blog postsU. of I. scholar's new book focuses on American music master Irving BerlinSep 7, 2012 9:00 am26 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Jeffrey Magee, a music and theater professor at the University of Illinois, will talk about his latest book, "Irving Berlin's American Musical Theater," at the 92nd Street Y Tribeca in New York City on Thursday (Sept. 13). The book draws on materials Berlin's daughters donated to the Library of Congress, and reveals the theatrical context of many of Berlin's most popular songs.U. of I. resident string quartet will perform in 9/11 commemorationAug 30, 2012 9:00 am56 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The events of Sept. 11, 2001, will be remembered again this year in a brief observance on the campus of the University of Illinois.U. of I. planning institute kicks off with pedestrian safety workshopFeb 13, 2007 9:00 am6 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Organizers of an annual planning institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are taking it to the streets this year with a three-day, pre-institute workshop on "Developing Pedestrian Safety Action Plans and Designing Streets for Pedestrian Safety" Feb. 26-28, at the Levis Faculty Center, 919 W. Illinois St., Urbana.U. of I. performances now accessible through comprehensive Web centerMar 5, 2009 9:00 am11 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Attention fans of University of Illinois music makers: Did you miss the "Beyond Cool" performance of Mile Davis' "Bobplicity" at last year's Allerton Music Barn Festival? What about the Opera Program's production of "Cosi fan tutte" last spring at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts? Wishing you could hear - and see - highlights of the Jerry Hadley Memorial Concert one more time?U. of I. opera program director to lead Bogot PhilharmonicNov 13, 2006 9:00 am6 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Eduardo Diazmuñoz, the artistic director of the opera program at the University of Illinois and director of the U. of I.'s New Music Ensemble, has been named artistic and music director of the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra, effective January 2007.U. of I. music student leads choral group of persons with disabilitiesFeb 18, 2008 9:00 am49 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Vocalists were in abundance in Connecticut's capital city last week as the Eastern Division of the American Choral Directors Association met in Hartford for its annual convention.U. of I. Music school to offer Sept. 11 memorial programSep 4, 2007 9:00 am0 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - As it has in past years, the University of Illinois School of Music will mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States with a short commemorative program on Tuesday (Sept. 11).U. of I. musicians perform on new CD by composer Augusta Read ThomasApr 16, 2015 9:00 am31 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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.U. of I. music faculty members, students to perform at downtown chamber music festivalApr 7, 2015 9:00 am86 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - When jazz bassist Lawrence Gray and violinist Stefan Milenkovich perform music by Bach this weekend, it won't be a straight-up, standard interpretation of the music. The duo will improvise on a classical composition in a Friday evening concert, "Baroque-n-Roll."U. of I. music duo's latest CD draws from wide-ranging repertoireMay 16, 2012 9:00 am14 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The old warning about judging a book by its cover applies to the new album by flutist Jonathan Keeble and harpist Ann Yeung, music professors at the University of Illinois who perform and record as the Aletheia Duo. Their second CD is "Song of the Black Swan: Works Inspired by Nature." The instrumentation and New Age title combine to suggest the CD is an hourlong soundtrack suitable for meditation or a garden wedding.U. of I. Music Barn Festival adding two concerts; music to be wide-rangingJun 3, 2008 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The expansion has begun.U. of I. marks grand opening of graduate dance centerDec 9, 2010 9:00 am56 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - For centuries, barn raisings have brought neighbors together to build structures to help families prosper and to celebrate the fruits of their communal labor once the last rafter is hoisted into place. This Friday (Dec. 10), the department of dance and the School of Architecture, both in the College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois, will celebrate the grand opening of the Graduate Dance Center, a 5,000-square-foot facility for dance research that was realized through the collaborative efforts of student and faculty volunteers and donated materials from an Iowa barn and a campus basketball court. U. of I. library system has unique collection of Indian comic booksJan 28, 2015 9:00 am206 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The artwork in the comic books would look familiar to any comic book fan. A well-muscled, green-skinned man and a Wonder Woman-type character square off against several figures with the faces of humans and bodies of snakes. There are explosions, a superhero climbing up the outside of a building and another breathing what appears to be green fire.U. of I. Library acquires archives of acclaimed writer Gwendolyn BrooksOct 17, 2013 9:00 am848 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois Rare Book and Manuscript Library has acquired the literary archives of Gwendolyn E. Brooks, the first African-American to win a Pulitzer Prize and the poet laureate of Illinois for the last 32 years of her life, until her death in 2000. The archives, which had been kept by Brooks' daughter Nora Brooks Blakely, comprise more than 150 boxes stuffed with manuscripts, drafts, revisions, correspondence, scrapbooks, clippings, homemade chapbooks in which Brooks neatly handwrote her earliest (unpublished) poems, and heavy bronze awards ensconced in velvet-lined boxes collected later in her career.U. of I. junior honored as finalist in Metropolitan Opera auditionsMar 23, 2004 9:00 am6 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Adelaide Muir, a junior in vocal performance in the School of Music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was among seven singers selected as finalists in the 2004 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.U. of I. humanities research program announces fellowship awardsApr 13, 2015 9:00 am65 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Seven faculty members and seven graduate students are recipients of Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities fellowships for the 2015-16 academic year. The fellowships support research and writing on topics chosen by the fellowship recipients.U. of I. has three of top 100 scholarly articles receiving the most attention online in 2014Dec 22, 2014 9:00 am15 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In a review of the scholarly research that captured the most public attention online this year, three of the top 100 articles had authors from the University of Illinois.U. of I. guide helps holiday shoppers choose gift books for childrenDec 1, 2014 9:00 am26 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Christmas lists of youngsters will likely be filled with their share of video games and other electronics. But good-old-fashioned books (and e-books) hold their own as items to both give and receive, especially if they include an intriguing villain, a hen-pecked superhero or a girl who sells graves for the family cemetery business.U. of I. faculty will discuss concepts of time over wine at Krannert Art Museum symposiumFeb 17, 2016 12:45 pm332 views University of Illinois faculty will spend an evening drinking wine and discussing the nature of time at Krannert Art Museum. The conversation constitutes a performance, “Time Symposium,” that will be staged by Raqs Media Collective, artists from India.U. of I. exhibition to spotlight prolific and often overlooked artistJan 17, 2006 9:00 am30 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - She exhibited with the surrealists in Paris in the 1930s and with the abstract expressionists in New York in the 1940s and 1950s. Today, her work is in the collections of some of the most respectable art museums in the United States. Yet, if the name Hedda Sterne appears at all in textbooks documenting 20th-century art history, it's typically as a passing reference or a footnote.U. of I. English professor and team document life in Chicago's public housingNov 13, 2013 9:00 am41 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Growing up in Chicago's Hyde Park-Kenwood neighborhood, Audrey Petty lived about two miles from the Chicago Housing Authority's Robert Taylor Homes. Those 28 high-rises, arranged in horseshoe clusters along the Dan Ryan Expressway, contained more than 4,400 apartments, giving the complex the dubious title of largest public housing development in the nation. But though she could practically see the drab concrete towers from her doorstep, Petty regarded the Robert Taylor Homes as a foreign, mysterious and impenetrable enclave.U. of I. employee's record label earns two Grammy nominationsDec 23, 2014 9:00 am93 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Saxophonist and band leader Isham Jones is best known for writing the melody for "It Had to Be You" and other hit songs. Although a well-known songwriter and band leader during the 1920s and '30s, Jones' early recordings are largely unknown and overlooked. Meagan Hennessey hopes that will change, with the reissuance of music Jones recorded in 1920 in Chicago with his Rainbo Orchestra.U. of I. dance professor chosen as United States Artists FellowFeb 1, 2010 9:00 am8 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Tere O'Connor, a professor of dance at the University of Illinois, has been selected as a United States Artists Fellow. The annual fellowships are awarded in the form of $50,000 unrestricted grants to 50 artists who have made significant contributions to their fields and demonstrated artistic excellence and unique artistic vision.U. of I. course explores using technology to encourage people to walkMay 22, 2006 9:00 am7 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - These days, when people walk down the street "alone," chances are they're actually doing so in the company of remote others - connected by a cell phone. Or the tell-tale iPod cord extending from an ear means they're otherwise focused, marching to the beat of their own personal soundtrack.U. of I. Concert Jazz Band to present spring concert April 30Apr 20, 2011 9:00 am13 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Jazz fans in the Champaign-Urbana area are accustomed to hearing University of Illinois musicians performing around town in small ensembles virtually every night of the week. It's rare, though, for audiences to hear all the top players perform together on the same stage.U. of I. Concert Jazz Band named top big band at Texas Jazz FestivalApr 6, 2005 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois Concert Jazz Band won top honors and the prestigious Gene Hall Award for best big band at this year's University of North Texas Jazz Festival last weekend in Addison, Texas.U. of I. composition professor receives fellowship from American Academy of Arts and LettersMar 23, 2015 9:00 am30 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Erin Gee, a composer known for her works that use nontraditional vocal techniques, is one of two composers to win the 2015 Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Gee, a University of Illinois professor of composition-theory, won the fellowship based on two new pieces that premiered in 2014.U. of I. composer chosen for Kronos Quartet projectFeb 13, 2017 9:15 am784 views Composer Erin Gee, a professor of composition-theory in the University of Illinois School of Music, is one of 10 composers selected to participate in Kronos Quartet’s Fifty for the Future project in 2017.U. of I. carolers celebrating 50 years of good cheerDec 1, 2009 9:00 am122 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Most days of the year, Nicholas Temperley is a relativelyU. of I. art professor curates a Barack Obama Presidential Library by the peopleJun 17, 2015 9:00 am197 views The Barack Obama Presidential Library is open in Hyde Park, Illinois. Not the official presidential library, which won’t be completed for years, but a Barack Obama Presidential Library exhibit at the Hyde Park Free Theater, a new storefront community arts center.U. of I. art and design school to open exhibition space in ChampaignSep 27, 2010 9:00 am21 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The School of Art + Design at the University of Illinois is opening an exhibition space called Figure One in downtown Champaign that will link creative activity on campus with the surrounding community.U. of I. architecture school joins new consortium on design and health researchFeb 11, 2015 9:00 am47 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois School of Architecture is a charter member of a new research consortium of the American Institute of Architects, focusing on issues of design and health.U. of I. architecture professor's work featured in I space exhibitionJun 6, 2007 9:00 am12 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A one-man retrospective featuring installation and architectural projects will be exhibited June 15 through July 7 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.U. of I. architecture professor Jeffery S. Poss elected fellow in AIAMay 10, 2010 9:00 am0 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Jeffery S. Poss, a professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois, has been elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. Poss was one of 134 AIA members to be elevated to fellowship by the 2010 Jury of Fellows.U. of I. anthropologist's latest whodunits include facts from the fieldMar 30, 2010 9:00 am3 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In Sarah Wisseman's third and fourth installments of her Lisa Donahue mystery series, the archaeologist and amateur sleuth becomes embroiled in two very different types of whodunits.U. of I. alumni produce eclectic exhibition at I spaceJun 30, 2006 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Five recent graduates of the master of fine arts program in the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have created a "Monster."Untold story of Irving Berlin's 50 years of work in theater is scholar's focusMar 11, 2009 9:00 am37 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Even if you're too young to be able to match the songs of Irving Berlin with the composer, you likely can sing a few lines of "White Christmas" or hum the tune to "God Bless America."University of Michigan associate librarian to lead U. of I. librariesJun 10, 2013 9:00 am35 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.University of Illinois theatre department selects first female leaderJun 9, 2017 2:00 pm860 views The University of Illinois theatre department has selected its first female leader – Kirsten Pullen, a professor of performance studies at Texas A&M University.University of Illinois theatre department season based on themes of free expression, censorshipOct 13, 2015 9:45 am682 views Illinois Theatre's 2015-16 season is based on the theme “Free Expression: Censored,” and features plays that have been censored or banned.University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra to premiere music and video pieceOct 8, 2015 2:30 pm585 views The University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra will premiere two works on Friday by composer Michael Udow, a U. of I. alumnus, including a composition that accompanies a film.University of Illinois composer chosen for Copland House residencyOct 30, 2015 9:45 am1288 views University of Illinois music professor Carlos Carrillo is one of 10 composers chosen for a Copland House Residency Award.Universal podium design helps keep the focus on a speaker’s messageJun 3, 2016 8:45 am989 views Podiums that don't match a speaker's proportions can undermine the speaker's message by diminishing him or her to a disembodied head. University of Illinois architecture professor Kathryn Anthony helped to design a podium that can be adjusted for people of different heights and for wheelchair users.Unique 1937 steel guitar to be demonstrated, displayed at ELLNORA guitar festivalSep 14, 2017 8:00 am499 views A one-of-a-kind electric console guitar created by steel guitar performer Letritia Kandle in the 1930s will be demonstrated and on display at ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival.Ukulele event highlights class designed to instill lifelong love of musicOct 25, 2011 9:00 am14 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Any musician who can perform a concerto on stage with a symphony orchestra surely feels right at home jamming with friends on a simple pop tune or a folk classic like "This Land is Your Land," right? Well, not necessarily.UI theater professor wins Tony Award for directingJun 5, 2001 9:00 am22 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. University of Illinois theater professor Daniel Sullivan received the Tony Award for best director of a play for his work on David Auburns "Proof." The award was announced at ceremonies on June 3 at New York Citys Radio City Music Hall.UI students stick it to the competition with their award-winning thumbtackJul 11, 2001 9:00 am29 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Stick this somewhere prominent on your bulletin board: Five University of Illinois industrial design students won a first-place award in a competition co-sponsored by the Industrial Designers Society of America and BusinessWeek magazine for their redesign of the thumbtack.UI project goal: increase physical activity for older AmericansAug 27, 2001 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. The University of Illinois, in conjunction with the American College of Sports Medicine, has received a grant of $568,767 from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for a project aimed at making older Americans more active and healthy.UI opera director and world-renowned alum collaborateFeb 17, 2005 9:00 am50 views If ever there were a pair of creative collaborators who could be accused of having way too much fun working together, it would have to be Eduardo Diazmuñoz and Jerry Hadley.UI Computer Fear Film Festival to be held Sept. 8Aug 22, 2001 9:00 am3 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. This years Computer Fear Film Festival at the University of Illinois not only promises to be bigger than last years inaugural event, its guaranteed, thanks to the marquee lineup.