Melissa Merli: And the hand played on

Heitler keeps working despite fracture

Pianist Donnie Heitler is legally blind so tries to be careful on his gigs.

But a little more than three weeks ago, during a break in his set at a Champaign restaurant, he tripped over a cable and fell, landing on his left hand.

"I kept on playing that night but it stiffened up on me the next day," he said.

South African Freedom Day scheduled for Wednesday

URBANA — The Center for African Studies, along with Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, will host South African Freedom Day at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Krannert.

Taking place in the Tryon Festival Theater, the free event will focus on the role played by music, dance and other forms of cultural expression during the anti-apartheid struggle.

DSO to honor late founder

DANVILLE — The Danville Symphony Orchestra's final concert of its 47th season on Saturday evening will honor its founder, Harry Adams, who died last year.

The orchestra also promises "Two Times the Fun," with guest artists Charles Webb and Steven Mann, a piano duo, plus Joseph Mervis of Indianapolis as narrator of "Carnival of the Animals."

Symphony closes season with Russians

URBANA — The Champaign-Urbana Symphony will look to Russia for its final season concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

The "A Russian Festival" concert conducted by Stephen Alltop starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Foellinger Great Hall. The program:

— Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Russian Easter Overture.

Scott to join Kilborn Alley for show

URBANA — Jackie Scott, a blues singer from Hampton Roads, Va., will perform with the Kilborn Alley Blues Band at its 14th anniversary party at 9 p.m. Saturday at The Iron Post, 120 S. Race St., U.

Kilborn Alley singer Andrew Duncanson said his band has played in many places over the years and met many fine players.

Entertainment listings, April 17-24, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.

Special events

This weekend

Music Q&A: David Belcher of Illini Contraband

This week, Paul Wood chats with David Belcher, 21, who plays in Illini Contraband. The enormous band plays in Earth Week festivities.

If you go

Step on out to the Allerton Barn Dance

With the death of actor Mickey Rooney, the age of barn dance movies is officially over.

But the barn dance lives on.

The University of Illinois Employees Credit Union hosts the Allerton Barn Dance on Friday evening.

It features the BowDacious String Band from 6 to 7 p.m.; Sam Payne and Friends from 7 to 8 p.m.; and The Curses starting at 8 p.m.

John Frayne: Ukrainian pianist is tops on my Liszt

On April 6, the Sunday Salon series at the Foellinger Great Hall featured a piano recital by the Ukrainian-born Vadym Kholodenko.

This greatly gifted pianist was the gold medal winner at the 14th Van Cliburn competition.

Clubs listings, April 17-24, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.

THURSDAY, April 17

BLACK BEAR INN, Danville: Karaoke with Route 66, 9 p.m.

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