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2023 - Welcome to the show: The ECC Arts Center opens the curtain on new season

Tags: Arts Center
Published 08/25/2023
The Wooten Brothers

The Wooten Brothers

The Elgin Community College Arts Center is gearing up for the fall 2023-24 season, filled with diverse performances for the college and community. The season starts with Jim Witter, back for the second time to perform songs from the 60s and the music of Simon and Garfunkel. His show Feelin’ Groovy will take place on September 16.

“We are excited about the quality and diversity of performances in this year’s Centerstage Series,” said Tommy Hensel, senior director of performing arts. “We like to think that this lineup offers something for everyone. We’re also hard at work finding creative ways to bring more engaging and interactive experiences for patrons in the lobby before performances and during intermissions.”

October is packed with performances, starting with Rising Tide: The Crossroads Project featuring The Fry Street Quartet and Dr. Robert Davies. Grounded in science, elevated by art, and igniting response – this project confronts the planet under siege. The Fry Street Quartet collaborates with the climate physicist Dr. Davies in the evocative performance. Next is Pat Hatzell’s The Wonder Bread Years, a fresh and funny salute to Americana from this former Seinfeld writer. We close out October with the internationally acclaimed female quartet Nobuntu,  known for inventive performances that range from Zimbabwean songs to afro-jazz to gospel.

In November, ECC Arts Center favorite, five-time Grammy Award-winning bassist Victor Wooten returns with his brothers for an electrifying live show.

The fall season closes with two holiday performances in December: Lisa Rock in “A Carpenters Christmas” and Angela Ingersoll in “The 12 Dames of Christmas.”

Many shows offer a pre-show dinner in the acclaimed Spartan Terrace, where patrons can experience the best of ECC’s Culinary Arts & Hospitality Department. 

You can purchase tickets to all performances and pre-show dinners online at If you have questions, please call the ECC Arts Center Box Office at 847-622-0300.

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