The spectrum of music at ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival this fall will range from traditional Mexican guitar to southern rock, and from jazz to classical guitar. And the diversity is not just in the style of music, but the instruments as well. The guitar festival also features banjo, sarod, Hawaiian slack key guitar and pipa, a four-stringed Chinese lute.
The longtime director of bands at Ithaca College will lead the University of Illinois concert and athletic bands, including the Marching Illini, beginning in August.
University of Illinois musicians – faculty members and students – perform works by renowned composer Augusta Read Thomas on a new CD. The music on “Astral Canticle” was recorded in December 2014 in the Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
Several special events will look at the early work of Tennessee Williams in conjunction with a production of Williams’ “Not About Nightingales” at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
Film-related panel discussions have been announced for the 17th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, coming April 15-19 to Champaign-Urbana, along with an added guest and a special event on the final day.