November 2017 Community Calendar

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November 1
Recital Series : LLCC Choir Concert (12:00pm, Lincoln Commons, LLCC, SPRINGFIELD) All LLCC Recital Series performances are free and open to the public.

Now through November 30
Stories of Service Exhibit (The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Main Library, 1st Floor Corridor, 1408 W. Gregory Drive, URBANA)
The Stories of Service exhibit is the culmination of interviews with veterans, largely from Champaign County and including current students at Illinois, about their time in the service. Veterans span all branches of the service. Interviews range from peacetime to combat and highlight the unique experiences that our veterans have both in the military and when they return home.
Posters in the exhibit are largely a series of quotes around emergent themes like contacting home, women in the military, combat, coming home, etc. A portion of the exhibit focuses on how to preserve veteran materials like letters, photos, etc. The exhibit cases include books and memorabilia from veterans. pionke@illinois.edu

November 1 through January 2, 2018
Letritia Kandle and the Grand Letar: Hawaiian Music on Illinois’ Grand Prairie (The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Main Library, Marshall Gallery, 1408 W. Gregory Drive, URBANA)
Letritia Kandle (1915-2010), Hawaiian steel-guitarist, music teacher, creator of the first console Hawaiian guitar, and director of Chicago’s Plectrophonic Orchestra, was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois as the only daughter of Charles and Alma Kandle. Like many children growing up in urban Chicago at the beginning of the twentieth century, her earliest music lessons were on the piano, but she eventually switched to Hawaiian guitar because of its growing popularity in America during the 1920s. During the late 1930s she imagined the creation of an electronic twenty-six string guitar that would use lights to provide a colorful visual display as the instrument was being played. She also wanted to be able to stand while playing it and have it produce rich mellow tones similar to the Deagan vibraharp that had been developed in Chicago in 1927. Kandle premiered her innovative Hawaiian guitar while performing with the Paul Whiteman Band at Chicago's Drake Hotel in 1937, and the performances were broadcast by WGN Radio throughout the Midwest. This exhibit of photographs, correspondence, music, and news clippings document the creation of Kandle’s Grand Letar, her career as a leading music performer and teacher, and her influence on modern steel guitar performance practice.
For more information, please visit https://archives.library.illinois.edu/sousa/american-music-month/.

Now through February 11, 2018
"Robert Middaugh: Machines Inherit the Earth" | "Bricks and Metaphor: Architecture as Poetic Space" | "Confluence: Friends and Contemporaries of Robert Middaugh" (Illinois Sate Museum, SPRINGFIELD)
The exhibitions highlight the career of Robert Middaugh (1935-2011), whose paintings and assemblages present strange, fantastic structures and machines inhabiting a mysterious, deserted world. Middaugh's work pulls together Surrealism, Magical Realism, and Precisionism, along with a palette of broad, flat color and precisely rendered images.
The Illinois State Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 12 noon until 4:30 p.m. The Museum is located at 502 South Spring Street in Springfield. Museum admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64; free admission for children, seniors, and veterans. For additional information, please contact Elizabeth Bazan at events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or 217-558-6696.

Now through September 3, 2018
“From Russia with Love:” John Garvey’s Russian Folk Orchestra (The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, 1103 S. Sixth Street, CHAMPAIGN)
The University of Illinois Russian Folk Orchestra was founded in 1974 by John Garvey, who had joined the University’s Walden String Quartet in 1948 as its violist and in 1959 established the university’s jazz band program. In 1969, the jazz band toured the Soviet Union as part of the State Department’s cultural exchange program, and Garvey developed a keen interest in Russian folk music. He later returned to the USSR to study Russian folk music traditions and purchased additional folk instruments that he used to establish the Illinois Russian Folk Orchestra. The Illinois ensemble eventually served as a model for other American universities’ Russian folk orchestras by providing open depoliticized educational spaces for students to pursue their interest in Russian folk music traditions. This exhibit of folk instruments, photographs, and music provides visitors with a general introduction to Russian folk music traditions and culture that were promoted by the Soviet Union after the Russian Revolution and the folk musicians who immigrated to the United States after WWII. It also acknowledges many of the talented musicians who performed with the University of Illinois’ Russian Folk Orchestra under Garvey’s direction between 1974 and 1989 and reveals a forgotten part of the University of Illinois’ musical past. sousa@illinois.edu, 217-244-9309 | For more information, please visit https://archives.library.illinois.edu/sousa/american-music-month/.

Now through October 29, 2018
Illinois’ Anti-Establishment Soundscapes: Troubled Waters in 1970 (The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, 1103 S. Sixth Street, CHAMPAIGN)
During the late 1960s many university campuses across America experienced significant political and social turmoil. For the University of Illinois the spring of 1970 was a time of tremendous political unrest among students and faculty regarding America’s involvement in the Vietnam war, the US Department of Defense’s construction of the Illiac IV supercomputer on campus, the Champaign-Urbana police force’s killing of an unarmed African American student on the Illinois campus, and the Ohio National Guard’s shooting of four students on the campus of Kent State University. While Illinois’ students and many of its faculty frequently came together at this time to protest the Federal government’s growing political oppression and imperialism, the campus’ activists and protestors used many different music genres to convey their messages across the Urbana-Champaign campus. Music groups like the Campus Folksong Club, the Walden String Quartet, Medicare 7, 8, or 9, and REO Speedwagon as well as many faculty members from the University’s School of Music frequently lent their musical talents to support these political and social protests. This exhibit of photographs, news clippings, advertisements, protest broadsides, concert programs, graphic illustrations, and audio recordings highlight the diverse intersections of music, art, and protest on the Illinois campus during the 1970 school year. For more information, please visit https://archives.library.illinois.edu/sousa/american-music-month/.

November 1
Preschool Program (10:00am, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
The November preschool program at the Westville Public Library will be Wednesday, November 1 at 10 AM. The program will have a scarecrow theme. Please call the library at 267-3170 to register for this fun program that will include stories, and a craft.

Now through August 2018
Sousa and Tsar Nicholas II’s Birthday: An Unexpected Tour Adventure (The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, 1103 S. Sixth Street, CHAMPAIGN)
The Russian imperial capital of St. Petersburg was a major stop during John Philip Sousa’s 1903 tour of Europe. Sousa planned his St. Petersburg performances to coincide with the tsar’s birthday and the bicentennial of the city’s founding, and anticipated large audiences for these concerts because the band had never before played in Russia. What resulted, however, was a misadventure. The concerts occurred at the beginning of Russia’s annual summer vacation whe