Fallin' Into Blues

Event Information
Event Date: 
October 5, 2019 - 4:00pm - 9:30pm
Venue: 
Lincoln Square Mall
Address: 
201 Lincoln Square, Urbana, IL
Description: 

Local blues dance organization, BluesCENTRAL is delighted to present Fallin’ Into Blues, a blues dance festival with live music in the heart of Downtown Urbana! This free festival invites the community to try out blues dancing with free dance lessons every half hour! Come learn about the culture, characteristics and history of blues dance. Participants will find out about community support of blues music, dance, and the arts, as well as dance to live music with the Painkillers Blues Band!

Local BBQ will be available for purchase. Take advantage of the one-day sale for CU’s Annual Blues Dance Festival, SnowMELT 2020. For detailed schedule and more info go to bluesCENTRAL.org.

The festival is sponsored by BluesCENTRAL, a not-for-profit organization promoting blues dance and appreciation of its African American vernacular heritage. The event is made possible through an arts grant from the City of Urbana’s Arts and Culture Program.

Please email the Festival Organizing Team with any questions at dancewithus@bluescentral.org. For more information, visit https://www.bluescentral.org/fallin/or @bluescentral on Facebook.

Admission: 
Free Admission
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Homecoming 2019: Global Talent Show

Event Information
Event Date: 
October 16, 2019 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Spurlock Museum
Address: 
600 S. Gregory St, Urbana
Description: 

International students and members of international registered student organizations will share their talent at our first-ever Homecoming talent show!

Organized by International Student and Scholar Services and Spurlock Museum.

Global Talent Show: International students, international registered student organization members, and more will share their talents at our first-ever Homecoming talent show! Will there be prizes? Absolutely there will be prizes! Will there be free food? Absolutely there will be free food (desserts, snacks, and beverages)!

October 16, 2019
Global Talent Show: 7 - 8:30 PM
After Party Reception: 8:30 - 10 PM

Call for Performers and more information available here:
https://emails.illinois.edu/newsletter/236872.html

Admission: 
Free Admission
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Global Talent Show - Call for Performers

Hello from International Student and Scholar Services!

During the week of October 13th, the University of Illinois will be hosting Homecoming, a long-standing annual American tradition. As a member of our University, you are invited to represent our international community in our first ever Global Talent Show.

Gateways To World Music: Mark Deutsch (Bazantar)

Event Information
Event Date: 
November 6, 2019 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Music Building Auditorium
Address: 
1114 W. Nevada Street, Urbana
Description: 

Mark Deutsch is a visionary artist with a background in nonlinear mathematics, sacred systems, and cosmology. As a classically trained bassist and sitar player, he pursued the creation of a new instrument – the Bazantar – a six-string acoustic bass fitted with an additional twenty-nine sympathetic strings and four drone strings. The result is a remarkable instrument that weaves a mesmerizing soundscape of resonance, and evokes all the power of Western classical music with the depth and nuance of Eastern traditions. Co-sponsored by Unit One / Allen Hall.

The Gateways to World Music Series is supported by School of Music and College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois.

Admission: 
free and open to the public
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Gateways To World Music: Veretski Pass (Music from the Carpathian Bow)

Event Information
Event Date: 
October 28, 2019 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Music Building Auditorium
Address: 
1114 W. Nevada Street, Urbana
Description: 

Veretski Pass features Cookie Segelstein (violin), Joshua Horowitz (chromatic button accordion) and Stuart Brotman (bass) performing music from the Carpathian Bow. Together they offer a unique and exciting combination of virtuosic musicianship and raw energy that has excited concertgoers across the world. With colorful instrumentation, unique arrangements and compositions, Veretski Pass plays "Old Country" music; music with origins in the Ottoman Empire, once fabled as the borderlands of the East and the West. Co-sponsored by C-U Folk and Roots Festival; Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation Endowment Fund of the C-U Jewish Federation; Hillel at the University of Illinois; Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center and Program in Jewish Culture and Society, UIUC.

The Gateways to World Music Series is supported by School of Music and College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois.

Admission: 
free and open to the public
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Gateways To World Music: David Chiriboga (Flamenco Guitar)

Event Information
Event Date: 
October 7, 2019 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Music Building Auditorium
Address: 
1114 W. Nevada Street, Urbana
Description: 

David Chiriboga is a full-time professional Flamenco guitarist based in Chicago. David’s style was nurtured in Andalusia in studies with prominent guitarists Paco Serrano, Jose Antonio Rodriguez, Emilio Maya, and Antonio Heredia. He received his degree in Music Performance at Northeastern Illinois University under the instruction of Dr. Brian Torosian. David plays with Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Company, Guitarra Azul and
Flamenco Cuadro El Payo, which have toured in the USA, Spain and Mexico. Co-sponsored by George A. Miller Programs Committee.

The Gateways to World Music Series is supported by School of Music and College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois.

Admission: 
free and open to the public
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Gateways To World Music: Sean Gaskell (West African Kora)

Event Information
Event Date: 
September 30, 2019 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Music Building Auditorium
Address: 
1114 W. Nevada Street, Urbana
Description: 

Sean Gaskell features traditional songs on the Kora, a 21 string harp that he learned how to play throughout the course of multiple visits to its homeland in Gambia, West Africa. Gaskell has studied extensively under the instruction of Malamini Jobarteh and Moriba Kuyateh, both of Brikama, Gambia. He has been featured at a number of music festivals in the US, Gambia, and Senegal. Co-sponsored by Spurlock Museum with support from the Illinois Arts Council.

The Gateways to World Music Series is supported by School of Music and College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois.

Admission: 
free and open to the public
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GATEWAYS TO WORLD MUSIC SERIES

The Robert E. Brown Center for World Music is pleased to announce Gateways to World Music programming for Fall 2019. The performance / lecture series will feature artists drawing from music traditions of West Africa, Spain, the Carpathian Bow, and India. Events are scheduled in the School of Music Building Auditorium, 1114 W. Nevada Street, Urbana at 7:30p on the following dates: September 30; October 7; October 28; and November 6. All programs are open to campus and community audiences free of charge. For more information visit cwm.illinois.edu.

Learn to play the Oud, popular Middle Eastern musical instrument!

Our friends at the Taqasim school in Champaign-Urbana and Community Center for the Arts are excited to announce the beginning of this semester's Oud classes! Whether you have played an instrument before or have no musical experience, these classes are an ideal way to get your Oud journey started and learn Middle Eastern music.

Classes begin on September 21st.

More info about the nature of the course will be provided at

Oud open day -- THIS SATURDAY -- September 14th from 1:00p - 4:00p

Seeking new singers for Champaign-Urbana’s Women’s Slavic Choir!

Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and the Caucuses have a rich, ancient, and distinct folk music tradition. Dissonant harmonies and ululations laud the praises of Christian and pagan gods, the turning of seasons, and lazy, good-for-nothing husbands. Join us to journey in the footsteps of the Bulgarian National Women’s Chorus starting here in Central Illinois!

Familiarity with Slavic languages not necessary.
Prior singing experience preferred.

To learn more or come to a rehearsal, contact us at 217-722-4610 or kfloess@gmail.com. Rehearsals to begin in mid-September.

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