Schaumburg, IL (June 18, 2018) – The Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts is announcing its 2018-19 Season of Arts and Entertainment with a lineup that includes returning favorites as well as some exciting debuts to the Prairie Center stage. The schedule features a diverse array of unique entertainers from a wide range of genres and disciplines.
The season kicks off with The Petty Kings and Soundtracks of a Generation performing 70s FM Radio Rock on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Having lost Tom Petty this past year, the Petty Kings will pay homage to his music, which continues to define American rock and roll at its best. Soundtracks of a Generation will take the audience on a rock music journey through the 1970s, Album Oriented Rock ranging from Aerosmith to ZZ Top. This is an exclusive double bill produced exclusively for the Prairie Center.
On Saturday, September 29, we welcome Harmonic Brass Munich, renowned for a big elegant brass sound that has been heard around the world. A little piece of New Orleans rolls into the Prairie Center with The Subdudes and BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet on Sunday, October 14. The Subdudes’ intoxicating blend of passionate, joyous roots music blends blues, gospel, funk, and R&B with their own harmony vocals. For the past 40 years, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet has been making some of the most potent and popular Cajun music on the planet.
You won’t believe your eyes! Vitality appears at the Prairie Center on Saturday, October 20. Vitaly Beckman has made a name for himself as one of the most innovative illusionists in the world. Blending art and illusion with his captivating style, Vitaly’s one-of-a-kind theatrical experience retraces his journey from a boy with a dream to a man with a vision. Songs in the Key of C, a soul-stirring production of sacred, inspirational and gospel music returns to the Prairie Center on Saturday, October 27.
World-renowned guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli has been hailed by the Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.” Pizzarelli performs in “Nat King Cole at 100” on Sunday, January 13, 2019.
The Queen’s Cartoonists’ return to the Prairie Center by popular demand on March 2, 2019. Their show includes virtuosic performances, projections of cartoons with note-for-note live score recreation, multi-instrumental mayhem, singing, and comedy. The Golden Dragon Acrobats perform on Sunday, March 3 at 2 p.m. This company is recognized throughout the United States and beyond as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company. One of the most respected film critics of our time, Leonard Maltin, presents an evening of film clips, anecdotes and stories of his experience as a film expert and Hollywood inside on Saturday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m.
St. Luke’s Bottle Band returns to the Prairie Center on Saturday, March 16, 2019. These costumed mirthful musicians from St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Park Ridge pop, strike and blow into a variety of bottles to create joyful and at times hilarious renditions of favorite compositions.
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the release of the “White Album,” a treasure trove of iconic Beatles’ songs, Classic Albums Live recreates the experience on Friday, March 22, 2019 with skilled vocalists and musicians who honor the work with no gimmicks, make-up or other illusions.
The Holidays at the Prairie Center are magical a magical time! The classic Nutcracker Ballet will have ten performances from November 30 – December 9, 2018. Schaumburg Dance Ensemble’s vibrantly costumed and staged production of Tchaikovsky’s magical holiday ballet has enchanted audiences of all ages for nearly a quarter of a century. Two holiday concerts will be sure to spark the yuletide spirit: the Presto! Holiday Concert on Saturday, December 15, and Voiceplay’s “Warm Up” Holiday Concert on Saturday, December 22.
The Prairie Center Lecture Hall Series features engrossing one-person presentations about fascinating people and moments in time. The 2018-19 lectures are: Cole Porter’s Top Ten List Songs on Sunday, October 14; Carry Nation – The Famous and Original Barroom Smasher on Sunday, November 18; Professor Moptop – the Beatles’ White Album on Sunday, March 17, 2019; and The Trials of Mrs. Abraham Lincoln presented by Lynn Rymarz on Sunday, March 31, 2019.
Support culture and arts in the Schaumburg region by donating to the Prairie Center Arts Foundation or attending their events: Building STEAM on Thursday, February 21, 2019 and Spirits of the Prairie on Saturday, April 6, 2019. The Prairie Center Arts Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, dedicated to the growth and excellence of cultural arts in Schaumburg. For details about the Foundation, visit www.pcafoundation.org.
Prairie Center 2018-19 Season Listing:
• September 22, 2018 – 70s FM/Petty Kings
• September 29, 2018 – Harmonic Brass of Munich
• October 14, 2018 – Lecture Hall: Cole Porter’s Top 10
• October 14, 2018 – Subdudes/BeauSoleil
• October 20, 2018 – Vitaly
• October 27, 2018 – Songs in the Key of “C”
• November 18 – Lecture Hall – Carry Nation
• November 30 – The Nutcracker
• December 1 – The Nutcracker
• December 2 – The Nutcracker
• December 7 – The Nutcracker
• December 8 – The Nutcracker
• December 9 – The Nutcracker
• December 15 – Presto! Holiday Concert
• December 22 – Voiceplay “Warm Up” Holiday Concert
• January 13, 2019 – John Pizzarelli – Nat King Cole at 100
• February 21, 2019 – Building STEAM
• March 2, 2019 – The Queen’s Cartoonists
• March 3, 2019 – Golden Dragon Acrobats
• March 9, 2019 – Leonard Maltin
• March 10, 2019 – SYSO Concert 2.0
• March 16, 2019 – St. Luke’s Bottle Band
• March 17, 2019 – Lecture Hall: Professor Moptop
• March 22, 2019 – Classic Albums Live – The White Album
• March 31, 2019 – Lecture Hall: Trials of Mrs. Abraham Lincoln
• April 6, 2019 – Spirits of the Prairie
• April 12-13, 2019 – Screen Test Student Fest
• April 14, 2019 – Senior Follies
Tickets for all Prairie Center events can be purchased on line at www.prairiecenter.org or by calling 847-895-3600.
The Prairie Center for the Arts is located at 201 Schaumburg Ct., Schaumburg, IL.