ACE Teacher Award winner has instilled love of music in a new generation

CHAMPAIGN — Brandon T. Washington is an accomplished musician who has performed solo and as part of groups for many years.

But his biggest impact of all may be at Dr. Howard Elementary, where the 45-year-old has instilled a love of music in a new generation.

John Frayne | Young musicians shine at Sinfonia concert

The Sinfonia da Camera concert on Oct. 20 bore the title "Sounds of Youth," and the emphasis was truly on young, developing players. The program opened with the first two movements of Max Bruch's famous Violin Concerto No. 1, performed by the co-winners of the Sinfonia da Camera 2018 Youth Concerto Competition.

Frank's Weekend Faves, Nov. 4, 2018

My favorite local music concert this week? No surprise here. That would be hometown heroes REO Speedwagon's triumphant return to the Virginia Theatre in Champaign on Saturday. These guys really do keep pushin' on!

Yes, I've seen Kevin Cronin, Neal Dougherty, Bruce Hall and friends light up the stage on quite a few previous occasions. That's no less reason to want to see them again.

Top of the Morning, Nov. 3, 2018

I asked BARRINGTON COLEMAN if he's rusty ahead of tonight's return to the stage after a year's sabbatical. Stupid question.

"Not rusty at all," the longtime director of the UI's Varsity Men's Glee Club said. "They made me work too hard while I was gone."

Danville High moves 'Salute to Veterans' concert to Nov. 8

DANVILLE — A popular Danville High School event is being moved up in the year.

The 23rd annual "Salute to Veterans" concert will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in the school's Dick Van Dyke Auditorium, 202 E. Fairchild St.

It is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Religion calendar, Nov. 2-9, 2018

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Nightlife listings, Nov. 1-8, 2018

Bands, comedians, trivia, DJs and more. Here's your guide to a night on the town.


CANOPY CLUB: Ghastly with Tynan and Callie Reiff, 9 p.m.

CLARK BAR: Lisa Castang and Dave Cooper. 6 p.m.; C-U Comedy's "The Open Mic," (stand up comedy show; all signups in advance,, 9 p.m.

GOLDY'S BAR AND GRILL: Free N' Fun Bar Bingo, 6 p.m.

Student turned pit director puts music to Central-Centennial production of 'Shrek'

CHAMPAIGN — Normally, Patrick Duncker's gaze is directed away from the stage during Champaign Central's musicals. The all-state oboe player rarely misses a show as a member of the pit, which faces the audience.

But Central and Centennial's collaboration of "Shrek" this week didn't call for an oboe player. So instead, the Maroons' marching band drum major took the next logical step.

Entertainment listings, Nov. 1-8, 2018


This weekend


What: A Klose Knit Fashion Show — Where Knitting Meets Passion. Silent auction and raffle. Presented by Imbibe Urbana.

When: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 2.

Where: held in the back hallway of Lincoln Square Mall in Urbana, behind Common Ground Food Co-op, 300 S. Broadway Ave., #166, downtown Urbana.

John Frayne | Polar opposites work well together at CUSO concert

The Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra's concert on Oct. 13 was quite an event, with a touching performance of Richard Strauss' "Four Last Songs" and Gustav Mahler's massive Fifth Symphony.