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Sangamon Auditorium preview, new app

What do the Blue Man Group, ZZ Top, and the musical performance Memphis have in common? They have each been booked to perform at Sangamon Auditorium over the course of the 2013-2014 academic year.

According to Sangamon Auditorium Director Bob Vaughn, a graduate of Sangamon State University, the auditorium has a lot to offer this coming school year to students and community members. Performances range from physical theater to musical performances and dance.

With this lineup of events, Vaughn wanted to bring an array of performers and acts in order to expose UIS students and community members to different cultures.

One performance that will expose the audience to a not so familiar culture is the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble. The performance is described as being a giant ensemble of world music and dance from Hungary. The group will perform October 25.

The Blue Man Group is scheduled to perform on September 30 and October 1. This fun and quirky performance has been at the eyes of nearly 17 million people.

One of the highlights for this year’s lineup is Memphis, scheduled on October 29. This Broadway musical is filled with catchy songs and dance numbers that tell the story of a singer in a nightclub and radio DJ.

Masters of the Fiddle, performed by Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, a couple that is connected to a long lineage of fiddlers, are set to perform November 8.

Sangamon Auditorium will also welcome several artists from Willie Nelson, SteveSongs, ZZ Top, Masked Marvels and Wondertales, Foreigner, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Addams Family, and more.

On top of the announcement of performances, the Sangamon Auditorium has also launched a new, free app available in both the Android Play Store and Apple Store.

“Students are so interested in technology,” said Vaughn. He realized that in order to keep up with modern technology, an app for mobile use was necessary.

This app includes a full list of shows for the season, as well as information on tickets and parking – including the option to purchase on your phone.

If you are a UIS student interested in an event at Sangamon Auditorium, you could receive up to 50% off your ticket if you show your iCard at the ticket office.

For a complete list of performances offered by Sangamon Auditorium, you can visit www.uis.edu/sangamonauditorium.

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