Holiday Pops in the Heartland
Celebrate the holidays with festive music and holiday songs. Holiday Pops in the Heartland truly is a community affair, as the ISO is joined by the Bloomington-Normal Youth Symphony, Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony, Springfield Ballet Company, Springfield Youth Performance Group, and the Twin Cities Ballet Company. The ISO will perform the music to Chris van Allsburg's Polar Express featuring Bass Baritone Robert Cantrell. Great fun for the entire family, young and old!
Family Friendly Pre-Concert Activities at 6:30 PM
Tickets: $63 / $42 / $21
Students $6 (Age 6-26 with ID)
Students (5 & Below) Free with a paying adult
Friday, December 20, 2019 | 7:30 PM
Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, Bloomington, IL
Saturday, December 21, 2019 | 7:30 PM
UIS Performing Arts Center, Springfield, IL
Support Provided By:
Bloomington Venue Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts
600 N East St. Bloomington, IL 61701
BCPA Ticket Office, 600 N East St, Bloomington, IL 61701
Physical address (for walk up sales): SE corner of BCPA, 600 N. East Street
Ticket Office Information:
Phone: (309) 434-2777
Toll-free: (866) 686-9541
Ticket Office Hours:
Monday-Friday: 10 AM-6 PM, 10 AM-Half Hour After Concert Begins
Regular Performance Days: Ticket Office opens two hours prior to performance and closes a half hour after concert begins.
School Performance Days: Ticket Office opens at 9 AM and closes at 6 PM
Free parking is available in the lots and side streets surrounding the BCPA on a first come, first served basis. Activities in the adjacent downtown, campus, and residential neighborhoods mean that traffic and parking congestion can occur, especially at our most popular events. See more information and view a map of the parking lots surrounding the BCPA.
Busses will line up along East street on the east side of the BCPA and drop off students as they reach the front of the line. The students and teachers will enter through the front doors of the BCPA, where they will be greeted by Ushers who will escort each group to their seats.
Springfield Venue UIS Performing Arts Center (Sangamon Auditorium)
1 University Plz #397, Springfield, IL 62703
UIS Ticket Office, University of Illinois Springfield, 1 University Plaza, MS PAC 292, Springfield, IL 62703
Physical Address: Public Affairs Center, 1 University Plaza, Springfield, IL 62703
Ticket Office Information:
Phone: (217) 206-6160
The UIS Ticket Office is located in the UIS PAC Lobby on Level 2 of the Public Affairs Center on the campus of the University of Illinois at Springfield.
Ticket Office Hours:
Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: Closed, On Performance Days - Opens Two Hours Prior to Performance
UIS Performing Arts Center offers a variety of parking, including free parking, premium parking, and valet parking. There is also a place to drop your passenger or guests at the entrance for easy accessibility. See more information and view a map of the UIS campus to plan your visit.
Bass-Baritone, ROBERT CANTRELL has been described by the Baltimore Sun as “a deeply expressive, rich, plangent Bass-Baritone,” and the Washington Post critic, Joseph McLellan mentioned Cantrell “ has a warm supple voice that brought out the lyrical intentions of the composers making them treasured moments.”
Cantrell is one of the most sought after bass-baritones in the Baltimore-Washington area who has performed in many different cities throughout the United States, Italy, Austria, France and Japan. Recent performances include Lutoslawski’s Les Espaces with The Columbia Symphony Orchestra; Porgy in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; guest artist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; solo recital on the Second Presbyterian Church’s Community Concerts at Second Series Mother’s Lament (Premiere) by James Lee; Beethoven 9th with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra; Mozart Requiem with the Bay Atlantic Symphony; Brahms Requiem with the Baltimore School for the ARTS at Shriver Hall; leading role cover of Emile Griffith in Terrence Blanchard’s Champion with Washington National Opera; Champion Preview performance at the Washington National Cathedral; Music on the Corner Recital Series at First Baptist Church in Winchester, VA.; solo recital at Atholon Seventh Day Adventist; and the role of Bluebeard in Bela Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra. Further performance highlights include Kapilow’s The Polar Express with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Vaughan William’s Dona Nobis Pacem with the Baltimore Choral Arts, Brahms’ Requiem with Johns Hopkins Symphony Orchestra.
Furthermore, Cantrell has performed with the Baltimore Opera, WolfTrap Opera, Opera Delaware, Sarasota Opera, Opera Vivente, Municipal Opera of Baltimore, Washington Summer Opera, and Opera Ebony. He has appeared as soloist with the Baltimore Symphony, Prince George’s Philharmonic, Baltimore Concert Artists, Baltimore Choral Arts, Reading Symphony Orchestra, Loudon Symphony, York Symphony, Columbia Pro Cantare, Deer Creek Chorale, Central Maryland Chorale, Easton Choral Arts, Baltimore Masterworks Chorale, MidAtlantic Symphony, and the Handel Choir of Baltimore. Recent engagements include a solo recital in February 2016 at Grace United Methodist Church, Music by Copland with the Baltimore Symphony in March 2016, and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass at Church of the Redeemer in April 2016.
Cantrell is on the voice faculty at Morgan State University and The Baltimore School for the ARTS and looks forward to another year of teaching at the Washington National Opera Summer Institute.
For more information, go to http://robertrcantrell.com/.