John Frayne

John Frayne

John Frayne | Lyric Theatre's 'La Boheme' featured enthusiastic performances

Lyric Theatre at Illinois offered Giacomo Puccini's evergreen masterpiece, "La Bohème," during its recent run in the Tryon Festival Theatre at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana. I went to the Sunday matinee on Oct. 28.

John Frayne | 'Air' proves to be a learning experience

Daniel Hope and Friends came to town on Oct. 25, and their appearance in Foellinger Great Hall was less a concert than an onslaught.

The program was called "Air, A Baroque Journey." And the music mirrored the contents of a CD with that title published by DGG about a decade ago. The word "air" means, in this context, a short melodic piece.

John Frayne | Young musicians shine at Sinfonia concert

The Sinfonia da Camera concert on Oct. 20 bore the title "Sounds of Youth," and the emphasis was truly on young, developing players. The program opened with the first two movements of Max Bruch's famous Violin Concerto No. 1, performed by the co-winners of the Sinfonia da Camera 2018 Youth Concerto Competition.

John Frayne | Polar opposites work well together at CUSO concert

The Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra's concert on Oct. 13 was quite an event, with a touching performance of Richard Strauss' "Four Last Songs" and Gustav Mahler's massive Fifth Symphony.

John Frayne | Foellinger audience enjoyed 'An Evening on Broadway'

"An Evening on Broadway" hit the boards of the Foellinger Great Hall on Oct. 6 with an evening of lively singing, organized and performed by Nathan and Julie Gunn and friends.

John Frayne | Quartets team up for outstanding performance

For their concert on Thursday, Oct. 4, the Jupiter String Quartet chose to play two famous chamber music works, by Johannes Brahms and Felix Mendelssohn, which require more than four players.

John Frayne | Great Sunday morning sounds

At a Sunday morning concert on Sept. 30 during the Allerton Barn Festival, two choral works by Johann Sebastian Bach were performed. Although not exclusively a composer of sacred music, Bach did write close to 200 cantatas for Sunday services, hence the concert timing is apt.

John Frayne | UI groups a compelling addition to Sinfonia concert

The Sinfonia da Camera, led by Ian Hobson, on Sept. 22, gave the opening concert of its 35th season. The program was devoted to French music, from roughly 1850 to 1920. What was particularly compelling about this program was the participation of the University of Illinois Women's Glee Club, led by director Andrea Solya, and the UI Oratorio Society, led by director Andrew Megill.

John Frayne | Los Angeles Master Chorale singers captivated their audience

The Los Angeles Master Chorale, with Grant Gershon as artistic director, came to Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on Sept. 15 to perform Orlando di Lasso's "Tears of St. Peter" ("Lagrime di San Pietro").

Di Lasso (1530-1594) is regarded as one of the greatest composers of the Renaissance, and "Tears" is esteemed as one of his outstanding masterworks.

John Frayne | Eager to hear more of composer's work

The Champaign-Urbana Symphony offered a chamber music concert of the music of Stacy Garrop on Sept. 5 in the ballroom of the I Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign. Garrop is in the second year of her position as composer-in-residence with the C-U Symphony.

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