Charlotte’s Web, Mendelssohn join forces

By Lani Richardson
Executive Director, Charlotte’s Web for the Performing Arts

So, it’s official: Charlotte’s Web for the Performing Arts and Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center have joined!

At our press conference Wednesday, Sept. 5, Anne O’Keefe of the Rockford Area Arts Council described our relationship as follows: “[F]irst, they courted for a long time. Then, they moved in together. One year later, they threw an engagement party (the 40th Anniversary Celebration). And today is the wedding ceremony.”

Continuing with this theme, we’ve taken our spouse’s name, too. We are now “Charlotte’s Web, a division of Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center.” It’ll take a little time to transition, to decide who plays what role and how the kids (YOU) will settle in … for starters, how we communicate with you.

Please “like” Mendelssohn PAC on Facebook, for our Charlotte’s Web Facebook page will soon vanish (sorry, but I’m not sorry about that one).

Also, thank you for bookmarking Our website will also disappear and will be replaced by a page on Mendelssohn PAC’s website.

And the phone number, too — (815) 964-9713 is now the number to call for information about Charlotte’s Web (and about Mendelssohn PAC, too!).

I will still be at the helm of the Charlotte’s Web concert series, and my office will still be located at Emerson House, 420 N. Main St., Rockford, IL 61103, and the phone number (815) 964-2238 will still ring here.

The e-mail address of will reach me until our website is down. As soon as I figure out how to retrieve the messages, I will be reachable at

Tickets will no longer be available at our outlets. Tickets are available at Mendelssohn PAC, 415 N. Church St., Rockford, IL 61103.

What else? Oh, yeah … our 41st season, “Smile!” Nine shows represent some longtime Web favorites: Anne Hills, Small Potatoes and Michael Johnson; some new Web favorites: Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble and Emily Hurd; and four brand new to the Web who will quickly become favorites: Sarah McQuaid, Claude Bourbon, Buddy Mondlock and ellen cherry.

Within these nine shows, genres represented include traditional folk, Spanish guitar, singer/songwriter, gypsy jazz, historical fiction and bluegrass.

Being limited to nine shows frustrated me at first, but I am extremely proud of the depth of our upcoming season.



Peace through music.

From the Sept. 12-18, 2012, issue

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