What Lincoln Center is to New York and Kennedy Center is to Washington D.C., Krannert Center is to the Midwest - a magnificent showcase for the performing arts. This professional laboratory for the University of Illinois dance, theatre, opera and music departments hosts internationally famous artists such as Ravi Shankar, Emmy Lou Harris, Herbie Hancock, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Mark Morris Dance Group. The Promenade gift shop, Intermezzo cafe, and Ticket Office can be found in the vast lobby connecting the four main theatres.
Today, the Champaign-Urbana Symphony is designated as the “Professional Orchestra in Residence at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.” The mission of the Symphony is to enhance the quality of life in the community by providing symphonic music of the highest caliber through live performances and music education in the schools, the concert hall and the community.
40 North is dedicated to fueling the growth and well-being of Champaign County by nurturing its arts, culture and entertainment community. Visitors enjoy numberous innovative programs including Art & Sol, Sight Specific and the annual Boneyard Arts Festival.