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Concert at the Carillon

10/1/2017 - 4/29/2018, Every Sunday: 2 pm & 4 pm
A half an hour, outdoor, live concert with a great variety of music, played by the resident carillonist on the 67-bell Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon.


Concert at the Carillon

10/4/2017 - 4/25/2018, Every Wednesday: Noon
A half an hour, outdoor, live concert with a great variety of music, played by the resident carillonist on the 67-bell Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon.


Toy Box: Inspiration Through Play Exhibit

11/29/2017 - 2/11/2018, M - Sa: 9 am - 4:30 pm; Su: Noon - 4:30 pm
Illinois is home to classic toys such as Radio Flyer, Lincoln Logs and TinkerToys. These, like all toys serve as templates to the imagination for children at both social and cognitive levels of development. For adults, toys are vessels for memory that contain identity, activity, and comfort. For many working artists today, a toy represents a creative opportunity to transform the object into an experience that transcends nostalgia and represents an act of discovery. The artwork featured in this exhibition comes directly from artists working across Illinois. The historic objects presented are highlights from the Illinois State Museum collections.  Combined, they seek to merge the joyous occasion of imagination during play with the nurtured discipline of creating a work of art.

Objects from the vaults of the ISM Illinois Legacy Collection will also be featured.


Robert Middaugh - Machines Inherit the Earth

12/5/2017 - 2/11/2018, M - Sa: 9 am - 4:30 pm, Su: Noon - 4:30 pm
The Illinois State Museum opened three new exhibitions featuring the work of Chicago artist Robert Middaugh – "Robert Middaugh:  Machines Inherit the Earth" – along with works by a host of other artists, including many works from the Illinois State Museum Illinois Legacy Collection. 
 
The exhibitions highlight the career of Robert Middaugh (1935-2011), whose paintings and assemblages present strange, fantastic structures and machines inhabiting a mysterious, deserted world.  Middaugh's work pulls together Surrealism, Magical Realism, and Precisionism, along with a palette of broad, flat color and precisely rendered images. 

In addition to "Robert Middaugh:  Machines Inherit the Earth" are two exhibitions complementing Middaugh's work. "Bricks and Metaphor: Architecture as Poetic Space" and "Confluence: Friends and Contemporaries of Robert Middaugh" 


Winter KART Show

1/26/2018 - 1/27/2018, F: 5 pm - 9 pm; Sa: 9 am - 3 pm
All things related to Karting and Quarter Midgets will be available from vendors and swap meet booths. If you are looking to get into racing there will be many new and used karts for sale. New to the show this year will also be Quarter Midgets. For more information and registration forms visit www.WinterKartShow.com or www.MidStateKartClub.com. Entry fee is $7 per person


Winter KART Show

1/26/2018 - 1/27/2018, F: 5 pm - 9 pm; Sa: 9 am - 3 pm
All things related to Karting and Quarter Midgets will be available from vendors and swap meet booths. If you are looking to get into racing there will be many new and used karts for sale. New to the show this year will also be Quarter Midgets. For more information and registration forms visit www.WinterKartShow.com or www.MidStateKartClub.com. Entry fee is $7 per person


Springfield Winter Farmers Market

1/27/2018, 9 am - Noon
The Springfield Winter Farmers Market runs the fourth Saturday of the month from January through April making fresh farm food available to the community all year long. Shoppers at the Winter Farmers Markets can expect to find 15 local vendors selling a wide variety of products, including pasture-raised meats, eggs, honey, cheese, vegetables, jams, dog treats, and prepared foods.


Springfield Jr. Blues Hockey Game

1/27/2018, 6:05 pm
Jr. Blues vs Janesville Jets


Two Titans with the IL Symphony Orchestra

1/27/2018, 7:30 pm
Feel the power of two titans of the music world. Celebrating Bernstein’s 100th Birthday, Australian violinist Adele Anthony performs his Serenade, a love dialogue between violin and orchestra. The titanic sounds of Mahler’s First Symphony is an experience not to be missed!


The Wizard of Oz

1/28/2018, 7 pm

There truly is no place like home as the greatest family musical of all time, the wonderful Wizard of Oz, twists its way into Springfield!  The entire family will be captivated as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road and beyond with Dorothy, Toto, and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man, and Scarecrow in this lavish production, featuring breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography, and classic songs.


A spectacular celebration of the iconic 1939 MGM film, The Wizard of Oz will blow you away from the moment the tornado touches down and transports you to a dazzling Oz, complete with munchkins and flying monkeys.  Don’t miss the chance to travel “Over the Rainbow” and experience this national treasure on stage.

 



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