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Rising country star Church feeling 'Young & Wild'

Eric Church hopes you're about to feel 18 again.

The chart-climbing country singer hits the Canopy Club on Wednesday with his "Young & Wild Tour," a name he called "indicative about how I want people to feel when they come on to our show," he said. "I love that feeling, I love that freedom.

"I'm 31, and I'm still pretty wild."

Sinfonia's season-ending concert set Saturday

URBANA – Sinfonia da Camera will have its final concert of the season at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Foellinger Great Hall of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

The chamber orchestra along with its founder, conductor and music director, Ian Hobson, will reprise the concert, with the theme "Teachers and Disciples," at 7:30 p.m. the following day at Orchestra Hall in Symphony Center in Chicago.

Auditions set this weekend for Station Theatre comedies

URBANA – The Celebration Company at the Station Theatre will hold auditions from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for two summer productions.

The first show of the summer will be the musical comedy "The Full Monty" to be directed by Mikel L. Matthews Jr. and presented June 11 to July 11.

3-D images to accompany 'Magic Flute' production

Opera music historian Katherine Syer will direct an abridged production of Mozart's "Magic Flute" – with 3-D projections – at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Smith Memorial Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., U. The event is free and open to the public.

The University of Illinois professor is collaborating with Professor Julie Gunn and her German song literature class on the one-time production. Also working with them are two computer science students, who will try out path-breaking 3-D projections in the performance, according to Syer.

Glee club changes booed by some UI alumni

URBANA – Changes to the University of Illinois Varsity Men's Glee Club have some alumni singing an unhappy tune.

They're upset students can no longer simply try out for the glee club, but must instead audition before a panel of music faculty, who then assign students to whichever School of Music choir is deemed to be the best match.

Diverse concert to close Prairie Ensemble's season

CHAMPAIGN – In its final concert of the season on Friday evening, The Prairie Ensemble will perform works by Anton Dvorak, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Felix Mendelssohn.

The concert will be at First United Methodist Church, 210 W. Church St., C.

Country Theater sets auditions for 'Big Bad Musical'

The Country Theater Workshop will have auditions this and next month for its 2009 season at the theater 2 miles north of Cissna Park on Illinois 49.

The Youth on Stage auditions for "The Big Bad Musical" (the trial of the big bad wolf), directed by Pat Ward, will be at 2 p.m. April 18 and 19. The show dates will be June 19, 20 and 21.

Musicologist to speak on 'Filipino Oral Traditions' at UI

Ramon Pagayon Santos, executive director of the University of the Philippines Center for Ethnomusicology, will present a lecture titled "An Overview of Musical Repertoires in Filipino Oral Traditions" at 4 p.m. Wednesday in Room 1184 of the Music Building, 1114 W. Nevada St., U.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is being presented as the first Robert E. Brown Center for World Music Lecture at the University of Illinois. Santos will provide an introduction to the musical repertoires practiced in the different cultural regions of the Philippines, focusing on instruments, performance styles and society.

'Der Rosenkavalier' opera at UI features 17 vocalists

Bass-baritone Steven Marking has sung both opera and American songs for years, but he has never had a role in Richard Strauss's "Der Rosenkavalier."

Until now, and that would be here in central Illinois.

Marking, who lives in Hoosick, N.Y., will sing the lead of Baron Ochs of Lerchenau in the Sinfonia da Camera production of "Der Rosenkavalier" – seldom done outside metropolitan areas – on Friday evening at Krannert Center.

Saturday song auction to benefit Watseka opera festival

Sugar Creek Symphony & Song, a summer classical music and opera festival in Watseka, will host its fourth annual singer auction, "Gone with the Wind at Amber Oaks," on Saturday at Amber Oaks, a bed-and-breakfast mansion in Milford owned by William and Kathryn McCullough.

People who attend the event, starting at 7 p.m., will have a chance to bid on songs to be performed by baritone Carlos Archuleta and soprano Helen Todd, general director of Sugar Creek Symphony & Song.