When the Champaign-Urbana Symphony played on March 7, who in the audience could have imagined that it would be the last concert by this ensemble until next fall? Because of the coronavirus crisis, the entire season at Krannert came to an abrupt halt on March 12.
Urbana took fifth out of 10 schools at the Orchestra Cup after finishing third two years ago. They were the smallest orchestra of the 10, director Tamra Gingold said, and also the most diverse.
On March 5, the concert in the Foellinger Great Hall was entitled “Venice Baroque Orchestra: The Swedish Nightingale.”
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URBANA — Country music singer Billy Currington will headline the second night of grandstand entertainment at this summer’s Champaign County Fair.
From ‘All the way with LBJ’ to ‘Crazy,’ the Patsy Cline hit adopted by Ross Perot, presidential politics has a proud tradition of campaign slogans and songs. This week, we asked a panel of political junkies: Which one is your all-time favorite?
On Sunday afternoon, the young Norwegian cellist J. Swensen came to the Sunday Salon Series at Krannert’s Foellinger Great Hall for an exciting recital of works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Zoltan Kodaly and Cesar Franck. Swensen is the winner of the 2018 Young Concert Artists Award. He was join…
Located just inside the main west entrance of the building, the exhibit shows 10 sports and entertainment stars who performed over the years at the arena formerly known as the Assembly Hall.
The St. Olaf Choir of Northfield, Minn., came to the Foellinger Great Hall on Feb. 11. This was the 15th concert and last stop in a winter tour that had started on Jan. 18 and would end with a homecoming concert on Feb. 16 in Northfield.
The Sinfonia da Camera, conducted by Ian Hobson, highlighted the skills of longtime principal players Henry Skolnick, bassoon, and William Moersch, percussionist, in the Foellinger Great Hall concert on Feb. 8. Skolnick was heard in a relatively short piece by Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826…
Danville Symphony Orchestra is prepping for a first-of-its kind concert (country music!) Saturday night at a venue it’s never played: historic and renovated Fischer Theatre.
It applied Nov. 4 to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for a temporary work visa but hadn’t received approval and was unable to travel to the U.S. for its eight-week tour.
So far, it has showcased a Gospel Explosion, Spittin’ Figures, a discussion of the Tuskegee Airmen and World War II), Soul Train Karaoke and bowling at the Illini Union. At 7:30 p.m. tonight, the group will host its annual fashion show.
The Shanghai Ballet came to the Tryon Festival Theatre at the Krannert Center on Jan. 28-29 for two performances of the ballet “The Butterfly Lovers.” I attended the first of these performances.
The company’s stay at Krannert wraps up today with a Youth Series performance at 10 a.m. and a show for the general public at 7:30 p.m.
Until the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music acquired the Anna Fay Herron Bush music and papers in 2017, records documenting Bohumir Kryl’s Women’s Symphony Orchestra of Chicago were hard to find.
The Sunday Salon Series in Krannert’s Foellinger Great Hall on Jan. 26 offered what for many was the opening concert of the Krannert season.
CHAMPAIGN — Swim, school, band, sleep, repeat. Then throw in some homework, extra practices and a part-time job lifeguarding at the YMCA.
The drum shop that opened in 1989 at 29 Main St., C, will close Jan. 31, as owners Terry and Liz Hawkins wish to retire. A retirement sale is already underway.
Country star Jo Dee Messina, who will play at the Virginia Theatre on March 5, said her recent battle with cancer has helped her learn to appreciate the world around her, moment by moment.
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The East Central Illinois Youth Orchestra gave its 2020 Winter Concert on Jan. 19. The young instrumentalists were led by Kevin Kelly, who has conducted this training orchestra of the Conservatory of Central Illinois since 1997. The concert was given in Smith Memorial Hall, a concert venue o…