The heart of expression comes in many forms. Galesburg proudly offers an intimate insight into the things that make us all feel something—a connection between you and something you bring to life through your experiences. Join us at the Orpheum Theatre for a classic experience perfectly matched with modern amenities! Then, take in more of Galesburg’s theatrical action at the Prairie Players Civic Theatre. Both offer amazing renditions of your favorite shows without the hustle and bustle of big city venues! Need more art? The well-informed critic can engage in monthly exhibits of both local and national artists in the Galesburg Community Arts Center; while the budding artiste can curate their own masterpiece at Art Defined, you’ll not only create something extraordinary, you may uncover something incredible about yourself in the process. What about the music? Well, plan to sit back and listen to the classical tunes of the Knox-Galesburg Symphony. Want to take in a movie? AMC Showplace Galesburg 8 offers just that, and at nearly half the cost of big-city theaters.
Enjoy the smooth sounds of jazz during the annual Jazz Residencies at Knox College. In the fall, attend the Jerome Mirza Jazz Residency, and in the spring, the Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival, featuring jazz greats from around Illinois and beyond.
In January of 1976 fourteen area residents met for the first time to begin rehearsals for a musical variety show to raise money for a local charity. In June of that year, they presented their first program, “A Musical Picnic”….and a tradition was born! That small group of people, the original cast of Choral Dynamics of Galesburg, has expanded to include hundreds of individuals who have dedicated themselves to this simple philosophy: helping our community through song.
With a passion for singing and a willingness to give of their time, the members of Choral Dynamics have partnered with dozens of community organizations to raise over $587,375.00 to make our world a better place. With performances at the Orpheum Theatre every June and December, Choral Dynamics has presented 86 shows that include choral music, soloists, small ensembles and dancing. Our audience is never disappointed!