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Studio Visit: Dean Karres

Studio Visit appears first in print, in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. Here, Melissa Merli visits with musician Dean Karres. In the March 18 newspaper, we'll have a studio visit with singer Sherrika Ellison.

Q: Why do you like Irish and Celtic music so much?

College choir from Mississippi to give performances here

The Hinds Community College Choir of Utica, Miss., will make stops in Champaign, Urbana and Danville this week while on its annual Midwest Choir Tour.

The choir, directed by Bobby G. Cooper, a University of Illinois alumnus, is traveling with the Jubilee Singers, the men's chorus at Hinds, one of the historically black colleges that have performed nationally and internationally.

Day of Drum

Rocky Maffit and Chris Vallillo got the performances started for the Day of Drum at the Krannert Center for Performing Arts on Saturday, March 10, 2012.

Pacifica Quartet leaving Illinois for Indiana

URBANA — The Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet is leaving the University of Illinois School of Music at the end of the academic year for Indiana University.

Studio Visit: Nathaniel Banks

Studio Visit appears first in print, in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette.

Swing Central 2012

The Champaign Country Club was the location for the 2012 "Swing Central" on Friday, March 2, 2012

Six area companies taking part in food samples event

SPRINGFIELD — Want to sample a vast array of foods from Illinois?

You'll get a chance this weekend at the Illinois Products Expo, scheduled Saturday and Sunday in the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

Fifty-four Illinois food companies — including six from East Central Illinois — will give away samples of their products at the expo, now in its 14th year.

Danville Art League sets open house

DANVILLE — The Danville Art League will have an open house and opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at its headquarters at 320 N. Franklin St., Danville.

Documentary on Arab-Americans on Michigan football team to show for free

CHAMPAIGN — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton praised it. Filmmaker Michael Moore wants everyone in America to see it. Variety calls it first-rate.

Central jazz band going to New York

CHAMPAIGN — Central High School's jazz band has been selected to participate in the Essentially Ellington Competition and Festival from May 4-6 in New York, N.Y..

It's one of 15 high school bands from around the country chosen to participate.