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URBANA – University of Illinois Professor Ollie Watts Davis will host the ninth Black Sacred Music Symposium, presented by the UI Black Chorus, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary, starting Wednesday on the UI campus.
The chairman of the Division of Voice of the School of Music founded the biennial conference in 1991. Dedicated to the study of black sacred music traditions, the conference provides participants with methods necessary to expand both their performance of the music and their understanding of its message.
DANVILLE – The Danville High School choral department will host its 13th Midwest Classic, a show choir competition, Friday and Saturday.
The event is the main fundraiser that supports the choral music department and helps with transportation expenses to competitions, music and other supplies needed by the students.
Parents of young children are invited to attend a demonstration of Music Together at 10 a.m. Friday at Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 51 E. Marketview Drive, C.
Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music program for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and the adults who love them. First offered in 1987, it pioneered the concept of a research-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood music curriculum that strongly emphasizes and facilitates adult involvement. Music Together recognizes that all children are musical and that all can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat, and participate with confidence in the music of the culture.
DANVILLE – Winners of the Gail and Harry Adams Young Artists Competition held Jan. 25 at St. James United Methodist Church were as follows:
HOOPESTON – The Hoopeston Area High School student council will sponsor its 18th annual Senior Citizen Sweetheart Banquet starting at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 12 in the high school gymnasium, 615 E. Orange St.
Any senior citizens from the Hoopeston Area or Rossville school districts interested in attending should make a reservation. Deadline is Feb. 9. For details or to make a reservation, call 283-6668 and leave a name and how many plan to attend.
URBANA – The East Central Illinois Youth Orchestra will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the University of Illinois' Smith Memorial Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., U. The concert will be in the recital hall.
The orchestra is made up of middle and high school students from Savoy, Sidney, Mahomet, Monticello, Champaign and Urbana as well as home-schooled students. Kevin Kelly directs it. The concert will feature the William Tell Overture by Rossini as well as pieces by Strauss and Shostokovitch.
CHAMPAIGN – A guitar autographed by the late Johnny Cash and live guitar music will be part of entertainment Saturday to raise money for the Parkland Theatre. The evening starts at 7 p.m. in the theater at 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.
The Parkland Guitar Ensemble will provide music, and the Cash guitar will be part of a silent auction. Other items to be auctioned include theater memorabilia and donations from area businesses.
CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign-based early music ensemble Gravitacion will perform music from its debut CD program, "Elements," on Tuesday in Decatur and on Saturday in Champaign.
The trio also will perform twice in Chicago.
CHAMPAIGN – Legendary electric blues guitarist Buddy Guy, who influenced Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and other greats, will perform Feb. 28 at the Virginia Theatre.
Tickets go on sale starting at 10 a.m. Friday, according to the concert promoter, JNP Concerts.
CHAMPAIGN – Percussionist and University of Illinois music Professor William Moersch has long advocated the commissioning of new music.
In fact, in 1980, he started commissioning solo marimba works for himself, raising funds – including by applying for grants – to pay for the works that he generates. He also requires his percussion students at the university to play, at their degree recitals, at least one commissioned piece.