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On Saturday, the Sinfonia da Camera, numerous soloists, the University of Illinois Chorale, the UI Oratorio Society and the Central Illinois Children's Chorus, all led by Fred Stoltzfus, performed Johann Sebastian Bach's monumental St. Matthew Passion. Just about everything associated with this performance was on a grandiose scale.
CHAMPAIGN — Crisp and clear, the past is here.
On the walls of the Illinois Terminal are displayed a downtown Champaign not seen for decades.
Looking west on Main Street, there's Vriner's confectionary, the old Champaign Daily News and, looming over the background, the only recently lost Metropolitan Building.
The poster for the reboot of Sam Raimi's 1981 cult horror movie "The Evil Dead" promises that it is "the most terrifying film you will ever experience." Of course, that's hyperbole.
The Reverend Peyton, who is also a Kentucky Colonel and has a Big Damn Band, has of late discovered that he likes the recording process.
Spending 250 days on the road with a band that includes his wife and cousin, Peyton thought the live show was his preferred method of music delivery.
But he said he has been converted.
While this column ranges far and wide, this response to a recent column took me by surprise:
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Rockford International Airport officials say they're postponing AirFest 2013 after the Blue Angels pulled out of the show.
URBANA — The public is invited to "Landscapes: Performing Space & Culture: A Graduate Conference," taking place Friday and Saturday at the University of Illinois.
The conference was organized by graduate students in the UI's theater history and criticism program and the Theatre Student Organization.
MONTICELLO — The Monticello Theatre Association will have open auditions for the comedy "The Hallelujah Girls" at 2 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Phoenix Theatre, 1406 N. Market St.