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A robot and all that jazz

By Mariah Schaefer

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 the rest as they play naturally. Ben Grosser, an assistant professor in the School of Art and Design, is ...

Black Chorus concert shares a message of inspiration

By Natalie Stewart

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 Chorus seeks to tell through their performance in the fall concert Sunday under the direction o...

University Director of Bands Steve Peterson ready for a challenge

By Ali Braboy and Walbert Castillo

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 to make sure that continues in a positive way and continues to grow and keep it as vital as it...

The Canopy Club to co-present first ILLrock Block Party

By Stephanie Kim

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 and Empanadas and the School of Music building. Gates will open at 1 p.m. and the show will end around...

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

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

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 the most valuable aspect of the award is the opportunity to showcase one’s own piece to an audience...

Trombone professor to lead annual faculty Krannert performance

By Christen McGlynn

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, director of advertising and publicity at the Krannert Center, said they collaborate with the School of ...

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

‘Falstaff’ performance celebrates composer 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 taken months to prepare for its performances Thursday through Sunday at the Krannert Center for the P...