Global Transfer Afterglow: The Forgotten Kingdom, Guy Mendilow Ensemble

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Event Date: 
November 9, 2017 - 9:30pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts - Stage 5
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana
Description: 

Enjoy free late-night music as part of Krannert Center's Afterglow series featuring a sonic adventure masterfully brought to life by the Guy Mendilow Ensemble, a quintet of world-class musicians from Israel, Palestine, Argentina, and the U.S.

Guy Mendilow Ensemble’s The Forgotten Kingdom sends listeners on a musical journey through former Ottoman lands starting in Sarajevo and winding through Salónica in a narrative-driven performance reimagining the historical record of Sephardic communities of the Balkans and Mediterranean.

http://www.guymendilowensemble.com/

Admission: 
Free Admission
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Zakir Hussain, Tabla with Rakesh Chaurasia, Bansuri

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Event Date: 
March 13, 2018 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts - Tryon Festival Theatre
Address: 
500 S. GOODWIN AVE., URBANA
Description: 

Zakir Hussain, Tabla with Rakesh Chaurasia, Bansuri

Zakir Hussain’s destiny as a virtuoso tabla player was established at the knee of his father, the acclaimed classical percussionist Alla Rakha. Hussain’s own musical curiosity, masterful improvisations, and uncanny intuition then not only established him as a national treasure in his own country, India, but gained him global fame as a chief architect of the contemporary world music movement. His collaborations with such diverse luminaries as Yo-Yo Ma, George Harrison, Mark Morris, the Grateful Dead, and ELLNORA alumni John McLaughlin and Béla Fleck have used centuries-old Indian hand-drum rhythms to bridge cultures and bring together generations of listeners and musicians. One such musician is acclaimed bansuri (bamboo flute) player Rakesh Chaurasia, who is the student and nephew of venerable flutist Pandit Hariprisad Churasia and who has toured with musical peers such as Joshua Redman and Edgar Meyer. Together, Hussain and Chaurasia will celebrate Indian classical music in a program of exquisite mastery.

Admission: 
Single: Adults 40 / Seniors 35 / Non-UIUC students 15 / UIUC students & Youth 10
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Mark Morris Dance Group with Silk Road Ensemble: Layla and Majnun

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Event Date: 
March 8, 2018 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts - Tryon Festival Theatre
Address: 
500 S. GOODWIN AVE., URBANA
Description: 

Mark Morris Dance Group with Silk Road Ensemble: Layla and Majnun

Mark Morris, director and choreographer

Silk Road Ensemble Alim Qasimov, mugham vocals Fargana Qasimova, mugham vocals

Layla and Majnun is a classic story of love well-known across many Middle-Eastern and sub-continental cultures and most notably expressed by the great Persian poet Nizami Ganjavi. In 1908, the tragic lovers’ tale became the subject of the first Middle Eastern opera, written by Azerbaijani composer Uzeyir Hajibeyli, who interspersed symphonic and choral sections with mugham—a Central-Asian style of improvised singing—and created a masterpiece of Azerbaijani culture. Silk Road Ensemble’s new arrangement of Hajibeyli’s work, joined with Morris’ choreography, brings together on stage instrumentalists from Asian and western traditions; the revered singer Alim Qasimov (a Living National Treasure of Azerbaijan) and his daughter and protégée, Fargana Qasimova; and 16 dancers of the Mark Morris Dance Group, here at MMDG’s Midwest home. Silk Road Ensemble founder Yo-Yo Ma states, “Morris’ deep respect for and knowledge of traditions in both music and dance—he never plays tourist but is an artist, so that any tradition Mark incorporates becomes organic to his work—as well as his extensive experience directing epic love stories . . . make him the only choice to re-imagine Layla and Majnun for a 21st-century audience.”

This performance will last approximately 70 minutes with no intermission. Please note that there will be no late seating. Yo-Yo Ma will not be performing with the Silk Road Ensemble.

Admission: 
Single: Adults 43 / Seniors 38 / Non-UIUC Students 15 / UIUC Students & Youth 10
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Mark Morris Dance Group with Silk Road Ensemble: Layla and Majnun

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Event Date: 
March 9, 2018 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts - Tryon Festival Theatre
Address: 
500 S. GOODWIN AVE., URBANA
Description: 

Mark Morris Dance Group with Silk Road Ensemble: Layla and Majnun

Mark Morris, director and choreographer

Silk Road Ensemble Alim Qasimov, mugham vocals Fargana Qasimova, mugham vocals

Layla and Majnun is a classic story of love well-known across many Middle-Eastern and sub-continental cultures and most notably expressed by the great Persian poet Nizami Ganjavi. In 1908, the tragic lovers’ tale became the subject of the first Middle Eastern opera, written by Azerbaijani composer Uzeyir Hajibeyli, who interspersed symphonic and choral sections with mugham—a Central-Asian style of improvised singing—and created a masterpiece of Azerbaijani culture. Silk Road Ensemble’s new arrangement of Hajibeyli’s work, joined with Morris’ choreography, brings together on stage instrumentalists from Asian and western traditions; the revered singer Alim Qasimov (a Living National Treasure of Azerbaijan) and his daughter and protégée, Fargana Qasimova; and 16 dancers of the Mark Morris Dance Group, here at MMDG’s Midwest home. Silk Road Ensemble founder Yo-Yo Ma states, “Morris’ deep respect for and knowledge of traditions in both music and dance—he never plays tourist but is an artist, so that any tradition Mark incorporates becomes organic to his work—as well as his extensive experience directing epic love stories . . . make him the only choice to re-imagine Layla and Majnun for a 21st-century audience.”

This performance will last approximately 70 minutes with no intermission. Please note that there will be no late seating. Yo-Yo Ma will not be performing with the Silk Road Ensemble.

Admission: 
Single: Adults 43 / Seniors 38 / Non-UIUC Students 15 / UIUC Students & Youth 10
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Dublin Irish Dance: Stepping Out

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Event Date: 
February 10, 2018 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts - Colwell Playhouse
Address: 
500 S. GOODWIN AVE., URBANA
Description: 

Dublin Irish Dance: Stepping Out

With lightning-fast leg work, sprightly jumps, and rhythmic stomps, Dublin Irish Dance enchants audiences worldwide, bringing with them the astounding beauty, good humor, and lively music of the Emerald Isle. In Stepping Out, this troupe of world-champion Irish step dancers is joined by an eight-member traditional Irish band and vocalist as jigs, reels, tap, and soft shoe numbers celebrate the incredible evolution of Irish traditional dance and music while showcasing the art form’s new standard-bearers.

Recommended for ages 7 and up

Admission: 
Single: Adults 35 / Seniors 30 / Non-UIUC Students 15 / UIUC Students & Youth 10
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Dublin Irish Dance: Stepping Out

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Event Date: 
February 9, 2018 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts - Colwell Playhouse
Address: 
500 S. GOODWIN AVE., URBANA
Description: 

Dublin Irish Dance: Stepping Out

With lightning-fast leg work, sprightly jumps, and rhythmic stomps, Dublin Irish Dance enchants audiences worldwide, bringing with them the astounding beauty, good humor, and lively music of the Emerald Isle. In Stepping Out, this troupe of world-champion Irish step dancers is joined by an eight-member traditional Irish band and vocalist as jigs, reels, tap, and soft shoe numbers celebrate the incredible evolution of Irish traditional dance and music while showcasing the art form’s new standard-bearers.

Recommended for ages 7 and up

Admission: 
Single: Adults 35 / Seniors 30 / Non-UIUC Students 15 / UIUC Students & Youth 10
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Family Fun Free Concert: Sonia de Los Santos

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Event Date: 
February 17, 2018 - 10:00am
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts - Lobby
Address: 
500 S. GOODWIN AVE., URBANA
Description: 

Family Fun Free Concert: Sonia de Los Santos

“One of the Latin children's music artists you should know” —Billboard

Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Sonia De Los Santos, a native of Monterrey, Mexico, is familiar to fans through Sprout’s The Sunny Side Up Show, NBC’s Visiones, Sirius XM’s Kids Place Live, WXPN’s Kids Corner, and, at Krannert Center especially, through multiple ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival appearances as a member of the Grammy Award-winning Dan Zanes and Friends band. Her bilingual, melodic vocals and outstanding stylings on guitar, mandolin, and jarana have steadily earned her global audiences since she first began touring. In this free family concert, Sonia and her ultra-talented multicultural band will share songs from her Parents’ Choice Foundation Gold Award-winning album Mi Viaje: De Nuevo León to the New York Island. Expect a joyful feast of original songs, vibrant Latin-American party music, and fresh bilingual renditions of American classics that are sure to enliven patrons of any age!

Recommended for all ages

Admission: 
Free
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UI Steel Band Concert

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Event Date: 
November 15, 2017 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts - Studio Theatre
Address: 
500 S. GOODWIN AVE., URBANA
Description: 

UI Steel Band Concert - Director: Ricardo Flores

This group from the UIUC School of Music performs calypso, soca, jazz, and global styles.

Admission: 
Adults 10 / Seniors 7 / Non-UIUC students, UIUC students & Youth 4
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Festival of South African Dance featuring the Gumboots and Real Actions Pantsula Dance Company

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Event Date: 
November 1, 2017 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts - Foellinger Great Hall
Address: 
500 S. GOODWIN AVE., URBANA
Description: 

Festival of South African Dance featuring the Gumboots and Real Actions Pantsula Dance Company

South Africa is home to a rich mix of cultural traditions that reflect the vibrant diversity, complex history, and inventive creativity of its nearly 56 million citizens. Two of its national dance forms come together in this captivating program. The Gumboots, clad in wellies and led by acclaimed producer Thapelo Motloung, tell the story of migrant men in Stimela the Musical—a stirring and theatrical presentation using isicathulo (gumboot) dance, which began as a form of resistance by black miners. Pantsula dance style was born of street culture in South Africa’s black townships, influenced by Sotho dances and American jazz and hip-hop, and inspired by everyday events. Real Actions Pantsula, founded in 1992 by Sello Modiga in Orange Farm Township near Johannesburg, features a diverse young troupe dedicated to education and social justice alongside their phenomenal skills as performers.

Recommended for ages 10 and up.

Admission: 
Single: Adults 35 / Seniors 30 / Non-UIUC Students 15 / UIUC Students & Youth 10
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The Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin, the People's Republic of China: China Soul

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Event Date: 
October 24, 2017 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts - Foellinger Great Hall
Address: 
500 S. GOODWIN AVE., URBANA
Description: 

The Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin, the People's Republic of China: China Soul

Glittering costumes, breathtaking tricks, and magnificent feats of athletic daring splendidly create a tour de force when this magnetic, award-winning troupe takes to international stages. First formed in 1957, but with a legacy stretching back thousands of years, the Tianjin Martial Artists and Acrobats bring joy to audiences through their delightful gymnastics, towering human pyramids, precise Kung Fu maneuvers, and more in the debut tour of China Soul.

Recommended for ages 7 and up

Admission: 
Single: Adults 44 / Seniors 39 / Non-UIUC Students 15 / UIUC Students & Youth 10
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