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CHAMPAIGN – Unlike some members of the Motown family, Otis Williams, the only surviving member of the original Temptations, didn't get angry over the Hollywood movie "Dreamgirls."
Believed to be a thinly veiled portrait of the Supremes, the Motown label and its charismatic founder Berry Gordy Jr., the 2006 hit movie musical painted an unflattering portrait of Gordy.
DANVILLE – Everyone who is into Christmas songs should come away humming at least one of their favorites when the Danville Symphony Orchestra holds its holiday concert with special guest Maureen McGovern.
Music director and conductor Jeremy Swerling has only spoken with McGovern once, and the orchestra and artist will only have one rehearsal together before the 7:30 p.m. performance Saturday in the Danville High School auditorium. Swerling has a few butterflies.
CHAMPAIGN – A "What Matters" themed benefit show for WRFU will be begin at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Cowboy Monkey, 17 E. Taylor St., C.
The event, featuring local poets and musicians, will raise money for a new permanent tower for the station. Admission will be $4 at the door, with all proceeds benefiting WRFU.
Middle and high school groups have both entertainment and fundraising on their agendas this holiday season:
CHAMPAIGN – As lead vocalist for the band Champaign, Pauli Carman toured the world. As a solo act, he became a star in Hong Kong and the Philippines and more recently performed at the famed Apollo Theater in New York.
Now he's back in music full time after an eight-year hiatus during which he worked with children with behavior disorders and adults with developmental disabilities.
CHAMPAIGN – The Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana, better known as BACH, will present its annual Handel's "Messiah" sing-along at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Episcopal Chapel of St. John the Divine, 1011 S. Wright St., C. Admission is $5.
Audience members will join BACH music director Chester Alwes and a quartet of soloists for the sing-along of the Christmas portion of "Messiah," with organ accompaniment by organist Scott Montgomery.
DANVILLE – The Vermilion Festival Chorus will present "A Christmas Celebration" at 3 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 100 N. Franklin St.
The program includes choral selections from "Magnificat" by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, the Vermilion Festival Chorus Children's Choir joining the adult chorus for a series of traditional carols and organ performances by Jonathan Myers and David Schroeder.
MAHOMET – A storyteller and a visual artist will team up to present a program called "Flying Solo Together" on Saturday at the Lake of the Woods Clubhouse in Mahomet.
The artist, Cindy Carlson, will present an exhibition of her watercolors from 2 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 7:15 p.m. when there will be an artist's reception, with wine and light snacks. People will receive a 10 percent discount on her original paintings and may register to win a glicee print.
CHAMPAIGN – An all-star cast of soloists will join The Prairie Ensemble in concert on Saturday for a performance of Franz Joseph Haydn's "Mass in Time of War," also called the "Kettledrum Mass."
Soprano Ollie Watts Davis, mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Buckley, tenor Jerold Siena and bass-baritone Ronald Hedlund will join forces with the Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana (BACH) Chorus in the performance, starting at 7:30 p.m. at Faith United Methodist Church, 1719 S. Prospect Ave., C. The Concert Conversation with music director Kevin Kelly will start at 7 p.m.
CHAMPAIGN – The 30th anniversary national tour of the Tony Award-winning musical "Ain't Misbehavin'," starring "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Assembly Hall Star Theatre in the University of Illinois Assembly Hall.
"Ain't Misbehavin'" is a musical revue with book by Murray Horowitz and Richard Maltby Jr., music by Thomas Wright "Fats" Waller, orchestrations and additional music by Luther Henderson, and lyrics by various writers. Fats Waller, the comic and musical soul of 1930s Harlem, lives on in this show, still considered one of Broadway's best-crafted revues.