The Elgin Community College Arts Center celebrates its 20th anniversary season with an exhilarating mix of theater, comedy, and music. The 2013-2014 season includes John Lithgow performing his one-man theatrical memoir "Stories By Heart," guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel, acclaimed songwriter/composer Marc Cohn, and comedian/actor Larry Miller.
The season opened Wednesday, Sept. 18 with guitarist Tommy Emmanuel. Emmanuel was mentored by the great Chet Atkins who called him "one of the greatest players on the planet." He's played with Les Paul, Eric Clapton, and Richie Sambora. Emmanuel received Guitar Players' Guitar Legend and Best Acoustic Guitarist awards, Acoustic Guitar magazine's Gold Medal, and Rolling Stone's Best Guitarist.
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Grammy-winning recording artist Marc Cohn performed at the Arts Center on Sunday, Sept. 29. Known for classics like "Walking In Memphis" and "True Companion," Cohn's latest release "Listening Booth: 1970" applies his unique brand of soul to songs by the musicians that shaped him -- musicians like Paul Simon and Creedence Clearwater Revival.
On Saturday, Oct. 12, comedian/actor Larry Miller heads to Elgin for a performance of Cocktails with Larry Miller. One of Hollywood's most recognizable faces and "the funniest guy" Jerry Seinfeld knows, Miller will share his perspective on marriage, children, drinking, and how each one leads to the other two. He'll be joined by comedian Jake Johannsen, whose uproarious observations on everyday life have made him one of David Letterman's favorite comics.
On Saturday, Nov. 2, the Arts Center is proud to present John Lithgow in his one-man theatrical memoir, "Stories By Heart." Following his triumphant appearances at New York's Lincoln Center and London's National Theatre, the Tony®, Emmy®, and Golden Globe® Award-winning actor offers a touching and humorous reflection on storytelling as the tie that binds humanity. Invoking memories of his grandmother and father, Lithgow traces his roots as an actor and storyteller, interspersing his own story with two stories that were read to him as a child: "Uncle Fred Flits By" by P.G. Wodehouse and "Haircut" by Ring Lardner.
Other 2013-2014 events at the Arts Center include singer/songwriters Lizz Wright and Raul Midón (Oct. 26), acoustic-folk duo The Milk Carton Kids (Nov. 9), Commedia Beauregard's production of A Klingon Christmas Carol (Dec. 7), and returning favorite Naturally 7 (Feb. 5).
Tickets for all performances at the ECC Arts Center are available online at tickets.elgin.edu and by phone at 847-622-0300. The Arts Center is located in Building H on the Elgin Community College campus at 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin.