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A duo that's performed hundreds of times across the country sharing a unique blend of classical, hip hop and other contemporary music will be in Springfield on Saturday, Sept. 23rd. During performances Black Violin consists of a D.J. and backing band; at its center however are Wil B. who plays viola and Kev Marcus who plays violin. This tour in part is promoting their newest album, called Stereotypes

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Listen to a wide-ranging discussion of the art of the guitar, recently held in the WUIS Suggs' Performing Arts Studio.  UIS Professor of Ethnomusicology Yona Stamatis talked with guitarists Paul Galbraith and Jason Vieaux, conductor Andrew Sewell, and UIS Adjunct Professor of Guitar Derick Cordoba.

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UIS' Yona Stamatis talks with guest conductor Andrew Sewell about season finale of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra this weekend, which includes Dvorak’s Carnival Overture, the Concierto de Aranjuez with the return of Grammy-Award winning Guitarist Jason Vieaux, and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique.

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UIS' Yona Stamatis talks with guest conductor Aram Demirjian about Friday night's Illinois Symphony Chamber Orchestra concert at the First Presbyterian Church in Springield.  Tickets and information at 217-206-6160.

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UIS' Yona Stamatis talks with guest conductor Ken Lam about this weekend's Illinois Symphony Orchestra concert: "Beautiful Beethoven".

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UIS' Yona Stamatis brings us a preview of this weekend's Illinois Symphony Orchestra concert and a conversation with guest conductor Aram Demirjian.  The "American Voices" concert will feature the music of Copland, Barber, and Gershwin and will also feature soprano Julia Bullock.

Saturday, January 21st, 7:30pm at Sangamon Auditorium.

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UIS' Yona Stamatis talks with Illinois Symphony Orchestra guest conductor Andrew Sewell about this weekend's "Holiday Pops in the Heartland" concert.

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A preview of this weekend's Illinois Symphony Orchestra 2016-2017 season-opening concert, "Rach On!"  UIS' Yona Stamatis talks with guest conductor Vladimir Kulenovic and pianist Joyce Ya

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When you think of an orchestra, you're probably picturing refined woodwinds, brass, and strings. But one ensemble I recently met is made up mostly of kids who play instruments made out of literal trash. This is the Recycled Orchestra from Cateura, Paraguay, and their group is the subject of a new documentary film.

Derek Gripper was a musician with a problem. He'd been playing classical music since he was 6 years old — violin, then piano and finally guitar. He was poised for an international career as a classical guitarist. But he remembers going to the homeland of one of his favorite composers, Johann Sebastian Bach.

"It felt kind of strange," he says. "It felt strange to be in Germany playing Bach to them."

Note: NPR's First Listen audio comes down after the album is released. However, you can still listen with the Spotify playlist at the bottom of the page.


As a 16-year-old, Pretty Yende was sitting with her parents in their rural South African home watching TV when a British Airways ad came on. As the sweet music swelled and voices intertwined, Yende was mesmerized. The only problem: She had no idea what to call the beautiful music she'd just heard.

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UIS ethnomusicologist Yona Stamatis speaks with Maestro Alastair Willis and featured musicians Wu Tong and Mike Block about this weekend's Illinois Symphony Orchestra Concert - Musical Pictures of the Silk Road.

The concert will present Borodin’s "In the Steppes of Central Asia" and Zhao Lin’s "Duo for Sheng & Cello" featuring Chinese rock star Wu Tong on sheng and Silk Road Ensemble cellist Mike Block.  Mussorgsky’s epic "Pictures at an Exhibition" brings Alastair Willis’s tenure as Music Director of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra to a brilliant close.

From Mozart to Mahler, a marvelous merging of symphony and song with The Marriage of Figaro Overture, arias from Don Giovanni and La Clemenza di Tito, and Mahler's Symphony No. 4.  UIS ethnomusicologist Yona Stamatis speaks with Maestro Alastair Willis and Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano soloist Julie Boulianne about the upcoming Magnificent Masters concert.  

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A preview of this weekend's Illinois Symphony Orchestra concert -  "Sensational Strings" - featuring music by Mozart, Kernis, and Dvorak.  Yona Stamatis talks with ISO Music Director and conductor Alastair Willis.
 

Sensational Strings - Illinois Symphony Chamber Orchestra
Friday, January 22, 7:30 PM, First Presbyterian Church, Springfield.
Saturday, January 23, 7:30 PM, Second Presbyterian Church, Bloomington.

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UIS Ethnomusicologist Yona Stamatis brings us a preview of this weekend's "Holiday Pops in the Heartland" concert, featuring festive music and traditional songs with the Illinois State University Concert Choir, Bloomington-Normal and Sangamon Valley Youth Symphonies, Twin Cities and  Springfield Ballet Companies, and the Springfield Youth Performance Group.

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FREE Performance & Discussion

Thursday, October 9, 2014, Noon
Suggs Performance Studio

Join UIS Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, Yona Stamatis in an interview/demonstration with:

The vocal quartet New York Polyphony delights in surprises — whether it's a matter of singing some rather raunchy Italian madrigals or making a video to introduce their album Times Go By Turns (released on BIS Aug. 27).

People ask why I thrive on classical music, and I tell them it's all about discovery. The possibilities for finding incredible music, both old and new, are endless as the oceans.

The Ultimate Soloist

Apr 26, 2013

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Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. His new book is Helguera's Artunes. You can see more of his work atArtworld Salon and on his own site.