There’s so much to do in our region! Here’s a look at what’s coming up this season in our many arts venues.
RAM: Deconstructing the American Landscape
Through Jan. 29, daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Rockford Art Museum’s feature exhibition, “Deconstructing the American Landscape,” is open to the public. Rockford Art Museum, 711 N. Main St., Rockford, rockfordartmuseum.org.
Artist Lecture: Joel Ross
Nov. 17, 7-8:30. Join exhibiting artist Joel Ross as he speaks in-depth about his sculptures, mixed media work and public art installations. Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, rockfordartmuseum.org.
Nov. 18, 6-9 p.m. Witness a multicultural celebration of dance, song, art, history and lifestyle, presented by Rock Valley College’s Multicultural Club. Samuelson Road Center, 4151 Samuelson Road, Rockford, (815) 921-4251, rockvalleycollege.edu.
“Mentalist to the Stars”
Nov. 18, 8 p.m., doors 6:30 p.m. Experience Sidney Friedman’s telepathy, ESP, premonition, “mathemagic” and all kinds of extraordinary mind power. Uniquely enjoy his “music mind reading” where you think of a song and he senses it and plays it. Radisson Hotel & Conference Center-Rockford, 200 S. Bell School Road, Rockford, (815) 877-1600, spectrumschool.org.
The People ft. Marques Morel
Nov. 18, 7 p.m. The People ft. Marques Morel perform at JustGood’s Friday Night Music Series. JustGoods Fair Trade Marketplace, 201 7th St., Rockford, (815) 965-8903, justgoods.info/.
Suite to Suite
Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a program that demonstrates the changes that occur in musical forms over the years. Mendelssohn Hall, 406 N. Main St., Rockford, (815) 964-9713, mendelssohnpac.org.
Sherlock Holmes and the Cast of the Christmas Carol
Nov. 18-Dec.4, Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. In this ingenious meeting of two Victorian classics, Dr. Watson visits his old friend Sherlock Holmes on Christmas Eve finding him in a dark and misanthropic mood, planning to retire from the dull work of solving crimes. But soon, Holmes is visited by the ghost of his great enemy Professor Moriarity, who warns Holmes that he is heading towards his own damnation and tells him of an upcoming visit by three spirits. Pec Playhouse Theatre, 314 Main St., (815) 239-1210, pecplayhouse.org.
Barbara Buck Studio Santa Fest
Nov. 18-20, Fri. & Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m. Celebrate the holidays by meeting nationally-recognized Santa artist, Barbara Buck, and seeing a gallery of her one-of-a-kind Santa creations. Enjoy cookies, cider and pumpkin fudge. Barbara Buck Studios, 1240 S. Walnut St., Freeport, (815) 541-8890.
Nov. 18-20, Fri. & Sun. 7:30 p.m., Sat. 4 p.m. The Little Sisters of Hoboken are raising money to bury their sisters who were accidently poisoned by the convent cook, Sister Julia. These nuns know how to have fun. Rockford University, Clark Arts Center, Cheek Theater, 5050 E. State St., Rockford, (815) 226-4000, Rockford.edu.
“Seussical the Musical!”
Nov. 18-20, Fri.-Sat. 7 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. Based on the works of Dr. Seuss, “Seussical” weaves together the most famous tales and characters from at least 15 of his books. Main Street Players, Community Building Complex of Boone County, 111 W. 1st St., Belvidere, (800) 741-2963.
Spotlight Youth Theater Presents Oklahoma!
Nov. 18-20, Fri. 7 p.m., Sat. 2 and 6 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Hononegah Performing Arts Center, 307 Salem St., Rockton, (847) 516-2298, spotlight.org.
Comedy on Main
Nov. 18, 8 p.m. Enjoy a night of laughs with nationally acclaimed comedians and superb “up-and-comers.” The intimate environment brings an upfront experience for every spectator. Janesville Performing Art Center, 408 S. Main St., (608) 758-0297, janesvillepac.org.
Take Me Home: A Tribute to John Denver
Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m. The music of the late John Denver is like an old friend, outlasting trends and standing the test of time. Join acclaimed performer Jim Curry for this tribute to the music of one of the most beloved singer/songwriters ever to grace the stage. Janesville Performing Arts Center, Janesville, (608) 758-0297, janesvillepac.org.
April Verch Band
Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m. April Verch blends the traditions of North American roots music and exuberant step-dancing with her own artistic voice and vision. She performs a high-energy show that puts her award-winning fiddling and songwriting talents out front. Monroe Arts Center, Monroe, Wis., (608) 325-5700, monroeartscenter.com.
Freeport Choral Society Advent Concert
Nov. 20, 3 p.m. The Freeport Choral Society presents Christmas and wintertime music. The Community Handbell Choir joins in with seasonal selections. St. John United Church of Christ, 1010 S. Park Blvd., Freeport, (815) 449-2936, Stephenson-county-il.org.
Chicago Philharmonic Brass
Nov. 20, 4 p.m. Since its founding in 1988 by principals of the Lyric Opera Orchestra of Chicago, the Chicago Philharmonic has developed into a musical community of more than 200 of the highest-level classical music performers in the Chicago area, performing under the batons of world-renowned conductors. Ferro Pavilion, George Williams College of Aurora University, 350 Constance Blvd., Williams Bay, Wis., (262) 245-8501, musicbythelake.com.
Great Choruses and Overtures
Nov. 21, 7 p.m. Host Eric Hradecky presents a broadcast of the RSO’s Classic Series concerts and commentary from Maestro Steven Larsen. Listen to 90.5 WNIU. Rockfordsymphony.com.
“It’s a Wonderful Life”
Nov. 25-27, Dec. 2-4, Fri.-Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. Follow the saga of George Bailey, the Everyman from the small town of Bedford Falls, whose dreams of escape and adventure have been squashed by family obligations and civic duty, and whose guardian angel has to descend on Christmas Eve to save him from despair, and to remind him – by showing him what the world would have been like had he never been born – that he has had, after all, a wonderful life. Byron Civic Theatre, 850 N. Colfax St., Byron, Ill., (815) 312-3000, byroncivictheatre.com.
Nov. 25, 7 p.m. Ernie Hendrickson performs at JustGood’s Friday Night Music Series. JustGoods Fair Trade Marketplace, Rockford, (815) 965-8903, justgoods.info/.
Annual Christmas Show
Nov. 26-27, Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. This annual production includes favorite holiday tunes, skits and merriment. The audience additionally receives holiday dessert during intermission. Mighty Richland Players Dessert Theater, 203 W. High St., Orangeville, Ill., (815) 819-1310, madstage.com/companies/mightyrichland.
Nov. 26 & 27. Rockford Dance Company performs this holiday classic. A two-act ballet, “The Nutcracker” follows Clara, a young girl who takes an enchanted journey. Rockford University, Maddox Theatre, Rockford, (815) 963-3341, rockforddancecompany.com.
Rockford Choral Union: “Messiah”
Nov. 26-27, Sat. 4 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. Come enjoy the 71st annual presentation of “Messiah,” presented by Rockford Choral Union. The event features internationally known soloists, a large regional chorus, a chamber orchestra and a harpsichord. Trinity Lutheran Church, 200 N. 1st St., Rockford, rockfordchoralunion.org.
“A Christmas Carol”
Nov. 26-27, Dec. 1-4, times vary. Enjoy a musical version of Dickens’ holiday classic tale of miserly Scrooge’s redemption. Stage Coach Players Theater, 126 S. 5th St., DeKalb, (815) 758-1940, stagecoachers.com.
Music on Main
Nov. 28, 5:30 p.m. Enjoy an intimate concert with Songs Old and New, followed by light refreshments. Emerson House, 420 N. Main St., Rockford, (815) 964-9713, mendelssohnpac.org.
Elf the Musical
Nov. 30, Elf the Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St., Rockford, (815) 968-0595, coronadopac.org.
Dec. 1-4 & 8-11, Thurs.-Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. Celebrate the season by attending this inspired musical adaptation of the classic holiday film, “White Christmas,” featuring many of Irving Berlin’s greatest hits. Monroe Theatre Guild, 910 16th Ave., Monroe, Wis., (608) 325-1111, monroetheatre.com.
Charlotte’s Web: The Last Revel
Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m. Consisting of three members, The Last Revel uses traditional folk-minded three part harmonies with honest and meaningful lyrics to deliver a passionate and soul stirring performance. Emerson House, Rockford, (815) 964-9713, mendelssohnpac.org.
AE: Tally’s Folly
Dec. 2-18, check times online. It’s 1944 and Matt Friedman, a middle-aged accountant from St. Louis, is nervous but determined to woo and win Miss Sally Talley, the shy, spinster daughter of her family. Artists’ Ensemble Theater, Rockford University, Clark Arts Center, Rockford, (815) 394-5004, artistsensemble.org.
Dec. 2, 7 p.m. Derek Luttrell performs at JustGood’s Friday Night Music Series. JustGoods Fair Trade Marketplace, Rockford, (815) 965-8903, justgoods.info/.
PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue”
Dec. 3-4, Sat. 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue” is a music-filled adventure featuring more than a dozen characters on stage from the hit animated preschool series. Coronado Performing Arts Center, Rockford, (815) 968-0595, coronadopac.org.
“Tied Up in Knotts”
Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m. Karen Knotts mixes humor with touching insight into her Hollywood life, growing up with entertainment icon and father, Don Knotts (Deputy Barney Fife of “The Andy Griffith Show”). This loving tribute includes film clips, family lore, plenty of behind-the-scene stories and a host of zany characters all portrayed by Karen. Monroe Arts Center, 1315 11th St., Monroe, Wis., (608) 325-5700, monroeartscenter.com.
Ruby Harris and the Wave Runners
Dec. 4, 2-3 p.m. Ruby Harris has been called the “King of the Blues Violin.” He has performed at sold-out concerts at The Metropolitan Opera House and Carnegie Hall in New York. Nordlof Center, J.R. Sullivan Theater, Rockford, rockfordpubliclibrary.org.
Rockford Wind Ensemble Concert
Dec. 4, 7 p.m. Now in its fifteenth season, Rockford Wind Ensemble has performed nearly five hundred pieces in concert. Audiences have learned to expect historically significant works, outstanding soloists, world-premieres, as well as popular favorites and concert band standards. Nordlof Center, J.R. Sullivan Theater, 118 N. Main St., Rockford, (815) 227-8550, rockfordwindensemble.org.
Dec. 5, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Create, think and grow by using your imagination to make something unique in this crafting session. Rockford Public Library, Rockton Centre Branch, 3112 N. Rockton Ave., Rockford, (815) 963-5617, rockfordpubliclibrary.org.
King & Country Christmas
Dec. 6, 7 p.m., doors 6 p.m. Soaring melodies, driving rhythms, theatrical instrumentation and personal themes are the heartbeat of King & Country’s music. BMO Harris Bank Center, 300 Elm St., Rockford, (815) 968-5222, thebmoharrisbankcenter.com.
Dec. 7, noon and 7 p.m. Matchmaker Dolly Levi travels to Yonkers to find a partner for “half-a-millionaire” Horace Vandergelder, convincing his niece, his niece’s intended and his two clerks to travel along. She fixes the clerks up with the woman Vandergelder has been courting, as she has designs of her own to pursue Vandergelder. Lindo Theatre, 115 S. Chicago Ave., Freeport, (815) 233-0025, classiccinemas.com.
“Miracle on 34th Street”
Dec. 8-11 & 16-18, Th.-Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. Stage Once, Inc. presents this holiday classic about a Macy’s department store Santa, who claims to be the real Santa Claus, and the little girl who learns to believe in fairytales. Janesville Performing Arts Center, Janesville, (608) 758-0297, janesvillepac.org.
Dec. 9, 7 p.m. Comfort Food performs at JustGood’s Friday Night Music Series. JustGoods Fair Trade Marketplace, Rockford, (815) 965-8903, justgoods.info/.
Holiday Pops Concert: “Winter Wonderland”
Dec. 9, 7 p.m. Joined by the Celebration Chorale, the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra warms your heart with music of the holiday season. Northern Illinois University Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, 550 Lucinda Ave., DeKalb, (815) 756-3728, kishorchestra.org.
North Star Sessions with Beth Kille & Erik Kjelland
Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m. Hailing from Madison, Wisconsin, Beth Kille and Erik Kjelland are no strangers to the joy, beauty and perils of the holiday season. The North Star Sessions are a collection of original and traditional winter- and Christmas-themed songs, with clever spins on holiday classics. Monroe Arts Center, Monroe, Wis., (608) 325-5700, monroeartscenter.com.
Straight No Chaser
Dec. 9, 8 p.m. This male a cappella group has a massive fan base, numerous national TV appearances and proven success with CD releases. CPAC, Rockford, (815) 968-0595, coronadopac.org.
Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a celebration of the season featuring Rockford University’s Regent Singers, Women’s Ensemble and Vocal Collective. Rockford University, Clark Arts Center, Maddox Theatre, Rockford, (815) 226-4000, Rockford.edu.
“Old Befana” Ken Lonnquist and Friends
Dec. 10, 11 a.m.-noon. A special child is coming, but is this child rich or poor, black or white, boy or girl? Don’t miss this original musical and heartwarming holiday tale of an old woman who keeps her front walk swept and her cookies fresh while she awaits the return of that “special child.” Monroe Arts Center, Monroe, Wis., (608) 325-5700, monroeartscenter.com.
Adult DIY Holiday Crafting
Dec. 10, 1-3 p.m. Do-it-yourself crafts allow creativity to shine. Make a DIY project for the holiday. Rockford Public Library, East Branch, 6685 E. State St., Rockford, (815) 965-7606, rockfordpubliclibrary.org.
A Cannova’s Holiday Celebration
Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m. The magic of the season unfolds as the talented vocal ensemble from Cannova’s, in Freeport, heads north with a variety of favorite holiday tunes and magical stories. Monroe Arts Center, Monroe, Wis., (608) 325-5700, monroeartscenter.com.
Isthmus Brass Christmas
Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m. Under the direction of brass icon John Stevens, and comprised of the finest professional brass players in the Midwest, the Isthmus Brass is Wisconsin’s premiere large brass ensemble. Hear virtuosic arrangements of popular holiday tunes. Edgerton Performing Arts Center, 200 Elm High Drive, Edgerton (608) 561-6093, Edgerton.k12.wi.us.
“Church Basement Ladies”
Dec. 11, 2 & 7 p.m. Experience a musical comedy featuring four distinct characters as they solve the problems of a rural Minnesota church about to undergo changes in 1965. Young Auditorium, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, 930 W. Main St., (262) 472-2222, uww.edu/young auditorium.
Jazz for the Holidays with Emily & Tim Austin
Dec. 11, 3 p.m. Celebrate the wealth of talented music professionals in our area with an intimate concert and light refreshments. Emerson House, Rockford, (815) 964-9713, mendelssohnpac.org.
Winter Orchestra Concert
Dec. 11, 3 p.m. Join the Rockford Symphony Youth Orchestra for a winter concert featuring the full symphonic orchestra. Hononegah Performing Arts Center, 307 Salem St., Rockton, rockfordsymphony.com.
Rockford Christian Fellowship Band Concert
Dec. 11 & 13, Sun. 4 p.m., Tues. 6:30 p.m. Rockford Christian Fellowship Band consists of dedicated Christian musicians who are noted for rousing marches and inspirational music. Broadway Covenant Church, 3525 Broadway, Rockford, (815) 222-7856, rcfband.org.
Dec. 16, 7 p.m. Greg Herriges performs world winter/holiday music at JustGood’s Friday Night Music Series. JustGoods Fair Trade Marketplace, Rockford, (815) 965-8903, justgoods.info/.
RSO: Holiday Pops Concert
Dec. 17-18, Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. Start off the holiday season with Rockford’s largest holiday musical celebration featuring traditional and sacred music performed by the RSO and the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center’s Mendelssohn Choral. Coronado Performing Arts Center, Rockford, (815) 968-0595, coronadopac.org.
Dec. 17, 2 & 7 p.m. Warm memories often begin with holiday traditions, such as Tchaikovsky’s most famous ballet, “The Nutcracker.” Watch the accomplished dancers from The Dance Factory perform this delightful production featuring talented area youth, gorgeous costumes, lavish backdrops and of course, talented dancers. Young Auditorium, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, (262) 472-2222, uww.edu/young auditorium.
BJSO Holiday Pops Concert
Dec. 22, 7:30 p.m. The Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Rob Tomaro, welcomes the always entertaining and tuneful Badger Chordhawks chorus, under the direction of Christopher Smith. The concert features classic crowd-pleasers such as Sleigh Ride, Winter Wonderland, Joy to the World and Silent Night. Janesville Performing Arts Center, Janesville, (608) 758-0297, janesvillepac.org.
Dec. 29-Feb. 26, check website for times. Featuring the music of ABBA, “Mama Mia!” tells the feel-good story of a mother, a daughter, a Greek island paradise and a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget. Fireside Dinner Theatre, 1131 Janesville Ave., Fort Atkinson, Wis., (920) 563-9505, firesidetheatre.com.
Showcase of Talent
Jan. 13-14, 7:30 p.m. Watch a wealth of talented individuals and groups in an evening of family entertainment. With Big Radio’s own Dan Blum as Master of Ceremonies, “Showcase of Talent” presents a live radio variety show broadcast, complete with vocal and instrumental musical entertainment, jokes sprinkled throughout the show, a few surprises, an on-stage house band and an exciting cast finale. Monroe High School Performing Arts Center, 1600 26th St., Monroe, Wis., (608) 325-5700, monroeartscenter.com.
Zac Matthews Band
Jan. 13, 7:30 p.m. In 2014 Zac Matthews was named Best New Male Act in Country Music in Nashville’s Country Showdown. He has recorded two Nashville-produced albums, performed three international tours, and played on stages such as The Ryman, CMA Fest 2014 & 2015, and The WildHorse Saloon in Nashville. Janesville Performing Arts Center, Janesville, (608) 758-0297, janesvillepac.org.
Cirque Dreams: Jungle Fantasy
Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m. This show is an exotic encounter inspired by nature’s unpredictable creations, brought to life by an international cast of soaring aerialists, spine-bending contortionists, acrobats, jugglers and musicians. Coronado Performing Arts Center, Rockford, (815) 968-0595, coronadopac.org.
Coffee with the Curator
Jan. 20, 10-11 a.m. Rockford Art Museum’s Curator, Carrie Johnson, discusses the latest feature exhibition. Join the lively conversation while enjoying a cup of coffee. Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, (815) 968-2787, rockfordartmuseum.org.
Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m. The GoDeans is a Janesville-based rock band. Most of the band members are doctors or have careers in healthcare with Dean Clinic or St. Mary’s Janesville Hospital. Janesville Performing Arts Center, Janesville, (608) 758-0297, janesvillepac.org.
The Three Violins of Rachel Barton Pine
Jan. 21, 7:30-9:30 p.m., pre-concert lecture with Maestro Steven Larsen at 6:30 p.m. This classical concert features Rachel Barton Pine on the violin, viola d’amore and electric violin. Coronado Performing Arts Center, Rockford, (815) 968-0595, coronadopac.org.
Rockford University Orchesis Dance Concert
Jan. 26-28, 7:30 p.m. See the dancers of Rockford University under the direction of Assistant Professor of Dance Amy Wright. Rockford University, Rockford University, Clark Arts Center, Maddox Theatre, Rockford, (815) 226-4000, Rockford.edu.
Jan. 27, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Create, think and grow by using your imagination to make something unique in this crafting session. Rockford Public Library, Rock River Branch, Rockford, (815) 963-5617, rockfordpubliclibrary.org.
Charlotte’s Web: Steve Ditzell
Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m. Rockford resident Steve Ditzell – formerly with Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor and Fenton Robinson – performs acoustic country blues on six- and nine-string guitars, finger picking and slide style. A blues guitarist with an inborn knack for timing and phrasing, Ditzell has performed consistently since 1976. Emerson House, Rockford, (815) 964-9713, mendelssohnpac.org.
Anansi (RDC’s New Children’s Ballet)
Jan. 27-28. Experience ballet with narration in this Rockford Dance Company production created for child audiences. Nordlof Center, Rockford, (815) 963-3341, rockforddancecompany.com.
“The Haunting of Hill House”
Jan. 27-29, Feb. 3-5, Fri.-Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. “The Haunting of Hill House” revolves around a small group of psychically receptive people who have been brought together in Hill House, a brooding, mid-Victorian mansion known to be evil and uninhabitable. Led by the learned Dr. Montague, who is conducting research in the supernatural, the visitors have come to probe the secrets of the old house and draw forth its mysterious powers. Byron Civic Theatre, Byron, Ill., (815) 312-3000, byroncivictheatre.com.
Music on Main: Rockford Wind Quintet
Jan. 30, 5:30 p.m. Savor an intimate concert with Rockford Wind Quintet and enjoy light refreshments afterwards. Emerson House, Rockford, (815) 964-9713, mendelssohnpac.org.
Redekopp & Edwards, Duo Pianists
Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m. Mark Edwards maintains a studio as an independent teacher of piano, organ and harpsichord. Karin Redekopp Edwards is professor of piano at Wheaton College. Critics and audiences throughout the world have praised the performances of the duo-piano team. Mendelssohn Hall, Rockford, (815) 964-9713, mendelssohnpac.org.
“Never Too Late”
Feb. 3-13, Fri. & Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. This Broadway hit is about a married man in his fifties who suddenly learns he’s becoming a father again. His last child, a girl, was born 24 years ago. He and finds the prospect of another unthinkable. Janesville Performing Arts Center, Janesville, (608) 758-0297, janesvillepac.org.
Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m. The Drifters, one of rock and roll’s founding vocal groups, is once again touring the U.S. Through a historical journey, which included no less than five legendary lead singers, the group’s ongoing story has covered the entire spectrum of rock and roll. Young Auditorium, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, (262) 472-2222, uww.edu/youngauditorium.
AE: Romance Theater
Feb. 10-11, Fri. & Sat. 7:30-9 p.m. Immerse yourself in a play about classic romance, recreated as a vintage radio broadcast. The actors are literally switching hats at the microphone as they become new characters, while live sound effects intensify the action. Rockford University, Clark Arts Center, Cheek Theatre, Rockford, (815) 394-5004, artistsensemble.org.
Charlotte’s Web: Ellis
Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m. A gifted songwriter and performer, Ellis is known for her stirring lyrics, openhearted performances and contagious laughter. She got her start at coffee shops and now tours the folk circuit with nine albums to her credit. Emerson House, Rockford, (815) 964-9713, mendelssohnpac.org.
The Five Irish Tenors
Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m. Following in the footsteps of the great Irish Tenor John McCormack, in a sensational program, “The Five Irish Tenors” fuses Irish wit and boisterous charm, with lyricism, dramatic flair and operatic style to bring you a unique Irish tenor concert experience. Coronado Performing Arts Center, Rockford, (815) 968-0595, coronadopac.org.
Spotlight Youth Theater: “Seussical the Musical”
Feb. 10-12, Fri. 7 p.m., Sat. 2 and 6 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. Journey back to your childhood and the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss with Horton the Elephant, who finds himself faced with entertaining challenges. Hononegah Performing Arts Center, Rockton, (847) 516-2298, spotlight.org.
Loren and Mark
Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m. Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb share a unique musical chemistry and stage presence seldom found between musicians. Influenced by Americana, jazz, popular and classical music, their diverse repertoire consists of stunning guitar instrumentals as well as vocal duets. Monroe Arts Center, Monroe, Wis., (608) 325-5700, monroeartscenter.com.
Jazz at Emerson: The Encore Trio
Feb. 12, 3 p.m. Savor an intimate concert by The Encore Trio, followed by light refreshments. Emerson House, Rockford, (815) 964-9713, mendelssohnpac.org.
“Pete the Cat”
Feb. 12, 3 p.m. When Pete the Cat gets caught rocking out after bedtime, the cat-catcher sends him to live with the Biddle family to learn his manners – and boy are they square. But for the groovy blue cat, life is an adventure no matter where you wind up, so the minute Pete walks in the door, he gets the whole family rocking. Young Auditorium, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, (262) 472-2222, uww.edu/youngauditorium.
Feb. 16, 7 p.m., dining option 5:30 p.m. This quintessential backstage musical comedy classic is the song and dance fable of Broadway, with an American Dream story that includes some of the greatest songs ever written, such as “We’re In the Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off to Buffalo,” “Dames,” “I Only Have Eyes For You” and of course, “42nd Street.” Young Auditorium, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, (262) 472-2222, uww.edu/youngauditorium.
Comedy on Main
Feb. 18, 8 p.m. Enjoy a night of laughs with nationally acclaimed comedians and superb “up-and-comers.” The intimate environment brings an upfront experience for every spectator. Janesville Performing Art Center, (608) 758-0297, janesvillepac.org.
Beloit International Film Festival
Feb. 24-March 5, times vary. Beloit International Film Festival has become a 10-day tribute to the power of film. Enjoy more than 120 carefully curated international documentaries, shorts and narrative features, and meet the artists who created them. Downtown Beloit, (608) 312-4256, beloitfilmfest.org.
Brahms & Schumann Classical Concert
Feb. 25, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Internationally renowned violinist Ilya Kaler joins his award-winning son Daniel on stage for a Brahms duet. Coronado Performing Arts Center, Rockford, (815) 965-0049, rockfordsymphony.com.
Kathy Mattea: Accoustic Living Room
Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m. The unmistakable voice of Grammy Award winner Kathy Mattea explores music’s most basic human essence through timeless melodies and uplifting narratives. As a singer, musician, songwriter, public speaker, and activist, Kathy’s music and message have taken her to venues across America and overseas, and from festivals to concert halls. Young Auditorium, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, (262) 472-2222, uww.edu/youngauditorium.
Vienna Boys Choir
Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m. Boys have been singing at Vienna’s Imperial Chapel since 1296. Since then, the Vienna Boys Choir has undertaken approximately 1,000 tours in 97 different countries and the boys have sung more than 27,000 concerts. Edgerton Performing Arts Center, 200 Elm High Drive, Edgerton, Wis., (608) 561-6093, Edgerton.k12.wi.us.
Rockford Wind Ensemble Concert
Feb. 26, 3 p.m. Rockford Wind Ensemble performs historically significant works, outstanding soloists and popular favorites. Nordlof Center, J.R. Sullivan Theater, Rockford, (815) 227-8550, rockfordwindensemble.org.