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Aging Magician at the Krannert Center with Julian Crouch and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus

  • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts 500 South Goodwin Avenue Urbana, IL, 61801 United States (map)

Part of the work's 2016 tour, see Aging Magician at the Krannert Center for Performing Arts in Urbana, Illinois.

Co-created by Julian Crouch, Rinde Eckert and Paola Prestini

composed by

in collaboration with
stage director & co-designer

Co-designer AMY RUBIN

libretto by & featuring

Instrument designer MARK STEWART

Projections by JOSH HIGGASON

featuring American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME):Ben Russell & Caleb Burhans, violins, Caitlin Lynch, viola, Clarice Jensen, cello and artistic director
THE BROOKLYN YOUTH CHORUS with Dianne Berkun-Menaker, conductor

Produced by Beth Morrison Projects and VisionIntoArt

See more details about Aging Magician on Paola Prestini's Website


A new music-theatre work, AGING MAGICIAN is a composite of sonic and visual elements that paints an allegory on time, youth, and the peculiar magic of ordinary life, and, perhaps, the ordinary magic of a peculiar life. Accompanied by a string quartet and a choir of young people, Aging Magician moves us along with Harold from the surgical repair of a timepiece to the magic show of time itself. His journey begins on a train to Coney Island, that carries him across lives and deaths, appearances and disappearances,  helping him to uncover his legacy. The man’s vibrant last adventure to is brought to life by a team of multidisciplinary artists who combine music, theatre, puppetry, instrument making, and scenic design to create an enduring work for the stage.