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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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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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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Community Gamelan Classes Resume Monday, September 11, 2017

The Robert E. Brown Center for World Music offers community members the opportunity to learn and play traditional Balinese Gamelan music under the direction of I Ketut Gede Asnawa, a master gamelan musician and composer at the University of Illinois. A gamelan is an orchestra consisting mainly of keyed metallophones, gongs, and drums, often functioning as accompaniment to dance, dramas, and other Balinese performance arts. As part of the center’s programming, these Monday evening classes from 6pm to 8pm are open to all, free of charge, with no prior experience required. Classes are located in Room 0300(formerly Room 1188) of School of Music at 1114 W. Nevada Street, with the closest entrance located on the Oregon Street side of the building. No credit is offered and registration is not needed for these classes. However, participants join the ensemble with an understanding that regular attendance is required in order to enjoy the responsibility of making music in an orchestra where everyone depends on the contribution of every player. For more information, please email the center at worldmusic [at] illinois.edu

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