As the fall concert season ends, The Champaign-Urbana Symphony, conducted by Stephen Alltop, made its return to Foellinger Great Hall with a varied, tuneful and memory inducing “Welcome Joy” holiday concert on Dec 9.

The end of the UIUC semester is crunch time for everybody, including the students who play in the UI Symphony Orchestra. At the beginning of the Tuesday, Dec. 7 concert, conductor William Eddins spoke briefly of the efforts to bring off a concert which joins the talents and work of the UI Or…

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Ian Hobson and the Sinfonia da Camera concluded their fall season Dec. 3 with an all-Camille Saint-Saëns concert in Smith Memorial Hall. The hall has a fine organ, so the choice of that venue made possible the playing, on a real organ, of Saint-Saëns’ “Organ Symphony (No. 3 in C Minor).”

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One of the University of Illinois School of Music’s chamber groups, Concerto Urbano, gave their first public concert since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic at Smith Memorial Hall on Oct. 24. School of Music Professor Charlotte Mattax Moersch is the director of Concerto Urbano, and she …

The University of Illinois Symphony program of Oct. 22 was balanced between the very familiar Symphony No. 5 of Peter Tchaikovsky and what was surely a Champaign-Urbana premier, the Fifth Symphony of widely celebrated American composer John Harbison.

The Sinfonia da Camera came back to Foellinger Great Hall on Oct 16, and for this special occasion, music director Ian Hobson, displayed his double talents as pianist and conductor in a dazzling performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.”

On Thursday, the Verona Quartet gave what was for me the first guest concert in the Foellinger Great Hall since the COVID-19 interruption a year and a half ago. The Verona group, winner of the 2020 Cleveland Quartet Award, is made up of violinists Jonathan Ong and Dorothy Ro, violist Abigail…

One of the first major concerts at David S. Palmer Arena since the start of the pandemic will feature an entertainer better known for his acting. Danville, get ready for Kevin Costner & Modern West’s “Tales from Yellowstone” tour.

The Sinfonia da Camera, led by Ian Hobson, resumed public concerts on Sept. 25 in Smith Memorial Hall on the UI campus. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Hobson had valiantly tried to offer performances. He played a largely solo recital outdoors under a tent, and he organized a series of chamber…

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The Champaign-Urbana Symphony is back, after 554 days since its last pre-COVID-19 concert. That number was mentioned by conductor Stephen Alltop, and I am sure he had been counting, much like the orchestral players and the audience been watching the calendar and waiting for concert life to resume.