DANVILLE – March always brings with it the most classical music program of the year for the Danville Symphony Orchestra, so it is no surprise that this Saturday's concert is titled "Classical Masterworks."
As an added treat, the 7:30 p.m. concert is preceded by Moments with the Maestro featuring Jeremy Swerling, conductor and music director of the symphony, and the evening's guest artist cellist Alexandre Bouzlov (pronounced BOOZ-loff). Moments gives audience members an opportunity to hear the stories behind the music and meet the guest artist up close. The sessions are held in the Danville High School's Fairchild Street entrance, across from the auditorium.
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.
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 – 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 – 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 – 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.
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.
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 – 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 Parkland Community Orchestra and Parkland Concert Band will present a joint concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at Faith United Methodist Church, 1719 S. Prospect Ave., C.
The concert is free and open to the public.