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Concerts on the Quad series annual favorite: Singing Under the Stars, July 24

Concert goers enjoy 40 seasons of annual favorites such as Singing Under the Stars. (Photo by Ralph Weisheit, 2013)

Concert goers enjoy 40 seasons of annual favorites such as Singing Under the Stars. (Photo by Ralph Weisheit, 2013)

What better way to continue the Concerts on the Quad series than with Singing Under the Stars, a favorite among many concert-goers? Held on Monday, July 24, the fourth concert in this year’s series will feature Illinois State University’s faculty and guests singing all of your favorite songs from the operatic and Broadway stages. This year’s concert includes ISU faculty members Michelle Vought and Daniel Schuetz, ISU alum Josh Ramseyer, and guest May Gorospe-Favis with ISU faculty member Karyl Carlson as accompanist.

Vocal music holds a special place in the hearts of many people. We enjoy the music and lyrics, but most of us come back to listen to our favorite songs because they remind us of a special moment, person, or memory in our lives. This is what draws people to a concert like Singing Under the Stars. Words can bring people hope in times of need, but when paired with music the inspiration is endless. Whether you attend this concert because you simply enjoy vocal music or because you hope to hear that Broadway song that you used to sing with your mother growing up, you will not be sorry you went. Maybe you will even make a new memory “On the Steps of the Palace” (“Into the Woods”). We hope you make many memories on the steps of our palace (Cook Hall) and in our woods (Fell Arboretum).

All concerts begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Concerts take place on the east side of Cook Hall and concertgoers should bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.

The Concerts on the Quad series is presented by the Illinois State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music and in conjunction with the Illinois Shakespeare Festival and The Pantagraph, and is sponsored by the Mirza Fund of the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, Fell Trust, and Town of Normal Harmon Arts Grant Program.

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