Sharon Owens, great American jazz band


Barbra Streisand and Elvis Presley will be in Springfield this weekend.

Kind of.

Sharon Owens will play Streisand at the Hoogland Center For the Arts on Friday and Saturday while Joseph Hall, back in Springfield, will play “the King” at the Legacy Theater on Friday.

Thursday, enjoy the “tradition” of “Fiddler on the Roof” at the Performing Arts Center at the University of Illinois at Springfield

As always, check with sites regarding mask wearing and COVID-19 protocols or any postponements or cancellations.

Sharon Owens as Barbra

Sharon Owens has been performing ‘Legendary – A Tribute to Barbra’ since moving to Los Angeles 30 years ago.

The show covers Streisand’s more than 50-year musical career, from his Broadway debut in the 1960s to his albums in the early 2000s.

Owens’ physical and stylistic resemblance to Streisand helped her win the national “Performing As…” contest as well as qualify for the finale of ABC’s hit show “The Next Best Thing.”

Tickets are $32 and are available on Hoogland’s website. Both performances are at 7:30 p.m.

Joseph Hall is an Elvis Presley tribute artist who was a finalist on "America has talent." Hall will perform at the Legacy Theater in Springfield on Friday.

Elvis is in the building

Joseph Hall has played the role of Elvis Presley since 2006 and for several years at the Americana Theater in Branson, Missouri.

Hall was one of 10 finalists for “America’s Got Talent” in 2008. Hall has worked with Elvis Presley Enterprises, Legends in Concert, and has been officially recognized as one of the top Elvis tribute artists in the world today. .

Tickets for 8 p.m. cost between $25 and $35 and are available on The Legacy’s website.

For more information, call 217-528-9760.

Jazz at Illinois College

The Great American Jazz Band will perform at Rammelkamp Chapel at 7:30 p.m. Saturday as part of Illinois College’s Fine Arts Series.

The six-piece band will present a tribute to New Orleans heritage, with music, historical anecdotes and stories from legends such as Louis Armstrong, Joseph “King” Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Al Hirt and Pete Fountain.

The Great American Jazz Band has played with greats like The Dukes of Dixieland, Cab Calloway and Al Hirt and the big bands of Glenn Miller, Jimmy Dorsey, Harry James and Stan Kenton.

Individual tickets for the Illinois College Fine Arts Series are $15 each. Students enjoy free admission. Tickets can be purchased in advance at 217-245-3192 or at the door.

ISO around town

The Illinois Symphony Orchestra’s Around the Town Series, with its Wind Quintet and String Quartet, visits Taylorville Christian Church, 1124 N. Webster St., Friday and Temple B’rith Sholom, 1004 S. Fourth St., Saturday.

The Wind Quintet will perform “On Seven-Star-Shoes” by Julia Wolfe, “La Cheminée du Roi René” by Darius Milhaud and “Six Bagatelles” by György Ligeti.

The String Quartet will perform “String Quartet No. 2 in E-flat major” by Erich Wolfgang Korngold and “Coqueteos from Leyendas an Andean Walkabout” by Gabriela Lena Frank.

Both performances are at 7 p.m. and free.

Danny Burstein plays Tevye the Milkman in the new Broadway revival of

‘Fiddler on the Roof’

A new production of Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher’s “Fiddler on the Roof” arrives at the ISU PAC at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

The musical hits are all there: “Tradition”, “Sunrise, Sunset”, “If I Were A Rich Man”, “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “To Life (L’Chaim!)”. “Fiddler” is the heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, life, love and laughter.

Tickets cost between $24 and $89 and are available on the UIS PAC website.

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Henry R. Wright