Soprano Sherezade Panthaki of Urbana will perform as guest artist on Saturday with the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra, the Millikin University Choir and the Millikin University Chamber Chorale in concert at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center on the Millikin University campus in Decatur.
The concert starting at 7:30 p.m. will feature an all-French program, including performances of Roman Carnival Overture and "Love Scene" from "Romeo and Juliet, op. 17" by Hector Berlioz, and "Gloria" by Francis Poulenc and featuring Panthaki.
CHAMPAIGN – The Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana will present Alexander's Feast and the Organ Concerto in F major by George Frideric Handel at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at McKinley Presbyterian Church, 809 S. Fifth St., C.
For lovers of Baroque music, the March 21 is an important day – the birthdate of J.S. Bach. But this year there's another important anniversary – the 250th anniversary of the death of another towering genius of Baroque music, George Frideric Handel (1685-1759).
Known as the Quincy Jones of Cuba, Juan de Marcos Gonzalez – who founded the Buena Vista Social Club with American guitarist Ry Cooder – hopes Americans will be able to legally travel to his homeland someday to check out its vibrant music scene.
He admits he's chauvinistic in claiming that it's the best and most important one in the tropics, or Caribbean.
"There's a new wave of writers mixed with poets, street rappers and jazz players," he said, "and they make a kind of combination of everything based on Cuban music.
"And it sounds very good."
Gonzalez will bring his own Grammy-nominated and Grammy-winning Cuban music to the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday evening with his latest incarnation of the Afro-Cuban All Stars.
Ann-Marie Shapiro is sweating and catching her breath as she sits to put on her shoes in the great room at the Channing-Murray Foundation.
She looks physically spent but elated.
The Champaign Urbana Theatre Company will have auditions this weekend for its upcoming fundraising concert, The Who's "Tommy in Concert."
The auditions will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Busey Center, 208 W. Main St. U.
The Illini Union Board will present Battle of the Bands at 8 p.m. April 24 the Illini Union Courtyard Cafe in Urbana. Admission is free.
Each of the nine or 10 bands will perform two songs or for seven minutes in front of an audience and three judges. The cash prizes will be $500, $350 and $100 dollars for first, second and third places.
The community is invited to participate in a drum circle performance and workshop at 7 p.m. Friday in the Main Lounge of Allen Hall, 1005 S. Gregory Drive, U.
The music will be made on Brazilian and African percussion instruments, recycled objects and other instruments from around the world. A limited number of percussion instruments will be provided, and people may bring their own as well.
Irish-born Gerry O'Beirne, a singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist, will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Heartland Gallery, 112 W. Main St., U. The doors will open at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children and senior citizens. The concert is part of the Piper's Hut Concert Series, which strives to bring the best in traditional music from Ireland and the Celtic regions. For more information or for online sales, go to www.pipers-hut.com/concerts.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday for Eastern Illinois University's spring concert featuring rapper Lupe Fiasco and guests Shwayze and Cisco Adler.
The concert will begin at 8 p.m. April 4 in Lantz Arena, Charleston. Tickets, priced at $10 for EIU students with Panther Card IDs and $20 for all others, will be available between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays through the Martin Luther King Jr. Union Ticket Office on the second floor in the west wing. For more information, call 581-5122.
"Freedom Sings," a multimedia performance featuring rock musicians performing music that has been banned or censored or sounds a call for social change, will take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Foellinger Auditorium on the University of Illinois Quadrangle.
The educational rock concert, which is free and open to the public, invites audiences to take a fresh look at the First Amendment. The president of Freedom Forum, who will participate in the show, is Ken Paulson, a UI alumnus and Daily Illini staffer who attended law school at the UI in the '70s. He also is a former editor of USA Today.