Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

  • Eat at Intermezzo Café
    • The Intermezzo Café (located in the lobby of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts) serves up freshly baked breakfast goods, light lunches, hearty dinners, vegetarian and nonvegetarian fare, delectable treats, yogurt, fruit, and Krannert Blend coffee. You can feel especially good about your purchases (and maybe a little less guilty about splurging on a cookie) because all of the proceeds are invested right back into the events you see on Krannert Center stages. Better still: many ingredients are locally produced, we feature organic selections, the containers are biodegradable, and the takeout boxes are made from corn-based recyclable products.
    • Hours:
      • March 20-22: 7:30AM to 11:00PM
      • March 23: closed
  • Shop at the Promenade
    • For a treasure trove of eclectic shopping, drop by Promenade, our store right inside the Lobby doors. In addition to zany toys, hard-to-find cards, scarves, and a vast (and extraordinarily tasty) selection of chocolates and novelty candy, you’ll find Krannert Center gear, Mezzo Mugs, decorative items, high-quality jewelry, and many more fun and fabulous options for any budget. They have even ordered several saxophone related items in addition to their wonderful selection of unique gifts.
    • Hours:
      • March 19: 10am-10:30pm
      • March 20-22: 10am-9pm
      • March 23: 10-4pm
  • Visit the Exhibits
    • Locations (all located in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts): Orchestra Rehearsal Room (ORR), Choral Rehearsal Room (CRR), Krannert Room and Krannert Lobby
    • Hours:
      • Friday and Saturday: 9:30am-1:30pm & 2:30pm-5:30pm
      • Sunday: 9:30am-1:00pm
  • Visit the Historical Displays 
    • Location: Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Krannert Room
    • Hours:
      • Thursday: 2:00pm-6:30pm
      • Friday and Saturday: 9:30am-1:30pm & 2:30pm-5:30pm
      • Sunday: 9:30am-1:00pm
    • The University of Illinois Center for Mid-American Music and Sousa Archives – Exotica from the Far Side of the Woodwind Family: Pierre-Louis Gautrot’s Sarrusophone
      • Like the Tyrannosaurus rex and Crocodilian Steneosaurus, which roamed the earth over 65 million years ago, many exotic music instruments that were created by ingenious inventors ranged the world’s concert stages during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Today, the strangeness of such mechanical wonders as the sarrusophone and rothophone, much like the fossilized bones of pre-historic creatures, continue to intrigue and amaze us. We cannot deny that these two instrument families had a life and musical purpose. However, their evolution over time followed a similar Darwinian fate as the dinosaur experienced millions of years before, because the sarrusophone and rothophone were unable to meet the evolving needs of the music profession. This exhibition examines the legacy of these two exotic instruments, Adolphe Sax’ s patent infringement lawsuit against Gautrot, and their use by the University of Illinois bands during the early twentieth century.
    • Saxquest Saxophone Museum in St. Louis, MissouriThe Saxquest History of the Saxophone
      • Tasked with developing a woodwind musical instrument that could compete with the projection and carrying power of a brass instrument, an eccentric musical instrument maker named Adolphe Sax had a moment of genius when he combined an ophicleide with a bass clarinet mouthpiece in 1842. From this experiment was born the instrument that bears his namesake, the saxophone! An amazing achievement in both tonality and playability, it wasn’t until the Jazz Age of the early 20th century before the saxophone really began to come into its own. Instrument makers such as C.G. Conn, Gus Buescher, Frank Holton, H.N. White and Henri Selmer did much to advance the development of the modern day saxophone. Here, the Saxquest History of the Saxophone display showcases a collection of many of the finest and rarest saxophones in the world, from a quintet of original pre-Civil War Adolphe Sax saxophones to the bizarre Conn-O-Sax in F to a 1950’s acrylic Grafton to many other rare and one-of-a-kind saxophones.

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  • When the sun goes down Champaign County nightlife flourishes.  Music-minded visitors will enjoy local indoor and outdoor stages featuring everything from rock to jazz to hip-hop DJs.  Sample local brews at our breweries, relax in one of many outdoor beer gardens or gather your chic group and head to one of our upscale downtown lounges.  Whether it’s a dive bar or a dance club you seek, from our exuberant Downtown Districts to vibrant Campustown District, there are dozens of emerging locales perfect for your evening on the town!