of that if I cam alone rather than with my friend, but regardless, the night was a beautiful ode to arts and creativity, and the passion was palpable throughout the walls that night.

A Semester of Relief and Inspiration Through FAA 110

Written by Kamani J Harris


I knew that the first semester of my last year at UIUC was bound to be stressful, but I thought joining this class would give me a fun way to get away from all my graduation requirements in the back of my head. I went to so many events with my classmates where we viewed the many forms of creativity and art that I have yet to explore. These events included:


Krannert’s Opening Night Party: 50th Anniversary Celebration Kickoff

Photo by Kamani Harris

Erica Gressman’s Limbs

photo by Kamani Harris

Cynthia Oliver/Coco. Dance Theatre Virago-Man Dem

The dancers silently begin to come out and go toward the stage, covered.
Taken by Kamani Harris

Leda Black’s perSISTERS

Reclaiming My Time
Taken by Kamani Harris

No Blue Memories – The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks

picture of an actor performing with a puppet.
Taken by Kamani J Harris

Rolston String Quartet

Taken by Bo Huang Photography

Coming to these events allowed me to escape the many stressors in my day that included my other classes, my retail job, and internship. I enjoyed being around my teachers and classmates and discovering the many ways people are able to show their creativity and also unveil the creativity within myself. At a time where I could’ve just gave up on school, work, and the overall weight from being a college student, I still found a way to make it to all the events in this course. Each week I looked forward to meeting with my newfound friends, discuss our differing interpretations of the art, and being enlightened to continue my creativity in other outlets. This class gave me a break and the inspiration to not give up, to continue persisting, and to finish my last year at UIUC so I can one day accomplish my dreams.  

How Tardelli changed the way I feel about live performed music.

Written by Thomas Kirkendall

Marcus Tardelli gives an amazing guitar performance  at the wonderful Krannert center on October 3rd 2018.  Every couple years the Krannert center has an event known as Ellnora this guitar festival lasts three days and brings great musicians around the world to the Krannert center.

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All about Krannert Center for the Performing Art’s 50th Anniversary Opening Celebration.

Written by: Fatimah Ibidunni

Lobby on Opening Night

I’ve never seen Krannert come to life in the way it did last Friday night for the 50th Anniversary Opening Celebration. Wow. I knew Krannert was a big deal, but until this moment I didn’t realize how much of a big deal it really was. There were tons of people who filled the lobby young and old alike.


Being a child and making a flower





Adults enjoyed casual drinks amongst the many (and I mean many) bars located throughout the lobby, and kids enjoyed the crafts that were set up downstairs. What was common for everyone young or old was the genuine enjoyment of great food and music present at the opening event.


Trombone player who took his role VERY seriously!



My favorite part of the night had to be the performance by the band! They would situate in an area of the lobby and perform Jazz tunes. These students were very into their character and really made the music great to listen to but also fun to watch them in action.



Soundboard used to control sounds during performances



What about what goes on behind the scenes? It takes a lot of work to make sure the sounds from the performances were heard in great quality. I had a chance to interact with the guy behind the soundboard and let me tell you all that stuff is very complicated and they deserve their props too!


Happy 50th Anniversary!





All in all, I enjoyed my time at the opening party. If anything I wish I stayed longer throughout the night to see the party really get started once everyone had a few drinks in them. I thought the ambiance was fantastic and it just has me geared up to see what the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts has in store through this year of celebration!

Happy 50th Anniversary Krannert!!!

Written by Kamani Harris

Photo by Kamani Harris

Walking into the Krannert Center for Performing Arts for the first time this semester brought back so many memories of going to Black Chorus practice and performances and also the awesome performances I saw during my theater classes. I reflected about how much I really admire and appreciate this place and why I feel so much excitement going to this celebration of there 50th year. I couldn’t wait to be in a place with many others who are also as grateful and adoring as I am.

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