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Music & Theatre Events in the TriCities

Aug 20, 2019 02:28PM ● By Hannah Ott

Catapult will perform at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre on Sept. 28. The team’s shadow dance style will show images so realistic, you won’t believe they’re made from the dancers’ bodies. (Image credit:

Mozart Festival—Baker Memorial Church & Hotel Baker, St. Charles

Aug. 23-25

St. Charles Singers presents Mozart Journey XV, Aug. 23, 7:30pm; Aug. 25, 3pm: The 15th installment of The Singers’ multiyear survey of Mozart’s complete sacred choral music, even unfinished works. The will perform with the Metropolis Chamber Orchestra at Baker Memorial Church.

Metropolis Plays Mozart, Aug. 24, 11am: The Metropolis Chamber Orchestra presents an all-instrumental concert and brunch on the Fox River at the Hotel Baker.


9th Annual ArtsFest—St. Charles

Sept. 6-15

Steel Beam Theatre, Sept. 6-22, 3 & 8pm

Broadway Gender Benders: Hear your favorite Broadway songs with the ladies singing the “men’s” songs and vice versa.

Mainstage Theatre, Sept. 7-14, 8pm

Wall of Denial with Eliminator, Sept. 7: Stevie Ray Vaughan, ZZ Top and blues covers

Lights out with Who’s Who, Sept. 13: Tributes to UFO, Michael Schenker Group and The Who

The Four C Notes, Sept. 14: Popular Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons tribute band

Jazz Weekend, Sept. 12-15

Up to 20 downtown venues, like the 1st Street Plaza (Sat. & Sun.), will coordinate to present live jazz music throughout St. Charles. Numerous artists will perform, including Grammy award winning Saxophonist Frank Catalano.


Liszt & Rachmaninoff—Hemmens Cultural Center, Elgin

Sept. 14, 7:30pm; Sept. 15, 2:30pm

The Elgin Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 70th season with Liszt & Rachmaninoff. Hear exceptional, intricate pieces played by Pianist Dinara Klinton, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and led by vigorous Music Director Andrew Grams. Rachmaninoff’s well-known “Symphony No.3” and Liszt’s speedy “Totentanz” are just a few pieces to be performed.


Rustic Soul—Even Flow, Geneva

Sept. 15, 5-8pm

Rustic Soul plays all of your favorite classic rock, modern country, R&B and pop. The band will make its Even Flow debut this season.

Murder on the Nile—Albright Theatre, Batavia

Sept. 20-Oct. 5, 7:30 or 2:30pm

Agatha Christie’s suspenseful mystery begins as a romantic trip down the Nile. However, Kay Ridgeway, an elated newlywed, quickly goes from ‘honeymooner’ to ‘suspect’ when any passenger could have committed a vicious murder.

Willy Wonka Kids—Vero Voce, St. Charles

Sept. 28, 5pm; Sept. 29, 2 & 4pm

See the beloved story of Willy Wonka on stage, presented by young students at Vero Voce. This “scrumdidilyumptious” version features delightful sets and popular songs from the 1971 film.


Catapult: The Amazing Magic of Shadow Dance—Batavia Fine Arts Centre, Batavia

September 28, 7:30pm

Catapult was a finalist on Season 8 of America’s Got Talent, and you will surely see why at this one-of-a-kind show. Hear engaging, even humorous stories while dancers create images for them with their bodies. Behind a screen, their shadows will create a helicopter, animals and plenty of other astonishing shapes.


Albright Theatre: 630-406-8838

Batavia Fine Arts Centre: 630-937-8930

Elgin Symphony: 847-888-4000 

EvenFlow Music & Spirits: 630-802-6581

Mainstage Theatre: 800-474-3272

St. Charles Singers 630-513-5272

Steel Beam Theatre: 630-587-8521

Vero Voce School of Performing Arts: 630-584-0139