The Arts Are Not Immune

First, it was sporting events. Now the arts are falling victim to coronavirus precautions. Many of the following organizations cited Gov. Pritzker, Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara, and the IDPH’s requests that large public events be postponed to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

All scheduled Rockford Symphony Orchestra and Rockford Youth Symphony Orchestra rehearsals, performances, and public events through March 30, 2020, are cancelled. It is our hope to reschedule all affected performances.
The following performances at the Coronado Performing Arts Center and Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center are impacted:

  • RSYO Chamber Concert at Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center(March 15, 2020)
  • Soundbites at Mau-Nah-Tee-See Club (March 27, 2020)
  • Beethoven Symphony No. 2 at Coronado Performing Arts Center(March 28, 2020)

For more information on the Rockford Symphony Orchestra go to

“Standing in My Shoes” the one woman play by Val Lantz-Gefroh, scheduled for Friday, March 20, at 7 p.m., at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Health and Wellness Center, and Lantz-Gefroh’s training sessions that day with NIU students in the College of Health and Human Sciences and the College of Visual and Performing Arts have been canceled.

The Rockford Art Museum has rescheduled its Friday Art X event. The fundraiser has been moved to July 17 and ticket holders will be contacted. This Sunday’s opening reception for the 79th Young Artist Show: High School Division has been canceled, although the exhibit will remain open through April 11. The museum remains open.

Artists’ Ensemble Theater shut down its production of “Cry It Out” early, with the final show having taken place Thursday.

The West Side Show Room in Rockford has canceled auditions and postponed its next play until fall.

Paramount Theatre in Aurora is canceling performances of The Secret of My Success. Ticketholders can get credits for future shows. Five performances by a variety of entertainers that were scheduled for April are now postponed – ticketholders will be contacted about new dates. And Classic Movie Mondays are canceled through April.

The Egyptian Theatre in Downtown DeKalb has announced that it will postpone the Beth Fowler School of Dances’ Wizard of Oz and Swan Lake shows on March 13, 14 and 15 as well as cancel the Rhythm of the Dance performance on Tuesday, March 17 due to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation. At this time, no other events at the Egyptian have been canceled or rescheduled. Updates when available will be posted on the Egyptian Theatre website ( and social media.

The Ultimate Sam Cooke Experience at Rockford’s Nordlof Center scheduled for March 29 has been postponed.

Rockford University’s annual International Food Festival scheduled for April 4 has been canceled.

The 9th Annual Transformation Through Rhythm benefit concert March 20th at DeKalb High School has been canceled.

After much discussion, the DeKalb County History Center is temporarily closed until further notice. Staff will still be working on the upcoming exhibit “History of DeKalb County in 100 Objects,” and the Joiner History Room will still be accepting research requests by email or by phone (815) 895-7271.    

Please continue to watch our website, and social media for further updates. 

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