Aretha Franklin performs at the national Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Washington, D.C., in 2013. Franklin died on Thursday in Detroit.

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August 16, 2018

Aretha Franklin Was America’s Truest Voice

Aretha Franklin's voice is the voice of America. No other contemporary artist embodied the nation's brash optimism with as much flair, nor exemplified its sorrow-forged resilience as convincingly. No one better expressed American joy. Her murmurs gave shape to a sensuality that defeated repressive moral codes and replaced them with the commandments of tenderness, of sweet bitter love. Her high notes made hope happen. When she sang, we remembered that we could walk on the moon.

Ian Hobson

July 13, 2018

Piano Students To Learn & Perform At Summer Institute

The week of July 16th will be an intense one for participants in the annual Summer Piano Institute at the University of Illinois. Piano students from across the U-S and abroad will be studying with five guest faculty pianists — including the Summer Piano Institute’s artistic director, Ian Hobson. Both students and guest faculty will give public performances, and some will perform with Sinfonia da Camera.

CUSO music director and conductor Stephen Alltop (second from right) on stage.

Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra

March 02, 2018

Friday Concert, Saturday Reading Session For CUSO

It’s a busy weekend for the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra.  Friday night they have a concert at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana. Then Saturday, they welcome five finalists from the CUSO Overture Composition Competition to the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign for a reading session that’s open to the public starting at 10am.

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