The Quad to host five summer concerts

Concerts on the Quad are returning to ISU for five consecutive Mondays beginning June 30.

The free concerts will start at 7 p.m. in front of Cook Hall and on the northwest corner of the Quad.

The first performance is titled “Creole Stomp,” followed consecutively by “Evening of Chamber Music” on July 7, “Switchback” on July 14, “Evening of Jazz” on July 21 and “Singing Under the Stars” on July 28.

Graduate Coordinator for the School of Music, Dr. Angelo Favis, said the concerts have been around since 1981.

“It started out as a way to have something going on on Monday nights when the Shakespeare Festival did not have any performances scheduled,” Favis said.

The concerts were held at the Ewing Cultural Center before they moved to the Quad, he added.

During the school year, over 200 concerts are held; however, the summer concert season is much slower.

“There are still students and people who hang around, so this is a great way to show that not everything stops during the summer,” he said.

Three of the concerts have faculty members performing. Favis said the concerts are used in part to showcase the talent of ISU faculty.

The concerts may also feature ISU students.

“The Chamber Music concert and the Singing Under the Stars concert will feature alumni or current students,” Favis said.

Favis said he searches the internet for the bands and guest artists. He said he usually looks at rosters of arts councils or festivals.

“We also have crowd favorites like Creole Stomp on June 30,” he added.

Creole Stomp comes back for repeat performances.

Many people come around 6 p.m. to set up lawn chairs or blankets and eat before the concert, Favis said.

The concerts last about an hour and 15 min, with no intermission.

Attendance is anywhere from 1500 to almost 3000 people, Favis said.

If inclement weather occurs, the concerts are moved to the Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall.

Favis said that they have had to use the indoor location many times but “not everyone will follow the concert inside, as they usually come for the outdoor ambiance.”

Favis said he is grateful for the help they receive from their  sponsors which include the Jerome Mirza Arts & Culture Fund of the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, the Fell Trust, The Pantagraph, the College of Fine Arts and the Harmon Arts Grant Program.

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