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Music Barn Festival

September 27 - September 30

$10 – $75

Sept. 27-30 | Allerton Music Barn

Join us for a weekend of music in partnership with the University of Illinois School of Music!

Thursday & Friday, September 27-28, 7:30pm: Lyric Theatre at Illinois presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee 
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a musical comedy with music and lyrics by William Finn and a book by Rachel Sheinkin. It’s a hilarious tale of high school-aged overachievers, their hopes, their dreams, and their angst as they compete for a slot in the National Spelling Bee at Putnam Valley Middle School. Overseen by three quirky adults still stuck in adolescence themselves, they sing their stories, utilize unique spelling techniques and learn that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser. You won’t want to miss this great performance by the Lyric Theatre at Illinois!

Saturday, September 29, 7:30pm: The University of Illinois Jazz Faculty & Concert Jazz Band present “Jazz in Blue”
Saturday’s performance is based on an exploration of the American blues form and some of the vast repertoire from the Blue Note Records catalog, with a special focus on the blues form.

Sunday, September 30, 10am: The University of Illinois Chamber Singers present “Sunday Morning with Bach”
Sunday morning, Dr. Andrew Megill, Director of Choral Activities, will lead works by Bach featuring the University of Illinois Chamber Singers and a small orchestra:

  • Bach: Jesu, meine Freude sung by Chamber Singers
  • Bach; Cantata 39, Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot sung by ecco


Purchase tickets for the Music Barn Festival here.
$28/person ($50 for two performances; $75 for three performances)
Students: $10/performance

Find more information about the 2018 Concert Series here.


September 27
September 30
$10 – $75