Tony McManus and Julia Toaspern at Krannert Center

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Event Date: 
September 7, 2019 - 6:00pm
Venue: 
KCPA, Foellinger Great Hall
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana
Description: 

Tony McManus, recently named one of Guitar Player magazine’s “50 transcendent acoustic guitarists,” weaves beautifully ornamented musical tapestries of Celtic music in masterfully picked patterns that astound the eyes and ears of audiences worldwide. For this, his second Krannert Center appearance, he’s joined by the classically trained German “folk jazz” artist Julia Toaspern, whose lilting, clear vocals and remarkable guitar and fiddle talents combine with McManus’ signature style to create an evening of “breathtaking duets” (Folker).

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Danilo Brito Quartet

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Event Date: 
September 7, 2019 - 4:00pm
Venue: 
KCPA, Studio Theatre
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana
Description: 

As a young prodigy, Danilo Brito would play the bandolim, a Brazilian-style mandolin, alongside his elders at rodas de choro—informal gatherings of musicians that celebrated Brazil’s popular choro music style. He quickly earned comparisons to Brazil’s pioneering mandolin player Jacob do Bandolim, from whom the bandolim takes its name. Joined by collaborators on seven-string guitar, six-string guitar, and pandeiro (percussion), Brito will dazzle ELLNORA audiences with his dexterity, romanticism, and verve.

Club-style performances offer first-come, first-served seating at tables of four in the Studio Theatre. Full bar service with snacks is available during the performance.

Brito will perform two sets on Saturday, September 7th; one at 2:30pm and a second at 4:00pm. See Krannert Center website for details and to purchase tickets.

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Danilo Brito Quartet

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Event Date: 
September 7, 2019 - 2:30pm
Venue: 
KCPA, Studio Theatre
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana
Description: 

As a young prodigy, Danilo Brito would play the bandolim, a Brazilian-style mandolin, alongside his elders at rodas de choro—informal gatherings of musicians that celebrated Brazil’s popular choro music style. He quickly earned comparisons to Brazil’s pioneering mandolin player Jacob do Bandolim, from whom the bandolim takes its name. Joined by collaborators on seven-string guitar, six-string guitar, and pandeiro (percussion), Brito will dazzle ELLNORA audiences with his dexterity, romanticism, and verve.

Club-style performances offer first-come, first-served seating at tables of four in the Studio Theatre. Full bar service with snacks is available during the performance.

Brito will perform two sets on Saturday, September 7th; one at 2:30pm and a second at 4:00pm. See Krannert Center website for details and to purchase tickets.

Admission: 
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Anat Cohen and Marcello Goncalves; Aritmia: MERIMA KLJUČO and MIROSLAV TADIĆ

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Event Date: 
September 7, 2019 - 2:30pm
Venue: 
KCPA, Foellinger Great Hall
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana
Description: 

Noted musical director, arranger, and performing artist Marcello Gonçalves’ seven-stringed spontaneity is born of his Rio de Janeiro roots—celebrating Brazil’s great classical tradition but sprinkled with the mischief of popular music. He joins forces with clarinetist Anat Cohen, whose sensitive interpretations and charming stage presence are “a woodwind revelation” (DownBeat).

Acclaimed guitarist Miroslav Tadić and renowned accordionist Merima Ključo celebrate their common Balkan heritage in their duo, Aritmia, performing original work, exquisite arrangements of music by Erik Satie and Manuel de Falla, and the expressive music of sevdah—sometimes called “Bosnian blues.” This virtuosic pair shares the fruits of their unique musical partnership, offering a singular mix of joy, yearning, and aching beauty.

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Sávila at Krannert Center

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Event Date: 
September 7, 2019 - 1:30pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Stage 5
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana
Description: 

Sávila is a medicinal plant that grows wild in tropical climates all over the world, as well as the name of the cumbia/Latin/world/R&B-inspired ensemble of guitarist Fabi Reyna, vocalist Brisa Gonzalez, and percussionist Papi Fimbres. English and Spanish vocals mix in the hypnotizing music of this trio that was recently named one of the Portland, Oregon, area’s best new bands. Their otherworldly blend has been compared to “a warm embrace . . . everything melds into a groove so deep, you can’t help but sink in, too” (Willamette Week).

Also, hear a free panel discussion about gender and genre in the music industry led by Sávila guitarist Fabi Reyna on Friday, September 6, at 1:30pm.

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Free Admission
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Across the Sea: Jeff Peterson, Greg Sardinha, Tsun-Hui Hung

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Event Date: 
September 6, 2019 - 12:00pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Stage 5
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana
Description: 

Slow life down for a moment with the tranquil sounds of slack key guitar—the distinctly Hawaiian finger-style genre known as kī hō’alu in the islands. ELLNORA alum and Grammy Award winner Jeff Peterson returns with his versatile, jazz-influenced sound in an imaginative program that unites the beauty of Peterson’s slack key with the Hawaiian steel guitar of Greg Sardinha and Tsun-Hui Hung’s innovative interpretations on the two-stringed Chinese erhu.

Followed by a Talkback with the artists, moderated by Rachel Rosenkrantz, luthier.

Admission: 
Free Admission
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Krannert Center Opening Night: Toko Telo, Bombino, and Samantha Fish with Luther Dickinson

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Event Date: 
September 5, 2019 - 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for Performing Arts, Lobby
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana
Description: 

Krannert Center’s 50th season opens at high speed with the return of ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival and the Opening Night Party! Get ready to gather and groove as the entire community comes together for a night of exceptional music-making, fabulous food and drink, and all-ages amenities.

Slide in by 6pm when music begins with Toko Telo. This Madagascar-based supergroup features two of the country’s most renowned guitarists—D’Gary and Joël Rabesolo—who dazzle audiences on sparkling, island-inspired folk compositions in the tsapiky, jihe, and beko styles that glitter with the soulful vocals of Monika Njava. (Catch Toko Telo again at 7:30pm.)

At 6:30pm, enjoy a sizzling set of tichumaren (North African desert blues) from Niger-born artist Bombino. He says of his Sahara homeland that “sound and music there carries a power with it, so you get the feeling when you’re holding an instrument in your hand and playing it, you’re completing a picture that was otherwise incomplete” (The New York Times).

A pair of ELLNORA alums takes to the stage at 8pm. Long-time Krannert Center collaborator Luther Dickinson frequents the “best of” lists in the guitar world and garners devotion for his powerful slide style, exceptional songwriting, and deep connection to the music of Memphis. Kansas City-born guitarist/singer/songwriter Samantha Fish continues her meteoric rise as a blues artist who really knows how to rock. Together with Fish‘s band, you can expect them to deliver an over-the-top Opening Night Party finale to remember.

Food sales begin and doors open at 5:30pm.
Toko Telo, 6pm and 7:30pm—Amphitheatre (rain location Studio Theatre)
Bombino, 6:30pm, Lobby—Stage 6
Samantha Fish with Luther Dickinson, 8pm, Lobby—Stage 6
Following the Opening Night Party, head to the Studio Theatre at 9:30pm for Spontaneous Combustion, a late-night, ticketed set featuring a powerhouse lineup of six-string practitioners.

Admission: 
Free Admission
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Latin Dance Social

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Event Date: 
May 20, 2019 - 8:15pm - 10:00pm
Venue: 
Urbana Dance Company
Address: 
122 W. Main Street, UNIT D, Urbana
Description: 

Latin Dance Practice Social!

Come practice your moves with new and experienced dancers.
DJ Sebastian mix-up

Mondays 8:15-10pm; after Latin Dance Class

Admission: 
$3
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Beginner Salsa- Casino Rueda Style

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Event Date: 
May 20, 2019 - 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Venue: 
Urbana Dance Company
Address: 
122 W. Main Street, UNIT D, Urbana
Description: 

This class teaches you a salsa group dance that first became popular in Cuba. As rueda means "wheel," during the dance there is a constant changing of partners, which makes for a very joyful, dynamic experience. Casino rueda is of high energy and a lot of fun. All levels are welcome. No partner is required.

Class is followed by a latin dance social event in the same location (8:15-10pm, $3 cover)

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Israeli Dance w/ Andréa Aguiar

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Event Date: 
May 21, 2019 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Venue: 
Urbana Dance Company
Address: 
122 West Main Street, 2nd Floor, Urbana
Description: 

Israeli Dance

Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30pm. 15 minutes extra practice after class.
March 12 - April 16th
NO CLASSES ON SPRING BREAK (March 19th)
Teacher: Andrea Aguiar

ALL LEVELS WELCOME

Ages 11 years and up, children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult

The goal for this 5-week course is to move and exercise your body while enjoying the music and cultural dance of Israel.

In the first 4 classes, we will learn 10-15 line and circle dances from a variety of styles that are popular in Rikudim (Israeli dance groups) around the world.

The last class will be a performance/dance party where you will have a chance to show and share what you’ve learned with your invited friends and family. Dances will be taught step-by-step with additional opportunities to practice at home through online resources.

Andrea Aguiar Bio:

Andréa grew up dancing—ballet, modern, jazz, and tap dance--
at her mother’s dance studio in São Paulo, Brazil. She first
experienced Israeli dancing as a teenager, during a 3-month stay in Israel. After a very long hiatus, her daughters brought dance back into Andréa’s life. Eight years ago, when Andréa took her daughter to audition for CU Ballet’s Nutcracker, she was also unexpectedly cast for the show. She resumed ballet classes and danced as a rat in The Nutcracker on the Krannert stage for three
years. More recently, she and her two daughters got involved in
Israeli dancing through the Israeli Folkdancing group at the
Phillips Recreation Center in Urbana, and this has become a
passionate mother-daughters activity. Andréa has been teaching Israeli dance as part of the PE curriculum at Campus Middle School for Girls. The goals of her classes are to provide students with some exercise while having fun, gaining body awareness, developing musicality and connecting with others. She hopes students will see dance as a tool for community building, and a form of art and self-expression that can be done and enjoyed by anyone who is interested in trying. When she is not dancing, exercising, or taking care of her family, Andréa works as a Neuroscience Research Faculty at the University of Illinois.

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