John Frayne

John Frayne

John Frayne: A ringing endorsement for violinist Bell

Before a packed house Feb. 1 in Foellinger Great Hall, Joshua Bell once more displayed the superlative interpretive skills that make him one of the most famous violinists before the public.

John Frayne: UI Symphony gave Mozart a great birthday present

The 262nd birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was celebrated in the Foellinger Great Hall on Jan. 27 by the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Professor Donald Schleicher. Whether on the drawing power of Mozart or that of the guest artists, the concert hall was crowded and the air was festive.

John Frayne: Minnesota Orchestra was perfect at Krannert

There are some performances that create "buzz." On Friday, just about everyone I talked to wanted to say how wonderful the previous night's concert at the Foellinger Great Hall of the Minnesota Orchestra, conducted by Osmo Vanska, with Inon Barnatan as piano soloist, had been. And I strongly agreed.

John Frayne: High flyers impress in Moscow Ballet's 'Swan Lake'

Krannert Center's regular-season opener, the Moscow Festival Ballet, arrived Jan.

John Frayne: Krannert's spring season will go out with a bang

After spring break, the University of Illinois' quartet in residence, the Jupiter String Quartet, will give its final concert of this season on April 5 in the Foellinger Great Hall. The program offers Dimitri Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110.

John Frayne: Springing forth again with Krannert season preview

The major offering of Lyric Theatre30 p.m. Feb. 22-24, and 3 p.m. Feb. 25 in the Tryon Festival Theatre at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

John Frayne: Big-name composers highlight Krannert's early spring schedule

"If winter comes, can spring be far behind?" wrote the poet Shelley. Hardly had the post echoes of the Christmas concerts died away than the wheels of the new spring season began to turn at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

John Frayne: 'Nutcracker' is a wonderful tradition

On Dec. 9, I attended the performance of Peter Tchaikovsky's masterpiece ballet "The Nutcracker" as performed by the Champaign Urbana Ballet. Deanna Doty was the artistic director and choreographer of this production.

John Frayne: CUSO busily delivers jolly concert

The Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra's "Music of the Season" concert on Dec. 7 was one of the busiest I can remember, with an array of stage setups for different pieces and changes in the performing groups. All this led up to a final joke, but of that, more later.

John Frayne: Can't say enough about Sinfonia's concert of cantatas

The Sinfonia da Camera gave a concert on Dec. 3 that featured a generous portion of Christmas music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Gerald Finzi and Ralph Vaughan Williams. The concert was conducted by Andrew Megill, head of choral studies at UIUC, and also taking part were four soloists and the UIUC Chamber Singers and Oratorio Society.