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Becoming Clara of “The Nutcracker”

Taylor Feddersen, Ginny Martinez and Erisa Nakamura pose as their characters Sugar Plum Fairy, Clara and Rose Queen, respectively, for this year's production of
December 4, 2014

Ginny Martinez’s hand shot up before she knew what she was doing. The slender dancer, perpetually composed, had volunteered to dance for the last audition spot for Clara in the annual Champaign-Urbana...

C-U Symphony Orchestra brings ‘A Season of Joy’ to Krannert

Stephen Alltop conducts the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra in front of an audience at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on March 9.
December 12, 2013

Just over 53 years ago, the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra performed its first concert at Smith Music Hall. More than 250 performances later, the ensemble is still going strong, showcasing a variety...

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