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Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 12:00pm
Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, Harding Band Building, 1103 S. 6th Street, Champaign
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Harry Partch purchased and adapted his first guitar in 1934 and used this instrument to create and perform two of his most recognized early works, Barstow and U.S. Highball. This instrument was fitted with raised stainless steel frets that were attached to a brass plate that was screwed onto the neck of the guitar. This modified fret board provided Partch with the ability to use just intonation for his early works. In 1945 he adapted his second guitar by attaching a smooth narrow fingerboard to the neck of the guitar and adding additional pinheads and brass rivets to the fret board to create a microtonal compatible instrument. That same year he also similarly adapted a Hawaiian guitar that utilized ten strings which provided him with a broader tonal range that could be used for his different music compositions. Join Chris Rainier in a special lecture performance that discusses Partch’s varied use of the guitar in his early music compositions, and Rainier’s efforts to recreate and learn to play Partch’s microtonal guitar. For further information contact the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music at 217-333-4577 or email sousa@illinois.edu.

Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 7:30pm
Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Lobby, 500 S. Goodwin Avenue, Urbana
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This year Dance at Illinois celebrates the choreographic contributions our inventive faculty and students, both past and present, have made and will make to the field. We celebrate the life of Professor Emeritus, Beverly Blossom, by reconstructing one of her signature works, Brides. Blossom, a former dancer with Nikolais Dance Theater, was an extraordinary choreographer and performer renowned for her wit, humor, and elaborate props.

Recently inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, faculty artist Tere O’Connor will create a new work for students, fashioning a cloud of humans in constant motion as a continuation of his research.

Following premieres of work in Chile, New York, Minneapolis, and Washington, DC, celebrated resident dance artists Cynthia Oliver and Linda Lehovec will create new work for our students. Our choreographic distinction lies in our future, so we have invited undergraduate students Charles Gowin and Katherine Williams to represent the next voices in the field of dance. For further information visit http://krannertcenter.com/.

Friday, November 13, 2015 - 7:30pm
Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Lobby, 500 S. Goodwin Avenue, Urbana
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This year Dance at Illinois celebrates the choreographic contributions our inventive faculty and students, both past and present, have made and will make to the field. We celebrate the life of Professor Emeritus, Beverly Blossom, by reconstructing one of her signature works, Brides. Blossom, a former dancer with Nikolais Dance Theater, was an extraordinary choreographer and performer renowned for her wit, humor, and elaborate props.

Recently inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, faculty artist Tere O’Connor will create a new work for students, fashioning a cloud of humans in constant motion as a continuation of his research.

Following premieres of work in Chile, New York, Minneapolis, and Washington, DC, celebrated resident dance artists Cynthia Oliver and Linda Lehovec will create new work for our students. Our choreographic distinction lies in our future, so we have invited undergraduate students Charles Gowin and Katherine Williams to represent the next voices in the field of dance. For further information visit http://krannertcenter.com/.

Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 7:30pm
Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Lobby, 500 S. Goodwin Avenue, Urbana
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This year Dance at Illinois celebrates the choreographic contributions our inventive faculty and students, both past and present, have made and will make to the field. We celebrate the life of Professor Emeritus, Beverly Blossom, by reconstructing one of her signature works, Brides. Blossom, a former dancer with Nikolais Dance Theater, was an extraordinary choreographer and performer renowned for her wit, humor, and elaborate props.

Recently inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, faculty artist Tere O’Connor will create a new work for students, fashioning a cloud of humans in constant motion as a continuation of his research.

Following premieres of work in Chile, New York, Minneapolis, and Washington, DC, celebrated resident dance artists Cynthia Oliver and Linda Lehovec will create new work for our students. Our choreographic distinction lies in our future, so we have invited undergraduate students Charles Gowin and Katherine Williams to represent the next voices in the field of dance. For further information visit http://krannertcenter.com/.

Saturday, November 14, 2015 (All day)
Memorial Stadium, 1402 S. 1st Street, Champaign
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In 1868 the University of Illinois band became the first Land Grant Institution music ensemble of its type, one year after its founding as the Illinois Industrial University. In 1870 sixteen of the bandsmen petitioned the University Board for music instruction to help enhance the ensemble’s performance so that it could serve as University’s battalion band for campus commencements, building dedications, parades, and society events as well as various sporting events. The sixty-member band eventually performed at Chicago’s Columbian Exposition on June 16, 1893, the same time as the John Philip Sousa Military Band gave its first performances at the same World’s Fair. In 1908 A. Austin Harding became the first official director of the University of Illinois Band and began a life-long professional relationship with country’s “March King” which eventually led to the creation of America’s School Band Movement in 1920. Since its inception America’s public school band movement and the country’s collegiate band education system has been continually guided by the University of Illinois Band and its first four directors – A. Austin Harding, Mark Hindsley, Harry Begian, and James Keene. Join the Marching Illini in their special musical tribute during the Illinois vs Ohio State football game half-time show to honor the students, faculty, and legacy of the University of Illinois Band and its influence on American School Band Movement. Visit http://sousaarchives.org for more information.

Friday, April 1, 2016 (All day) to Friday, April 29, 2016 (All day)
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, 236 Harding Band Building, 1103 South Sixth Street, Champaign, IL 61820
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Harry Partch (1901-1974) was a composer, music theorist, instrument maker, and performer whose vagabond nature inspired him to explore the musical roads less travelled by his contemporaries. Alex Ross wrote in 2005, “Of all the triumphantly weird characters who have roamed the frontiers of American art, none ever went quite as far out as the composer Harry Partch.” Partch’s maverick tendencies and his rejection of traditional Western-European performance practices inspired his experimental music creations which often integrated ancient Greek, African, and Japanese theatrical arts with innovative uses of human speech and musical pitch, harmony and rhythm. This exhibit explores through photographs, music and words the musical choices that mattered most to Harry Partch.

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

Friday, November 13, 2015 - 7:30pm
Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church, 102 N. State Street, Champaign, Illinois 61820.
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Please join us for an evening of music for celebration and contemplation, featuring the Barber ADAGIO FOR STRINGS, Choral music of Gabriel Faure, a CONCERTO FOR ORGAN AND STRINGS by Canadian Denis Bedard and the MASS IN G by Franz Schubert.

Filippo Ciabatti will conduct the Choir of Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church, Orchestra and the Concerto for Organ and Strings will feature Michael Fisher as soloist

Parking is available in the lot just west of the Virginia Theater on Park Avenue.

This concert is presented without charge, a freewill offering will be taken.

For more information check out www.emmanuelmemorialepiscopal.org or call 217-352-9827.

Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 3:30pm to 10:00pm
Orpheumm Children's Science Museum

Benefiting the Orpheum Childrens Science Museum and the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club. Tickets are $5

All Ages
3:30-6:30pm 
Performance pumpkin carving
Pumpkin Cookie Decorating
Pumpkin Auction
Tricks, Treats & Eats
Face Painting & Mask Making
Airbrush Tattoos

19+
7-10pm
Live music & DJ Belly
Costume Contest
Craft potions & brews
After dark performers
Tarot readings
Piato Food Truck 

Saturday, November 7, 2015 (All day) to Sunday, November 8, 2015 (All day)
McKinley Presbyterian Church, 809 South 5th
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Amasong presents the concert "Brava: 25 Years of Music," featuring music premiered by the chorus over its quarter century. The concert will also be the world premiere of "Let it Matter” by American composer Dr. Elizabeth Alexander [http://www.seafarerpress.com/biography], written for Amasong's 25th anniversary.

The concert will be a homecoming for former musical directors and friends of the choir, including founding director Dr.  Kirstina Boerger, past directors Meagan Smith and Deb Skydell, and New Oreleans funk/jazz singer and composer Lilli Lewis [http://www.lillilewis.com].

Founded in 1990, Amasong is a vibrant part of the music, feminist, and LGBTQ communities in central Illinois. Amasong sings music of women’s experiences around the world and throughout history, drawing heavily upon diverse global folk music traditions. Over the last quarter century, the group has created opportunities lesbians and feminist women to gather together in the pursuit of musical excellence.

The chorus has performed hundreds of concerts, released 5 CDs [http://amasong.org/?page_id=73], and won national awards. Recently, Amasong hosted the Sister Singers Network festival of 450 musicians from women’s choruses from across the United States and sang with That’s What She Said to a full house at the Virginia Theater.

 

Sunday, November 15, 2015 - 2:30pm
Champaign Central High School

Central High School Drama presents: Chicago. Set in the 1920s where everyone wants a taste of fame (or infamy) Chicago tells the story of Roxie Hart, a woman who longs to be on the Vaudeville stage.
She plans to make it to the top--even if she has to lie and cheat to get there. After murdering her lover, she lands in the Cook County Jail with Velma Kelly and other Cell Block murderesses. With the help of the infamous lawyer Billy Flynn, she will do whatever it takes to gain her freedom and become the star she's always dreamed of being.

Come see why 'murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery, and exploitation..are so near and dear to our hearts' and help support Central Drama!

Wednesday, November 11th @ 7:00 PM

Thursday, November 12th @ 7:00 PM

Friday, November 13th @ 7:00 PM

Saturday, November 14th @ 7:00 PM

Sunday, November 15th @ 2:30 PM

Adults: $10

Students: $7

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