Great opening events for the Kaneland Arts Initiative

By on October 3, 2013

by Maria Dripps-Paulson
Executive director, Kaneland Arts Initiative

The newly renamed Kaneland Arts Initiative (formerly the Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival) presents the opening event of the 2013-14 season, which promises to be magical.

Las Vegas magician Garry Carson will make the Kaneland Auditorium a stop on his cross country tour. The “Magical Mystery Show” will be held at the auditorium on Friday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m.

Carson started performing magic at the early age of 8 years old, becoming professional by the time he was 14. His interest in the art of magic led him to perform for many fundraising events, clubs, and his educational school program, “Knowing the Magic Words,” throughout the Midwest, all before graduating from high school. Working hard to perfect his magical talents, Garry, then-25 years old, was chosen out of hundreds of magician’s worldwide to open the new MGM Grand Casino and World’s Largest Hotel in Las Vegas. The six-month contract was held over for two years, with Garry performing 12 shows a day, hitting a world record of over 8,000 shows.

You will not see a magician and an assistant jumping in and out of props. You will witness two performers working together as a team. Garry combines his magical talents with his partner, who just happens to be his beautiful wife Mihaela (

Carson has generously offered to perform this event at no cost to the Kaneland Arts Initiative (KAI), making the opening event a fundraising opportunity as well as entertainment. One hundred percent of the ticket proceeds will go toward KAI’s continual efforts to bring the fine arts to the Kaneland community.

Tickets are now on sale for the Oct. 11 event. Seating is general admission. Prices are $10 for adults, $8 for students/senior citizens/preschoolers, and $25 for a Family Ticket. The popular Family Ticket admits all family members currently living in one household for the total price of $25. Since this event is a fundraiser, preschoolers require a ticket.

Also mark your calendars for the second KAI event, the Fox Valley Concert Band Halloween Concert, which will take place on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 3 p.m. Tickets are now on sale for this event. Seating is general admission. Prices are $10 for adults, $8 for students/senior citizens, and $25 for a Family Ticket. For this event, preschoolers are free. Costumes welcome.

The Fox Valley Concert Band had its first rehearsal in January of 1983 as an outgrowth of an ensemble started in 1981, and has grown from a core group of charter members to its current size. The mission is both to provide the residents of the Fox Valley with quality concert band music year-round, and to provide an opportunity to perform to those people who would like to exercise their musical talents (

You may reserve your tickets for any KAI event via phone, (630) 365-5100, ext. 180, email,, or purchase tickets at the door on the day of the event. For more information regarding the Kaneland Arts Initiative, visit

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