Pow Wow Grace Dance Performance

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Event Date: 
November 10, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Venue: 
Illini Union Courtyard Café, Lower Level
Address: 
1401 W Green St, Urbana, IL 61801
Description: 

In Residence: Ronnie Preston (San Carlos Apache)
Sunday, November 8th through Friday, November 13th
Hosted by Native American House

Join Ronnie Preston for dance demonstrations in the Courtyard Café at noon, and beading workshops throughout the week. Part of Native American Heritage Month.

Pow Wow Grace Dance Performance

Admission: 
Admission Free
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Native American Dance and Hand Drum Demonstration

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Event Date: 
November 9, 2015 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Allen Hall - South Rec Room
Address: 
1005 W Gregory Dr, Urbana, IL 61801
Description: 

Ronnie Preston will talk about his heritage, display his hand-made regalia, and perform some of the dances that he competes with around the country.

Tea time – come hang out and chat
9pm in the guest apartment

Ronnie Preston is an enrolled member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe and lives in St. Francis, Wisconsin. He is a pow wow singer, hand drum/round dance singer, pow wow grass dancer, presenter, craftsman, and artisan. He was Head Man Dancer for the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow in 2005 and is a certified Arborist. He is a contracted presenter with Schlitz Audobon Nature Center, Culture Teacher for Spotted Eagle High School, and a contracted artist for Canyon Records.

Admission: 
Admission Free
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Blues Harmonica workshop

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Event Date: 
November 14, 2015 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Venue: 
Champaign Public Library
Address: 
200 West Green Street, Champaign, IL
Description: 

Blues In The Schools - Library Edition
2:00 - 3:30 pm Saturday November 14
Champaign Public Library

Prairie Crossroads Blues Society is excited to bring another in our series of educational blues programs to the community. At 2:00 pm on Saturday November 14 our instructors, Gus Wood, for blues history and Josh Spence on harmonica will present a 90 minute program at the Champaign Public Library. The program is geared to school children grades 4 through 6, but kids of all ages are invited. Thanks to a discount from Hohner harmonica, school children will be provided with their own harmonica to learn on and take home with them.

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Bela Bartok Quartets #2 and #4 - Jupiter String Quartet

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Event Date: 
November 4, 2015 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Smith Memorial Hall, Memorial Room
Address: 
805 South Mathews Avenue, Urbana
Description: 

The Jupiter String Quartet will present the Bartok Cycle around campus in conjunction with lectures and discussions led by Illinois scholars from the School of Music. Of particular interest to REEEC faculty and students will be the Bartok Cycle Concert 3 with Donna Buchanan.

Concert 1
Wednesday, November 4, 7:30pm - Quartets #2 and #4
w/ William Kinderman (Memorial Room, Smith Memorial Hall)

Concert 2
Saturday, November 7, 2pm - Quartets #3 and #6
w/ Stephen Taylor (Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery, Krannert Art Museum)

Concert 3
Sunday, November 8, 2pm - Quartets #1 and #5
w/ Donna Buchanan (Spurlock Museum)

Lectures begin at 7:30 pm and 2 pm with performance and discussion to follow.

Admission: 
Admission Free
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Bela Bartok Quartets #1 and #5 - Jupiter String Quartet

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Event Date: 
November 8, 2015 - 2:00pm
Venue: 
Spurlock Museum
Address: 
600 S. Gregory, Urbana
Description: 

The Jupiter String Quartet will present the Bartok Cycle around campus in conjunction with lectures and discussions led by Illinois scholars from the School of Music. Of particular interest to REEEC faculty and students will be the Bartok Cycle Concert 3 with Donna Buchanan.

Concert 1
Wednesday, November 4, 7:30pm - Quartets #2 and #4
w/ William Kinderman (Memorial Room, Smith Memorial Hall)

Concert 2
Saturday, November 7, 2pm - Quartets #3 and #6
w/ Stephen Taylor (Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery, Krannert Art Museum)

Concert 3
Sunday, November 8, 2pm - Quartets #1 and #5
w/ Donna Buchanan (Spurlock Museum)

Lectures begin at 7:30 pm and 2 pm with performance and discussion to follow.

Admission: 
Admission Free
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Amasong presents the concert "Brava: 25 Years of Music"

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Event Date: 
November 8, 2015 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Venue: 
Mckinley Presbyterian Church
Address: 
809 South 5th Street (Corner of 5th and John Street) Champaign, IL
Description: 

Amasong presents the concert "Brava: 25 Years of Music," featuring music premiered by the chorus over its quarter century. The concert will also be the world premiere of "Let it Matter” by American composer Dr. Elizabeth Alexander [http://www.seafarerpress.com/biography], written for Amasong's 25th anniversary.

The concert will also be a homecoming for former musical directors and friends of the choir, including founding director Dr. Kristina Boerger, past directors Meagan Johnson and Deb Skydell, and New Orleans funk/jazz singer and composer Lilli Lewis [http://www.lillilewis.com].

Founded in 1990, Amasong is a vibrant part of the music, feminist, and LGBTQ communities in central Illinois. Amasong sings music of women’s experience around the world and throughout history, drawing heavily upon diverse global folk music traditions. Over the last quarter century, the group has created opportunities for lesbians and feminist women to gather together in the pursuit of musical excellence.

The chorus has performed hundreds of concerts, released 5 CDs [http://amasong.org/?page_id=73], and won national awards. In 2014 Amasong hosted the Sister Singers Network Festival, bringing 450 musicians from women’s choruses across the United States to Champaign Urbana. This month they provided a choral component to “That’s What She Said” which played to a full house at the Virginia Theater during LadyFest 2015.

For further information or to schedule an interview, please contact Board Convener Suzanne Linder at office@amsong.org or 217-721-7516 or

Admission: 
Donation at the door
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Amasong presents the concert "Brava: 25 Years of Music"

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Event Date: 
November 7, 2015 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Venue: 
Mckinley Presbyterian Church
Address: 
809 South 5th Street (Corner of 5th and John Street), Champaign, IL
Description: 

Amasong presents the concert "Brava: 25 Years of Music," featuring music premiered by the chorus over its quarter century. The concert will also be the world premiere of "Let it Matter” by American composer Dr. Elizabeth Alexander [http://www.seafarerpress.com/biography], written for Amasong's 25th anniversary.

The concert will also be a homecoming for former musical directors and friends of the choir, including founding director Dr. Kristina Boerger, past directors Meagan Johnson and Deb Skydell, and New Orleans funk/jazz singer and composer Lilli Lewis [http://www.lillilewis.com].

Founded in 1990, Amasong is a vibrant part of the music, feminist, and LGBTQ communities in central Illinois. Amasong sings music of women’s experience around the world and throughout history, drawing heavily upon diverse global folk music traditions. Over the last quarter century, the group has created opportunities for lesbians and feminist women to gather together in the pursuit of musical excellence.

The chorus has performed hundreds of concerts, released 5 CDs [http://amasong.org/?page_id=73], and won national awards. In 2014 Amasong hosted the Sister Singers Network Festival, bringing 450 musicians from women’s choruses across the United States to Champaign Urbana. This month they provided a choral component to “That’s What She Said” which played to a full house at the Virginia Theater during LadyFest 2015.

For further information or to schedule an interview, please contact Board Convener Suzanne Linder at office@amsong.org or 217-721-7516 or

Admission: 
Donation at the door
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Celebration of Persian Poetry - Evening Event

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Event Date: 
October 30, 2015 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Illini Union Room 104
Address: 
1401 West Green Street, Urbana
Description: 

The Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies presents a
Celebration of Persian Poetry

This evening event will feature Persian Poetry and Music by the Dutch composer Rokus De Groot.

This follows a celebration of Rumi and other Persian poets, featuring US and international scholars of Persian languague and literature from 1 - 6 p.m. in Illini Union, room 210.

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Bollywood Masala Orchestra and Dancers of India: Spirit of India

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Event Date: 
November 3, 2015 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts | Foellinger Great Hall
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL
Description: 

Big Mix Series | Embark on a lively journey from Rajasthan to Mumbai through music and dance that characterize the extraordinary India of today. This bold vision of Rahis Bharti, one of India’s greatest musical figures, features 17 professional artists and a mix of Indian and Western instruments including drums, trombone, tabla, dholak, harmonium, and clarinet.

Admission: 
SINGLE: 34 / SC 29 / STU 15 / UI & YTH 10
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Cedric Watson and Les Amis Creoles with Cornstalkers Cajun Band

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Event Date: 
November 5, 2015 - 5:00pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts | Stage 5
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL
Description: 

Krannert Center continues our collaboration with the C-U Folk and Roots Festival for their annual festival kick-off concerts. This week the Cornstalkers Cajun Band will kick off the evening with a short selection of tunes and then welcome Cedric Watson and his band to the stage.They will conclude the evening performing a few selections together.

Cornstalkers Cajun Band includes:
Tom Turino, accordion
Matt Turino, fiddle
J.B. Faires, bass
Sam Payne, guitar
Shannon Arnold, t’fer (triangle)
Rob Krumm, guitar

Cedric Watson and Les Amis Creoles includes:
Cedric Watson, accordion/vocals
Ed Poullard, fiddle/accordion
J.B. Adams, guitar

The evening of Nov 5 features two collaborative events with the CU Folk & Roots Festival: Krannert Uncorked from 5p-7p, and the Global Transfer Afterglow with Allos Musica Ensemble starting around 9:30.

This event will last approximately 2 hours.

Wine samples will be provided by Friar Tuck Beverages.

Admission: 
free admission
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