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Becoming Clara of “The Nutcracker”

Becoming Clara of “The Nutcracker”

By Shalayne Pulia

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 Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” Mature beyond her 15 years, Martinez said it was a dream role, an...

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

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

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 of local musical talent. On Thursday, the CUSO is presenting “A Season of Joy,” conducted by m...