Spurlock Museum WorldFest 2015

The Spurlock Museum is hosting WorldFest 2015 on Saturday, April 4th from 12:30-4pm. At WorldFest you can enjoy many performances from around the world in one afternoon… plus crafts for all ages! This year's event, sponsored in part by the Illinois Arts Council, features performances of Brazilian guitar music by Renato Anesi, Middle Eastern Fusion music by the Wanees Zarour Ensemble, Indonesian dance by the Saman Dance Group, and storytelling by Kim Sheahan. Please view the schedule information below. Spurlock Museum is located at 600 S. Gregory in Urbana. Formore information please visit: http://www.spurlock.illinois.edu/

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Knight Auditorium • 1:00-1:45 and 2:00-2:45 PM
Wanees Zarour Ensemble

Wanees Zarour, a composer, buzuq player, violinist and educator, started his musical training in both Middle Eastern and western traditions at the age of 7. Demonstrating extraordinary skill on his instruments at an early age, Zarour has been featured in major musical festivals and concerts around the world. Specialized in Maqam music and well versed in musical traditions ranging from free jazz to Eastern European folk, Wanees’s compositions and works employ traditional instrumentation and unique arrangements, with an emphasis on the classical Maqam system unique to the Middle East.

Based in Chicago, Wanees Zarour is currently the director of the Middle East Music Ensemble at the University of Chicago, a 50 piece orchestra dedicated to the performance and study of a wide range of Middle Eastern music traditions, including Arab, Turkish and Persian.

Wanees Zarour leads, composes and performs with several ensembles including Duzan Ensemble, the Wanees Zarour Ensemble, and others. Zarour released his newest album Quarter to Midnight in fall, 2014.

Ensemble members:
Wanees Zarour: oud/buzuq, Nick Macri: bass, Tareq Rantisi: percussion, Elizabeth Diaz: flute, Bryan Pardo: clarinet, Hannah Vis: cello, Alex Wing: guitar

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Ancient Mediterranean Gallery • 1:45-2:10, 2:30-2:55, and 3:00-3:25 PM

Renato Anesi

Renato Anesi, hailing from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is an instrumentalist, composer, and arranger currently living and working in Chicago, IL. His repertoire includes mastery of over 10 string instruments including the mandolin, tenor and electric guitar, cavaco, and viola. Anesi belongs to the young rock and jazz generation of contemporary Brazil, however, his musical roots integrate the tradition of many different styles of Brazilian instrumental music - choro, waltz, baião, frevo, maracatu, etc. With a lifetime of musical experiences, which have taken him all over the world to collaborate with many artists and integrate many genres, he has built a unique style featuring a music universe committed only to creativity.

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Ancient Egypt Exhibit • 12:30-12:55, 1:45-2:10, 2:45-3:10, and 3:30-3:55 PM

Kim Sheahan

Kim is the Assistant Director of Education and Resident Storyteller at the Spurlock Museum, using multicultural stories in many of her programs. In addition, Kim does freelance storytelling and has performed folktales and one-woman shows at storytelling festivals, school assemblies, city-wide celebrations, personal parties, and gatherings of all kinds all over Illinois.

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Knight Auditorium • 3:30-3:45 and 3:45-4:00 PM
Saman Dance Group

This group performs the lively Saman Dance, which is one of the many Indonesian traditional dances. Originating in Aceh province, Sumatra, the dance is usually performed to celebrate important occasions. It is famous of its fast-paced rhythm and the dancers’ harmony.

Group members: Cindy Budiman, Cynthia Suminto, Estherlita A. Saerang, Fayrani Armand, Frederick Luhur, Hanna Wong, Jelita Pertiwi, Paulina Ongkowijoyo, Ricky Adiwinata, Yonitika Asnawa, Yunirika Asnawa, Ferrona Lie.

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Crafts

In addition to the performances, crafts for all ages will be available in the American Indian Gallery from 12:30-3:45 PM.

Don't Ask

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Event Date: 
March 16, 2015 - 6:00pm
Venue: 
Urbana Free Library
Address: 
210 W Green St, Urbana, Illinois 61801
Description: 

Sara Sasaki is back in town! It's a short visit, but we're pleased as punch to be offering this intimate (free!) concert of lively klezmer tunes.

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International Capoeira Angola Conference

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Event Date: 
April 30, 2015 - 6:00pm - May 3, 2015 - 9:00pm
Description: 

The International Capoeira Angola Conference at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is presented by Denis of Capoeira Angola Center of Mestre João Grande Champaign -IL, and the Capoeira Club at UIUC. Please join us for a fabulous weekend of celebrating Brazilian culture. We are honored to have Great Mestre João Grande and Professors leading workshops in Capoeira Angola , Afro-Brazilian dance, and Capoeira Angola music. We are hoping that you and your energy will be part of the weekend!

Mestre JoãoGrande (Brasil, New York City, NY)
Mestre Marrom (Rio de Janeiro, Brasil)
Mestre Plinio (Sao Paulo, Brasil)

Event Schedule TBA

Dress Code *
For Capoeira Angola workshops only
– Flat sole shoes
– Shirts that tuck into your pants
– Capoeira Angola or dress pants
– Tank tops not allowed

Admission: 
Free with UIUC Student ID; Daily prices range from $50-$85; Full event $125
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CU Folk and Roots Presents Evie Ladin and Keith Terry

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Event Date: 
March 13, 2015 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
The Upper Bout
Address: 
723 S Neil St, Champaign, Illinois 61820
Description: 

Energetic and electrifying clawhammer banjo, bass, percussive dance, storytelling songs both old and new, with nuanced, emotive vocals. An intimate yet robust evening of old-time and blues inspired folk music, hilarious anecdotes, and virtuosic dance performances anchored by Keith's Body Music and Evie's step dancing.

Admission: 
Tickets at the door: $10.00
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32nd Annual International Dinner & Performance Night

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Event Date: 
March 8, 2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Venue: 
University YMCA
Address: 
1001 South Wright Street | Champaign, IL
Description: 

The 32nd Annual International Dinner & Performance Night
Join us for a fun-filled night with family and friends, featuring food from all over the world and entertaining performances from community and campus members.

Performances by:

GRMD- Korean percussion team
Dheem, Indian classical fusion
Zindaa, a Bollywood/hip-hop fusion dance team
PSA (Philippine Student Association)
TASC Special Ops- yo yo team

Admission: 
Tickets: $15, On Sale Now at Front Desk
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Music of the Middle East: A.J. Racy in Concert

A concert of Arabic music by A. J. Racy will be taking place on March 18 at 4:30, in the Studio Theater of the Krannert Center. Bruno Nettl, Professor Emeritus of Music and Anthropology, had the following to share about this concert and related events.

"I'm writing to call your attention to this event, but also to tell you a bit more about Dr. Racy. He is probably the most distinguished performer of Arabic traditional classical music living in the United States, and he will play this music on the buzuq (a kind of lute) and the nei (a flute), and he'll be accompanied by percussionist Omar al Musfi. Some of the music will be quite traditional, and some -- Racy's own compositions -- will show the confluence of tradition and modernity.

BUT -- I want also to tell you a bit more about A. J. Racy. Born in Lebanon, a member of a distinguished family of scholars and artists, he came to the United States in 1968 to study ethnomusicology, and ended up here at the University of Illinois, and I was (am still) very pleased indeed to have been his advisor in his master's thesis about funeral songs of the Druze people of Lebanon, and more important, of his dissertation, a pioneering study, "Musical Change and Commercial Recording in Egypt, 1904-1932."

Completing his graduate study here in 1977, Dr. Racy taught briefly at the University of Washington before moving to the Department of Ethnomusicology at UCLA, where he has been a professor for over thirty years. In addition to being a great performer, Dr. Racy is one of the most prominent scholars in the field of Middle Eastern music, his most important publication being "Making Music in the Arab World" (Cambridge U. Press, 2003).

Dr. Racy's visit here, from March 15 to March 18, which will also include visits to come classes in the School of Music, is taking place under the auspices of the Center for Advanced Study.

I wish, finally, to call to your attention a related event. On Tuesday, March 17, Dr. Racy will participate in a brief informal panel discussion, related to his dissertation work, and titled "Early Commercial Recordings in Ethnomusicological Research." It's a subject of considerable currency in today's ethnomusicology. He will be joined by scholars with parallel interests, Dr. Philip Yampolsky and Professor Harry Liebersohn, with Dr. Lillie Gordon as chair. This panel will take place from 12:30 to 1:45 (March 17), in Room 1140, Music Building (bring a brownbag).

But if you possibly can, come to the concert on March 18. It will be a treat."

Bruno Nettl
Professor Emeritus of Music and Anthropology

This free event, open to the public, is being held in the Studio Theatre, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana.

Girls' Day celebration at Japan House

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Event Date: 
March 8, 2015 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Venue: 
Japan House
Address: 
2000 S. Lincoln Avenue Urbana, IL
Description: 

Celebrate Girls' Day, or Hinamatsuri, with special Tea Ceremonies on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at noon and 1:00 pm. You will enjoy a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, with a special sweet, learn about the history of Girls' Day in Japan and see the beautiful Hina dolls which are only on display around Girls' Day!

$8 per person ($6 for Tomonokai and UIUC students). Girls 10 and under are free with an adult. Reservations are required and space is limited. Please call (217) 244-9934 with your credit card information to make a reservation.

A Girl's Day Craft Session will also be held later that day, Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 2:30 pm. Take part in special Girls' Day crafts, ikebana and origami! Suggested for ages 6-10. Reservations required, space is limited, $6 per child.

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African Children's Choir

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Event Date: 
March 11, 2015 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Champaign First Church of the Nazarene
Address: 
2403 W Kirby Ave., Champaign, IL
Description: 

This performance will feature the African Children’s Choir number 42, which is comprised of children from Uganda. More information is available on the African Children's Choir website.

Admission: 
Free, Donations Accepted
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African Children's Choir

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Event Date: 
March 4, 2015 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Trinity Lutheran Church
Address: 
701 E Florida Ave., Urbana
Description: 

This performance will feature the African Children’s Choir number 42, which is comprised of children from Uganda. More information is available on the African Children's Choir website.

Admission: 
Free, Donations Accepted
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Gilberto Gil: Music and Brazilian Culture

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Event Date: 
April 1, 2015 - 5:00pm
Venue: 
Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Ave. Urbana
Description: 

Gilberto Gil: Music and Brazilian Culture
A LECTURE BY GILBERTO GIL

With more than 50 albums to his credit, Gilberto Gil is an ambassador for music that ranges from the baião of northeastern Brazil to reggae, psychedelia, bossa nova, electronica, samba, and rock. He was fundamental in tropicalia’s development and spread in the 1960s and continues to be a force in both politics and musical innovation. A multiple Grammy winner, he has served as Brazil’s minister of culture and a UNESCO Artist for Peace. Following his talk will be a question-and-answer session.

Sponsored by the Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies and co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Krannert Center

Admission: 
free admission
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