The up-and-coming Hugo Wolf Quartett from Vienna will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana.
The Hugo Wolf Quartett, founded in 1993 at the Vienna University for Music, studied with the Alban Berg Quartet and with Walter Levin of the LaSalle-Quartet. In 1995, the Hugo Wolf Quartett won the Fifth International String Quartet Competition in Cremona and made its debut in the Vienna Konzerthaus.
DANVILLE – The Vermilion Festival Chorus is in rehearsal for its spring concert.
Members of the community interested in singing with the group can join at a rehearsal, which is held from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday evenings at Holy Family Church, 444 E. Main St.
CHAMPAIGN – Laid up in a hospital room for nine months with a broken back, Mideast war veteran and country musician Stephen Cochran tried to write music.
He was on a morphine drip, though, and was able to finish only one song, "When a Hero Falls," about his Marine buddy Ron Payne, who gave his life in Afghanistan so his fellow soldiers could move a fallen comrade to safety.
Conductor Eduardo Diazmunoz knows composer Daniel Catan's opera "Rappaccini's Daughter" almost as well as does Catan.
The head of the University of Illinois School of Music Opera Program, Diazmunoz has conducted three major productions of the Spanish-language opera – the world premiere in 1991 in Mexico City, the U.S. premiere in 1994 with the San Diego Opera and the 1997 Manhattan School of Music version.
College students in Missouri and Illinois interested in theater may audition for a paid summer internship as a production assistant, production artist or costume apprentice in a program called "Emerson Behind the Curtain."
The open auditions will be on Feb. 21 at Nerinx Hall High School, St. Louis, and Feb. 28 at the Sally S. Levy Opera Center, St. Louis. Students are to take their resume and portfolio. For additional information and directions, contact Stephen Ryan of the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis at 314-963-4261 or email@example.com.
CHAMPAIGN – The hum of low-pitched voices is soothing. "Me ma ma ooh moo" sounds come from voices warming up.
A Gregorian chant choir practices in the choir loft of Holy Cross Catholic Church every Monday night.
As part of its Midwest tour, the New Orleans modern-jazz quartet Astral Project will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Iron Post, 120 S. Race St., U.
The cover charge will be $8.
URBANA – Masumi Per Rostad, viola player in the Pacifica Quartet, said life feels "just a little bit different" as a result of winning a Grammy Award on Sunday.
"It's kind of intangible. It hits certainly a lot more people. A lot more people know about the Grammy Awards," he said.
DANVILLE – Flame might be a hot musician, but his music is bringing him to some pretty cool places this year.
Earlier this month, he went to the Grammys, where he was nominated – though did not win – in the Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album category.
La Casa Cultural Latina, 1203 W. Nevada St., U, will have an open-mic night starting at 7 p.m. Thursday.
"The setup will be the same where we chill in La Casa's living room and open it up to anyone who wants to perform a piece or just stop by and listen," said organizer Noe Zepeda, a University of Illinois undergraduate.