John Frayne

John Frayne

John Frayne | East Central Illinois Youth Orchestra musicians shine at spring show

The East Central Illinois Youth Orchestra, conducted by Kevin Kelly, gave its spring concert in Krannert's Foellinger Great Hall on May 19. This ensemble is a program of the Conservatory of Central Illinois, directed by Jo Ellen DeVilbiss. Kelly has led this orchestra since 1993.

John Frayne | Recapping the exciting fall season

Now that the concert halls have mostly fallen silent for the next four months, it's time to look back at selected highlights of the fall 2018 season at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana.

John Frayne | 'Crazy for You' an overwhelming success

The last offering this semester of Lyric Theatre at Illinois was the 1993 musical "Crazy for You," with songs by George Gershwin and lyrics by Ira Gershwin, largely from their 1935 musical "Girl Crazy." This production ran from April 25 to a matinee performance on April 28, which I attended.

John Frayne: Jupiter Quartet's latest performance among its best ever

On April 23, the Jupiter Quartet, in Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana, gave one of the best chamber music concerts of its seven-year stay as quartet-in-residence at the University of Illinois.

John Frayne | Krannert's 50th season finishes on some high notes

The Krannert Center Debut Artist Concert in Foellinger Great Hall on April 14 had a historic significance. It was the final event during the Krannert Center's celebration of its 50th season.

John Frayne | Anniversaries in the air as Canadian Brass joins UI Wind Symphony

There was an air of anniversaries in Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana recently.

On April 10, the University of Illinois Wind Symphony gave a concert that climaxed the 150th anniversary of the inauguration of a band program at the university in 1868-69.

John Frayne | Once again, Canadian Brass doesn't disappoint at Krannert

The Canadian Brass, North America's favorite brass quintet, came to Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana last Sunday afternoon and played an engaging program to the delight of a houseful of fans that greeted and cheered these players as if they were old and beloved friends, and indeed they are.

John Frayne | 'Goldberg Variations' performance full of surprises

Strange things were going on in the Colwell Playhouse at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana on Tuesday night; unfortunately, it was not April 1, a date famously reserved for bizarre activity.

The title of the concert was "Goldberg Variations — Ternary Patterns for Insomnia," a title that omitted the name of the composer, Johann Sebastian Bach.

John Frayne | San Francisco Symphony dares to thrill at Foellinger

The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, with its star conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, came to the Foellinger Great Hall on March 27 and played an exciting concert devoted to two masterpieces, the Violin Concerto in E Minor by Felix Mendelssohn and the revolutionary Symphony No. 3 in E Flat Major, "Eroica," by Ludwig van Beethoven.

John Frayne | 'Terra Nostra' is a remarkable work

The Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra concert on March 9 had one work, and a remarkable work it was: "Terra Nostra," an oratorio by Stacy Garrop, who has been for the past three seasons the Music Alive composer in residence with the symphony.