blog postsNew practice area for Marching Illini neatly solves multiple problemsOct 15, 2013 9:00 am257 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois Marching Illini provides the soundtrack for a long list of cherished football traditions. Gridiron games wouldn't be nearly as much fun without the band leading the players out of the tunnel, playing "Imperial March" from "Star Wars" on third downs, and of course "Oskee Wow Wow" after every touchdown. But the band is about to abandon one lesser-known custom that dates back several generations - and everybody is happy to see this one go.Passes for 2014 Roger Ebert's film festival go on sale Nov. 1Oct 14, 2013 9:00 am1 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Those wanting to take in all of the 16th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival, or "Ebertfest," can purchase festival passes starting Nov. 1.Music professors step out of the classroom to playOct 1, 2013 9:00 am30 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois School of Music professors are performing in a variety of high-profile venues this fall.Japan House to feature Japanese quilting at annual open houseOct 1, 2013 9:00 am27 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Sashiko, the Japanese quilting practice that dates back to the 17th century, will be featured at Japan House on Saturday (Oct. 5), during open house, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.'Parks and Recreation' star to co-host Japan House fundraiserSep 19, 2013 9:00 am1257 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Nick Offerman, best known for his role as Ron Swanson on the hit NBC comedy series "Parks and Recreation," will bring his "American Ham Tour" to the University of Illinois Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on Oct. 26 (Saturday) as a benefit for Japan House. He also will co-host an "East Meets Midwest" fundraising dinner at Prairie Fruits Farm in Champaign on Oct. 27 (Sunday) with Shozo Sato and his wife, Alice. Shozo Sato is the founder of Japan House and a professor emeritus of art and design.'Parks and Recreation' star to co-host Japan House fundraiserSep 19, 2013 9:00 am3 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Nick Offerman, best known for his role as Ron Swanson on the hit NBC comedy series "Parks and Recreation," will bring his "American Ham Tour" to the University of Illinois Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on Oct. 26 (Saturday) as a benefit for Japan House. He also will co-host an "East Meets Midwest" fundraising dinner at Prairie Fruits Farm in Champaign on Oct. 27 (Sunday) with Shozo Sato and his wife, Alice. Shozo Sato is the founder of Japan House and a professor emeritus of art and design.Pygmalion Literary Festival reading series starts Sept. 27 in UrbanaSep 18, 2013 9:00 am8 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The popular Pygmalion Music Festival, held annually at the University of Illinois Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Krannert Art Museum and other venues in Urbana-Champaign, has added a two-day literary festival this year. Among the writers who will be reading from their works: Matt Bell, the author of "In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods"; Dan Chaon, the author of "Among the Missing" and "You Remind Me of Me"; and James Greer, the author of "Artifical Light," "The Failure" and "Guided By Voices: A Brief History."Symposium at Illinois to feature science fiction authors and musicSep 18, 2013 9:00 am8 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Best-selling author Kim Stanley Robinson will deliver the keynote lecture at "Writing Another Future," a symposium on science fiction, the arts and humanities, Sept. 25-27 (Wednesday-Friday) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition to presentations and panel discussions, the event will include several concerts. Organizers hope the symposium will spark interest in science fiction writing as part of the university's ongoing explorations of science, technology and society.Fall lineup of speakers announced for 2013 MillerComm seriesSep 5, 2013 9:00 am0 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The fall 2013 Center for Advanced Study/MillerComm lectures begin Sept. 18 (Wednesday) with Gunther Schuller - musician, composer, conductor, educator, historian and publisher. He has won a Pulitzer Prize, a MacArthur Foundation "genius" award and three Grammy awards. Schuller, a George A. Miller Visiting Artist, has composed more than 180 works covering genres from symphonic to operatic to jazz, founded publishing and recording companies, and served as the president of the New England Conservatory for a decade. Instead of giving a lecture, Schuller will be interviewed at 7:30 p.m. by University of Illinois French horn professor Bernhard Scully, who is performing Schuller's Quintet for Horn and Strings the next night (Sept. 19) at the Allerton Music Barn Festival in Monticello, Ill.Dance performances, new art exhibitions featured at Krannert Art MuseumSep 5, 2013 9:00 am29 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Dance performances both live and in video installations are being featured this month at Krannert Art Museum - not to be confused with Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The dance exhibitions represent the second installment in the art museum's Openstudio series, which presents live musical or dance performances in conjunction with artist residencies, intended to forge interdisciplinary learning and cultural exchange.Novelists, poets to take part in Carr Reading SeriesSep 5, 2013 9:00 am14 views Award-winning novelist Micheline Aharonian Marcom will read from her latest book, "A Brief History of Yes," to open the fall 2013 Carr Reading Series at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 18 in the Illini Union Bookstore.Sinfonia da Camera kicks off 30th season with gala, performancesSep 4, 2013 9:00 am35 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Sinfonia da Camera, the professional chamber orchestra led by Ian Hobson, a professor emeritus of music at the University of Illinois, celebrates its 30th anniversary season with a gala at 6 p.m. on Sept. 15 (Sunday) in the lobby of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Cocktails, a formal dinner and dessert will be served while Hobson, guest soloists and Sinfonia musicians perform classical chamber music favorites and jazz standards. The evening will end with a live auction and dancing. Tickets are $150 per person (half of that amount is a tax-deductible gift) and are available through the Sinfonia da Camera office at 217-244-4350 or by email at email@example.com.Nine U. of I. faculty members named to Center for Advanced StudyAug 29, 2013 9:00 am52 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Center for Advanced Study has announced nine new appointments to its permanent faculty - one of the highest honors the University of Illinois campus bestows for outstanding scholarship.Interactive app makes teaching music theory possible onlineAug 6, 2013 9:00 am216 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois music professor Heinrich Taube has developed a computer application that could change the way music theory is taught. Called Harmonia, the program allows teachers to create an endless variety of composition or analysis assignments, provides students with immediate feedback, and performs instant harmonic analysis of complex compositions. It is the first app created at the U. of I. to appear in Apple's iTunes store for computer applications, and could pave the way for teaching music theory online.Renowned artists to celebrate extraordinary range of the guitarAug 5, 2013 11:30 am5 views How many different kinds of sounds can come out of an instrument with just six strings? ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival will provide some answers Sept. 5-7 (Thursday-Saturday) at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.Industrial design: Illinois' long history with the art of the inevitableJul 18, 2013 9:00 am217 views Toward the end of her freshman year at the U. of I., Michelle Kwak found herself floundering. Having aced all her advanced placement classes at Lemont High School (in suburban Chicago), she was caught off-guard by the rigors of her engineering courses, and turned to one of her deans for guidance. He knew that Kwak considered art her main hobby, and suggested that she check out industrial design - a program she had never heard of.The piano concerto taking center stage in classes, recitals at IllinoisJul 16, 2013 9:00 am50 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - This year's Summer Piano Institute at the University of Illinois will focus on the art of performing concertos - those virtuosic, multimovement works that typically feature a soloist accompanied by an orchestra. Ian Hobson, an Illinois professor emeritus internationally known for his concerts, recordings, conducting and adjudicating, chose to emphasize concertos partly because the collaborative nature of these works requires special abilities, and partly because concertos are a crucial component in most piano competitions.Famed composer Gunther Schuller among guest artists at music festivalJul 9, 2013 9:00 am17 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In an effort to make a good thing even better, the perennially popular Allerton Music Barn Festival has been moved from its traditional Labor Day weekend slot to Sept. 19-22 (Thursday through Sunday). Jeffrey Magee, the director of the University of Illinois School of Music, said the shift is mainly an effort to avoid uncomfortable temperatures in the restored 19th-century Dutch hay barn, which is well-ventilated, though not air-conditioned.University of Michigan associate librarian to lead U. of I. librariesJun 10, 2013 9:00 am31 views CHAMPAIGN,Ill. - John P. Wilkin has been named university librarian and dean of libraries at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, effective Aug. 16, pending approval by the U. of I. Board of Trustees at its July 24 meeting in Chicago.Education Justice Project wins prize for innovative prison ESL classMay 17, 2013 9:00 am109 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Students in the University of Illinois Education Justice Project have received the Arcus Prize for Collaborative Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College in Michigan. The students' project, Language Partners, was one of three entries honored last week from among 188 submitted by organizations in 23 nations. The $30,000 award will be split with two other social justice organizations.Exhaustive computer research project shows shift in English languageMay 15, 2013 9:00 am152 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois English professor Ted Underwood recently wrapped up a research project involving more than 4,200 books. Since that work revealed dramatic shifts in the English language between the 18th and 19th centuries, he's now expanding his research to include more than 470,000 books - almost every English language book written during that era and preserved in a university library.Dance professor Tere O'Connor one of 20 named a Doris Duke ArtistApr 30, 2013 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Tere O'Connor, a professor of dance at the University of Illinois, has been granted a Doris Duke Artist Award. The awards represent a deep investment in the potential of the 20 recipient artists, who each receive an unrestricted $225,000 grant, plus $25,000 to fund an audience-development project and another $25,000 to invest in a retirement account that will allow them to continue their creative work later in life.AsiaFest to celebrate all Asian and Pacific Island cultures on SaturdayApr 29, 2013 9:00 am18 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Japan House has always celebrated Children's Day (formerly known as Boys' Day), but this year, it has joined with the Asian American Cultural Center to host AsiaFest, a celebration of all Asian and Pacific Island cultures.New master's program at Illinois will train translators and interpretersApr 29, 2013 9:00 am53 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The demand for translators and interpreters is projected to increase by at least 20 percent by the year 2020, and a new program at the University of Illinois will offer a master's degree to equip graduates to fill those jobs. Elizabeth Lowe, the director of the U. of I.'s Center for Translation Studies, says the program offers both on-campus and online options, and is accepting applications now for courses that will begin in the fall.Additional guests and film discussions announced for 'Ebertfest'Apr 3, 2013 9:00 am3 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Three additional guests and the schedule of film-related panel discussions have been announced for the 15th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival, also known as "Ebertfest," taking place April 17-21 at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign and at the University of Illinois.Sinfonia's season-ending concert to showcase romantic favoritesApr 1, 2013 9:00 am27 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Sinfonia da Camera, the professional chamber orchestra of the University of Illinois, will end its season April 9 (Tuesday ) with a concert aptly titled "Rush Hour Romance."Zoning restrictions also a key factor in foreclosure crisis, scholar saysMar 28, 2013 9:00 am62 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The causes of the foreclosure crisis seem obvious: Buyers purchased homes they couldn't afford, lured in part by lenders pushing subprime mortgages. Real estate values escalated, and when the bubble burst, buyers were left owing more than their homes were worth.Bond ... James Bond ... turns 60 and is to be celebrated at IllinoisMar 25, 2013 9:00 am156 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - "The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning." That's the opening line of "Casino Royale," the novel that introduced secret agent James Bond to the world, launching a franchise of books and blockbuster movies that continues to this day. April 13 marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of "Casino Royale," and the University of Illinois will recognize the event with a collaborative celebration hosted by the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Spurlock Museum, and the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music.'Days of Heaven,' Tilda Swinton and Jack Black all part of 2013 'Ebertfest'Mar 22, 2013 9:00 am213 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Terrence Malick's 1978 film "Days of Heaven" won an Oscar for best cinematography, and Roger Ebert likely found that no surprise. It is "above all one of the most beautiful films ever made," Ebert said in a 1997 review.Renowned harpist to perform, conduct classes at U. of I.Mar 14, 2013 9:00 am5 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Harpist Naoko Yoshino, who has been performing with orchestras around the world since she was 17, will perform in a recital March 26 (Tuesday) at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The performance will mark the culmination of her three-day engagement at the University of Illinois, where she will be the Frances P. Rohlen artist-in-residence beginning March 24 (Sunday).Alma Mater sculpture restoration more extensive than originally thoughtMar 4, 2013 9:00 am250 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Because deterioration to the Alma Mater sculpture is more extensive than an initial inspection of the exterior indicated, the restoration of the 5-ton bronze statue is going to cost more and take longer.Girls Day to be commemorated March 3 at U. of I.'s Japan HouseFeb 27, 2013 9:00 am72 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Japan House will observe Hinamatsuri, or Girls Day, on Sunday (March 3) with tea ceremonies, the traditional display of hina dolls, and origami souvenirs. This event, like the Setsubun (lunar new year) celebration two weeks ago, has been coordinated by Japan House interns, who will attend Girls Day dressed in traditional kimonos.BAM! WAP! KA-POW! Library prof bops doc who K.O.'d comic book industryFeb 11, 2013 9:00 am1394 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Behavioral problems among teenagers and preteens can be blamed on the violence, sex and gore portrayed in the media marketed to them - that was the topic of televised public hearings held by the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency in 1954 to address the scourge of comic books. The hearings, which resulted in the decimation of what was an enormous comic book industry, had been inspired in large part by the book "Seduction of the Innocent," by psychiatrist Fredric Wertham, based on his own case studies.Distinguished lecturers to appear for annual MillerComm seriesJan 31, 2013 9:00 am3 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Royal residences, racial stereotypes, social activism and international terrorism are among the topics to be addressed by the spring 2013 Center for Advanced Study/MillerComm lectures. The annual series, begun in 1973, is supported by the George A. Miller Endowment along with several University of Illinois units.Heavenly concert on tap for Sinfonia da Camera at Krannert CenterJan 30, 2013 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Sinfonia da Camera's next concert will feature some special guests - an assortment of telescopes aimed at the night sky, and the "meteorite that ate Detroit," on loan from the Staerkel Planetarium. These attractions will help set the mood for a program that Sinfonia music director Ian Hobson has titled "The Solar System."Carr visiting author series to showcase two acclaimed poetsJan 29, 2013 9:00 am18 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Kathleen Graber - a former high school English teacher who was inspired to write poetry after taking students on a field trip - will read from her critically acclaimed collections at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 13 (Wednesday) at the Illini Union Bookstore.Previously unknown Sandburg poem focuses on power of the gunJan 18, 2013 9:00 am659 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In an apparently unpublished and previously unknown poem, Carl Sandburg addressed the topic of guns. Titled "A Revolver," the short piece was discovered last week among Sandburg's archives, housed in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Contemporary Brazilian art to be featured in new Krannert exhibitionJan 16, 2013 9:00 am18 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Since the 1940s, Brazil has been called the "country of the future." The tag has hung on for so long, it has generated another adage: "Brazil is the country of the future - and always will be." This position perpetually on the cusp serves in part as the inspiration for "Blind Field," an exhibition of contemporary Brazilian art opening at Krannert Art Museum on Jan. 25 (Friday).Mother-son duo release new CD, 'Dialogues en Francais'Nov 29, 2012 9:00 am1 views Parents and their children often have special relationships that demonstrate a type of closeness unlike any other. UI French horn professor Bernhard Scully is quite familiar with that concept. He and his mother, pianist Joanne Minnetti, have formed a unique musical partnership over the years.Guide makes it easier to find the right books to give childrenNov 27, 2012 9:00 am1 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Holiday shoppers hoping to please the youngsters on their gift lists can turn to the "Guide Book to Gift Books" published by the Center for Children's Books at the University of Illinois. The annual guide, compiled by Deborah Stevenson, the editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books - a leading book review journal for school and public librarians - provides one-sentence descriptions of more than 350 of the best recently published volumes of youth literature, along with both traditional and e-book prices.Collaborative journal to be first focused on pre-modern Chinese cultureNov 12, 2012 9:00 am29 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Zong-qi Cai, a professor of East Asian languages and cultures at the University of Illinois, has created a unique scholarly journal in partnership with Peking University in Beijing and Duke University Press. Titled the Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture, this biannual publication will be funded by Peking University during its first five years. It's the only journal wholly dedicated to the study of pre-modern Chinese culture, and the first instance of a Chinese university becoming directly involved with English-language scholarship outside of China, Cai said.Music scholar Bruno Nettl wins inaugural award from China conservatoryNov 9, 2012 9:00 am8 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Bruno Nettl, a professor emeritus of music and anthropology at the University of Illinois, is one of four international musicians who recently was awarded the inaugural Taichi Traditional Music Award, given by the China Conservatory and the Taichi Traditional Music Foundation.Multilingual 'Divine Comedy' marathon to take place Tuesday at IllinoisOct 19, 2012 9:00 am20 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - England, Greece, heaven, hell, Portugal, Poland, purgatory and Russia - all these locales will be on the itinerary Tuesday (Oct. 23) when the Italian studies program at the University of Illinois hosts a Dante marathon. Beginning at 9 a.m., Dante's "Divine Comedy" will be read aloud, in its entirety, following a tradition that dates back to the first circulation of the 14th-century text in Florence, Italy. In a gesture meant to engage the broader campus community, the reading will involve speakers of more than a dozen languages, ranging from the text's original Italian to Arabic, Catalan, Czech, English, French, Galician, German, modern Greek, Hungarian, Mandarin, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.Passes for the 15th annual 'Ebertfest' go on sale Nov.1Oct 15, 2012 9:00 am0 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Those wanting to take in all of the next Roger Ebert's Film Festival, or "Ebertfest," can purchase festival passes starting Nov. 1.African art gets new home in renovated gallery at Krannert Art MuseumOct 8, 2012 9:00 am111 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Krannert Art Museum will display African art in a new light - literally and figuratively - beginning Thursday (Oct. 11), with an opening reception for the installation of about 70 artworks from the museum's holdings, including four new contemporary acquisitions, in the museum's freshly renovated gallery. The installation will include loans from the Smithsonian Institution, the art museums of the University of Iowa and the University of Wyoming, and the Spurlock Museum at the University of Illinois.Emeritus music professor Bruno Nettl honored as distinguished humanistOct 4, 2012 9:00 am91 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Bruno Nettl, a professor emeritus of music and of anthropology at the University of Illinois, has been awarded the Charles Homer Haskins Prize, presented annually to a distinguished humanist by the American Council of Learned Societies. This honor includes a cash award and asks the recipient to deliver the Haskins Prize Lecture reflecting on "a lifetime of work as a scholar and an institution builder" at the Council of Learned Societies' annual meeting in May 2014.Composer George Walker to be on hand for Sinfonia world premiereOct 2, 2012 9:00 am12 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Composer George Walker will join Sinfonia da Camera on Saturday (Oct. 6) for the world premiere of his "Movements" for cello and orchestra, featuring Dimitry Kouzov, professor of cello at the University of Illinois. Tenor Albert Rudolph Lee will join Sinfonia to perform Walker's "Lilacs" for voice and orchestra, a piece commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra for which Walker was awarded the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for composition.Nathan Gunn to lead repertory council for Philadelphia opera companySep 21, 2012 9:00 am16 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -University of Illinois voice professor Nathan Gunn has been appointed the director of the American Repertoire Council of the Opera Company of Philadelphia. The council began in June and is dedicated to commissioning and performing new American operas for 10 consecutive seasons.Architecture professor wins two international design competitionsSep 21, 2012 9:00 am232 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - It started as a mess of paper towels pinned around a foam core frame and plopped onto the table in Kevin Erickson's office. Erickson, a professor of architecture at the University of Illinois, used scissors to cut a couple of holes in the towels and decided he liked this organic, gourd-shaped assemblage. With time and "development" - a word Erickson uses frequently - that paper towel model grew into a construction that claimed first prize in an international design competition in Winnipeg, Manitoba.Hobson recital series to showcase all of Brahms' music for pianoSep 13, 2012 9:00 am128 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Renowned pianist Ian Hobson will perform all of Brahms' solo and chamber music for piano in a series of 16 recitals at the University of Illinois beginning Wednesday (Sept. 19). Hobson, who has appeared as guest soloist with major orchestras around the world, recently performed the complete piano works of Schumann, and recorded the complete piano works of Chopin. Tackling their younger contemporary, Hobson said, is "a natural outgrowth."