Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 6:00pm to 6:30pm
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor) at The Urbana Free Library
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For children birth to 5 years old and their families.

Saturday, January 28, 2017 (All day)
Unity High School

The 11th annual All Out A Cappella concert will be held Saturday, January 28 at Unity High School auditorium in Tolono. There will be performances at 5 and 8 p.m. Both shows feature No Comment, Xtension Chords, Rip Chords, and Unseen from the University of Illinois; Clef Hangers and The Outlandish from Illinois State University; and Surreal Sound from Unity High School. Unseen and The Outlandish are both new groups that will be featured in this year’s show.

The evening will provide entertainment for the entire family. General admission tickets to each show are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Doors open at 4:30 for the 5 p.m. concert and 7:30 for the 8 p.m. concert. The event is sponsored by Unity Music Boosters with all proceeds going toward enhancing music in Unit 7 schools. Tickets may be purchased from Unity High School choral students and at the High School office, or ordered online at Additional questions can be directed to 217-239-1914.
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Monday, January 23, 2017 - 6:00pm to 6:30pm
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor) at The Urbana Free Library

Come to this evening story time with stories, songs, and a craft!

For children ages 3-6 and their families.

Saturday, January 7, 2017 - 11:15am to 11:45am
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor) at The Urbana Free Library
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Young audiences are invited to a lively introduction to Baroque music, accented with Baroque Violin and Viola da Gamba.

For children and their families.
Prairie Breezes concerts are on the first Saturday of most months and are generously sponsored by Peggy and Bob Podlasek in memory of Greg Bliss.
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Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 11:00am to 11:45am
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor) at The Urbana Free Library
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Join us for a fun music class with the folks of the Champaign School of Music and let's make music!

For children ages 1-5 with a caregiver.

Saturday, December 24, 2016 - 10:30pm
Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church, 208 W. University Ave, Champaign, Illinois 61820.
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Music of the season with choir, organ, and brass. Works of Praetorius, Rutter, Vierne, Willcocks and more, plus classic carols. Solemn Mass follows at 11:00 p.m.Trava Mista Cano Alto

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

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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.
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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
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