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A robot and all that jazz

November 1, 2015

Envision this: A jazz band plays on a stage in front of a live audience, and among the performers is a robot. The robot functions as another member of the group, being able to fully improvise jazz with...

Black Chorus concert shares a message of inspiration

October 14, 2015

Music with a message: Black Chorus hopes to inspire and teach determination at their next concert Sunday.By Natalie StewartStaff writerResilience and determination are only two of the many narratives Black...

University Director of Bands Steve Peterson ready for a challenge

August 30, 2015

Since becoming the director of bands and professor of music at the University, Stephen Peterson said he has realized the University truly values the band program.“I feel a certain pressure and responsibility...

Remembering Dr. Konrad

Students, faculty, staff and members of the community joined together in Foellinger Great Hall to celebrate the life of Kent Conrad. Conrad died unexpectedly on Sept. 5.
November 4, 2014

On the first day of his 2005 trip to Italy with his local community choir, Dr. Kent Conrad performed on the organ in front of a crowded St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.  Holly Jordan, a close friend...

The Canopy Club to co-present first ILLrock Block Party

May 1, 2014

To celebrate the end of the year, The Canopy Club will bring live music outdoors with its first ILLRock Block Party on Saturday. The party will take place on Oregon Street in Urbana near Manolo’s Pizza...

Gwendolyn Brooks “spices up” University’s Library collection

The University will hold a party to welcome Gwendolyn Brooks’s collection of work into the Rare Book & Manuscript Library on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Lincoln Hall. The work of the famous African-American poet and writer was received by the University in October 2013.
April 24, 2014

An evening of poetry, song and celebration will spice up Lincoln Hall Theater on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. to honor the papers of poet and writer Gwendolyn Brooks which are now residing in the University Rare...

Krannert to host the 15th Annual 21st Century Piano Commission Award Concert

Composer Ashley Fu-Tsun Wang, left, and pianist Ya-Wen Wang, recipients of the 15th Annual 21st Century Piano Award, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Krannert’s Foellinger Great Hall. 
February 12, 2014

Each year, several pianist-composer teams from the School of Music create original compositions and compete to win the 21st Century Piano Commission Award. The winners are awarded $2,000, but arguably...

Trombone professor to lead annual faculty Krannert performance

February 5, 2014

This Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Professor Elliot Chasanov will lead the annual School of Music faculty performance at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Foellinger Great Hall.  Bridget Lee-Calfas,...

‘Falstaff’ performance celebrates composer Verdi’s 200th birthday

Students rehearse the opera “Falstaff” in the Tryon Festival Theatre at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday. The opera opens Thursday night to celebrate the composer Giuseppe Verdi’s 200th birthday.
November 14, 2013

On Thursday night, a classic tale of romance, revenge and comedy will come to life in the School of Music’s production of the opera “Falstaff.” First cast in early September, this production has...

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