URBANA — The Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra will present its annual holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, with guest conductor Daniel Black, who is music director of the Rockford Symphony Youth Orchestra and the University of Illinois-Chicago String Orchestra.
The concert at Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U, will feature the Central Illinois Children's Choir and local church choir singers, with solos by baritone Daniel Borup and soprano Audrey Vallance. The concert will end with the orchestra's traditional audience sing-along, led by the orchestra and choirs.
Black is a graduate of the St. Petersburg Conservatory, Eastman School of Music and the University of Wisconsin. He finished his doctoral coursework in orchestral conducting as a student of Victor Yampolsky at Northwestern. He also has studied privately with internationally known composer Richard Danielpour.
Black also is an accomplished composer, having received commissions from the Rockford Symphony, Eastman Wind Ensemble and UI-Chicago Theater Department, among others. He was a finalist and diploma winner in the 2008 International Prokofiev Composition Contest.
Tickets for the concert are $31 for adults, $28 for senior citizens and $5 for students and youths. Call 333-6280.