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DANVILLE — The Danville High School show choir groups must raise $20,000 in just six weeks to pay hotel, transportation and some meal costs for the 115 students who will be representing Danville at the Show Choir National competition in Chicago next month.
I attended the March 3 matinee performance of the University of Illinois Opera Program's production of the classic musical "My Fair Lady," and I thought it a delightful show — with one reservation, which I will discuss later.
URBANA — A free drum and dance workshop will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday (March 13) at the Channing-Murray Foundation, 1209 W. Oregon St.
The local group, Costas, will lead the evening of Afro‐Colombian drumming and dance workshops, followed by a live participatory performance. This event is made possible with support from a city of Urbana Arts Grant.
Bob Dylan's bootheels are wandering back to the Assembly Hall on April 25.
The singer/songwriter/inscrutable legend will appear with special guest Dawes. The American rock band will release its third studio album, "Stories Don't End," on April 9.
CHAMPAIGN — Singer/songwriter/pianist Elaine Romanelli, a nationally touring independent solo artist, will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Clark Bar, 207 W. Clark St. The cover charge will be $5.
On its Midwest tour, the Hinds Community College Choir of Utica, Miss., will make stops this week in Rantoul and Urbana.
Traveling with 50 or so voices and directed by Bobby Cooper, the choir will perform a variety of music including sacred, contemporary and show tunes. It features the Jubilee Singers, the men's chorus that toured Italy as a guest of Music Celebrations International.
Studio Visit appears in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. Here, a visit with musician Kate Paradise.
Q: So are you splitting your time between Nashville and Urbana?
Kevin Kelly and the Prairie Ensemble gave their first concert of 2013, "A Windy Affair," on Feb. 24 in Holy Cross Church, Champaign.