The Thursday after work event at KCPA is back for another season and it get rolling tonight at Krannert on the University of Illinois campus. The Uncorked at Krannert show (and drinks) start at 5p in the spacious lobby and its free. The series extends through the school year each Thursday afternoon.
Tonights kickoff group is The James Jones Trio is traditional blues band from nearby Danville. James Jones will whail away as you sip wine after work–don’t miss it!
Yesterday at Busey Bank’s annual seminar, Phyllis Wise introduced this crisp new video on the vision for Champaign Urbana. Coming on the heels of the micro-urban video that introduced the concept, this one is more concrete and describes many of the plans and ideas that we will see take shape here in the years to come.
This week is it all about saxaphones- it is an ALLIANCE of the saxes actually- and all week starting tonight KCPA will be full of them. They call it NASA and this year NASA honors the 200th birthday of Adolphe Sax and the 20th anniversary of the first NASA biennial conference.
The days will be packed and the public is welcome to enfloy the woodwinds at Krannert as well as other University of Illinois venues. One way to keep up is to follow on twitter. Use #NASA2014 or follow @NASA2014.
One of the organizers is local jazz icon, Chip McNeill. Here is what the NASA site says about him:
In addition to his position with the University of Illinois School of Music, Professor Chip McNeill is Musical Director and Jazz Tenor Saxophonist for Grammy award-winning recording artist, Arturo Sandoval. He has toured with and recorded the compact discs (CDs) Americana and Hot House with Arturo Sandoval. In 1998, Hot House won a Grammy for Best Latin Jazz recording.
Every Thursday at the end of your long workday you can uncork it at “Krannert Uncorked“. Its a free event often held in the vast lobby at KCPA and wine is served!
This week the band is Crofton Coleman and Friends, and here is what the KCPA site says about them:
Crofton Coleman lit up the audience at last summer’s Sunday Afternoon Songbook, and this week he delivers popular and jazz standards on vocals and trumpet with pianist Barrington Coleman, Mike Harmon on bass, and drummer Christian Schnoor. Sip the samples from Sun Singer Wine and Spirits as you groove into the evening.
Ian Hobson Presents the Complete Solo Piano Works of Robert Schumann: Last Reflections
Monday, April 23, 2012, at 7:30pm | Smith Memorial Hall (805 S. Mathews, Urbana)
In a series of 10 concerts during the 2011-12 season, Ian Hobson will perform the complete solo piano works by Robert Schumann. Named Swanlund Professor of Music at the U of I in 2001, Ian Hobson is currently a professor in the Center for Advanced Study and the music director and conductor of Sinfonia da Camera.
Here is tonight’s program: Albumblätter, Op. 124
Gesänge der Frühe, Op. 133
Concert Etude on Caprices by Paganini, Op. 10, No. 5
Concert Etude on Caprices by Paganini, Op. 10, No. 6
Bunte Blätter, Op. 99
Krannert Uncorked with Los Guapos, Afro-Cuban jazz
Academy of St Martin in the Fields
WhenThu, April 19, 7:30pm – 7:30pm
WhereFoellinger Great Hall, 500 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801-3788 (map)
DescriptionFeel “ear-tingling joy” with music from the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Joshua Bell on an all-Beethoven program of Coriolan Overture, Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92, and the stately Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61 (Times of London).
From the notes on the Krannert calendar: In a series of 10 concerts during the 2011-12 season, Ian Hobson will perform the complete solo piano works by Robert Schumann. Named Swanlund Professor of Music at the U of I in 2001, Ian Hobson is currently a professor in the Center for Advanced Study and the music director and conductor of Sinfonia da Camera.