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Streets to be closed for UI marching band festival

Kirby Avenue will be closed Oct. 25 between First and Fourth Streets for the Illini Marching Band festival. The closures will be effective from 6:30 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. Peabody Street will also be closed during that time, according to a University of Illinois press release. Other streets will be closed to accommodate the festival's parade competition, which is scheduled to start at 10 a.m.

The parade will march north on Fourth Street from Kirby Avenue, turn right onto Peabody Drive and then north on Sixth Street. It will then go to Armory Avenue, where it will turn left. Another left on Fourth Street will return it to Memorial Stadium. Those streets will be closed from 9 a.m. to about 12:30 p.m.


Trio X set to perform Thursday at Krannert Art Museum

Trio X will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C, as part of the Sudden Sound Concert Series curated by Jason Finkelman.

Trio X is lead by multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee, a leading figure in improvised music since the late 1960s. He formed Trio X with like-minded improvisers Dominic Duval (bass) and Jay Rosen (drums). The New York-based trio is deeply rooted in its collective experiences as performers in avant-garde jazz and new-music circles.


Celtic singer-musician to perform in Urbana

URBANA – Ged Foley, a Celtic singer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, will perform at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Heartland Gallery, 112 W. Main St., U.

Foley is well-known in Celtic circles as one of the most gifted guitarists performing Irish music. He was a member of Scotland's Battlefield Band and a founder of England's House Band, and is a key part in Irish super group Patrick Street.


American Boychoir bringing Heartland Tour to Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – The American Boychoir directed by Litton-Lodal music director and University of Illinois alumnus Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday at McKinley Presbyterian Church, corner of Fifth and John streets, Champaign.

The Chamber Choir of the Central Illinois Children's Chorus, conducted by Andrea Solya, will join the Boychoir for a portion of the performance. Malvar-Ruiz is a previous director of the Central Illinois Children's Chorus and a former choral conducting student of BACH music director Chester L. Alwes at the UI.


Marching Illini to perform Sunday at Assembly Hall

CHAMPAIGN – The University of Illinois Marching Illini will perform live at 3 p.m. Sunday at the UI Assembly Hall. Tickets are on sale for $7 in advance and $9 the day of the show. There is a $2.50 discount for UI students, and discounts are available for children younger than 12, groups and senior citizens.

The marching band will play pieces ranging from classic anthems to a broad sampling from its halftime football performances. The Marching Illini are recognized beyond Memorial Stadium as "The Best Band in the Land," having garnered national recognition at away football games and appearances at the Rose, All-American, Peach, Liberty, Citrus, Hall of Fame, John Hancock and Holiday bowl games. In addition, the Marching Illini host and perform in an exhibition at the close of the annual Illini Marching Festival.


After-school program aims to drum up interest in arts

CHAMPAIGN – Want to get the undivided attention of eighth-graders? Put some African drums in front of them and see if they can keep their hands off.

A dozen eighth-grade students at Franklin Middle School will learn the art of West African drumming this fall, and a dozen more will explore what art means to them through painting, sculpture or other visual arts.


Waiting list planned for Tuesday k.d. lang concert

URBANA – Tickets for the k.d. lang concert on Tuesday night at Krannert Center have been sold out for some time, but fans who don't have one can get on a waiting list.

The original waiting list of 200 people will become defunct at 10 a.m. today. Some ticketholders who are unable to go to the concert turn their tickets in late.


Concert of Indian classical music set for Wednesday

URBANA – The Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth will present a free concert of north Indian classical (Hindustani) instrumental music at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the University of Illinois Music Building auditorium, 1114 W. Nevada St., U.

The concert will feaure Shri Kushal Das on sitar and Shri Tejendra Narayan Majumdar on sarod.


Circuit Band expanding into yearlong program for beginners

CHAMPAIGN – The Conservatory of Central Illinois is expanding its Circuit Band Program for area students who have studied band instruments for at least one year.

Circuit Band is a beginning-level band that provides opportunities for beginning and intermediate students studying band instruments. The band has met in the summers in recent years and performed annually at the Downtown Festival of the Arts. Now it will continue to meet during the school year.


Bluegrass gathering scheduled Saturday in Arthur

ARTHUR – The Chet Kingery Memorial Blue Grass Jam will take place this weekend in downtown Arthur.

All acoustic bluegrass and gospel musicians are invited for the annual gathering, starting at 9 a.m. Saturday and lasting until past dark in jam tents in the new Dorothy Jurgens Downtown Park and along south walls in the downtown area.