Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center has been quiet for over a month, but on Saturday night, June 18, it was full of glorious music. At the Illinois Bach Academy, 2022, the famous “St. Matthew Passion” by Johann Sebastian Bach was performed by singers and musicians who came from near and…
Before COVID-19, one highlight of the month of June was the Illinois Summer Harp Class, run by Professor of harp Anne Yeung at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Well, with this spring’s return to something near normal, I was able to take in two concerts of this year’s harp class i…
Headlining Saturday's busy area schedule: Juneteenth celebrations at Champaign‘s Douglass Park, Rantoul’s East Congress Avenue and Urbana’s Crestview Park.
In Friday's weekly Meeting Minutes & More special section: Rantoul to double its number of automated license plate readers ... Fisher installs second emergency siren in village ... Parkland announces new academic department ... Praise for Urbana students for changing city council members' minds on SRO contract.
In Friday's Meeting Minutes & More special section, we check in on Arcola, Arthur, Atwood, Bellflower, Fairmount, Farmer City, Garrett, Gibson City, Gifford, Henning, Hindsboro, Homer, Indianola, Kempton, LeRoy, Ludlow, Monticello, Newman, Ogden, Paxton, Pesotum, Philo, Potomac, Ridge Farm, Roberts, Rossville, Royal, St. Joseph, Savoy, Sullivan, Tolono and Tuscola.
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As with other musical organizations in C-U, Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana was deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and it was my pleasure to hear them once again in their June 5 concert at Holy Cross Church in Champaign.
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On the cover of the Meeting Minutes & More special section in Friday's print editions: 17 of the 70 musicians who'll put on a free concert at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Urbana High auditorium.
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The spring concert season ended at Krannert Center on the weekend of April 29 to May 1 with a barrage of 10 musical events. The 125th anniversary of the start of the University of Illinois School of Music in 1895 was being celebrated. The actual date of the 125th anniversary was 2020, but th…
A well-known figure in the Champaign-Urbana music scene will be recognized at Rose Bowl Tavern on Sunday, June 5, when it will host the Angie Heaton Spring 2022 Tribute Show from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Thanks to the musical talents of Oakwood’s Jeff and Lynn Palmer, Danville American Legion Post 210’s Memorial Day ceremony at Danville National Cemetery will include the beautiful music of bagpipes.
In its April 16 concert, the Sinfonia da Camera, led by Ian Hobson, set out to show what a brilliant orchestra it is. For those of us familiar with this ensemble, the issue was hardly in doubt. But, yes, this ensemble did play brilliantly in works by Paul Hindemith and Bela Bartok, proving a…
The two-day conference at the Spurlock Museum will highlight the roots of racism faced by Asian Americans that was highlighted during the pandemic.
On April 9, a concert was given in Foellinger Great Hall by the University of Illinois Varsity Men’s Glee Club, conducted by their music director, Barrington Coleman. The concert was called “New Awakenings I: A Spring Concert of Reflection, Hope and Strength.”
In honor of this weekend's belated birthday celebration, Ethan Simmons looks at some of the UI School of Music’s special people and programs — past, present and future.
The artistic and cultural relationships between different styles of music are frequently complex and ever changing. This is particularly true for much of America’s diverse jazz legacy.
The recent production of Wolfgang Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” had many unusual aspects to it, but the strength of Pierre Beaumarchais’ original play, Lorenzo da Ponte’s skillful adaptation, as well as Mozart’s glorious music won the day. By the last acts of this performance those quali…
The Sinfonia da Camera moved back to Smith Memorial Music Hall for its April 2 concert, at which Ian Hobson led the ensemble in performances by the two winners in the 2020 University of Illinois School of Music Concerto Competition, pianist Wan Lin and alto saxophonist Wilson Poffenberger. T…
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In the '60s and '70s, Bud Johnson led the well-known Douglass Center Drum Corps to a national title. After he died at the age of 79 last fall, he'll get a final sendoff at Douglass Center on Saturday.
Gucci Mane, A$AP Rocky, Lil Durk are just a few artists DJ Burn One has mixed and written tracks for. This week, university students were the focus of the producer's visit to campus.