Country Band to Heat up Fall Night at Niko’s

Country Band to Heat up Fall Night at Niko’s

National act Parmalee to play outdoor stage Sept. 8   Niko Kanakaris, owner of Niko’s Red Mill Tavern, has been trying to get a national country act booked on his outdoor stage for a couple of years. Friday, Sept. 8, his dream will become a reality, when nationally...
Festival Brings Mozart to the Opera House

Festival Brings Mozart to the Opera House

A 31-year-tradition of Mozart in Woodstock will continue at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, when the orchestra takes the stage for the final performance of the 2017 Midwest Mozart Festival at the Woodstock Opera House, 121 Van Buren St. The festival began with a performance...
New Choral Director Joins WHS

New Choral Director Joins WHS

Woodstock High School will welcome Brian Jozwiak as its new choral director.  Jozwiak is taking over for Paul Rausch, who retired this year after 33 years leading the choral program at WHS. Jozwiak attended Vernon Hills High School, where he played in orchestra and...
Woodstock Prepares for a British Invasion, of Sorts

Woodstock Prepares for a British Invasion, of Sorts

The Woodstock Opera House is preparing for a domestic version of the British invasion when American English pays its first visit to Woodstock, taking the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 19, to present a tribute to the Beatles. More than 20 years ago, when Tom Gable,...
Jazz on the Square Marks 10 Years of Music in Woodstock

Jazz on the Square Marks 10 Years of Music in Woodstock

Prior to 2007, jazz had an occasional presence in Woodstock, but 10 years ago several enthusiasts insured that jazz would have a strong local presence by forming Jazz on the Square, an organization dedicated to promoting jazz performance and education in Northern...
Music4Martin Spreads A Message of Peace, Hope

Music4Martin Spreads A Message of Peace, Hope

After 15 years, Music4Martin is continuing to accomplish the dreams organizer Ken West had from its inception: first, to honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream; second, to support youth; and third, to advance music. “It combines all the things that are important in my...
Original Works Take the Stage

Original Works Take the Stage

Artists – like anyone with a project in the works – sometimes need a deadline to finish a song or poem, or polish it to be performance-ready. The new Songwriter Open Mic night at Stage Left Café gives those artists a deadline and offers a supportive audience to enjoy...
Community Choir to Perform Groundhog Weekend

Community Choir to Perform Groundhog Weekend

In a move fitting of “Groundhog Day” the movie, the Woodstock Community Choir has once again been scheduled to perform as part of the Groundhog Days festivities. The choir will take the stage at the Opera House at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5. The concert, entitled Journeys,...
Billy Joel, Elton John Tribute Sells Out

Billy Joel, Elton John Tribute Sells Out

Fans will be flocking to the Woodstock Opera House Friday, Dec. 30, to see a show that – for many – will trigger memories of their adolescent years. “Piano Man – A Tribute to Billy Joel and Elton John” will feature music from the mega-superstars, performed by Mike...
Sounds of the Season

Sounds of the Season

To say Woodstock High School Choral Director Paul Rausch is busy this time of year is an understatement. In addition to the performances he directs for WHS — including the school’s holiday choral concert and Madrigal dinner — for the past 15 years, Rausch has...

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