Music Barn Festival: Songs Along the Sangamon – Allerton Park Concert Series

*Online ticket sales will end Thursday, 9/26 at midnight. Tickets will be for sale at the door, as space allows.

Join the University of Illinois School of Music during this candlelit weekend of crickets, cocktails, and rich music in Allerton’s idyllic Music Barn (588 Allerton Road, Monticello). Purchase tickets here.

Songs for a New World, Lyric Theatre @ Illinois
Friday, September 27th (Doors open at 7pm. Performance at 7:30pm.)
Saturday, September 28th (Doors open at 3pm. Performance at 3:30pm.)

It’s about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice… or take a stand… or turn around and go back. These are the stories and characters of today, the Songs for a New World. The first musical from Tony Award winner, Jason Robert Brown (Parade, Bridges of Madison County), this moving collection of powerful songs examines life, love and the choices that we make.

Brown transports his audience from the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to a ledge, 57 stories above Fifth Avenue, to meet a startling array of characters that range from a young man who has determined that basketball is his ticket out of hardship to a woman whose dream of marrying rich nabs her the man of her dreams… and a soulless marriage.

With a small, powerhouse multi-ethnic cast and a driving, exquisitely crafted score that runs the gamut of today’s popular music, Songs for a New World is a great way to bring the next generation into the theatre.

Celebrating 100 Years of Bird: A Tribute to the Music of Charlie Parker, U of I Jazz Faculty
Saturday, September 28th (Doors open at 7pm. Performance at 7:30pm.)

This concert will present the many compositions and facets that made Charlie Parker famous as one of the originators of the jazz genre known as bebop in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s.  Charlie Parker’s career in jazz still stands as one of the most preeminent in terms of style contributions and compositional contributions and the Allerton Festival Jazz Faculty concert will represent those contributions with live performances of many of Charlie Parker’s most famous works including notables such as “Bebop”, “Confirmation”, “Aleu-Cha” in addition to some of his many blues-based compositions such as “Sippin At Bells”, “Barbados”, “Nows The Time” and “Blues for Alice”.

Purchase tickets here. (All seating is general admission. For special needs, please contact Ashley at

Please note that this event usually sells out and tickets will only be for sale at the door if still available.

Food + drink will be available for purchase (no outside alcohol, please).
Friday: Just BEE Açaí
Saturday: Burrito King

Find more information on the 2019 Concert Series, presented by the U of I Community Credit Union, here.


Sep 27 - 28 2019

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Sep 27 - 28 2019


$30 ($50 for both days)

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