Violin Concert by Ganesh-Kumaresh

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Event Date: 
April 12, 2018 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Venue: 
Temple Hoyne Buell Hall - Lawrence J. Plym Auditorium
Address: 
611 E Lorado Taft Dr, Champaign, Illinois
Description: 

SPICMACAY ILLINOIS is excited to present a Carnatic Violin concert on the UofI campus by the world famous Maestros Ganesh and Kumaresh! They will be accompanied by Sri Patri Satish Kumar on Mridangam and Sri Trichy Krishnaswamy on Ghatam.

Free for UofI students and faculty, $10 for everyone else (to be paid at the time of admission, seating will be first-come-first-serve)

Doors open at 6:45pm

Admission: 
Free for UofI students and faculty, $10 for everyone else
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Cornstalkers Cajun Band

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Event Date: 
March 31, 2018 - 9:00pm
Venue: 
The Iron Post
Address: 
120 S. Race Street, Urbana
Description: 

Shine up your dancing shoes, and meet us at the Iron Post

Native Culture: Resilient and Dancing with Pride

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Event Date: 
April 15, 2018 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Venue: 
Spurlock Museum
Address: 
600 S Gregory St, Urbana, Illinois
Description: 

Join us on Sunday, April 15 to enjoy and learn about the importance of the Native Grass Dance, as well as the Grass Dance regalia on loan and on exhibit in the Spurlock Museum. Trickster Art Gallery, the only Native-owned and operated art institution in the state of Illinois, and World Champion Native Pride Dancers, founded by Larry Yazzie, will present a cultural education program on the University of Illinois campus, in partnership with The Native American House and Spurlock Museum. “There will even be a time for everyone to join in and better understand the feeling of the heartbeat of our people—the power of the drum,” says Joe Polasek (LCO-Ojibwe/Polish), owner of Trickster Art Gallery.

Originating in Northern Plains tribes such as the Dakota-Sioux and Omaha-Ponca, the Grass Dance is a Native traditional art. Regalia and performance evoke swaying plants in the grasslands wind and honors the importance of this natural resource as fuel and insulation.

Free admission.

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Balinese Gamelan Concert

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Event Date: 
May 6, 2018 - 2:00pm
Venue: 
Music Building Auditorium
Address: 
1114 West Nevada Street, Urbana
Description: 

For our Spring 2018 concert, University of Illinois Balinese Gamelan ensembles under the direction of I Ketut Gede Asnawa will perform a program of traditional and new works.

The Aranya Kanda section of the Ramayana Dance Drama will be featured in the concert, along with a new composition dedicated to Mt. Agung by I Ketut Gede Asnawa.

Balinese dance in our program is directed by Putu Oka Mardiani Asnawa.

The performance is open to the public and admission is free.

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Free Admission

Latin Dance Night / Noche de Baile Latino

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Event Date: 
April 6, 2018 - 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts - Lobby
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana
Description: 

Dance the night away at Krannert Center! Come enjoy a FREE Latin Dance Night in the Krannert Center Lobby, co-sponsored by La Casa Cultural Latina. Celebrate the fall semester with rhythms from Latin America and the Caribbean—reggaeton, bachata, cumbia, salsa, merengue, and more! Free garage parking. Cash bar available. iVengan a bailar! Please join us!

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Filipino Culture Night 2018: Mano Po

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Event Date: 
March 31, 2018 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Venue: 
Lincoln Hall Theatre, University of Illinois
Address: 
702 S Wright St, Urbana, IL
Description: 

Filipino Culture Night (FCN) is the annual lunch and showcase hosted by Philippine Student Association UIUC in which they invite others to experience and celebrate Filipino culture.

The theme for this year's show is “Mano Po” PSA UIUC wanted to showcase the respect Filipinos, Filipino-Americans, and Non-Filipinos have for the culture. This year we wanted our showcase to center around the generation gap and respect for the filipino culture. With Mano Po being our theme, it best exemplify our culture's respect.

More info can be found on PSA UIUC Facebook Page (link below)

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Indonesian Cultural Night

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Event Date: 
April 14, 2018 - 5:00pm
Venue: 
Lincoln Hall Theatre, University of Illinois
Address: 
702 S Wright St, Urbana, IL
Description: 

The annual Indonesian Cultural Night will be showing Indoesian culture and tradition once again. Angklung, gamelan, and traditional dance will be performed during the event. Admission is free and free food will be provided. Make sure you bring your friends as well! We will have an event exclusive snapchat filter!

Hosted by Permias UIUC

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The New Budapest Orpheum Society

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Event Date: 
March 29, 2018 - 5:00pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Stage 5
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin, Urbana
Description: 

Making Sacred All the Whispers of the World–Jewish Cabaret
A performance by The New Budapest Orpheum Society

The eight-member New Budapest Orpheum Society re-sounds the songs of struggle, survival, and sacrifice from the tragic history of twentieth-century Jewish modernity. Repertories unearthed from concentration camps and the ghettos of World War II, set in counterpoint to the popular and political songs from cabaret stage and Jewish cinema, together commemorate and celebrate one of the most powerful moments of modern music history. Echoes from worlds lost to the Holocaust resonate with new life in these new arrangements. The sonic legacies of lives lost are realized with the extraordinary power and beauty of Jewish cabaret. During the course of the evening audiences will journey through the Yiddish songs created by Mordechai Gebirtig for the Cracow Ghetto and bear witness to the message of songs from the Golden Age of Yiddish film. Milestones of metaphor and allegory give meaning to a historical path that passes through cities as disparate as Carpathian shtetls and the cosmopolitan cities of the Duchess of Chicago. Repertories gathered through the research of the ensemble members—works by Viktor Ullmann and Leo Strauss from the concentration camp at Theresienstadt/Terezín, Hebrew songs circulating on postcards between Berlin and Jerusalem and composers such as Kurt Weill and Stephan Wolpe, newly-composed Russian songs by Ilya Levinson—will be experienced in all their staggering beauty. Members of the NBOS pay homage to the past, present, and future, seeking the sacred within the whispers still audible for us in the twenty-first century when we listen.

A lecture by NBOS Artistic Director Philip V. Bohlman will precede the performance at 4:00 pm

The New Budapeset Orpheum Society is an Ensemble-in-Residence in the Humanities Division at the University of Chicago. This group will present an extensive program representing the experience of many places, including songs about life and love in Cracow, Yiddish songs between Eastern and Western Europe, resistance in the ghetto, sojourners in the struggle against the Nazi regime, settings of Hebrew folk songs by Darius Milhaud, songs by Kurt Eisler and by Arnold Schoenberg, and songs by Viktor Ullmann.

A reception follows at the Bread Company, 706 S. Goodwin, Urbana.

Admission: 
Free Admission
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“Some for Laughs, Some for Tears” – The Cabaretesque and Jewish Music

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Event Date: 
March 29, 2018 - 4:00pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin, Urbana
Description: 

Phillip V. Bohlman
University of Chicago, NBOS Artistic Director and UI alumnus

“Some for Laughs, Some for Tears” – The Cabaretesque and Jewish Music

Word and song together join in the labors of the New Budapest Orpheum Society and Phil Bohlman as they explore the cabaretesque in Jewish music. The cabaretesque is a performative moment in which cultural, religious, and aesthetic differences of modern Judaism converge upon a stage, both metaphorical and physical, mediated by music to reframe the narratives of the everyday and of history. Music becomes a vessel for the cabaretesque by opening the possibilities of transformation: Identities change as sameness is enacted through the performance of otherness; a new dramatis personae accrues to narrative and drama; the backdrop of staged worlds becomes the mirror of lived-in worlds; social relations are turned upside-down and inside-out; the borders between the serious and the comic are blurred and blinded by the footlights. In the course of his pre-concert talk, Phil Bohlman presents cabaretesque moments from thirty years of research devoted to modern Jewish music, especially the traditions that connect the German and Yiddish traditions to modern Hebrew repertories in Israel. Songs from twentieth-century stage traditions form a counterpoint with songs from the Shoah. From the cabaret stage to operetta to Jewish film music, the cabaretesque offers a leitmotiv for interpreting the crisis of Jewish modernity in the twentieth century.

A performance by the New Budapest Orpheum Society follows at 5:00pm, with a reception at the Bread Company afterwards

Admission: 
Free Admission
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35th Annual International Dinner & Performance Night

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Event Date: 
March 11, 2018 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Venue: 
University YMCA | Latzer Hall
Address: 
1001 S. Wright St, Champaign, IL
Description: 

The University YMCA & The International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) present the 35th 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.

Tickets on sale February 12 by online reservation for $15/$10 for students and children (see form below) and at the front desk of the University YMCA beginning Wednesday, February 14. (Checks should be made payable to the University YMCA). Tickets sell fast and space is limited; please plan to purchase your tickets well in advance.

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