Sunday, December 24, 2017 - 10:30pm
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Half an hour of carols and classic Christmas works for choir, organ, and brass. Followed by Traditional Midnight Mass at 11pm with champagne reception.

Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 7:30pm
The Virginia Theatre
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Classics and Christmas Tour
presented by National Shows 2
Date/Time: Sun, Dec 3, 2017 – 7:30pm
Tickets: $49.50/$39.50
Add’l per-ticket service charges apply: $5 (online only)
On-Sale Date: Fri, July 14, 2017, 10am

One of the greatest players on the planet – Chet Atkins
The Champaign Park District’s Virginia Theatre is proud to welcome back legendary guitarist Tommy Emmanuel. This show will feature one full set of Mr. Emmanuel’s classic solo acoustic songs, and one full set of Christmas favorites with Pat Bergeson, John Knowles, and Annie Sellick.
Tommy Emmanuel easily skates between musical styles, playing with the blues in one number, infusing Spanish tradition effortlessly into another, and thoughtfully exploring folk in a third. An accomplished fingerstyle player, Tommy frequently threads three different parts simultaneously into his material, operating as a one-man band who handles the melody, the supporting chords, and the bass all at once.
His technical gifts have earned him multiple awards and made him a Member of the Order of Australia, an honor bestowed by the Queen in his native homeland. Given his first guitar at age four, Tommy Emmanuel started working professionally just two years later in a family band. “When I was on stage, people lit up,” he recalls. He pursued music with a passion, working continuously in a variety of bands through his school years, and later, in one of Australia’s best-known acts, Dragon. He supplemented that work as a studio musician, playing on albums for artists like Air Supply and Men At Work.
Tommy’s many credits include two Grammy nominations, two ARIA Awards from the Australian Recording Industry Association, and repeated honors from Guitar Player magazine. Mr. Emmanuel has worked with Eric Clapton, Doc Watson, and Chet Atkins, among countless others.
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Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm
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Come learn to write and hear music with live performers.

Children, teens, and adults welcome.

All Score Urbana is an action learning-based initiative that increases access to music composition resources for the Urbana community.

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 4:00pm to Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 4:00pm
McKinley Presbyterian Church
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Amasong Chorus Winter Concert:  Taking Wing: A Concert of Songs that Soar.  December 9 & 10, 4:00 pm.  McKinley Presbyterian Church, corner of 5th & John

Escape the bonds of gravity with music by women who look to the skies for inspiration, strength, and comfort. Amasong will perform songs of birds, bees, and things with wings, letting our voices soar and lifting our spirits. Music director, Jill Crandall. Suggested donation $10 - $20. More if you can, less if you can’t.

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:00pm
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor) at The Urbana Free Library
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Join musicians Sam Gingher, Armand Beaudoin, and Dorothy Martirano for an eclectic mix of gypsy jazz, classical, and other instrumental music. Piano, didgeridoo, accordion, piccolo bass, and violin will all be presented in this family concert.

For children and their families.

Prairie Breezes family concerts are generously sponsored by Peggy and Bob Podlasek in memory of Greg Bliss.

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 2:00pm
Krannert Art Museum (Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel) 500 E. Peabody Dr. Champaign, IL 61820
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KAM Chamber Music Series presents Dr. Guido Sanchez-Portuguez, lecturer in guitar at the University of Illinois School of Music.
Dr. Sanchez-Portuguez will perform a program of classical guitar music in the Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery. This performance is free and open to all.

Please visit or to learn more.

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 10:30pm, Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 10:30pm, Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 10:30pm, Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 10:30pm, Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 10:30pm, Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 10:30pm, Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 10:30pm, Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 10:30pm, Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 10:30pm, Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 10:30pm, Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 10:30pm, Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 10:30pm
Clark Bar
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Come to Clark Bar for Shadowplay, the best industrial/Gothic/EBM music south of Chicago! Awesome beer garden and dance floor! No cover. Drink specials: $2 Bud Light Drafts, $4.50 Long Islands, & $3 Blue Moon Drafts.

Clark Bar
207 W. Clark St.
Champaign, Illinois 61820

(217) 355-0510

Friday, November 3, 2017 - 7:30pm
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Organist Dr. Yun Kim, a recitalist hailed as "remarkable" and known for programs of diverse musical style, will perform music of Marcel Dupre, J. S. Bach, Philip Glass and Iain Farrington in a 25th Anniversary celebration of the Schlicker Organ at Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church, 208 W. University Ave Champaign, Friday Evening, November 3rd at 7:30 PM. No admission charge; a freewill offering will be taken.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 5:00pm
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The Community Center for the Arts is hosting a first-ever Scary Music workshop featuring the eerie sounds of the theremin and synthesizer on Halloween--Tuesday, October 31--from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at 202 W. Main St, in Urbana.

Our teachers will offer free workshops to introduce you to electronic music (including how to play a theremin and synthesizer) and we’ll also show you some fun scary sounds you can make on acoustic instruments, so bring your instrument! (Or use one of ours.)

Then we’ll guide you as you explore uncharted soundscapes with free improvisation around our scary noises theme. This is one of those great times when experienced musicians and newcomers can both have fun participating!

The Wu-Morse Duo will be on hand for this, and you’ll get to hear your improvisation as it is filtered through the incredible LinnStrument MIDI Controller. This is guaranteed to be both cool and spooky!

Treats and general musical fun will round out this event that is suitable for all ages. Wear a costume or come as you are. There is no admission fee; donations will be accepted.

For details please visit our website: and click on “Happenings”

Phone: 217.384.5150.
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 2:00pm
Foellinger Auditorium (on the U of I quad)

A part of the world-wide Bahá’i Light of Unity Festival, this concert of original music will feature vocalist Wendy Marck and a composition for narrators and chamber orchestra that recounts the story of Bahá’u’lláh, Founder of the Bahá’i Faith. It was composed and will be directed by University of Illinois School of Music graduate Dr. Halim Beere.

This event is free of charge and is open to the public.


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