Uncorked at Krannert Tonight

Krannert Uncorked
The James Jones trio kicks of Krannert Uncorked tonight at 5p at KCPA on the U of I campus.

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!


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This Week at Krannert- March 20, 2014

North American Saxaphone Alliance Conference

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.

NASA 2014 Schedule

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.

Chip McNeill- from the NASA2014 site.
Chip McNeill- from the NASA2014 site.

Chip McNeill

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.

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Krannert Uncorked

It happens every Thursday (except for a few holidays and between semester times) right in the expansive foyer of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. They pull out some chairs, a little stage and piano, pop open some wines and the 5p after work time becomes a little party. And it all happens right off the quad on The university of Illinois campus!

The groups vary from folk to rock to classical and it is always fun. This week, December 20 it is Geoff Poor singing and David Theis on piano who take the stage with Americana standards. Drink samples this week from Radio Maria.

There is no charge and it usually lasts a little over an hour- perfect for after work.

Don’t expect to see Krannert Uncorked again until after the break- probably mid January.

Happy Holidays to all and maybe we will see you Thursday!

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This Week at Krannert

This week at Krannert is in etc every Thursday.

Every Thursday in “e3″ magazine in The News Gazette” there is a very helpful ad that gives all the events at Krannert.

Of note this week:

  • The Pygmalion Music Festival at various venues
  • Chip McNeil on Tuesday–this guy lights himself on fire and does things with the sax you will not believe!
  • As usual, the laid back “Krannert Uncorked” at days end on Thursday

Then the weekend is packed with quality shows as usual.


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Tonight at Krannert…Monday April 23, 2012

This one is actually at Smith Hall at the University of Illinois and it is not to be missed.

Ian Hobson will present another in the Schumann series and tickets are still available.

Here are the details from the KCPA site:

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

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