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Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 7:30pm, Friday, December 5, 2014 - 7:30pm, Monday, December 8, 2014 - 7:30pm
Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin, Urbana

Champaign Urbana Ballet Presents The Nutcracker

A Holiday tradition, The Nutcracker is the magical story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince who are led through an enchanted dream by Clara’s godfather, Herr Drosselmeyer.

From the exciting battle of mice and soldiers to the magnificent scenes of snow and sweets, the talented dancers of Champaign Urbana Ballet perform this timeless piece under the direction of Deanna Doty.

Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin, Urbana

Thursday December 4 at 7:30 pm

Friday December 5 at 7:30 pm

Saturday December 6 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm

Sunday December 7 at 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm

Tickets:

$20 - $42

On-line at www.krannertcenter.com

By phone at 217/333-6280 or 800/KCPATIX

In person at the Ticket Office (10am-6pm every day)

For more information about CU Ballet, visit CuBallet.com

Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 10:00pm
Institute 4 Creativity, 111 South Walnut St. (2nd floor), Champaign, IL
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Join us for a night of local & regional music. Time to get your jam groove dancing on!

This is also a final push for Acker’s Kickstarter project to fund their upcoming album (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1252624485/acker-studio-album-and-v...). Support local music!

ACKER - sometimes jazzy, sometimes heavy, always uncomfortably loud (http://acker.bandcamp.com)

Pigeon - noisy punks from Carbondale (http://pigeon2.bandcamp.com)

Marathon + Comrades - Psychedelic drone, joined by special guests. Note: they'll be playing *new* material, not Guitarkestra stuff, y’all. (http://marathondrone.bandcamp.com)

Lineup:
10-10:30: Marathon + Comrades
11-11:30: Pigeon
12-12:30: Acker

Ages 18+
Beverages available for donation. A government-issued ID will be required to consume alcohol.

Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 2:30pm
Urbana High School, Cobb Auditorium, 1002 S. Race St.
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Based on the beloved classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, "Little Women, The Broadway Musical" will be presented Nov. 5-8 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 9 at 2:30 p.m. by the Urbana High School Theatre Department under the direction of Tim Broeker and musical direction by Cullyn Murphy.

Tickets are $10 ($5 for UHS students and children under 12) and are available at the door, beginning 30 minutes prior to each performance, or by emailing tbroeker@usd116.org.

The story follows the adventures of Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March as they grow up in Civil War America. Jo longs to publish a novel. Meg longs for a fiance. Beth longs for a piano. Amy longs to be admired. This timeless tale has been given new life as an exhilarating musical, filled with glorious song, dance and a few tears. It celebrates personal discovery and coming of age in a time of challenge and transformation.

The cast, crew and orchestra feature a wealth of talent from more than 30 UHS students. The production team includes technical director Breanna Morton, costume designer Barb Hughes, orchestra conductor Darren Hicks, assistant director Jessica Elliott and scenic construction lead Rick Broeker.

Performances are at Urbana High School's Cobb Auditorium, 1002 S. Race St., Urbana.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 7:00pm, Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 7:00pm, Friday, November 7, 2014 - 7:00pm, Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 7:00pm
Urbana High School, Cobb Auditorium, 1002 S. Race St.
{ theatre, music }

Based on the beloved classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, "Little Women, The Broadway Musical" will be presented Nov. 5-8 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 9 at 2:30 p.m. by the Urbana High School Theatre Department under the direction of Tim Broeker and musical direction by Cullyn Murphy.

Tickets are $10 ($5 for UHS students and children under 12) and are available at the door, beginning 30 minutes prior to each performance, or by emailing tbroeker@usd116.org.

The story follows the adventures of Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March as they grow up in Civil War America. Jo longs to publish a novel. Meg longs for a fiance. Beth longs for a piano. Amy longs to be admired. This timeless tale has been given new life as an exhilarating musical, filled with glorious song, dance and a few tears. It celebrates personal discovery and coming of age in a time of challenge and transformation.

The cast, crew and orchestra feature a wealth of talent from more than 30 UHS students. The production team includes technical director Breanna Morton, costume designer Barb Hughes, orchestra conductor Darren Hicks, assistant director Jessica Elliott and scenic construction lead Rick Broeker.

Performances are at Urbana High School's Cobb Auditorium, 1002 S. Race St., Urbana.

Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 1:30pm
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL

This two-part program features tales of the ancient Mediterranean and Middle East through storytelling and music. Resident storyteller Kim Sheahan will perform the stories of Orpheus, Theseus, and characters from the Arabian Nights. The stories will then be interpreted through the multimedia harp show Scheherazade, performed by UIUC graduate music performance student Ann McLaughlin. This concert is sponsored by a grant from the Urbana Arts Council.

For further information, contact Kim Sheahan at (217) 244 - 3355 or ksheahan@illinois.edu

Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 2:00pm
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL

Hand-held fans are a very important accompaniment to many dances, and they often tell stories, celebrate traditions, express religious beliefs, and pass on histories. During this presentation by "fan fancier" Robin Goettel, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the geography and cultural use of fans, as we explore ethnic dances incorporating fans in their tradition. Beautiful dance videos will be shown, including Flamenco, Balinese, Korean, Eskimo, and many others. After the presentation, the audience can view fans from Ms. Goettel's collection.

For further information, contact Kim Sheahan at (217) 244 - 3355 or ksheahan@illinois.edu

Thursday, April 2, 2015 (All day) to Friday, September 25, 2015 (All day)
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, 236 Harding Band Bldg., 1103 South Sixth Street, Champaign

When World War I began in 1914 the United States proclaimed that it would follow a policy of strict neutrality “in thought and deed,” and President Wilson firmly believed that peace was the only course of action needed to resolve the European conflict. Many Americans felt the same way, but as the war’s atrocities, both fictional and real, were publicized, some politicians and military leaders began to voice their support for military intervention. After the United States declared war against Germany on April 6, 1917 the country witnessed a dramatic mobilization of industry and financial resources to produce trained soldiers, food, munitions, and equipment which were in short supply at the start of America’s involvement. The federal government set up hundreds of temporary agencies with over a million new employees to help redirect the nation’s economy. America’s sheet music industry joined forces with the U.S. Committee on Public Information to help sell the ideals of patriotism, sacrifice, and volunteerism to the American public as the only way to win this war. This special exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History depicts the diverse portrayals of soldiers’ lives, recruitment of African-American soldiers, women’s support for the war effort, and the country’s financial and personal sacrifice through the melodies, lyrics and graphic illustrations of sheet music that were produced between 1917 and 1919.

Visit http://archives.library.illinois.edu/sousa for more information.

Thursday, April 2, 2015 (All day) to Monday, August 3, 2015 (All day)
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, 236 Harding Band Bldg., 1103 South Sixth Street, Champaign

As war enveloped much of Western Europe in 1914 and 1915 our country struggled to justify its involvement in this conflict and our national leaders overwhelmingly favored peaceful negotiation as the only logical way to end Europe’s war. However by 1916 Germany’s military had devastated large portions of Belgium and France, and presented a serious threat to Great Britain as well as commercial shipping across the north Atlantic. While fear of a German invasion spawned discussions on the possible need to close the University of Illinois or at least discontinue courses that did not provide relevant training to support a military build-up if needed, the University’s band program under the direction of A. Austin Harding continued to provide the campus and the local community with musical artistry, patriotic fervor, and moral support during the darkest days of WWI. This exhibit investigates the challenges that Harding faced as many of his band’s members enlisted in the army and navy in 1917 after America entered the war, and highlights the role that Harding and his bands played to support that nation’s war effort.

Visit http://archives.library.illinois.edu/sousa for more information.

Thursday, April 2, 2015 (All day) to Monday, August 3, 2015 (All day)
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, 236 Harding Band Bldg., 1103 South Sixth Street, Champaign

As war enveloped much of Western Europe in 1914 and 1915 our country struggled to justify its involvement in this conflict and our national leaders overwhelmingly favored peaceful negotiation as the only logical way to end Europe’s war. However by 1916 Germany’s military had devastated large portions of Belgium and France, and presented a serious threat to Great Britain as well as commercial shipping across the north Atlantic. While fear of a German invasion spawned discussions on the possible need to close the University of Illinois or at least discontinue courses that did not provide relevant training to support a military build-up if needed, the University’s band program under the direction of A. Austin Harding continued to provide the campus and the local community with musical artistry, patriotic fervor, and moral support during the darkest days of WWI. This exhibit investigates the challenges that Harding faced as many of his band’s members enlisted in the army and navy in 1917 after America entered the war, and highlights the role that Harding and his bands played to support that nation’s war effort.

Visit http://archives.library.illinois.edu/sousa for more information.

Friday, April 1, 2016 (All day) to Sunday, June 26, 2016 (All day)
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, 236 Harding Band Bldg., 1103 South Sixth Street, Champaign
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Pogo Studio was established in downtown Champaign, IL, in 1985 and quickly earned local, regional and national recognition for its finely crafted recordings and its owner’s easy-going nature. The studio remained a fixture of the community’s music scene and a valuable resource for regional recording artists for nearly thirty years. During the early 1980s its founder, Mark Rubel, developed his audio engineering and production expertise while working at the University of Illinois’ Experimental Music Studios and the Faithful Sound recording studio which was located in Urbana, IL. As an active performing bass guitarist, an employee of the talent agency, Blytham Ltd., and project chair for the Champaign County Arts Council, Rubel developed a robust professional relationship with a variety of musicians and bands throughout central Illinois. As a result Pogo Studio recorded and produced over one thousand different projects with such musicians as Adrian Belew and Alison Krauss; rock bands Hum, Menthol, Starcastle and the Vertebrats; community music groups like Amasong; and a variety of performances by student ensembles and faculty from the University of Illinois, Eastern Illinois University and Parkland Community College. This exhibition showcases the unique music legacy of Mark Rubel and Pogo Studio through photographs, oral histories, and sound recordings.

For more information, visit http://archives.library.illinois.edu/sousa.

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