John Frayne

John Frayne

John Frayne | 'Gathering' celebrates UI's 150th in style

On Saturday, April 21, a gala concert entitled "Gathering" was given in Krannert Center's Foellinger Great Hall to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the University of Illinois. This concert displayed the talents of the UI Chamber Singers, conducted by Andrew Megill, and the UI Wind Symphony, conducted by Stephen Peterson.

John Frayne | Brownlee shows off wide vocal range at Foellinger

Tenor Lawrence Brownlee, famous for his virtuoso top notes in arias by Rossini and Donizetti, came to Foellinger Great Hall on April 19, and gave a program that included two song cycles. First came Robert Schumann's well-known cycle, "Dichterliebe" ("Poet's Love") from 1840, and then came a contemporary cycle as pertinent as today's headlines.

John Frayne | BACH impresses with Schutz's works

On April 8, Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana, led by music director Joseph Baldwin, gave at Grace Lutheran Church, Champaign, a concert at which Heinrich Schutz's oratorio, "The Story of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ," was performed. On this occasion, Chester Alwes, founder of BACH, who retired last year, conducted the performance.

John Frayne | Jupiter String Quartet ends season on a dramatic note

The Jupiter String Quartet, the University of Illinois School of Music's quartet-in-residence, gave its final concert of the season on April 4. Its program offered powerful playing of highly dramatic music.

John Frayne | UI professor impresses at piano recital

Rochelle Sennet, asssociate professor of piano in the University of Illinois School of Music, gave a highly enjoyable recital on March 29 in Krannert's Foellinger Great Hall of music ranging from Johann Sebastian Bach to contemporary composer James Lee III.

The program opened with Bach's "English Suite" No. 4 in F Major, BWV 809.

John Frayne | Weimar group truly dazzles at Foellinger

On March 10, the Staatskapelle Weimar, led by its Ukrainian director Kirill Karabits, came to the Foellinger Great Hall for an evening of the music of Johannes Brahms.

John Frayne | Hobson and Sinfonia bring it at all-Beethoven bash

Ian Hobson on March 9 led the Sinfonia da Camera in an all-Beethoven concert in the Foellinger Great Hall in which he directed the orchestra while playing the piano solo in Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 10.

John Frayne | CUSO a delight while Vienna Piano Trio hits high notes

The March 2 Champaign-Urbana Symphony concert was entitled "Music of Destiny," in which Maestro Stephen Alltop conducted the symphony in music by Stacy Garrop, the composer-in-residence for this season and next. Also heard were Mendelssohn's masterpiece, his Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, and then, perhaps the greatest symphony of them all, Beethoven's Fifth.

John Frayne | Music was bright spot in Lyric Theatre's 'Don Giovanni'

The Lyric Theatre @ Illinois production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s masterpiece opera opened on Feb. 22. Before the opening, word had gotten around that Mozart’s and Lorenzo da Ponte’s 18th century serial seducer and sexual assaulter, Don Giovanni, would be changed into a 21st century corporate raider in this setting.

John Frayne | Sinfonia's 'Anniversary Concert' a fitting tribute to composers

The Sinfonia da Camera concert on Feb. 17 was billed as "An Anniversary Concert" — not, to be sure, an anniversary of the Sinfonia, which is in its 34th year, but of the four composers on the program.