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  • Hadley to perform March 7

    When cold and flu season hits, the bugs don’t discriminate. Even opera stars are vulnerable to attack.
    One of the bugs plaguing the citizens of Central Illinois this winter managed to target the hole in Jerry Hadley’s defense shield, launching a strategic attack on the tenor just prior to his Feb. 4 performance with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony at the UI’s Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
    After taking the stage, Hadley’s world-famous vocal chords failed him right out of the chute.
    “I only had about three good notes, and I used them up right at the beginning,” he said. “It was an interesting evening because I went from Mario Lanza to Marcel Marceau just like that.”
    Fortunately, C-U Symphony-goers won’t be left holding just a ticket stub. The magnanimous singer immediately stepped up to the plate and began making plans to make amends to his audience.
    With his health restored and his voice rested, Hadley has scheduled a make-up performance at 7 p.m. on March 7 at the First United Methodist Church, 210 W. Church St., Champaign. Hadley said the program will include a variety of selections – from art songs and oratorio to Broadway tunes.
    The performance will be free and open to the public, although the C-U Symphony requests donations from those who did not hold tickets to the Feb. 4 performance. No proof of attendance will be required; rather, an honor system will be employed. With seating limited to about 800, those planning to attend are advised to arrive early to avoid being turned away if attendance exceeds capacity.