If there's a heaven, Thomas Schleis is there at the piano, accompanying the opera singer Maria Callas.
Mr. Schleis, a beloved lecturer, opera coach and opera manager at the University of Illinois, died at his home in Urbana on Wednesday afternoon. The Champaign County coroner attributed his death to natural causes. Funeral arrangements are pending.
CHAMPAIGN — It's believed that the seats in the Virginia Theatre have been playing an integral role to performances and movies in downtown Champaign since about 1939.
CHAMPAIGN — Ichiban Buffet, a restaurant serving a variety of cuisines, has slated its grand opening for Friday at the Schnucks plaza in Champaign.
The restaurant plans to include more than 120 items on its buffet, including Chinese, American and Japanese food, according to Johnny Wang, brother of restaurant manager Cindy Wang.
Studio Visit appears first in print, in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. Here, Melissa Merli visits with musician Scott Moore. In the July 15 newspaper, we'll have a visit with Bill Longfellow, a sculptor and artist who also helped design Big Grove Tavern.
On Sunday, friends of Champaign Olympian Tyler McGill are hosting a fundraiser at Pia's Sports Bar and Grill in Champaign (1609 W. Springfield Ave.) to help send family members to London.
PENFIELD — Minneapolis-Moline and BF Avery farm equipment will reign at this year's Historic Farm Days, which runs through this weekend in Penfield. And don't be surprised to see a Doodlebug or two.
CHICAGO — Jane A. Hays, the managing director of the Downey Group Inc., an independent insurance advisory firm with offices in Chicago and Champaign, was recently appointed to the Illinois Humanities Council board of directors. The appointment to the three-year term becomes effective today.
Studio Visit appears first in print, in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. Here, Melissa Merli visits with musician Pamela Machala. In the July 8 newspaper, we'll have a visit with Scott Moore.
Q: Did you want to come back to Urbana after you graduated from Oberlin?