Saturday, January 6, 2018 - 11:15pm
Urbana Free Library - Lewis Auditorium
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The musical style of Congolese musicians Jean Rene Balekita and Bomoyi is a rich mix of Gospel and Jazz with an African rhythm. They sing in English, French, Lingala, Kikongo, and Tshiluba. They have toured in Africa, Europe, and the United States and now live in Urbana, Illinois.

For children and their families.

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

Thursday, January 4, 2018 - 11:00am
Urbana Free Library - Lewis Auditorium
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Let's make music! Join us for a fun, free music class with the folks of the Champaign School of Music.

For children ages 1-5 with a caregiver.

Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 7:30pm
Krannert Art Museum Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery 500 E. Peabody Dr. Champaign, IL 61820
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A pioneering artist in cross-cultural collaborative music, Steve Gorn has performed Indian Classical Music and new American Music on the bansuri bamboo flute, soprano saxophone, and clarinet in concerts and festivals throughout the world. As a visiting CAS Improvisers Exchange artist, an initiative of the Center for Advanced Study, Gorn leads ensemble members in music reflective of his landmark Indian-Jazz fusion recording, Asian Journal, his 2011 Grammy winning recording, “Miho–Journey to the Mountain,” with Dhruba Ghosh and the Paul Winter Consort, and of his gurus, the late bansuri master Sri Gour Goswami, of Kolkata, and Pt. Raghunath Seth of Mumbai, whom he often accompanied in concert.

This event is free (donations accepted) and open to the public.

This concert is presented with support from the George A. Miller Committee and the CAS Improvisers Exchange Initiative. Additional sponsorship provided by the Center for Advanced Studies, Kathleen Harleman, Analog Outfitters, School of Music, and Krannert Art Museum with in-kind support provided by WEFT, 90.1 FM.

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


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