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