2014 season will begin with event at Indi Go
CHAMPAIGN — The Prairie Ensemble will kick off its 2014 season next Sunday, Jan. 26, with "A Well-Orchestrated Evening" at 8 p.m. at the Indi Go Artist Co-Op, 9 E. University Ave.
The event follows the local chamber orchestra's fourth annual fundraiser that features simultaneous dinner parties in the homes of friends and volunteers. Each dinner has its unique theme.
After dining, all the guests will meet at Indi Go for coffee, dessert and a 30-minute performance of a variety of chamber music by members of the Prairie Ensemble. Admission for that is $20.
If you'd like to attend one of the dinners, email firstname.lastname@example.org. The donation for a dinner is $50; you don't have to go to a dinner to attend the event at Indi Go.
Other concerts this season:
— A String Thing, starting at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 with a preconcert conversation with ensemble director-conductor Kevin Kelly, at the Orpheum Theatre in the Orpheum Children's Science Museum, 346 N. Neil St., C. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m.
The program: Dag Wirn's Serenade for Strings; Gerald Finzi's "Romance"; Ralph Vaughan Williams' Oboe Concerto, with University of Illinois oboe Professor John Dee as soloist; and Gustav Mahler's arrangment of Franz Schubert's Quartet ("Death and the Maiden").
— "Around the World in One Night," 7:30 p.m. May 10, McKinley Presbyterian Church, 809 S. Fifth St., C. Once again, the concert conversation will be at 7.
The soloist will be Yoko Reikano Kimura, on the koto in American composer Daron Hagen's koto concerto "Genji." The koto is a traditional Japanese harp.
Other pieces: Darius Milhaud's "The Creation of the World"; Alan Hovhaness' "Tzaikerk" ("Evening Song"); and Felix Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4, aka "Italian."
— "A Musical Soire," 7:30 p.m. July 19, Faith United Methodist Church, 1719 S. Prospect Ave., C. Concert conversation at 7.
The program: Benjamin Britten's adaptation of "Soires musicales" by Gioachino Rossini; Carl Nielsen's Flute Concerto, featuring as soloist long-time ensemble member/principal flutist Mary Leathers Chapman; Maurice Ravel's rarely heard orchestrations of Robert Schumann's character pieces for piano, Four Movements from "Carnaval"; and Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, "Pastoral."
The three-concert season package costs $48 for adults and $18 for children and students with ID. Tickets to individual concerts are $18 and $8.
For more, go to prairieensemble.org.