UI Sesquicentennial Kickoff Celebration: Funkadesi

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Event Date: 
February 28, 2017 - 5:00pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL
Description: 

February 28, 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the passage of the legislative act that created the University of Illinois in 1867. This sesquicentennial milestone provides the opportunity to commemorate our shining accomplishments of the past 150 years and to look forward to the possibilities the future holds. Krannert Center hosts the sesquicentennial kickoff celebration with a free lobby concert and reception featuring six-time Chicago Music Award winners Funkadesi, who meld musical styles from around the globe and whose one-world sound and positive vibe make the band a unique, compelling, and flat-out fun musical force. Here's to the past 150 years and to the next!

Admission: 
Admission Free
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Sonic Illinois: Kahil El'Zabar's Ethnic Heritage Ensemble

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Event Date: 
February 9, 2017 - 9:30pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center, Stage 5
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL
Description: 

Kahil El'Zabar, percussion
Corey Wilkes, trumpet
Alex Harding, baritone sax

Stay late at Krannert Center to hear band leader Kahil El'Zabar and the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble with Corey Wilkes and Alex Harding, which was formed between El'Zabar's studies with and chairing of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. After 40-plus years of eventful music making, the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble is still reinventing itself while making music "with a modern sensibility and an ancestral spirit" (allmusic.com).

Admission: 
Admission Free
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UFL: Chinese New Year Celebration

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Event Date: 
January 21, 2017 - 11:00am
Venue: 
Urbana Free Library
Address: 
210 West Green Street, Urbana, IL
Description: 

UFL is hosting a family event celebrating Chinese New Year.

It's the Year of the Rooster! Join teachers and students from the school of the Chinese Heritage Association and celebrate the new year with bilingual stories, songs, and a craft.

This program is in collaboration with the Chinese Heritage Association. For children and their families.

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The Tannahill Weavers

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Event Date: 
May 9, 2017 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
The Upper Bout
Address: 
723 S Neil St, Champaign, IL
Description: 

The Tannahill Weavers are one of Scotland's premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly can't get better...yet continue to do just that.

Born of a session in Paisley, Scotland and named for the town's historic weaving industry and local poet laureate Robert Tannahill, the group has made an international name for its special brand of Scottish music, blending the beauty of traditional melodies with the power of modern rhythms. The Tannahill Weavers began to attract attention when founding members Roy Gullane and Phil Smillie added the full-sized highland bagpipes to the on-stage presentations, the first professional Scottish folk group to successfully do so. The combination of the powerful pipe solos, Roy's driving guitar backing and lead vocals, and Phil's ethereal flute playing breathed new life into Scotland's vast repertoire of traditional melodies and songs.

Three years and a dozen countries later, the Tannahills were the toast of Europe, having won the Scotstar Award for Folk Record of the Year with their third album, The Tannahill Weavers. Canada came the next summer, with thousands at the national festivals in Vancouver, Winnipeg and Toronto screaming an approval that echoed throughout the Canadian media. Since their first visit to the United States in 1981, the Tannahills' unique combination of traditional melodies on pipes, flute and fiddle, driving rhythms on guitar and bouzouki, and powerful three and four part vocal harmonies have taken the musical community by storm.

Over the years the Tannies have been trailblazers for Scottish music, and their tight harmonies and powerful, inventive arrangements have won them fans from beyond the folk and Celtic music scenes. In 2011 the band was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame, and in 2014 they are joined by innovative piper Lorne MacDougall. Lorne comes with a high pedigree, having arranged and performed pipes for the Disney Pixar movie “Brave”, along with a long list of other accomplishments.

http://www.tannahillweavers.com/

Admission: 
Adults $20 Students/Seniors $10
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Piper's Hut Concert: Dónal Clancy

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Event Date: 
February 16, 2017 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
house concert (rsvp at Piper's Hut website)
Description: 

Dónal Clancy is an acclaimed guitarist, singer and performer. His father and uncles of The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem are often regarded as the first group to bring Irish folk song to a worldwide audience in the 1950′s and 60’s. Dónal grew up in a household and community steeped in music. He spent his early childhood in Canada and the US before his family settled back in An Rinn, Co.Waterford in 1983.

His father gave him his first guitar at the age of eight and he was playing professionally by his early teens. After returning from a residency at Delaney’s Irish Pub in Hong Kong in the mid-nineties, he co-founded the group Danú but left soon after to join a trio with his father, Liam, and cousin, Robbie O’Connell. Their debut tour in 1996 took them across the US, from the Santa Anita Race Track in Los Angeles to Lincoln Center in NY City. They continued to tour together for a couple of more years and recorded two albums before they disbanded in the early noughties.

In 1998, Dónal moved to New York where he became the go-to guitarist for many of the top Irish music acts. He contributed to albums and tours with Riverdance fiddler, Eileen Ivers and was guest guitarist with The Chieftains on their Tears of Stone Tour in Japan and the US in 1999. From 2000 – 2002 he was a member of the Irish-American super-group Solas and in 2003 he re-joined the group Danú who would go on to become one of the most successful Irish bands today.

In 2009, Dónal returned to live in Ireland with his wife, Mary and their three children. After the death of his father (the last remaining member of The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem) he began to focus his attention on the family repertoire of songs that he grew up with, while keeping the Clancy tradition alive with his solo performances.

http://donalclancy.com

Admission: 
$20 Adult
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Balinese Gamelan Concert

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Event Date: 
April 29, 2017 - 2:00pm
Venue: 
Music Building Auditorium
Address: 
1114 West Nevada Street, Urbana
Description: 

End of semester concert featuring Balinese Gamelan ensembles under the direction of I Ketut Gede Asnawa.

Traditional works will be performed by the UIUC Student Ensemble and Community Gamelan.

Balinese dance under the direction of Putu Oka Mardiani Asnawa will also be featured in this program.

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

Admission: 
Admission Free
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WorldFest

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Event Date: 
April 1, 2017 - 12:30pm - 4:00pm
Venue: 
Spurlock Museum
Address: 
600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Description: 

A whole afternoon of performances! During WorldFest, the Museum celebrates the wonderful variety of performance arts practiced around the world and offers hands-on activities for everyone.

The Koto Club, traditional Japanese music
Small ensemble • Ancient Mediterranean Gallery: 1:45–2:10
Full ensemble • Knight Auditorium: 3:30–4:00

Matt Jacklin and ONU World Percussion, African Gyil music
Knight Auditorium: 2:15–2:55

Marilyn Kinsella, multicultural storytelling
African and Middle Eastern Cultures Gallery: 12:30–12:55, 1:45–2:10, 3:00–3:25

Jasmine Field Orchestra, Chinese traditional and fusion music
Full ensemble • Knight Auditorium: 1:00–1:40
Small ensemble • Ancient Mediterranean Gallery: 3:00–3:25

Admission: 
Suggested Donation $5.00
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Winter Tales Concert

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Event Date: 
February 18, 2017 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Venue: 
Spurlock Museum
Address: 
600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Description: 

Join us for one of the Museum’s most popular annual events, a concert of American Indian tales, told during the winter months, the traditional time of telling.

This year, our Winter Tales American Indian celebration has been expanded to three events. Our featured speaker/teller is Alex Mares. With an educational background in Anthropology and Sociology, Mr. Mares has served as a Park Ranger in Texas and New Mexico for over 28 years. This service included fifteen years as Lead Ranger at the world-renowned sacred site known as Hueco Tanks. He is a Certified Interpretive Guide through the National Association for Interpretation and is a traditional Winter Storyteller. Mr. Mares is of Diné (Navajo) and Mexican-American descent.

Winter Tales concerts are sponsored by an endowment from Reginald and Gladys Laubin. No pre-event tickets are sold. Auditorium doors open 30 minutes before the concert.

Admission: 
$5.00 general admission
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Cultural Celebration Series: Gah Rahk Mah Dahng

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Event Date: 
January 22, 2017 - 1:00pm
Venue: 
Spurlock Museum
Address: 
600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Description: 

This Spring, Spurlock Museum debuts a joyful monthly series that continues to recognize the diversity of cultures and types of music, dance, and storytelling available in our area. Their January performance will be by GRMD (Gah Rahk Mah Dahng), a Korean percussion group. Come join us!

Admission: 
Admission Free
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Cultural Celebration Series at Spurlock Museum

Our friends at Spurlock Museum are launching their new Cultural Celebration Performance Series on January 22, 2017 with a concert by the Korean Percussion group, Gah Rank Mah Dahng (GRMD). This monthly, family-friendly performance series is a joyful, continuing recognition of the diversity of cultures and types of music, dance, and storytelling available in our area. For more information, please contact Kim Sheahan at (217) 244-3355 or visit the Spurlock Museum website: http://www.spurlock.illinois.edu

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