John Frayne

John Frayne

John Frayne | Sinfonia da Camera's classics were a fine bouquet, indeed

The Sinfonia da Camera concert on March 2 in Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts was entitled "A Bouquet of Classics" and a concert that featured two of the greatest symphonies of the Classical Period, Wolfgang Mozart's Symphony No. 39 and Joseph Haydn's Symphony No. 104 ("London"). They certainly deserved the term "classics" in both its meanings.

John Frayne | Solid reviews for 'Rape of Lucretia,' Kronos Quartet

On Feb. 24, I attended the final performance of the recent run of Benjamin Britten's chamber opera "The Rape of Lucretia" in the Tryon Festival Theatre at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

This work dates from 1946 and followed the grand opera "Peter Grimes," a work that made Britten world famous.

John Frayne | Guest performers have Foellinger ecstatic with 'Music for 18 Musicians'

On Feb. 16, as part of the Sonic Illinois series, Steve Reich's "Music for 18 Musicians" was performed by two guest groups, Eighth Blackbird and Third Coast Percussion, (both from Chicago) and nine local performers, making it 19 musicians.

John Frayne | A rare classical-music treat from Young Concert Artist winner

On Feb. 10, Hanzi Wang, the Young Concert Artist winner, played the accordion at her recital at Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana. Afterward, I thought of this imaginary quiz:

Question: How many of us have seen an accordion played?

Answer: Everyone.

John Frayne | Audience can't help but applaud

The Jupiter String Quartet concert on Feb. 7 was offered as part of the Sonic Illinois series. Upon looking at my program at the concert, I was surprised to read the following message to the audience: "Tonight's performers invite the audience to enjoy the evening's repertoire as one continuous piece.

John Frayne | Susan Graham, Argus Quartet entertain crowds

One of the most accomplished singers of our time, Susan Graham, offered one of the finest song recitals I have ever heard on Feb. 2 in Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana.

Her highly accomplished collaborator at the piano was Bradley Moore.

John Frayne | C-U Symphony Orchestra put on an explosive night of music

The Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra concert ("All the World's a Stage") on Jan. 26 might be described as "volcanic." The major novelty on the program was Stacy Garrop's "Krakatoa," concerto for viola, strings and percussion, a work directly describing the Krakatoa volcanic explosion in 1883, in what is now Indonesia.

John Frayne | Russian National Ballet puts on a delightful display

The Russian Ballet came back, this year under the title of "Russian National Ballet." The leader of this group is Elena Radchenko, and this company seemed identical with last year's version, the "Moscow Festival Ballet," led by Sergey Radchenko.

John Frayne | Previewing Krannert's 2019 spring season, Part III

In the following listings, the concert venue will be Foelinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana, and the start times are 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

John Frayne | Previewing Krannert's 2019 spring season, Part II

At 3 p.m. on Feb. 10, the Sunday Salon series will offer an unusual recital. Accordionist Hanzhi Wang, the first-prize winner of the 2017 Young Concert Artists International Competition, will play in Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana.

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