The 34th Annual International Dinner & Performance Night

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Event Date: 
March 12, 2017 - 6:00pm
Venue: 
University YMCA
Address: 
1001 S. Wright, Champaign
Description: 

Join the YMCA and ISSS for a celebration of our local cultural diversity. Sample food from 15 countries (30 if you bring a friend and share) and enjoy cultural performances. Tickets on sale now online for $16 or for $15 if purchased at the front desk of the University YMCA.

Learn more at: http://www.universityymca.org/global/dinner/

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Advanced tickets: $16 online, $15 front desk at University YMCA
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Sufi Music Concert with Ahl-e Qulub

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Event Date: 
March 10, 2017 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Venue: 
University YMCA
Address: 
1001 S Wright St., Champaign, IL
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Sufi Music Concert with Ahl-e Qulub

Ahl-e Qulub, meaning People of the Heart, is a Sufi music ensemble. In the last year they have traveled across the Midwest offering free events where they perform Sufi Music, teach meditation, and advocate spiritual pluralism and tolerance. All members are initiates of the Qadriya Sufi Order and students of Sufi teacher Dr. Ghulam Jilani, who was given the khilafat (spiritual succession) by his master, Hazrat Chaman Qadri RA. This gentle, venerable saint of India upheld and advocated the values of tolerance and spiritual pluralism for over 50 years, and spent his life in spiritual service to humanity. People of all faiths and creeds found spiritual peace under his guidance, regardless of their beliefs or particularities, and he was essential in maintaining harmonious relations among the diversity of faiths in his town of Bundi. He lovingly guided students from nearly every religion, unconditionally serving whoever came to him. It is in this line of the unconditional service of their Sufi Grandmaster that Ahl-e Qulub performs, dedicated to continuing this legacy of spiritual pluralism and tolerance.

For thousands of years, Sufis have practiced and refined techniques for cultivating, imbibing, and maintaining the inherent spirituality within the human heart, striving to cultivate intense unconditional love as a catalyst for positive internal transformation. This ancient wisdom and spirituality, universal and all-encompassing, has been passed down from master to disciple to be shared with all people with the sole purpose of increasing love and longing for the Divine, and to encourage people to pursue spirituality in whatever way they see as best for themselves.

Using only their voices and percussion, Ahl-e Qulub's music is a devotional, gentle, and meditative experience. Selections may include original Sufi litanies, as well as litanies inspired by the Hindu, Christian, Islamic, Jewish, Jain, and Buddhist traditions. While maintaining respect and reverence, the songs have been adapted to suit the western sensibilities of the listeners and musicians.

Sufis teach that a common spiritual thread runs through the world's sacred traditions. Ahl-e Qulub does not represent a particular religion or faith, but instead simply uses the music and meditation to inspire and incite the intense spiritual love residing within the human heart. The music and practices are universally applicable, and can be complementary to both those of faith and those who do not adhere to a particular set of beliefs.

At this event, audience members will learn a simple meditation, practicable by anyone. Meditation has nearly innumerable benefits, but its purpose in this context is to soften the heart and make it more receptive to the spirit of the music. Along with the main concert, this event will also feature a short session of zikr--a core Sufi practice which involves chanting Divine Names in rhythm with drums.

Performing under the principle of baymaksad (unconditional) service, the Ahl-e Qulub neither asks for compensation nor accepts donations.

Admission: 
free admission
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MALAYSIAN NIGHT UIUC 2017

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Event Date: 
March 5, 2017 - 8:00pm
Venue: 
Lincoln Hall Theater
Address: 
702 South Wright Street Urbana, IL
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A Classic Malaysian Tale of TUAH & JEBAT

A play about famous legendary warriors: Hang Tuah & Hang Jebat who lived in Malacca during the reign of Sultan Mansur Shah in the 15th century. This play will be accommodated with traditional performances such as Dondang Sayang, Magunatip dance, Boria, Ulek Mayang, Kuda Kepang, Silat and Arjuna Beta. This play will highlight the themes of brotherhood, friendship, loyalty and love.

Date : March 5, 2017
Venue : Lincoln Hall Theater
Time : 8PM
Doors Open : 7PM

An event by Malaysian Student Association UIUC

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FREE ADMISSION
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Conversation: Music in Conflict

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Event Date: 
March 9, 2017 - 4:00pm
Venue: 
IPRH Lecture Hall, Levis Faculty Center, Fourth Floor
Address: 
919 West Illinois Street, Urbana, IL
Description: 

Conversation: Music in Conflict

A conversation between anthropologist Ted Swedenburg and IPRH Mellon postdoctoral fellow Nili Belkind that will center on musical practices in conflict zones, with a focus on Palestine-Israel. Through specific ethnographic examples, the discussion will explore the ways in which geographical borders and social and ethnic boundaries shape personal geographies, cultural expression and the making of communities in a context of ongoing violence.

Sponsored by IPRH, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Dr. Nili Belkind is the IPRH-Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Humanities. She grew up in Israel but spent her adult life in the United States. She spent many years working in the music industry as an album producer, A & R, record label executive and artists manager specializing in world music. After many years in the music industry she returned to school (Columbia University) to pursue a PhD in ethnomusicology. Much of her work in the music industry centered on Caribbean music genres, and her MA thesis focused on the lives and musics of prominent Haitian artists in diaspora. Her PhD dissertation is an ethnography of music making and its cultural meanings in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, based on 18 months of fieldwork. The dissertation highlights musical renderings of discourses of co-existence, discourses of resistance and projects of nation making. It also explores forms of expressive culture that ‘live’ in the blurry boundaries and borderzones where fixed ethno-national categories align with neither physical spaces nor individual identities. As a post-doctoral fellow with “Daat-Hamakom” (ICORE), Dr. Belkind conducted ethnographic research on music and the politics of ethnicity, nation and place making in the adjacent towns of Jaffa and Bat Yam for a chapter in a book publication.

Dr. Ted Swedenburg received his Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of Texas in 1988. His dissertation, a study of popular memories of the 1936-39 revolt in Palestine, involved interviewing elderly peasants living in Palestinian villages in the Galilee and the West Bank. He taught at the University of Washington -Seattle between 1988 and 1991, and at the American University in Cairo from 1992 to 1996. He joined the University of Arkansas in 1996. Dr. Swedenburg's recent research focuses on popular music.

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Cultural Celebration Series: Samba Soul

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Event Date: 
March 26, 2017 - 1:00pm
Venue: 
Spurlock Museum
Address: 
600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
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Cultural Celebration Series: Samba Soul

The Cultural Celebration Series is a joyful, continuing recognition of the diversity of cultures and types of music, dance, and storytelling available in our area. Our March performance will be by Samba Soul.

Samba Soul has solid roots in the classical Brazilian Samba and a sophisticated touch of Bossa Nova. With an enlightened approach and interpretation of Brazilian popular music, Samba Soul has drawn acclaim from audiences wherever they have played. The band offers a broad and flexible repertoire, ranging from classical Brazilian music to contemporary samba and MPB (Brazilian popular music). The band is inspired by the legends of Brazilian Samba and Popular Music, such as Tom Jobim, Djavan, Clara Nunes, Yvone Lara, Elizette Cardozo, Adoniran Barbosa, Elis Regina, Carlos Lyra, Roberto Menescal, Ivans Lins, Lo Borges, Milton Nascimento, Joao Gilberto, and Joao Bosco, as well as singers such as Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald.

Admission: 
Admission Free
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Cultural Celebration Series: Acoustic Mayhem

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Event Date: 
February 26, 2017 - 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Venue: 
Spurlock Museum
Address: 
600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
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Cultural Celebration Series: Acoustic Mayhem

The Cultural Celebration Series is a joyful, continuing recognition of the diversity of cultures and types of music, dance, and storytelling available in our area. Our February performance will be by Acoustic Mayhem String Band, an Old Time dance band. Come join us!

Admission: 
Admission Free
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Big Klezmer and Yiddish Music Jam and Workshop

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Event Date: 
February 19, 2017 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Venue: 
Phillips Recreation Center
Address: 
505 W. Stoughton Ave, Urbana, 61801
Description: 

Big Klezmer and Yiddish Music Jam and Workshop

Calling all instrumentalists and singers! No previous experience is necessary. Kids and adults from any background are welcome (kids should be accompanied by a responsible adult). We invite everyone to participate, regardless of vocal or instrumental level, previous experience, background or knowledge. In addition to the jam session, the afternoon will include a workshop section for experienced musicians. This will be an opportunity to dig deeper into klezmer style, repertoire and rhythms at a more advanced level. Free will donations greatly appreciated.

This event is part of a residency featuring luminaries Jeff Warschauer and Deborah Strauss over President’s Day weekend, February 16-19, 2017 in C-U. As part of their activities, the Program in Jewish Culture and Society and the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center are sponsoring a lecture and musical demonstration titled “Klezmer Music: From Old World to New” on Thursday, February 16th, at 7:00pm in the Music Building Auditorium. It’s a rare opportunity to have this duo here – they are in the top tier of today’s klezmer/Yiddish music scene and have performed many places around the world.

http://www.klezmerduo.com/

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Donations Accepted

Concert and Dance Party with Jeff Warschauer and Deborah Strauss

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Event Date: 
February 18, 2017 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Sinai Temple
Address: 
3104 W. Windsor Rd, Champaign, 61822
Description: 

Saturday Night Concert and Dance Party with Jeff Warschauer and Deborah Strauss. Klezmer melodies and hasidic songs that celebrate life and peace will be performed by Jeff and Deborah. Join us for this unique and uplifting concert. We will open the floor for dancing in the second half of the concert.

This event is part of a residency featuring luminaries Jeff Warschauer and Deborah Strauss over President’s Day weekend, February 16-19, 2017 in C-U. As part of their activities, the Program in Jewish Culture and Society and the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center are sponsoring a lecture and musical demonstration titled “Klezmer Music: From Old World to New” on Thursday, February 16th, at 7:00pm in the Music Building Auditorium. It’s a rare opportunity to have this duo here – they are in the top tier of today’s klezmer/Yiddish music scene and have performed many places around the world.

http://www.klezmerduo.com/

Admission: 
Admission Free

Klezmer Music: From Old World to New

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Event Date: 
February 16, 2017 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Music Building Auditorium
Address: 
1114 West Nevada Street, Urbana
Description: 

Strauss/Warschauer Duo

Klezmer luminaries Jeff Warschauer and Deborah Strauss will be in C-U for a residency over President’s Day weekend, February 16-19, 2017. As part of their activities, the Program in Jewish Culture and Society and the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center are sponsoring a lecture and musical demonstration titled “Klezmer Music: From Old World to New” on Thursday, February 16th, at 7:00pm in the Music Building Auditorium. In this presentation, Jeff and Deborah will explore the trajectory of klezmer music from its roots in late 19th and early 20th century Eastern European culture to its unique musical and cultural context in today’s world. It’s a rare opportunity to have this duo here – they are in the top tier of today’s klezmer/Yiddish music scene and have performed in many places around the world.

In addition to this event, Jeff and Deborah will be performing in a public concert/dance party at Sinai Temple at 7:00pm on Saturday, February 18th. They’ll also be giving a workshop for musicians and singers at the Phillips Recreation Center in Urbana on Sunday, February 19th, 2:00-4:00pm. Finally, they’ll be available for private lessons and ensemble coaching. To see their full itinerary, point your browser to http://tinyurl.com/klezmerduoitinerary.

Deborah Strauss and Jeff Warschauer

For over 25 years, Deborah Strauss (violin, accordion, voice, dance) and Cantor Jeff Warschauer (voice, guitar, mandolin) have been at the forefront of the international klezmer and Yiddish music scene. They were both long-time members of the Klezmer Conservatory Band, one of the premiere groups of the klezmer revival, and have performed with legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman on film and in concert. They serve on the faculty of KlezKanada, Yiddish Summer Weimar, the Warsaw International Summer Seminar in Yiddish Language and Culture, and KlezFest at the University of London.

Jeff is a graduate of the H.L. Miller Cantorial School at the Jewish Theological Seminary, and is Cantor at synagogues in Massapequa, NY and Manchester, Vermont. He is on the faculty of Columbia University, and is a Founding Artistic Director and Senior Artistic Advisor of the KlezKanada Institute for Yiddish/Jewish Culture. Deborah is one of the leading klezmer fiddlers of her generation. She is also an award-winning children’s educator and a highly regarded Yiddish dancer and dance leader. Deborah studied violin at Rutgers University and ethnomusicology at the University of Chicago.

As the Strauss/Warschauer Duo, Deborah and Jeff have performed to overwhelming acclaim in such diverse venues as the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Great Britain’s Fiddles on Fire, the Jewish Culture Festival in Cracow, Poland, and the Art of Yiddish in Los Angeles with the late actor and singer Theodore Bikel. They are Yiddish speakers, and have researched and collected Yiddish and Hebrew songs and instrumental melodies since the 1980s. Together they lead some of the most popular klezmer music, Yiddish song, and traditional dance workshops throughout North America, and Eastern and Western Europe.

http://klezmerduo.com/

Admission: 
All events are free and open to the public.

Krannert Uncorked with Los Guapos

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Event Date: 
January 26, 2017 - 5:00pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts - Stage 5
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, IL
Description: 

Michael McLoughlin, guitar
Brad Decker, bass
Chad Dunn, percussion
Jamie Ryan, percussion

At Krannert Uncorked, Stage 5 is the crossroads to gather, make connections, and try a new wine.

Admission: 
Admission Free
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