John Frayne | A preview of Krannert events: Part II

John Frayne | A preview of Krannert events: Part II

On Sunday, Oct. 14, Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana (BACH) will offer a recital of baroque music played by Rachel Schiff, who plays the classical guitar.

Schiff, who is a Champaign-Urbana native, is now based in Germany. She will perform in the Chapel of St. John the Divine in the Campustown section of Champaign at 7:30 p.m.

Ian Hobson will lead the Sinfonia da Camera in a concert on Saturday, Oct. 20, in which Arsenii Mun, a 19-year-old winner of the Arthur Rubinstein Competition, will perform as solist in the famous Peter Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1.

In honor of the Leonard Bernstein centenary, the Sinfonia will play Three Dance Episodes from the Bernstein musical "On the Town," and Ludwig van Beethoven's Second Symphony will round out the program.

There will be another concerto, in this concert, played by the winner of the Sinfonia da Camera's 2018 Concerto Competition. It will take place in Foellinger Great Hall at 7:30 p.m.

Violinist Daniel Hope, along with the Baroque group Air, will bring a "Baroque Journey" to the Foellinger Great Hall on Thursday, Oct. 25, when they play works by Diego Ortiz, G. F. Handel, Antonio Vivaldi and others. Soloist Hope, who will act as narrator, is familiar to American audiences from his six years as violinist in the famed Beaux Arts Trio. It begins at 7:30 p.m.

Lyric Theatre@Illlinois will open its fall opera run on that same evening of Oct. 25 in the Tryon Festival Theatre. Giacomo Puccini's "La Boheme," retelling the life and loves of 1830s Paris Left Bank artistes, ranks as one of the world's most popular operas.

Met Opera star Nathan Gunn will direct the production, and the conductor will be Donald Schleicher, music director of the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra. The opera will be performed from Thursday to Saturday, Oct. 25-27, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 28, at 3 p.m.

Gunn will hardly have finished directing "La Bohème," when he will be singing part of Pirate King in the Sinfonia da Camera's semi-staged production of Gilbert and Sullivan's evergreen operetta "The Pirates of Penzance."

Dawn Harris, who is a G&S specialist, will direct, and Hobson will conduct. It will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Foellinger Great Hall on Nov. 9.

On Sunday, Nov. 11, BACH will perform a setting of the "Magnificat" text by one of J.S. Bach's most successful sons, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, at 7:30 p.m. at Faith United Methodist Church in Champaign.

World famous violinist Itzhak Perlman was last here at Krannert on Oct. 3, 2010. With pianist Rohan De Silva, Perlman will demonstrate his phenomenal artistry, and, if past appearances are prologues, the encore section will be long and on the aleatoric side. It takes place at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in Foellinger Great Hall.

In what appears to be one of the busiest weeks in the fall schedule, the Eroica Trio will bring an evening of 18th- and 20th- century chamber music to the Foellinger Great Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Opening with Vivaldi's Trio Sonata in C Minor, the trio will continue with their own arrangement of Tomaso Albinoni's famous "Adagio in G Minor" (actually the work of Remo Giazotto). They will then make a 200-year leap to the 1944 Shostakovich's Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 67. Also on the program is Maurice Ravel's 1914 Piano Trio in A Minor. The current members of the Eroica Trio are Erica Nickrenz, piano, Sara Perkins, violin, and Sara Sant'Ambrogio, cello.

A preview of the end of the 2018 fall concert season will appear in a later column.

John Frayne hosts "Classics of the Phonograph" on Saturdays at WILL-FM and, in retirement, teaches at the UI. Reach him at frayne@illinois.edu.