Krannert Center for the Performing Arts’ 2015-16 season will feature international stars whose roots are in Champaign-Urbana or at the University of Illinois.
Lisa Gaye Dixon moves deliberately across the floor of the rehearsal stage, throwing her arms wide, hunching her shoulders and extending her hand from her forehead like a feather. Her expression is sometimes questioning, sometimes intense. Her costume includes a floor-length skirt supported by a crinoline underneath and a white ruff around her neck, echoing a picture of a black Elizabeth I on a board at the edge of the stage.
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.