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Getting Youngsters Excited

WTTW11 concludes its seventh season of Arts Across Illinois with CenterStage, an exciting live one-hour entertainment special from the Grainger Studio, airing on Thursday, June 21, 2007 at 8:00 pm. This program showcases a wide variety of talented musicians, dancers and storytellers from throughout the state of Illinois.

Singer-songwriter, blues pianist and harmonica master Corky Siegel of Chicago will host the broadcast. Performers also include:

THE ACTORS GYMNASIUM
THE NEO FUTURISTS
YANG YING
JUAN DIES
AFRICARIBE
LEE MURDOCK
KIU HAGHIGHI
SUSAN AZAR PORTERFIELD
THE FOUR BETTYS
THE CHORAL-AIRES CHORUS


 

The Actors Gymnasium – is a circus and performing arts training center where artists of all ages learn to fly – physically, emotionally, and creatively.

Contact:
Amalia Smith
The Actors Gymnasium
Noyes Cultural Arts Center
927 Noyes Street
Evanston, IL 60201
www.actorsgymnasium.com
(847) 328-2795


 

The Neo Futurists’ highly interactive and long-running show, Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, uses 30 plays – in 60 minutes! – to create a living collage of the comic and tragic, the political and personal.

Contact:
Artistic Director Sharon Greene
The Neo Futurists
5153 N. Ashland Ave. 2nd Fl.
Chicago, IL 60640
www.neofuturists.org
(773) 275-5255


 

Champaign resident Yang Ying is one of China’s foremost masters of the erhu – a Chinese two-stringed fiddle. Her compositions are a fusion of various Chinese and Western musical idioms.

Contact:
P.O. Box 11386
Champagne, IL 61826
www.yangying-music.com
(217) 351-3188




 

Juan Dies, of the Sones De Mexico Ensemble, first met fabled Mexican bolero player Gustavo Lopez at the Old Town School of Folk Music. He quickly befriended Lopez, famous in the 1950s and 60s, and helped revitalize his career.

Contact:
Juan Dies
Sones De Mexico Ensemble
P.O. Box 13261
Chicago, IL 60613
www.sonesdemexico.com
(773) 728-1164

Gustavo Lopez
www.gustavolopez.com
(773) 286-2480


 

AfriCaribe is based in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood. The group celebrates African traditions in Puerto Rican and other Caribbean cultures using a mix of high energy music, dance, theater, and other artistic mediums.

Contact:
Tito Rodriguez
AfroCaribe
P.O. Box 47375
Chicago, IL 60647
www.africaribe.net
(773) 879-2123


 

Lee Murdock, from Kaneville, rediscovered a body of music and stories in the Great Lakes. These timeless songs touch on familiar themes of hard work, hard living, and ships that come in, but that can also go down.

Contact:
Booking – Joann Murdock, Artists of Note
P.O. Box 11
Kaneville, IL 60144-0011
www.leemurdock.com
(630) 557-2742


 

Kiu Haghighi is an acclaimed virtuoso of the santour – the hammered dulcimer of Iran – and has performed in concert halls around the world.

Contact:
Kiu Haghighi
2756 Ridge Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201
www.kiuhaghighi.com
(847) 332-1540


 

DeKalb poet Susan Azar Porterfield is one of the 2007 Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award recipients. Her books include Zen, Poetry, the Art of Lucien Stryk as well as a collection of her own poems.

Contact:
Susan Azar Porterfield
English Department
Rockford College
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
email: Sporterfield@rockford.edu
(815) 226-4098


 

The Four Bettys, an all-female acappella singing sensation from the Chicago area, placed second in the world at the international competition in 2006 at the Sweet Adelines International Competition in Las Vegas.


Contact:
Cori Albrecht
Four Bettys
5504 Groveside Lane
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
www.fourbettys.com
(847) 397-6340


 

The Choral-Aires Chorus presents fresh, lively interpretations of well-loved barbershop standards. This award-winning chorus is composed of women from throughout the Chicago suburbs and Wisconsin.

Contact:
Carla
Choral-Aires Chorus
www.choral-aires.org
(630) 334-0119

 
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