9th Annual C-U Folk and Roots Festival

The Robert E. Brown Center for World Music applauds the C-U Folk and Roots Festival for organizing their 9th festival, taking place Thursday, November 2 - 4, 2017. The diverse line-up, and free events from 10a-5p on Saturday enrich our community. Congratulations!

Information on the festival can be found here.

Krannert Uncorked: Relevator w/ guest artist Miss Tess and the Talkbacks

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Event Date: 
November 2, 2017 - 5:00pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Stage 5 lobby
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana
Description: 

In collaboration with the Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival, Relevator and guest artist Miss Tess and the Talkbacks will perform at this week’s Krannert Uncorked. The annual festival has promoted folk arts since 2009, contributing to the artistic vitality of the local community. To learn more, please visit the Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival website (http://folkandroots.org), and join us for an exciting performance!

Admission: 
Admission Free
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C-U Folk & Roots Festival - Urbana Free Library Events

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Event Date: 
November 4, 2017 - 10:00am - 4:30pm
Venue: 
Urbana Free Library
Address: 
210 West Green Street, Urbana
Description: 

The 9th Annual C-U Folk & Roots Festival - Urbana Free Library Events

The Champaign-Urbana Folk & Roots Festival is an annual event that promotes the folk arts and contributes to the artistic vitality of central Illinois. The festival takes place at various locations in downtown Urbana, November 2 - 4, 2017.

As a venue sponsor, the Library is pleased to participate in this vibrant community event. All festival events at the Library are FREE and will take place in the Lewis Auditorium, Busey-Mills Reading Room, and Satterthwaite Conference Room.

Friday, November 3 at 6:30 p.m., we're kicking off the CU Folk and Roots Festival with a Imbibe Urbana First Friday special event—A Family Dance Party. All ages are welcome to come make a percussion instrument and get movin' and groovin' with us!

Performances at the Library on Saturday, November 4, 2017:
Busey-Mills Reading Room:

10:30 a.m. - Prairie Breezes Concert with the No Worries Ukelele Band
12:45 p.m. - Jean-Rene Balekita (Congolese music)
2:00 p.m. - John Coppess and Martin Stromberg
3:30 p.m. - Dusty James and Abalone Pearl

Lewis Auditorium:

10:00 a.m. - Workshop: Herbal Self Care for Sings and Performers (Emma Dilemma)
12:30 p.m. - Storytelling
1:30 p.m. - Storytelling with Megan Wells
2:45 p.m. - Workshop with John Stanislawski
4:00 p.m. - Workshop with Megan Wells

Satterthwaite Conference Room:

11:00 a.m. - Songwriting Workshop with Morgan Orion
12:30 p.m. - Singing Workshop with Dennis Stroughmatt
2:00 p.m. – Crankie Making Workshop with Jess McIntosh

In addition the Champaign County Historical Archives will host a Bazaar in the McFarlane-Hood Reading Room from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 4, 2017.

This month’s special Prairie Breezes concert is a collaboration of The Urbana Free Library and the C-U Folk & Roots Festival and is generously sponsored by Peggy and Bob Podlasek in memory of Greg Bliss.
For more information about the C-U Folk & Roots Festival, and to see a complete schedule of festival events, visit http://folkandroots.org

Admission: 
Free Admission
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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 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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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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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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