Arts and Entertainment
CHARLESTON – Eastern Illinois University's Department of Music will present Antonio Vivald's "The Four Seasons" at 4 p.m. Sunday in Wesley United Methodist Church, Charleston. The concert will feature the Eastern Symphony Chamber Orchestra, the Concert Choir and special guest artists Charlotte Mattax and Maureen Murchie.
Under the direction of Richard Robert Rossi, the Eastern Symphony Chamber Orchestra and Concert Choir will perform three of the 22 recently discovered Graduals and Offertories by Joseph Matthias Kracher. These compositions, thought to be missing, were found in the Wimmer Library Collection at St. Vincent Archabbey in Pennsylvania. As part of his doctoral work, Rossi transcribed the works ("O Magnum Mysterium," "Omnes de Saba Venient" and "Reges Tharsis") which will be heard during the concert.
DANVILLE – Ed Sant describes his latest directing project as "diabolically clever and very adult."
"Accomplice" opens its three-week run at 8 p.m. March 28 at the Kathryn Randolph Theater, 601 N. Vermilion St.
DECATUR – Two graduate students at the University of Illinois will perform a faculty and guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Perkinson Music Center at Millikin University.
Christine Bock will play viola and Jennifer Garrett the piano. The recital is free and open to the public. Their program will feature "Sonata for Viola Alone, Opus 25 No. 1" by Paul Hindemith; "Polonaise for Viola and Piano" by Rudolf Haken, a UI professor of music; "Sonata for Viola and Piano No. 1" by Bohuslav Martinu; and Concert Piece for Viola and Piano by Georges Enescu.
Area theater companies in Hoopeston and Cissna Park will have auditions in April for their summer productions.
The Artistic Repertory Theatre in Hoopeston will have auditions from 3 to 5 p.m. April 5 for Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella" at the Academy, 203 E. Main St., Hoopeston.
A fundraising concert aimed at fans of chamber music and traditional dance tunes, "An Evening of Music for Grownups," takes place at 8 p.m. Friday at Techline, 24 E. Green St., C.
The concert features University of Illinois faculty musicians and members of the Community Center for the Arts, also known as C4A, and the traditional acoustic group Oberon, the Possum King. Tickets are $15, and proceeds benefit C4A. Wine, coffee and dessert are included in the price.
URBANA – Fans of modern-dance choreographer Mark Morris will have a chance to meet him in person and at a venue other than Krannert Center, where his Mark Morris Dance Group will perform this week for the eighth consecutive year.
Morris will be at the Parkland Art Gallery Annex in the Parkland Library, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C, at 7 p.m. Wednesday for a conversation with Mike Ross, director of Krannert Center. The event is free and open to the public.
HOMER – Bruce Vetter, a leather artisan by trade, has been making things with his hands since he was a boy. He attributes his creativity to his unusual education. Learning – self-motivated and self-directed – is for him a lifelong commitment, something he always actively sought.
Vetter and his work will be featured on public television's "Heartland Highways" program series, set to air at 7 p.m. Fri. April 4. The show will repeat at midnight and again at 4 p.m. on Sun. April 6. The program can be viewed on WEIU Insight Cable channel 14, Clear Vision channel 12 (in Brocton channel 6), Charter Cable channel 5, and DishNetwork and Direct TV channel 51.
URBANA – Growing up in California as a child of legendary movie composer Henry Mancini was nothing out of the ordinary to Monica Mancini, who performs with Marvin Hamlisch on Thursday evening at Krannert Center.
"He would get up and go to work, and my mother would do the same thing," she recalled. "We went to school and did homework. It was really normal."
URBANA – The English and American Dance Weekend will take place Friday, Saturday and next Sunday at the Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St, U, on the University of Illinois campus.
Everyone is welcome; no partner is needed. Dance experience is recommended for some of the dances and workshops but is not a requirement for many of the other weekend events.
URBANA – Singer and harpist Claire Roche performs at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Heartland Gallery in downtown Urbana.
Roche, from Dublin, Ireland, is on a monthlong tour of the United States and will perform on both Irish and concert harps. She will play a selection of traditional ballads, as well as some of her own compositions set to the poetry of W.B. Yeats. Roche is a personal friend of Yeats' son.