The Come Home to Krannert Center Weekend




Saturday, April 13, at 6pm, free


Urbana, IL—The Come Home to Krannert Center weekend, Friday-Sunday, April 12-14, is a time for friends old and new, near and far, to come together in reflection and revelry, celebrating all that has led to this moment in Krannert Center’s history. The cornerstone event of the weekend, The Come Home Gala, will be held in the Center’s expansive lobby on Saturday, April 13, at 6pm.


This centerpiece event will be a grand celebration of the five decades of impact that began when Krannert Center opened in April of 1969. Join the Center’s director, Mike Ross; University of Illinois leadership; representatives from Dance at Illinois, Illinois Theatre, and Lyric Theatre @ Illinois; and other special guests for an evening featuring a display curated by the University of Illinois Student Life and Culture Archives, a patron-populated timeline, and more. Acoustic musical performances begin at 6pm, with complimentary appetizers and cash bar available. At 7pm, formal remarks will be presented, followed by a performance of an original composition by ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival alum Steve Dawson, performed by Dawson and the School of Music’s Jupiter String Quartet and complemented by a slideshow of Krannert Center images. The formal presentation will finish with a “global toast”—a “cheers” to the Center, both on-site and by friends around the world via social media. Patrons are encouraged to use the hashtag #KrannertCenterat50 to participate in the global toast on social media. DJ music and dancing will follow.


6pm: The Come Home Gala

Lobby, free (Music starts at 6pm, formal remarks at 7pm, DJ and dancing at 7:30pm)

Festive attire encouraged; black tie optional (dress to the nines in whatever that means to you!)


Patrons can register now for the Come Home Gala and other events throughout the Come Home weekend and are encouraged to share the impact Krannert Center has had on them at Please visit for additional information on registration, hotel accommodations, and more.

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