Arts & Entertainment
For 135 years, the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center has been a home for musicians in the Rockford community. Part of its mission is to educate the next generation of talent and introduce students to professional musicians.
Celebrating 135 Years: Mendelssohn Leaves a Mark on Local Culture

As one of the nation’s longest-running music clubs, the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center has been a home for Rockford-area musicians and a community support in many ways.

Tristan Crist used to perform magic tricks for his friends and family in his basement. Now, he draws national attention to his own show in Lake Geneva. (Tristan Crist Magic Theatre photos)
Magician Tristan Crist Appears in New Location

Whether it’s a card trick or grand illusion, Tristan Crist knows how to transfix an audience. Learn how this magician and entrepreneur went from being a prodigious child to a successful tourist attraction.

Join Coco and many other favorite characters during “Disney On Ice Presents: Dream Big,” coming to Rockford’s BMO Harris Bank Center Oct. 25-27. (BMO Harris Bank Center photo)
Events @ a Glance: Arts & Entertainment Calendar

There’s so much to do in our region! Here’s a look at what’s coming up this season at some of the many arts venues near you.

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A Neighborhood Supporting the Arts

A group of generous neighbors came together to help fund a Rockford Symphony Orchestra performance, and in the process drew an entire community together for a common cause.

Six eclectic performances are on the lineup for Music by the Lake’s 19th season. The summer series takes place at the Ferro Pavilion in Williams Bay, Wis. (MBTL photo)
Music by the Lake Returns for 19th Season

Every year, the Music by the Lake concert series showcases a variety of musical acts. See what’s on the lineup for this summer.