With more than 50 performing acts, a barbecue dinner and a basket raffle, the Knight of Performances Barbeque Dinner is billed as an event for the whole family.
The Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters will host the event from 4:30 to 7 p.m. March 9 at Harter Middle School, 1601 Esker Drive in Sugar Grove.
The event will feature middle and high school students performing vocal or instrumental solos or ensembles; Harter Middle School’s Mid-Knight Special, Mattina Brass and Jazz Band; and Kaneland High School’s Jazz Combos and This Is No Act, among other performances.
“It’s a wide variety of students that are performing,” said Denise Blaszynski, president of the Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters. “Everything from classical to jazz to contemporary.”
Blaszynski said it was Brian Kowalski, choral and drama director at Harter Middle School, who suggested the event include solo and ensemble performers.
“It gives them an opportunity to develop their talents outside of a classroom setting,” Kowalski said.
Admission is free, but dinners must be ordered in advance. A pork chop, chicken or combination dinner is $12, a pulled pork sandwich dinner is $9 and a kid’s meal or vegetarian option is $5. All dinners come with a dessert ticket. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an order form. Orders are due Tuesday.
“Through [music], we help to create a really good sense of community,” Kowalski said. “We are in a community that really supports the arts.”
Kowalski added he hopes performing at the event gives students a chance to be creative and enjoy being in front of an audience.
“We want people to come out, see some great talent and support our students,” Blaszynski said. “Every little bit adds up.”
Raffle items include White Sox tickets, Fiddler on the Roof tickets, passes to the BMW Championship Golf Tournament and local restaurant and business gift certificates.
The Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters supports the band, choir and theater programs and directors at Kaneland Harter Middle School and Kaneland High School. Some items they hope to purchase with money raised are a handheld audio recorder for the middle school; chorale folio cabinets; concert tuxedos and dresses for the high school choir; and a drum major podium for the marching band.
“We’re so fortunate to have such great musicians and actors in the community,” Blaszynski said.