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Abraham Lincoln loved music; he was most passionate about the melodies and lyrics that reflected the American experience.
"Throughout his tenure as U.S. president, Lincoln heard music of every mood in the White House, military camps and Washington, D.C.," said Scott Schwartz, director of the Sousa Archives and American Music Center at the University of Illinois. "It was as varied as the president's and America's kaleidoscopic musical tastes, but most often it spoke from the heart of a nation."
For American Music Month, which happens every November, Schwartz organized several events to harken back to the music of Lincoln's time.
A major highlight will be the Grand Ball on Nov. 22 at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center that will feature the Illinois Volunteer Cavalry Brass Band, which plays Civil War-era music.
Anthony Brown's Asian American Orchestra is pulling out all the stops at its 10-year anniversary concert on Thursday at Krannert Center.
In fact, Brown considers it the anniversary capstone concert of the year. "It's the only time during our 10-year celebration that we will play the entirety of 'Rhapsody in Blue,'" he said. "We've just done excerpts because we wanted to present an overview of all the material we've been doing the past 10 years."
URBANA – Tamra Gingold's violin is at her shoulder, and she's playing skillfully as two high schoolers follow along, watching her lead as they keep the rhythm on their own violins.
Gingold's violin – inherited from her grandfather – is named Dvorak, after her favorite composer, and the moment itself feels a little classical, a little like a Hallmark card of a perfect teaching moment.
Except Gingold is playing "Purple Haze" by Jimi Hendrix, the music rocking off the walls of her little office at Urbana High School.
When you're a student of Gingold's, playing a string instrument can mean learning classical music – sophomore Laura Orozco's favorite – or it can mean playing the latest Alicia Keys song, as freshman Kamiya Gable practiced on Tuesday. Even hip-hop is in the Gingold violin vocabulary.
"She likes to open our minds up to a lot of different kinds of music," Orozco said.
"She brings fun to it. It's not just boring and strict," Gable said. "She has a creative mind, and that's what I love. ... She's one of the teachers who's there to help. She wants you to get better."
Perhaps that's why Urbana's string program has grown in leaps and bows ... er, bounds. In fifth grade alone, about 75 students are taking lessons during school, Gingold said.
Nearly 200 dancers from Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Iowa are expected at the 20th annual Dancing Illini Intercollegiate Dance Competition on Saturday at the Illini Union in Urbana.
Students from Indiana University, Iowa State University, Knox College, Notre Dame University, Purdue University, the University of Missouri, Valparaiso University and the University of Illinois will face off in the all-day ballroom, Latin and nightclub dance competition.
CHAMPAIGN – Garry Harrison and the New Mules, who specialize in the traditional music of Illinois, will offer fiddle and banjo and clogging workshops on Saturday at Techline and the Phillips Recreation Center.
The day will end with a concert at 8 p.m. at Techline, 24 E. Green St., C.
SAVOY – Through Sunday, supporters of the Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana, better known as BACH, can support the ensemble by making purchases at Pages for All Ages bookstore in Savoy.
Pages for All Ages will donate 15 percent of each purchase to BACH when the buyer mentions the ensemble at checkout. This donation applies to both online and in-store purchases. A news release from BACH suggests that supporters start their Christmas shopping early while supporting BACH at the same time.
CHAMPAIGN – The contemporary Christian rock band Third Day has canceled its concert on Friday evening at the University of Illinois Assembly Hall.
Carol Anderson, the tour promoter, said drummer David Carr's father died Tuesday and the band tried but was unable to find a replacement drummer.
DANVILLE – The North Ridge Middle School show choirs are sponsoring a frozen Beef House rolls sale.
Members of the choirs will take orders for the frozen yeast rolls as well as strawberry jam and apple butter. Delivery is set for Nov. 24.
DANVILLE – The Danville Symphony Orchestra will hold the Gail and Harry Adams Young Artists Competition at 1 p.m. Jan. 25 at St. James United Methodist Church, 504 N. Vermilion St., Danville.
The competition is an opportunity for area youth to compete on their chosen instrument sagainst their peers.
CHAMPAIGN – Two musicians who are part of the traditional Irish music scene will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday at Techline, 24 E. Green St., C.
The doors for the concert by singer/flute player Norah Rendell and guitarist Brian Miller will open at 7:30 p.m.