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Centerstage 2008

 

Centerstage 2008

Arts Across Illinois concludes its eighth season with an annual television special featuring Illinois performers who received grants from the Illinois Arts Council. Performer, writer and Neo-Futurist ensemble member Steve Mosqueda hosts CenterStage from WTTW11's Grainger Studio on Thursday, June 19 at 8:00 pm. Rebroadcast Sunday, June 29 at 4:00 pm.

Performers also include:

THE SPRINGFIELD BALLET
BARREL OF MONKEYS
SEMENYA MCCORD
BLAIR THOMAS & CO.
SHERRI FARLEY
MUNTU DANCE THEATRE
ANN STEWART AND THE BANJO BUDDIES DIXIELAND BAND
MARVIN TATE
HECTOR SILVEIRA Y SU ORQUESTA


 

One of the oldest dance companies in Illinois, The Springfield Ballet's 30-member civic ballet troupe is dedicated to bringing the art of dance to central Illinois audiences and performers.

Contact:
Artistic Director Julie Dunn
420 S. Sixth St.
Springfield, IL 62701
www.springfieldballetco.org
(217) 544-1967


 

Barrel of Monkeys is a group of actor-educators providing writing residencies in the Chicago Public Elementary Schools, after which they adapt the stories for the stage. The results get kids excited about writing while also inspiring audiences – young and old.

Contact:
Artistic Director Laura Grey
2936 N. Southport, Suite 210
Chicago, IL 60640
www.barrelofmonkeys.org
(773) 281-0638
laurateresagrey@yahoo.com


 

Jazz vocalist and Galesburg resident Semenya McCord has received awards from the City of Boston and, along with renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, received the 1997 "Artist" Commonwealth Award from the Massachusetts Advocates for the Arts, Sciences & Humanities.

Contact:
Semenya McCord
PO Box 1818
Galesburg, IL 61402
www.semenyamccord.com
(309) 368-0138


 

Blair Thomas & Co. is an award-winning Chicago-based touring company that uses various styles of puppetry and live music to emphasize intimacy, nuance and the highest level of craftsmanship.

Contact:
Managing Director Oriana Fowler
Blair Thomas & Company
3200 W. Carroll Avenue
Chicago, IL 60624
www.blairthomas.org
(773) 722-3248


 

Sherri Farley of Sandwich, Illinois was awarded an Illinois Arts Council Master Apprentice grant to study the unique bluegrass style and obscure tuning method of the hammered dulcimer.

Contact:
Sherri Farley
P.O. Box 724
Somonauk, IL 60552
www.sherrifarley.com
(815) 498-4059


 

Muntu Dance Theatre is a Chicago-based ensemble highly regarded for its innovative repertoire, preserving traditional African dance while creating new works that build on African, Caribbean, and African-American cultural traditions

Contact:
Lynn D Stevenson
7127 South Ellis Ave, Suite 2
Chicago, IL 60619
www.muntu.com
(773) 602-1135


 

Ann Stewart and the Banjo Buddies Dixieland Band is led by Ann Stewart, one of the country's leading jazz banjo and vocal talents. The group has been performing nationwide for more than three decades.

Contact:
Ann Stewart and the Banjo Buddies Dixieland Band
P.O. Box 87255
Carol Stream, IL 60188-7255
www.banjobuddies.com
(630) 876-0570


 

Marvin Tate's voyage into spoken word and performance started in the Lawndale neighborhood on the city's West Side. He has since been heard on National Public Radio's This American Life, and HBO's Def Poetry.

Contact:
Marvin Tate
CD's available at www,cdbaby.com
www.myspace.com/clownspit


 

Hector Silveira y su orquesta blends Cuban dance music and folkloric rhythm into a unique sound. Originally from Camaguey, Cuba and now a Chicago resident, Hector Silveira has quickly established himself as the "young voice of Cuban music."


Contact:
Hector Silveira
1506 N. Kedzie #3
Chicago, IL 60651
www.hectorsilveira.com
(773) 732-8299


More information about Arts Across Illinois: CenterStage is available at www.WTTW.com/centerstage. If you are interested in being in the studio audience, please call (773) 509-5614.

Produced by WTTW11 Chicago in association with the Illinois Arts Council.

 
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