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Irish-born musician, songwriter to perform at Urbana gallery

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.

C-U symphony guild sets scholarship auditions March 12

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.

Billy Mathews to perform Sunday, conduct workshops

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 VFW seeks musical instruments for U.S. troops

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.

Urbana school's dance program puts students a step ahead

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.

Library to hold drawing for tickets to DSO concert

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.

4 indie bands to be featured at concert at Danville club

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.

Sinfonia's next concert to feature world-class pianist, premiere

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.

International Dinner and Performance Night set March 15

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.

Singer-songwriter Jason Mraz schedules May show in C-U

CHAMPAIGN – Singer-songwriter Jason Mraz will perform on May 2 at the University of Illinois Assembly Hall. Tickets go on sale starting this Saturday.

His 2002 major label debut, "Waiting for My Rocket to Come," produced the hits "Remedy (I Won't Worry)," "You & I Both" and "Curbside Prophet." Shortly thereafter, he returned with his Grammy-nominated "Mr. A-Z," which continued his chart success with "Wordplay."