When I first came to Zoellner Arts Center as its new Executive Director in 2020, our stages were dark and it was unclear when we would resume live performances again. Now, over a year later, I am thrilled to write these words: We are back and excited to open our doors to you!
I can remember the first live concert that I attended as a young boy in Chicago in the late 70s--The Wiz. It was great hearing the wonderful singing, seeing the beautiful costumes, and sharing a space with people who loved to see live arts and entertainment.
Now, you will have a story to tell about the first live performance you see at Zoellner Arts Center after the pandemic. Feeling the excitement and anticipation moving in the air…will it be for when Acrobuffos’ silks soar over the audience, Terence Blanchard brilliantly trumpets the music of Wayne Shorter, the 200 singers of Choral Arts harmonize to Tchaikovsky, or tapping along to the memorable songs in the Department of Theatre’s presentation of Godspell?
We all want to come back together, reconnect and celebrate the arts through live performances. Are you ready? Are you excited? We can’t wait to see you—soon!
Mark Fitzgerald Wilson
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