Close to You: The Music of The Carpenters

October 19th, 2018 ♦ 7:30pm


A moving tribute to the music and life to three time grammy award winner Karen Carpenter who is considered one of the best vocalists of all time. Karen Carpenter captured the attention of a generation with the surprisingly deep material of her unabashedly catchy pop music. Singer and playwright Lisa Rock has compiled a moving tribute to the music and life of Carpenter, and brings it to the stage with her 6-piece backing band. Dedicated to re-creating the true sound of The Carpenters, Rock and her band showcase some of the most memorable songs of the 70s including “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “Rainy Days and Mondays,” and of course “Close to You.”


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Batavia High School Presents: Chicago High School Edition

Set in the legendary city during the roaring “jazz hot” 20s, Chicago tells the story of two rival vaudevillian murderesses locked up in Cook County Jail. Nightclub star Velma’s serving time for killing her husband and sister after finding the two together. Driven chorus girl Roxie’s been tossed in the joint for bumping off the lover she’s been cheating on her husband with. Not one to rest on her laurels, Velma enlists the help of prison matron Mama Morton and slickster lawyer Billy Flynn, who turn Velma’s incarceration into a murder-of-the-week media frenzy, thus preparing the world for a splashy showbiz comeback. But Roxie’s got some of her own tricks up her sleeve… This show will make the audience think about what is real and what is fake, and how sometimes a fancy facade is covering up the truth.


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The World of Magic: Where a Dream Comes True

November 16, 2018 ♦ 7:30pm


“The World of Magic – Where a Dream Comes True” is a lush production featuring high energy magic illusions and whimsical variety arts woven into a story of hope. The story is about a young boy who gets captivated by a big illusion show and is driven to be a performer when he grows up. But, like so many of us, he is distracted from reaching his dreams for decades. You’ll be amazed and astonished, intrigued and entertained. You’ll laugh and perhaps shed a tear. The show features Vegas-style illusions, heart-pounding music, and variety arts reminiscent of yesteryear. The story of the character’s desire to make a dream come true is the story of many of us… and it is why this is a show that is perfect for audiences of all ages. It is sure to capture your imagination!

“The World of Magic”, an original theatrical experience produced by David Thomas. Thomas has earned both an Emmy award and adulation as a producer of world-class entertainment for more than 20 years. With a story by David Hira, the two have collaborated to create a modern classic – a story of perseverance to realize one’s dream through a powerfully rich magic and illusion show. The show stars David Hira and David Thomas and a fantastic cast.

“The World of Magic – Where a Dream Comes True”, is perfect for couples on a date night, friends for an evening out or the whole family for a night of unbelievable surprises that leaves everyone feeling as if anything is possible. For indeed, anything is!


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The Fox Valley Nutcracker

Fox Valley Ballet is very proud to present The Fox Valley Nutcracker, a Fox Valley holiday tradition that showcases students and families from local dance studios alongside professional dancers, in the beloved holiday classic The Nutcracker. Featuring beautiful dance, lavish sets, festive costumes, and Tchaikovsky's magical score. Kick off your holiday season with The Fox Valley Nutcracker. The Fox Valley Nutcracker is the biggest holiday production in the western suburbs. We offer VIP tickets for closer, preferred seating, a backstage tour of our set, photos and a special meet and greet with some of your favorite characters from the Nutcracker!


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Well-Strung

January 18, 2019 ♦ 7:30pm


Well-Strung an all male string quartet is coming back to the Batavia Fine Arts Centre! This season they are bringing their newest album on tour Popssicle. Well-Strung features classical musicians who put their own unique spin on the music of Mozart, Vivaldi, Rihanna, Adele, and many others. This one of a kind concert will wow anyone with the extraordinary music that will be played. This is an unparalleled experience that any musical lover will want to see!


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Jim Brickman: Share the Love

February 8, 2019 ♦ 7:30pm


Celebrate your Valentine’s day early with two time grammy nominated Jim Brickman when he returns to the Batavia Fine Arts Centre stage to perform his Valentine’s show Share the Love! Brickman's distinctive piano style and captivating live performances have revolutionized the popularity of instrumental music, making him a driving force behind modern American music. Join us as as Jim shares his evening playing popular love songs like “Love of My Life.” “The Gift,” and “Valentine.” This fantastic show is for all ages, so bring your family, friends or that someone special to celebrate love.


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Recycled Percussion

March 15, 2019 ♦ 7:30pm


What you see as junk is what Recycled Percussion sees as instruments, join us and discover how ordinary objects can create some rocking music!

Since Justin Spencer formed Recycled Percussion in 1995, the band has been unstoppable. Their junk rock music became a national phenomenon week after week during their smash hit performances on America’s Got Talent in 2009. Playing over 4,000 shows and over 400 corporate events in over 15 countries, the group has also done guest appearances on “Carson Daly”, “The Today Show”, “China’s Got Talent” and the Latin Grammy Awards. After being featured on the cover of “USA Today” and being voted National Act of the Year a record-breaking six times, the band gained world-wide recognition.

In 2010, they sealed the deal and became headliners in Las Vegas! Taking 2016 by storm, Recycled Percussion has elevated their energy level, created new performance elements and continues to bring junk rock music to the Las Vegas Strip nightly in the Saxe Theater at Planet Hollywood. In 2018 Recycled Percussion will be traveling to Batavia, Illinios for a performance at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre. Don’t miss out on this high energy show that’s fun for the whole family!


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Presley, Perkins, Lewis & Cash

June 21, 2019 ♦ 7:30pm


Memphis is alive with a new genre of music - not quite rockabilly - not quite swing - the papers are calling it ROCK AND ROLL. As the ROCK AND ROLL phenomenon sweeps the nation, four men stand at the center of the swirling musical storm. In Presley, Perkins, Lewis & Cash, you'll hear them all - plucked from the past and brought to stand before you, just as they did in 1956. You'll hear: Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley!

Presley, Perkins, Lewis & Cash! Join us at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre for a rockin' trip into the bowels of the south - an intimate musical session where the true spirit of rock lives again!


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