Monday performance on the way
For Gina Manola, there was no better way to honor her late husband than providing a space for people to enjoy the music he loved.
This week's lineup: Allison Semmes on Ollie Watts Davis; Carol Marin on Joe Wenzel; Michael Kelly on Heywood ‘Woody’ Sanders; Roxanne Decyk on Emily Watts; Carol Ross Barney on Jack Baker; Grace Hou-Ovnik on Louis Liebovich; Amber McReynolds on Brian Gaines; Scott Atlas on Gilbert Haight; Susan Avery on Marvin Geller; and Arielle Gross Samuels on Paul Braun.
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.
Recollections of 2020 will include community sing-alongs from porches and driveways, anguished home-schooling sessions, and family weddings via Skype. Sweatpants and T-shirts became the new business attire, board games were cool again, silly livestreams the next best thing to “Saturday Night…
The Champaign Park District said Friday it has suspended public and private events at the Virginia Theatre through April 2021 due to coronavirus concerns.
It won’t be quite the same as strolling through a crowd on a warm summer day, listening to live music, sampling restaurant foods and nibbling on ears of sweet corn, but two popular local festivals are proceeding in a pandemic-safer virtual way.
Mike Ross: 'As far as I can tell, unless criteria change, it’s hard to be able to imagine going into larger gatherings until that vaccine is out there and showing effective results.'
It's shaping up to be a school year like no other for everyone — including marching bands. Bob Asmussen looks at how several of them plan to adjust this fall.
Watch the video of 'C-U Sings Volume 1: Let It Be,' produced by Mark Rubel, Ryan Groff and James Treichler and featuring 41 singers and 15 instrumentalists.
With the state set to enter Phase 4 of Gov. J.B. Pritzker's Restore Illinois plan, staff writer Anthony Zilis examines what various of University of Illinois venues are anticipating will change once students and visitors return.
The Champaign native and accomplished bassist has done all he can to reflect the outdoor nature of Allerton for the pre-recorded concert, which will be broadcast from 7 to 9 p.m. on WILL FM and streamed online.
Steve Holstein: "It's rare that somebody has the opportunity to host any show for that long and have the level of success that we had. Am I sad that it ended? Yes. Am I sad the way it ended? Sure. I wish I could have had another month to reminisce and say goodbye."
As for those who were looking forward to The Beach Boys concert July 23 and country singer Billy Currington July 24, well, maybe another year.
The music will be for seated diners only, and establishments “should be mindful of adjoining property owners and nearby residents,” Urbana Mayor Diane Marlin said.
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