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DANVILLE – Ann Hampton Callaway is not shy about using her talent and influence to help worthy causes, whether it's her friend Fran Drescher's Cancer Schmancer Movement, participating in a fundraiser for the Leukemia Foundation at Carnegie Hall or making a special trip to Danville to help out a friend who grew up here.
Callaway will perform at a benefit for former Danville resident Tracy Parker. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 29 at The Heron Restaurant, 34 N. Vermilion St.
DANVILLE – Ann Hampton Callaway met Tracy Parker through Kari Strand when Parker and Strand were in Up With People. All have remained friends since the 1980s.
Callaway has been working with Parker's parents, Carol and Robert Parker of Danville, to do a benefit to help with mounting medical bills.
DANVILLE – The Danville High School music department will present its annual Madrigal dinner and dessert shows Dec. 8-11 at St. James United Methodist Church, 504 N. Vermilion St.
The dinners are at 6 p.m. Dec, 8, 9 and 10, and the dessert performance is at 7 p.m. Dec. 11. Tickets are $15 for dinner and $10 for the dessert performance. Also available are patron tickets for a minimum donation of $20. Patrons receive recognition in the Madrigal program, and their money goes to the financial support of the DHS Choral Booster Program.
URBANA – A 24-year-old graduate student composer at the Universitat der Kunste in Berlin is the winner of the 12th annual Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award Competition at the University of Illinois.
Abel Paul will have his "fragmentos del vertigo" performed by the UI New Music Ensemble, with conductors Stephen Taylor and Mei-Fang Lin, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Foellinger Great Hall of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. After the concert, there will be a reception in the lobby featuring music by the Boneyard Jazz Quintet.
CHAMPAIGN – The Black and White Steppers will perform with live band Of A Native Tribe at a charity fundraiser Friday evening at Radio Maria restaurant in Champaign.
Tickets to the event from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. are $5 in advance. Advance tickets may be bought from 10 p.m. to midnight today at Barfly. Ask for Melissa. Advance tickets may also be bought between 7 and 9 p.m. Thursday at the Bruce Nesbit African-American Cultural House at Mathew Avenue and Nevada Street on the University of Illinois campus.
URBANA – After delivering a lecture in Hong Kong four years ago on musical development in children, Gary McPherson walked to a nearby restaurant. He quickly felt someone following him.
It was Tiffany Poon's father, asking for advice on how to help his daughter. She was quite talented at piano but didn't like the pedagogical approach of her former teachers – all 10 of them.
Sensing the dad was genuine, McPherson, now a professor of music education at the University of Illinois, agreed to meet his daughter. Upon first hearing Tiffany, then only 7, the professor was deeply impressed. She played from memory – not just the notes but with great expression.
WWHP 98.3-FM will have two more live music shows in November as part of its 2008 music concert series, with the first featuring blues slide guitarist Sonny Landreth on Thursday evening.
Landreth will appear at the New Lafayette Club in Bloomington for a 7 p.m. show. The Delta Kings from Champaign-Urbana will open.
URBANA – Krannert Center is complementing its Song and Dance Ensemble of West Africa performance tonight with food and art.
Its Intermezzo Cafe is offering through tonight two traditional African dishes for lunch and dinner: poulet yassa, a Senegalese dish of marinated chicken, lemon and onions served over rice, with a pita on the side; and a hearty peanut soup, a common dish throughout Africa, also served with a pita.
URBANA – The Arcadia Chamber Players will present their fall concert – a sampler of music from Asia, Europe, and America – at 7 p.m. Friday at the First Mennonite Church at the corner of Lincoln and Springfield avenues in Urbana.
The concert is open to the public.
URBANA – Living in Arizona for six months, trying to figure out what to do next, University of Illinois graduate Kate Hathaway received a visit from her younger brother, James.
She was surprised to discover that he had learned, on guitar, all of the songs from her first CD of original music, released in 2005.
Sibling rivalry? No, more like sibling harmony.