John Frayne

John Frayne

John Frayne | Previewing the spring 2019 schedule at Krannert, 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.

John Frayne | Krannert concerts to warm things up

The spring season is upon us at the Krannert Center and other music venues. And if it is January, the Russians must be coming.

Sure enough, the Russian National Ballet Company will offer two classic ballets.

John Frayne | UI Oratorio Society delivers highly enjoyable holiday concert

The University of Illinois Oratorio Society, conducted by Andrew Megill and others, gave a concert mainly of Christmas music on Dec. 11 at McKinley Memorial Presbyterian Church in Champaign.

John Frayne | CUSO treats audiences to fantastic holiday shows

The Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra offered its Holiday Glory concert on Dec. 6 in Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

John Frayne | 2 gems: Rolston Quartet, Schubert's cycle

The Rolston String Quartet, this year's winner of the Cleveland Quartet Award, came to the Foellinger Great Hall on Dec. 2 for an exciting afternoon of chamber music. This quartet was formed at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, in 2013, and it has since rolled up an impressive list of awards, residences, tours and collaborations culminating in the Cleveland Quartet Award.

John Frayne | Eroica Trio, BACH entertain Foellinger crowd

The Eroica Trio, which performed in Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on Nov. 13, offered a varied program of pleasant, as well as high-strung, chamber music. The two original members of the trio, pianist Erica Nickrenz and cellist Sara Sant'Ambrogio, were joined by violinist Sara Parker, who entered the group in 2006.

John Frayne | Cast shines in Sinfonia's 'Pirates of Penzance'

The weekend of Friday night, Nov. 9, and Saturday, Nov. 10, there was a capacity crowd in the Krannert Center lobby.

On Friday night, at the Sinfonia da Camera production of Gilbert and Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance," all four theaters were in action.

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.