The yearlong silence in the local concert halls ended for me on the evening of March 29. Ian Hobson, music director of the Sinfonia da Camera, organized a series of three chamber music concerts performed in Champaign’s University Place Christian Church. This was my first indoor concert since…
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The six-month silence of classical-music concerts was broken Sept. 13 when Ian Hobson opened the 37th season of the Sinfonia da Camera with a 3 p.m. piano recital in a tent on the grounds of the Campaign Country Club.
When he’s not at the bar known for its famous fried fish Fridays and catchy motto (“Food, Drink, Sports and ROCK!”), Grassman can usually be found onstage playing the guitar, drums, harmonica, mandolin, keyboards or kazoo with any of the three bands he’s a member of.