Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 7:30pm
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
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Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra Will Perform Holiday Concert December 8

Maestro Stephen Alltop will conduct the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra (CUSO) in Holiday Glories, joined by the University of Illinois Oratorio Society, The Central Illinois Children’s Chorus, and soprano Josefien Stoppelenburg at  Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, December 8, at 7:30 p.m.

Holiday Glories | Stephen Alltop, Music Director & Conductor
Thursday, December 8, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
University of Illinois Oratorio Society
Andrew Megill, Director
Central Illinois Children’s Chorus
Josefien Stoppelenburg, Soprano

Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme| J. S. Bach
Gloria| Francis Poulenc
Andrew Megill, conducting
University of Illinois Oratorio Society
Josefien Stoppelenburg, soprano
A Chanukah Overture | Robert Wendel
The Twelve Gifts of Christmas | Jeff Tyzik
Central Illinois Children’s Chorus
Sleigh Ride | Leroy Anderson
Christmas Angels Sing-Along | arr. Naughtin
Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah | G.F. Handel

In one of the most popular concerts of the year, the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, led by Maestro Stephen Alltop, will present Holiday Glories on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in the Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The orchestra will be joined by the University of Illinois Oratorio Society and the Central Illinois Children’s Chorus to perform a mix of classical and popular holiday favorites for the whole family. Poulenc’s joyous Gloria will be performed, featuring Dutch soprano Josefien Stoppelenburg, the Oratorio Society, and conductor Andrew Megill.  The concert program also includes Wendel’s  A Chanukah Overture, Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus, Sleigh Ride, a traditional carols sing-along, and a visit from Santa. Tickets are $40 for adults, $36 for seniors, and $5 for students of all ages. For tickets, call the Krannert Center Ticket Office at (217) 333-6280 or visit

“This concert offers a delightful array of holiday music for the whole family to enjoy,” remarked Maestro Alltop. “The Central Illinois Children’s Chorus and the University of Illinois Oratorio Society will add their voices to the glorious sound.  When the audience joins in for the Christmas Angels Sing-Along, it is a beautiful holiday tradition. Santa is sure to make an appearance as well.”

The Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra is the professional orchestra in residence at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois. Celebrating its 57th season, upcoming concerts include Holiday Glories on December 8, British Bounty on January 28, 2017, Music of the Heartland on March 17, and Latin Sensations on April 29. The Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. More information can be found at

Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 7:30pm
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (Foellinger Great Hall), 500 S. Goodwin Avenue, Urbana
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James Henry Fillmore (1881-1956) was an unconventional trombonist, composer, bandmaster, teacher and publisher who loved circus music, American football, fast cars, and Mike, his music-loving dog. Henry’s father and uncle owned and operated the Fillmore Brothers Company which was one of the country’s leading publishers of church music and hymnals during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, but his love of the life and music of circuses was too strong to consider working for the family business, and he and his new wife, Mabel, joined the Lemon Brothers Circus where he was responsible for playing the trombone and calliope in the circus band. After leaving the circus life nearly a year later he returned to Cincinnati to join his father’s company to manage the company’s publication of new music for wind bands, much of it his own, and its traditional church music. As Henry’s reputation as a band leader, trombonist, and composer grew, his love of the music, colorful spectacles, and ringmaster attention of the circus were continually reflected in his new music compositions as well as his circus concerts with the Shrine Temple Band that he directed between 1921 and 1926 and his own Fillmore Band for WLW Radio broadcasts which often featured Mike, the “radio hound” between 1927 and 1932. The Cincinnati, Ohio Fillmore Wind Band will join the University of Illinois’ Wind Orchestra and Hindsley Symphonic Band in a musical extravaganza highlighting the diverse musical personalities of Henry Fillmore and his extraordinary influence on America’s early wind band traditions. In addition some very unique local canine musicians will be joining the bands in a special tribute to the memory of Mike, Henry Fillmore’s radio hound. For more information, visit

Saturday, November 5, 2016 (All day)
Memorial Stadium, 1402 S 1st Street, Champaign
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In the 1962 filmed production of Meredith Wilson and Franklin Lacey’s The Music Man, the con man “Professor” Harold Hill explains to his noisy school audience during the show’s first act that he has come to town to organize the River City Boys Band. He asks his audience if any pool table can hope to ever compete against a gold trombone and then inquires if anyone has ever felt the electric thrill of the music of Gilmore, Pat Conway, Giuseppe Creatore, W. C. Handy and John Philip Sousa all coming to town to play on the same historic day. He then sings “Seventy six trombones lead the big parade with a hundred and ten cornets close at hand.” Henry Fillmore, every bit the colorful pitchman of America’s brass band movement as the fictional character Harold Hill, was one of the country’s most respected early twentieth-century composers of unconventional and spirited music written for the trombone and wind band. Frequently referred to as the father of the trombone smear, Fillmore’s fifteen popular novelty pieces which he later titled the Trombone Family, beginning with “Miss Trombone” (1908) and ending with his “Ham Trombone” (1929) are continually played by bands and trombone sections today for the zany enjoyment of audiences across the country. Douglas Yeo, retired professor of trombone at Arizona State University and bass trombonist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the students and faculty of the School of Music trombone studios will join the Marching Illini, under the direction of Barry Houser, in a special Dad’s Day musical extravaganza dedicated to the golden sounds and technical wizardry of America’s slide trombone. Visit for more information.

Saturday, November 5, 2016 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Independent Media Center, 202 S. Broadway Avenue, Urbana

The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music is again sponsoring a series of free family performances as part of the 2016 Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival. The performers and special activities include a noontime concert by the Cielito Lindo Family Band, a family dance lead by Neal Schlein and the Thursday Night Lincoln Square Jam music ensemble, a sing along with Cielito Lindo performing a wonderful variety of Mexican and American folk songs, Irish set dancing with Daniel Flora, and English and Scandinavian dance instruction with Jon and Sue Hanson. All of this programming is free and open to the general public during this year’s wonderful Folk and Roots Festival. For further information either call 217-333-4577 or visit

Friday, September 23, 2016 - 6:00pm
Fluid Event Center, 601 N Country Fair Drive, Champaign, IL 61821
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Blues Blast Magazine and Fluid Event Center are pleased to present the 9th annual Blues Blast Music Awards held at Fluid Event Center in Champaign, IL on September 23rd, 2016.

Featured Performances by:
Bob Margolin
Eugene 'Hideaway' Bridges
Fiona Boyes
Henry Gray
Bob Corritore
Too Slim & The Taildraggers
Shaun Murphy
Danielle Nicole
Guy King
& Many, Many, More!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 (All day) to Sunday, October 2, 2016 (All day), Thursday, September 15, 2016 (All day) to Monday, October 3, 2016 (All day), Friday, September 16, 2016 (All day) to Tuesday, October 4, 2016 (All day), Saturday, September 17, 2016 (All day) to Wednesday, October 5, 2016 (All day), Sunday, September 25, 2016 (All day) to Thursday, October 13, 2016 (All day), Tuesday, September 27, 2016 (All day) to Saturday, October 15, 2016 (All day), Wednesday, September 28, 2016 (All day) to Sunday, October 16, 2016 (All day), Thursday, September 29, 2016 (All day) to Monday, October 17, 2016 (All day), Friday, September 30, 2016 (All day) to Tuesday, October 18, 2016 (All day), Saturday, October 1, 2016 (All day) to Wednesday, October 19, 2016 (All day), Sunday, October 9, 2016 (All day) to Thursday, October 27, 2016 (All day), Tuesday, October 11, 2016 (All day) to Saturday, October 29, 2016 (All day), Wednesday, October 12, 2016 (All day) to Sunday, October 30, 2016 (All day), Thursday, October 13, 2016 (All day) to Monday, October 31, 2016 (All day), Friday, October 14, 2016 (All day) to Tuesday, November 1, 2016 (All day), Saturday, October 15, 2016 (All day) to Wednesday, November 2, 2016 (All day), Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 12:00am to Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 11:00pm, Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 12:00am to Friday, November 11, 2016 - 11:00pm
Sylvia's Irish Inn. 312 W Green St, Urbana Ill 61801

Come & join us for a night of Greek food and music.
Greek Salad
Tzatziki, Hummus, Eggplant Dip & Grilled Pita Bread.

Main Course
Roast Lamb
Roast Potatoes
Stewed Green Beans

Spiro's Home made Secret
Saturday October 1st, 2016 @7Pm
Please call for reservation @ 217 384 4800
312 West Green St
Urbana, Il 61801

Friday, September 9, 2016 - 10:00am
Meadowbrook Park, Urbana
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The Wandell Sculpture Garden is a beautiful backdrop for live, local jazz music during this sunset event brought to you by the Urbana Park District, Clark-Lindsey, Commerce Bank and the Urbana Parks Foundation. A selection of jazz soloists and small combos will be scattered along the paths of Meadowbrook Park; you can listen to as many as you like as you walk at your own pace through the Garden.
Parking is available at the Race Street entrance with overflow parking thanks to Stone Creek
Church on the corner of Race and Windsor. Call the Rainout Line for postponement information: 217-367-9575.

Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 7:00pm
Wesley Foundation 1203 W. Green St. Urbana
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It's back to school for students at the University of Illinois, which means it's back to dancing for the Illini Swing Society! To celebrate we're hosting the Fall Kickoff dance for free! Come on out to join us for a night filled with dancing and fun. New to swing dance, feeling a little rusty, or bringing a friend? We'll be having a free beginner lesson starting at 7 pm, so there's no excuse to miss out on this exciting night! Regular dancing starts at 8pm and will continue until Midnight!

We'll be dancing at Wesley Foundation, 1203 W. Green St. Urbana, IL 61801 (The best way to enter is through the doors near the parking lot on Goodwin)

For more information about the Illini Swing Society and other events we'll be hosting check out

Friday, September 30, 2016 - 8:00pm
The Virginia Theatre
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Friday, September 30, 2016 – 8:00pm (doors open at 7:00pm)

Seating: Reserved Seating

Tickets: $44.50/$35.50/$29.50
Add’l per ticket processing fees apply: $4 (online only)

Tickets now on-sale.

Presented by the Champaign Park District with Jay Goldberg Events & Entertainment.

Described by Spin as ‘one of the greatest living voices in rock,’ Grace Potter continues to impress critics and audiences alike with her captivating shows.

Heralded as one of today’s best live performers, Potter has played every major music festival from Lollapalooza to Bonnaroo and has had the honor of sharing the stage with Dave Matthews Band, The Rolling Stones, Willie Nelson, Robert Plant, and Neil Young, to name a few.

For an artist who has built a devoted fan base through electrifying live shows, Grace Potter refuses to be defined by a single genre. Over the last three years, she’s transitioned from songwriting to producing soundtracks for film and TV and recording multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated country duets with friend Kenny Chesney.

In 2015, Grace performed (at the invitation of Michelle Obama) for the troops in Qatar.

Last fall, Ms. Potter was honored with the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in her home state of Vermont.

Her epic musical journey has included four studio records, countless collaborations, plus a new milestone with the August 2015 arrival of her solo CD debut, ‘Midnight’.

For more, visit

Friday, August 19, 2016 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Community Center for the Arts, 202 West Main St., Urbana, IL

Event: The Tone Road Ramblers, concert of improvised music.

Date: Friday, August 19

Time: 5:00-6:00pm

Place: Community Center for the Arts, 202 West Main St., Urbana, IL

Contact: Robin Kearton

Phone: (217) 384-5150


Admission: Free-will donations to benefit Community Center for the Arts


Morgan Powell: trombone

Ray Sasaki: trumpet

Eric Mandat: clarinet

Howie Smith: saxophones

Jim Staley: trombone

The Tone Road Ramblers are legendary among improvising musicians. Their point of departure is jazz, but their sound embraces traditions from around the world, Western avant-garde, micro-tonality, and sounds yet uncharted. The ensemble had its debut concert in New York City in 1981. Since then the group has performed concerts in New York, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Tampa, Miami, San Francisco, Fresno, San Diego, Chicago, Ann Arbor, Austin, and Urbana. They have presented concerts at Festivals in Bucharest, Romania and Latvia, at Merkin Hall, NYC, and at the International Trombone Festival at
Urbana, Illinois. The Ramblers have recorded two LPs and nine CDs. This concert will include discussion and a Q&A session.
Not to be missed by anyone interested in first-rate improvised music!


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