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UI Varsity Men's Glee Club tuning up for year's big show

It's Tuesday evening, and that means the University of Illinois Varsity Men's Glee Club is singing in one of the lower-level rehearsal rooms at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. This night, their session lasts a little longer, as the young men prepare for their biggest concert of the year.

That would be the Dads Day event on Saturday in Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center. It draws not only fathers and sons but also alumni of the Glee Club, the oldest choral ensemble on campus.


Christian rockers Third Day finding tour, album a 'Revelation'

If being part of a multi-band tour is like a musical whirlwind, then is a solo show more like a gentle breeze?

Not exactly. And no one is saying the Southern-fried, contemporary Christian rock of Third Day is gentle. Or breezy. But the band, which plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the University of Illinois Assembly Hall, is just coming off the "Music Builds" tour with Jars of Clay, Switchfoot and Robert Randolph, and ready to switch gears.


C-U Symphony plans chill-inducing 'Fright Night'

Members of the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra won't be the only scary people as they wear Halloween costumes at their "Fright Night" concert on Friday evening.

From 150 to 200 University of Illinois students dressed as zombies will dance to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" either before the concert, which starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, or during the intermission.


Local residents honored for cultural contributions

 

CHAMPAIGN – Looking back 50 years to when he and his wife first arrived in Champaign County, Carl Altstetter said he would not have called the area a cultural wasteland or swamp.

"It was more like a savannah – rather sparse. Now it's a lush, tropical rainforest of the arts," Altstetter said Thursday night at the Highdive in Champaign.


Rathskeller band members reform as The Unpossible

URBANA – Two of the founding members of Rathskeller, one of the most popular bands in Champaign-Urbana history, have formed a new band, The Unpossible, which will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Iron Post, 120 Race St., U.

As with Rathskeller, the focus of The Unpossible is on writing and performing original music, according to Michael Pritchard, who with Gavin Stolte formed the new band two years ago. Both Pritchard and Stolte were instrumental in forming the sound of Rathskeller during the peak of the band's popularity and writing the music that led to the band winning regional and international contests in the Champaign-Urbana area, Chicago and Japan.


Temptations to return to Virginia for holiday, hits show

The Temptations will make a return trip to the Virginia Theatre in Champaign, this time to perform their "Christmas and Hits Show" on Dec. 11.

The Temptations' last performed at the Virginia in 2004 to a sold-out audience.


Trumpet's effect on jazz is subject of reading at EIU

Charleston native Krin Gabbard will trumpet the trumpet and its impact on jazz and American culture when he returns to present a reading on Saturday at Eastern Illinois University.

Coordinated as part of the ceremonies surrounding the rededication of the Doudna Fine Arts Center, his talk will take place at 10 a.m. in the new Doudna Lecture Hall.


Djembe drummer to open Champaign library series

CHAMPAIGN – A performance by Bolokada Conde, acclaimed master of the djembe drum, will lead the Champaign Public Library's three-part series of free, family programs of music and dance from across the globe.

Conde will perform at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Robeson Pavilion Room A & B at the library, 200 W. Green St., C. All performances in the series are free and open to the public.


EIU Jazz Lab, Collegiate bands to perform Tuesday night

Eastern Illinois University's Jazz Lab and Collegiate bands will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Dvorak Concert Hall on the Charleston campus.

The first half of the concert will feature the EIU Jazz Lab Band, a 19-piece ensemble directed by Paul Johnston, playing a variety of big-band music, including selections written for the Count Basie Orchestra and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra.


Willie Nelson returning for Assembly Hall concert

CHAMPAIGN – Country music icon Willie Nelson is "on the road again," returning to the home of his first Farm Aid concert 23 years ago with a concert in December at the University of Illinois Assembly Hall in Champaign.

Appearing with the 75-year-old singer-songwriter-actor-activist will be another musician-songwriter with a long list of movie credits, Billy Bob Thornton, and his band, the Boxmasters.