Dounda Fine Arts Center Announces Performances | Arts and Theater

CHARLESTON — The Doudna Fine Arts Center at Eastern Illinois University has announced the following upcoming performances.

“The Visitor”, Black Box Theater

For the first time, the Doudna Fine Arts Center and the Tarble Arts Center come together to bring you a unique experience in “The Visitor”, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 28, at the Black Box Theatre.

It is a collaborative performance by a composer and a visual artist that is a reactive dialogue between body, sound and space. Random music composed for clarinets, trombone and marimba and performed by EIU student musicians creates a unique sound in the present moment and dependent on chance and spontaneity.

The body, in turn, acts as a vessel for movement and form. The slow, unsettling unfolding—which is influenced as much by empty space and silence as it is by Marquez-Barrio and Vera’s identities as immigrants in a bloodline of immigrants—positions the human condition as a condition of futility , impermanence and beauty.

This event is free thanks to the sponsorship of the Tarble Arts Center, although tickets are still required as seating is limited.

Begin your march with the EIU Jazz Lab Band, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, in the Dvorak Concert Hall. The free concert will feature the 18-piece ensemble performing music by Duke Ellington, Thad Jones and Joe Zawinul.

Little Women: The Musical

Witness this timeless classic based on the life of Louisa May Alcott, set to music. Little Women follows the adventures of sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March. Jo tries to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers aren’t interested – her friend Professor Bhaer tells her she needs to do better and write more of herself. Reluctantly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in the American Civil War.

The show will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 3-5, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 6. Tickets are $20 for the general public, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students ages 5 and up.

Donations accepted for a book drive to benefit the children of Charleston

EIU Choirs: In Search of Peace

Join the EIU choirs as they embark on a musical exploration, “In Pursuit of Peace” at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 6. This concert features pieces by Bach, Brahms, Parry and Haitian-American composer Sydney Guillaume. They invite the audience to consider the many ways we find moments of peace throughout our daily lives.

Tickets are $6 for the general public and $5 for seniors and students.

To obtain tickets for any of these events, call the Doudna Fine Arts Center box office at 217-581-3110. The ticket office is open Tuesday to Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and one hour before each paying event. You can also visit

William E. Bennett