Hoogland Center for the Arts http://wuis.org en Jazz Trio Wins Award For Springfield Recording http://wuis.org/post/jazz-trio-wins-award-springfield-recording <p>A Chicago-based jazz trio has earned an award for an album recorded live during a performance at a Springfield theater. &nbsp;</p><p>The trio of Paul Wertico, David Cain and Larry Gray recorded their album ``Sound Portraits'' last summer at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. It won top honors for a live performance at the annual Independent Music Awards given out on Tuesday. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 12:17:53 +0000 Associated Press 26629 at http://wuis.org Jazz Trio Wins Award For Springfield Recording Bedrock 66: Roots Rockers Nikki Hill & Marco Di Maggio - Saturday http://wuis.org/post/bedrock-66-roots-rockers-nikki-hill-marco-di-maggio-saturday <p>Roots rocker <a href="http://nikkihillmusic.com/">Nikki Hill</a> is &nbsp;a newcomer who has gained attention for her soulful and powerful voice. Her band, who she calls 'The Pirate Crew' includes her husband, Matt Hill - a guitar player and soulful musician in his own right. She headlines on Saturday night. Opening is&nbsp;<a href="http://www.marcodimaggio.com/">Marco DiMaggio </a>who has been heralded as one of the world's best Rock 'n' Roll guitarists.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:39:58 +0000 Sean Burns 21750 at http://wuis.org Bedrock 66: Roots Rockers Nikki Hill & Marco Di Maggio - Saturday The Holly And The Ivy This Weekend At The Hoogland http://wuis.org/post/holly-and-ivy-weekend-hoogland <p></p><p>This Friday through Sunday at the Hoogland, <strong>The Holly and the Ivy</strong> takes the stage.&nbsp; WUIS' Sean Crawford spoke with Aasne Vigesaa, who plays Margaret Gregory and also serves as co-director.</p><p>The Holly and the Ivy is a captivating Christmas tale with a difference. Browne’s play, set in 1940s Norfolk, England, begins on Christmas Eve and slowly unfolds over 24 hours, during which time secrets are revealed, skeletons are wrenched out of closets, and lives are changed forever.</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:26:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 14812 at http://wuis.org The Holly And The Ivy This Weekend At The Hoogland At The Hoogland: The War Of The Worlds, Season Tickets And More http://wuis.org/post/hoogland-war-worlds-season-tickets-and-more <p>Thanks to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sj-r.com/top-stories/x924344077/Hoogland-meets-fundraising-goal-exact-total-not-revealed" style="color: rgb(0, 113, 179); text-decoration: none; ">donations from the community</a>, the Hoogland&nbsp;Center for the Arts in 2012 dodged foreclosure and landed on firmer financial ground. &nbsp;</p><p>That means the staff can now plan longer term. &nbsp;Executive Director Gus Gordon says he's now selling full&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hcfta.org/#">season ticket packages</a> for the very first time.</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 17:41:54 +0000 Peter Gray 8964 at http://wuis.org At The Hoogland: The War Of The Worlds, Season Tickets And More Opening Night For "Gypsy" At The Hoogland http://wuis.org/post/opening-night-gypsy-hoogland <p>The <a href="http://www.hcfta.org/">Hoogland Center for the Arts</a> starts its fall lineup of performances with the popular musical <em>Gypsy</em>.<br><br>The Hoogland's executive director, Gus Gordon, is also directing this production.<br><br>Gordon and leading lady Devin Dinora joined us on <em>Illinois Edition</em> to talk about the show they're calling the most ambitious of 2013:</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 14:08:52 +0000 Peter Gray 7755 at http://wuis.org Opening Night For "Gypsy" At The Hoogland Jacksonville Playhouse Brings "Rainmaker" To Town http://wuis.org/post/jacksonville-playhouse-brings-rainmaker-town <p></p><p>Central Illinois audiences with the recent drought still fresh in their minds may be able to sympathize with the characters of "The Rainmaker".&nbsp;</p><p>The story of a&nbsp;midwest farm family and a man promising to quench their land's thirst comes to Jacksonville and Springfield this weekend.&nbsp;</p><p>Director Rich McCoy and actors Michelle Dearing and Evan Rumler joined Peter Gray on Illinois Edition to talk about the show:</p><p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/JacksonvillePOTS">CLICK HERE</a> for Jacksonville tickets</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 16:16:04 +0000 Peter Gray 4956 at http://wuis.org Jacksonville Playhouse Brings "Rainmaker" To Town Emily Dickinson's Poetry & Persona On Stage http://wuis.org/post/emily-dickinsons-poetry-persona-stage <p></p><p style="font-size: 16px; margin-bottom: 24px; ">Famed poet Emily Dickinson dedicated herself to documenting the joys and sorrows of life in the 1800s.</p><p style="font-size: 16px; margin-bottom: 24px; ">This month actor Sherri Mitchell brings Dickinson's life and work to the stage in Springfield and Jacksonville.</p> Thu, 30 May 2013 15:27:14 +0000 Peter Gray 3487 at http://wuis.org Emily Dickinson's Poetry & Persona On Stage