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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.
CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra Guild will have its scholarship auditions on March 12 for students wishing to attend the Illinois Summer Youth Music campus on the University of Illinois campus.
The auditions will start at 6:30 p.m. at Faith United Methodist Church, 1719 S. Prospect Ave., C.
URBANA – Have an old musical instrument you're not using? Maybe a soldier in Iraq or Afghanistan could use it.
Marajen Allen of VFW Post 630's women's auxiliary in Urbana said her group will take responsibility for mailing guitars, drums, flutes and horns to soldiers overseas. Electronic music players are also welcome, she said.
CHAMPAIGN – Techline will present Fiddling Banjo Billy Mathews in concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at Techline, 24 E. Green St., C. He also will lead banjo and fiddle workshops earlier in the day at Techline.
In the concert program "Barefoot and Toothless," Mathews will present songs from backwoods Arkansas. He also has collected old-time tunes while traveling in the Midwest. Admission to the all-ages, two-hour show is $8.
URBANA – Sounds of tap, tap, tapping echo down an empty hallway of Prairie Elementary School.
Sometimes the taps patter in a rhythm ... and sometimes not.
DANVILLE – Toyota of Danville-Scion will sponsor a free concert featuring four indie bands March 7. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the shows on alternating stages at 7 p.m. at The Edge, 3723 N. Vermilion St.
The shows include Lovedrug, out of Canton, Ohio, which recently released its "The Sucker Punch" CD. Also appearing are Devin Shelton of Emery, the Radiance Effect and Say You Will. Any donations collected will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Danville.
DANVILLE – The Danville Public Library will hold a drawing for two free tickets to the Danville Symphony Orchestra's March 14 concert.
"Classical Masterworks" features international cellist Alexandre Bouzlov. Also performing is Kathy Qiu of Champaign, winner of the 2009 Gail and Harry Adams Young Artists Competition.
URBANA – Pianist Menahem Pressler will perform as guest artist at the Sinfonia da Camera concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday that will explore the theme "Classics and Contemporaries." The concert at Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts also will feature the world premiere of a piece by Stephen Taylor.
Pressler, a professor at Indiana University, has performed throughout the years with Sinfonia as both a soloist and as a member of the Beaux Arts Trio. On Saturday, he will perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 17 in G Major, K. 453, a work so compelling that Mozart's pet starling learned to sing the theme.
CHAMPAIGN – The 26th annual International Dinner and Performance Night will start at 6 p.m. March 15 at the University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St., C.
Food from more than 30 countries will be served, followed by live music and entertainment.
URBANA – The Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra will present the music of Academy Award-winning composer John Williams, starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Foellinger Great Hall of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
"A Tribute to John Williams" will feature music from "Angela's Ashes," "Close Encounters of the Third King," "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial," "Hook," "Jaws," "Jurassic Park," "Munich," "The Patriot," "Schindler's List" and "Superman."