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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."

C-U Symphony Orchestra to present 'Tribute to John Williams'

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."

Day of the Drum: All-day percussion event Tuesday at Krannert

Percussionist Rocky Maffit considers Day of the Drum on Tuesday at Krannert Center as the "ultimate forum" in drumming.

Some of the finest percussionists in the world will perform in the event, which will start at noon and go well into the night, he said during a "Know Your University" lecture at the University YMCA this past Tuesday.

Tree Thump owners see 'endless possiblities' in didjeridus

It's safe to say that poet Joyce Kilmer never saw in a tree what Phil Clark and Ben Hay do.

The co-owners of Tree Thump Didjeridu Co. in rural Fithian envision potential didjeridus: the musical instruments or drone pipes made of wood that originated among the Aboriginal peoples of Australia.

Winterfest, scheduled Sunday, to raise funds for SAFE House

CHAMPAIGN – The winter fundraising concert for SAFE House will feature the University of Illinois Black Chorus, now in its 40th year of performing.

Winterfest will be at Champaign First United Methodist Church, 210 W. Church St., C; from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free, but donations are accepted for the upkeep of the Substance Abuse Free Environment House in Urbana, which works as a halfway house for men overcoming addictions.

State country music association sets fundraiser for Feb. 28

BELLFLOWER – The Illinois Country Music Association will present the Sam Carlin Memorial North America Country Music Associations International Fund Raising Dinner and Concert on Feb. 28 at the Bellflower Community Building, Bellflower.

All ticket orders must be submitted no later than Friday. Tickets are available from the Illinois Country Music Association via, by phone at 309-378-4203 or by writing to ICMA, P.O. Box 79, Downs, IL 61736-0079.

Jazz ensemble sets Great American Songbook concert

The Chicago Jazz Ensemble will continue its celebration of the 10th American Heritage Jazz Series with The Great American Songbook, a concert on Friday featuring Bobbi Wilsyn, Curtis Fuller and Ron Hawking.

The event will mark the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers' Jazz Commissioning Program that will salute the life, work and 90th birthday of Hank Jones, a pianist and composer.

Japan House to host bus trip to Chicago concert on March 29

Japan House will host a bus trip on March 29 to the Art Institute of Chicago to hear the Koto Ensemble Kyara performance, "The Essence of Japan."

Scholar and Japan House founder Shozo Sato will be host of the event in Fullerton Hall at the art museum. The concert, co-sponsored with Northwestern University, is part of the museum's "360 Degrees; Art Beyond Borders" series.

Donors to honor orchestra musicians before concert with roses

The Champaign-Urbana Symphony asks people to show their appreciation for individual members of the orchestra by sending them a rose.

For a donation of $25, received before this Friday, the orchestra will place a rose on the seat of a musician before the Feb. 28 concert, "A Tribute to John Williams." People who buy a rose for a musician might want to thank the player for his or her performance or recognize his or her talent.

S.P.E.A.K. Cafe sets open-mic event for spring launch

The S.P.E.A.K. (Song, Poetry, Expression, Art, Knowledge) Cafe will launch again for the spring semester from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Pallette Cafe inside Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C.

The theme of the open-microphone event will be "Strange Fruit of Change," or "a little Billie Holiday and Barack Obama mixture to highlight Black History Month," according to emcee/organizer Aaron Ammons.