Special Events

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Downtown Chamber Music Orchestra - 10th Anniversary

Friday, April 5th to Sunday, April 7th

Family Concert: Musical Moods. In Musical Moods, Wolfgang Amadeus Schmutzinberry a hip and with-it guy who mostly tweets and texts is having trouble communicating with his grandmother, who only writes letters. Wolfgang must turn his text to grandma into a letter. Could music help him add emotion, mood, and feeling to his words? Join the musicians of the Docha music festival as they teach Wolfgang about dynamics, articulation, and major and minor keys in an effort to help him express himself! Featuring the music of Brahms, Beethoven, and Dvorak.  Featuring Rami Vamos and Erica Cruz Hernandez. Family friendly and open to the public. Friday, April 5th at 10 am and Saturday, April 6th at 1 pm.

Chamber Music Performance: Grand Night for Singing. A cabaret style evening of music and songs of Rodgers, Hammerstein and Hart performed by Lyric Theatre @ Illinois. Open to people of all ages. Friday, April 5th at 5 pm.

Chamber Music Performance: Heart of generations. Featuring the Jupiter String Quartet, violinists Nelson Lee and Megan Freivogel, violist Liz Freivogel and cellist Daniel McDonough,  performing string quartets of Mendellsohn and Ligeti.   This riveting quartet will be joined by members of the Illinois String Academy in Edward Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro.  Please join us for an evening of string virtuosity.  Open to people of all ages. Saturday, April 6th at 7 pm.

Chamber Music Performance: Ace 10. Celebrating our 10th year of bringing world-class music to downtown Champaign, we end this year’s festival with a powerful evening of works by Schubert, Strauss, Cooke and more, performed by Yvonne Redman, Bernhard Scully, Michael Tilley and Stefan Milenkovich. Open to people of all ages. Sunday, April 7th at 5 pm.

All events are free! No tickets are required. For more information and updates visit www.docha.org. Doors open 30 minutes prior to event start time.

Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available at the Theater for the 7 p.m. and 5 p.m. events and we encourage you to sit back and enjoy your beverage at one of the many tables in the theater while experiencing great live music.  CASH ONLY ACCEPTED.   Pending issuance of city/state permits. Outside alcoholic beverages (BYOB) not permitted. 


FB Event - NATM APR2019

Night at the Museum

Saturday, April 13th, 5:30 - 8:30 pm

The Night at the Museum is a monthly evening drop-off program at the museum. Parents can enjoy a night out while their kids have fun playing on their favorite exhibits and engaging in staff-led activities. This program is suitable for 4- to 12-year old kids. A pizza dinner is also provided.

Theme: "The Science of YOU!" featuring the Biomedical Engineering Society

Price: $25 for non-members and $20 for museum members.

Pre-registration is required. Register now!


PPT- Animal Expo

Animal Expo

Saturday, April 27th, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

“Animal Expo” will feature live animals, animal-themed activities and displays, and representatives from organizations that work with animals every day. From tarantulas and insects to parrots, reptiles, cats, and dogs, there will be plenty of live animals to see, pet, and learn about. Kids can also get crafty with animal-themed face paint, art activities, coloring pages, and games. This fun and educational event for families is sponsored by participating businesses and organizations such as the Champaign County Humane Society, Wildlife Medical Clinic at Illinois, Entomology Graduate Student Association, Graduates in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Hospice Hearts, Wings of Wonder Avian Rescue, and many more.

This event is open to all ages and is included as part of OCSM admission: $5 general admission and free for museum members. Free/reduced admission options are available for military families, seniors, children under 2-yo, ASTC/ACM reciprocal members, and income-eligible families.


Upcoming Special Events - mark your calendar

Brain Awareness Day - April 13th

Astronomy Day - May 11th