Matinee performances at ICC offer premium entertainment for less

Each year Illinois Central College offers a premium line-up of professional performers in its Guest Artists Series. This year, Arts at ICC is offering a “Mini-Matinee Series” which offers shortened afternoon performances at a lower cost than the full-length evening performance by selected acts. All matinee shows begin at 2:30 in the afternoon, with the separate, full length evening performances taking place at 7:30 that evening.

“We are proud to offer these matinee shows in an effort to make the performing arts more accessible to area residents,” said Chris Gray, dean of arts and communication at ICC. “After listening to feedback from our audiences, we believe offering these daytime shows will work well with the schedules for some members of the community, such as retirees or groups from schools that might be interested in attending.”

The 2013-2014 Mini-Matinee series features:

Friday, October 11, 2013, 2:30 – 3:30 pm – My Favorite Things: A Broadway Revue featuring the Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein

Friday, March 21, 2014, 2:30 – 3:30 pm – Into the Night with Gershwin by classical pianist Thomas Pandolfi

Friday, May 23, 2014, 2:30 – 3:30 pm – War Bonds: The Songs and Letters of World War II

The October 11 matinee is a tribute to Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, two of the pioneers of the American musical theatre form. Featuring Chicago actress Tiffany Gates and friends, this performance features music from such favorites as Oklahoma!, The Sound of Music, Carousel and many other songs from Rodgers & Hammerstein.

The second matinee on March 21 features a return performance by classical pianist Thomas Pandolfi as he presents Into the Night with Gershwin, a show filled with music from the iconic American composer, George Gershwin. A graduate of The Julliard School, Pandolfi is an exciting virtuoso who is sought after more and more by audiences with each passing year.

The final matinee of the season takes place May 23 and is a poignant, theatrical tribute to America’s “greatest generation.” This show features music and headline news from the World War II period interspersed with actual personal letters from the front and stories from veterans. The combination of these elements results in a sentimental, living history cabaret of song and theatre from the days when blackouts and rationing were small sacrifices in order to obtain freedom.

Tickets for individual matinee performances are $15 each.  Season tickets for all three shows in the matinee series are $40.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the ICC Performing Arts Center Box Office at (309) 694-5136 or visit