John Frayne

John Frayne

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.

John Frayne | A preview of Krannert events: Part II

On Sunday, Oct. 14, Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana (BACH) will offer a recital of baroque music played by Rachel Schiff, who plays the classical guitar.

Schiff, who is a Champaign-Urbana native, is now based in Germany. She will perform in the Chapel of St. John the Divine in the Campustown section of Champaign at 7:30 p.m.

John Frayne | Krannert's 50th anniversary is the season of delight

The Krannert Center opened in 1969, so this season will feature the center's 50th anniversary in 2019. This anniversary celebration will have resonances during the whole 2018-19 season.

John Frayne | Venue change is only bummer in Twilight Concert

On the evening of June 21, the Twilight Concert by the UI Summer Band was, as usual, scheduled to be on the Quad, just south of the Illini Union. Because of the frequent downpours of the past week, the concert was switched to the Foellinger Auditroium, at the other end of the Quad. The result was a quantum leap in the quality of the sound, but there were losses.

John Frayne | BACH's season-ender provides quite a contrast

Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana concluded its 2017-18 season with a highly successful concert on June 10 at St. John's Catholic Chapel.

John Frayne | Harp concert is plucky finish to UI's semester

For the past several years, one of the features of concert-going after the University of Illinois semester ends is the annual Illinois Harp Class, organized by Professor Ann Yeung.

The harp is one of my favorite instruments, and I usually find the concert associated with the Harp Class unalloyed pleasures.

John Frayne | Three cheers for Central Illinois Youth Orchestra concert

The East Central Illinois Youth Orchestra, conducted by Kevin Kelly, gave its spring concert in the Foellinger Great Hall on May 20. This youth orchestra, under Kelly's firm and encouraging beat, played eight pieces, in various moods, displaying a highly praiseworthy level of musicianship and technical achievement. This ensemble is a program of the Conservatory of Central Illinois.

John Frayne | Ending the Krannert season with a (big) bang

On May 1, the audience for Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem" in the Foellinger Great Hall was very large in number, more than I have ever seen for a concert by the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra.

John Frayne | Fruits of a musical pileup: 2 juicy performances

There seems to be an unwritten law here that all major musical events must be concluded before the last weekend of April. The result is a musical equivalent of rush hour.

In my experience, the pileup of events was the Champaign-Urbana Symphony concert on Saturday, April 28, and the Lyric Theatre@Illinois's performance of "She Loves Me" on Sunday afternoon, April 29.