23, No. 18, April 22, 2004
ONE (Open New Ears)
Music Ensemble featured
Three concerts featuring the latest in music written for live performers
and live and prerecorded electronics will be presented on the UI campus
on April 26, 28 and 29. Billed as the SOUND ONE (Open New Ears) Festival,
the concerts feature five distinguished guest artists performing their
works with the UI New Music Ensemble with co-directors Zack Browning
and Stephen Taylor.
The first concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. April 26 in the Music Building
Auditorium. Free and open to the public, it will feature “Rendezvous
IV,” by Emory University professor Steven Everett; “Panic,”
by New York composer and visiting UI professor Drew Krause; and “Sole
Injection,” by Browning.
The second concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. April 28 in the Colwell Playhouse
Theater of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. It will feature
San Francisco composer/pianist Janis Mercer in a performance of contemporary
piano works titled “Variations on Political Themes and Other Themes.”
This is a collection of works written especially for her and by her,
including her solo work “Kinderzzenen” and UI professor
Erik Lund’s “Aftermath.” Concert tickets are $5 for
the public, $4 for seniors and $2 for students.
The third and final concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. April 29 in the
Colwell Playhouse Theater. It will present the UI New Music Ensemble
with virtuoso clarinetist Eric Mandat in a performance of new works
using an eight-channel sound system to push the sonic boundaries of
computer-generated sounds with live performers. Concert tickets are
$5 for the public, $4 for seniors and $2 for students.
Nominations due April 23
The Staff Advisory Council is seeking nominations for two representatives
from EEO group 04 (clerical/secretarial) and one representative from
EEO group 03 (executive/administrative/managerial and professional)
to serve a four-year term beginning July 1, 2004. To be considered,
candidates must pick up petitions at the Personnel Services Office and
return them by April 23. Information about the council is available
Student Health Concerns Committee
Health fair is April 29
McKinley Health Center’s Special Populations’ Student Health
Concerns Committee invites UI students, staff and faculty members to
participate in its 11th annual Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April
29 in Illini Union Rooms A, B and C. This year’s theme is “Passport
to Health.” A variety of free services, from cholesterol screenings
to massages and makeovers, as well as presentations from different dance
and exercise groups, and door-prize giveaways will be available.
‘The Great Romantics’
to end season
At 7:30 p.m. on April 23, the Champaign-Urbana
Symphony with director Steven Larsen will end its 2003-2004 season
with a concert highlighting the Romantic era’s greatest composers.
Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Chigas and the UI Men’s Glee Club will
join the orchestra in the Great Hall of Krannert Center for the Performing
Arts for Brahms’ “Alto Rhapsody,” Mahler’s “Songs
of a Wayfarer” and Johann Strauss Jr.’s “On the Beautiful
Blue Danube.” Completing the program will be Rachmaninoff’s
Symphony No. 2.
Chigas, an alumna of the UI Opera program, performs with the Boston
University Opera Institute and recently sang the title role in “La
Tragedie de Carmen.” She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2001
as a soloist in Maurice Durufle’s “Requiem.”
At 6:45 p.m., there will be a Young Artist Showcase in the Krannert
Social issues theater
Play addresses sexual assault,
The INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre will present a series of performances
titled “Breaking the Silence: Scenes Addressing Sexual Assault,
Survival, Support and Speaking Out.” Each scene helps promote
insight into the complex issues of resolution and moving on for survivors
of sexual assault.
INNER VOICES will present its scenes at 7 p.m. April 27 in the Allen
Hall South Recreation Room, at 8 p.m. April 28 at the Busey-Evans Residence
Hall and at 8 p.m. April 29 at the Lincoln Avenue Residence Hall.
Each performance will be free and open to the public, and each will
feature an audience discussion afterward.
INNER VOICES is sponsored by the Counseling Center, McKinley Health
Center and the department of theater. These performances also are sponsored
in part by the Office of Women’s Programs. For further information
Theater music club
The UI’s Christian Theater Music Club will perform “Joseph
and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at 7:30 p.m. April 23,
at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. April 24, and at 2:30 p.m. April 25, all
at Urbana Middle School.
“Joseph” has been performed for more than 30 years and follows
the rags-to-riches story of the biblical Joseph, the youngest of 11
brothers and an object of their constant jealousy. The “rock opera”
is the conception of Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice.
Tickets are on sale through e-mail reservation at www.uiuc.edu/ro/ctmc
or by phone at 721-7118. Prices are $7 for students and children and
$10 for adults, with group rates available for groups of more than 15
at the Saturday and Sunday matinee performances.
Center for Advanced Study forum
Panel to discuss taxing hospitals
The UI Center for Advanced Study will present a forum titled “Hospitals:
To Tax or Not to Tax” from 7-9 p.m. April 28 on the third floor
of the Levis Faculty Center. The forum was organized in the wake of
the recent decision by the Illinois Department of Revenue to revoke
tax-exempt status for the property of Provena Covenant Medical Center
Panelists and members of the public will have the chance to discuss
the ramifications of that decision for all hospitals, as well as other
Included on the panel assembled for the forum will be John Colombo,
professor of law at Illinois; Claudia Lennhoff, executive director of
Champaign County Health Care Consumers; Dr. James Leonard, president
and CEO of Carle Foundation; Dan Stebbins from the Champaign County
Board of Review; James Unland, president of The Health Capital Group;
and Mark Wiener, president and CEO of Provena Covenant Medical Center.
The moderators will be Dr. Brad Schwartz, regional dean of the Medical
College at Illinois, and Noreen Sugrue, senior research analyst in the
Nursing Institute at UIC.
The event is part of a yearlong Center for Advanced Study initiative,
“Who Gets What? The Interactions of Health Policy and Social Welfare
Policy.” For more information, contact CAS
Town hall meeting
School achievement gap addressed
WILL AM-FM-TV and The News-Gazette will co-sponsor a town hall meeting
on the racial gap in achievement at 7:30 p.m. May 3 at Stratton Elementary
School, 902 N. Randolph St., Champaign.
The public is invited to participate in “Bridging the Achievement
Gap: A Champaign-Urbana Town Hall,” an open discussion among parents,
teachers, school administrators and students moderated by David Inge
of WILL. The meeting will focus on findings from a federal report that
confirmed concerns that African-American students in Champaign score
disproportionately lower on standardized tests, are underrepresented
in honors classes, over-represented in special education classes, and
are suspended and drop out more often than their white counterparts.
The town hall meeting will air live on WILL-AM (580) and will be broadcast
on WILL-TV at 9 p.m. on May 7.
Jazz Threads finale
Jazz celebrated with May 2
The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts’ yearlong Jazz Threads
project – a celebration of the Champaign-Urbana jazz scene through
images, conversation and music – will come to a conclusion with
a free Celebration Concert at 2 p.m. May 2 at the Virginia Theater,
203 W. Park St., Champaign.
Participants include three local ensembles, each performing with a prominent,
Illinois-born-and-raised jazz musician, all of whom are alumni of the
UI. Parkland College’s In Your Ear Big Band will open the concert,
followed by the jazz ensemble Chambana and concluding with the UI Illinois
Jazz Threads is the biggest community engagement project in Krannert’s
35-year history. It has been a yearlong exploration of the living art
of jazz in Champaign-Urbana and has aimed to stimulate those who already
love jazz and to engage those who have had little or no exposure to
this great American art form.
The concert is a free event, but tickets are required. Tickets are available
from the Virginia Theater box office.
2004 Ada Doisy Lectures set
The 2004 Ada Doisy Lectures in Biochemistry will be at 4 p.m April 29
and noon on April 30 in the Medical Sciences Auditorium.
The first lecture, “Hsp70 Molecular Chaperones: Beyond General
Protein Folding,” will be presented by Elizabeth A. Craig, the
Steenbock Professor of Microbiological Sciences in the department of
biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The second lecture,
“Prion Proteins: One Surprise After Another,” will be presented
by Susan L. Lindquist, director of the Whitehead Institute of Biomedical
Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Craig and Lindquist are widely recognized for their significant achievements
in the areas of protein maturation, protein folding and misfolding,
and chaperone proteins. Both have been elected to the National Academy
The Doisy Lectures were established by the late Edward A. Doisy in honor
of his mother, Ada. They are the most distinguished lectureship in the
department of biochemistry.
Overlooked Film Festival
Panel discussions during Ebertfest
In addition to the 12 film screenings Roger Ebert has announced for
his Overlooked Film Festival,
there will be six panel discussions or presentations and his annual
book signing, all free and open to the public.
22, 9 to 10:30 a.m., “How to Make a Movie for Peanuts,”
moderated by Ebert in the Pine Lounge of the Illini Union.
22, 10:45 a.m. to noon, “Impact of Digital Technology,”
with Jack Valenti, president and CEO of the Motion Picture Association
of America in the Pine Lounge.
23, 9 to 10:30 a.m., “Publicists and the Movies,” moderated
by Nate Kohn, the festival director and professor of journalism at
the University of Georgia, in the Pine Lounge.
23, 10:45 a.m. to noon, “Once Upon a Time” with the Brown
v. Board of Education Commemorative Year panel, moderated by Eric
Pierson, professor of communication studies at the University of San
Diego, in the Pine Lounge.
23, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Ebert will hold a book signing for his books
“The Great Movies” and “Roger Ebert’s Movie
Yearbook 2004” on the second floor of the Illini Union Bookstore.
24, 9 to 10:30 a.m., “Looking Over the Past: Film, History and
Memory,” moderated by Christine Catanzarite, associate director
of the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, in the General
Lounge on the second floor of the Illini Union.
24, 9 a.m. to noon, a mini-seminar titled “The Principles of
Independent Filmmaking,” conducted by Michael Wise, a Champaign-bred
filmmaker, author and publisher, in the Pine Lounge.
‘Fifteenth Century Conference’
to focus on Medieval times
For a few days in May, the UI’s Urbana-Champaign campus will be
rocked by scandal, religious unrest and war.
Such events will play out May 2-4 during the fourth “Fifteenth
Century Conference,” sponsored by the Richard III Society
and the Medieval Studies Program at Illinois.
The conference is free and open to all UI students, faculty and staff
members. A registration fee of $40 is required of all others. All sessions
will be in the Illini Union.
Sharon Michalove, conference organizer, said various aspects of medieval
history, literature and art will be featured. In addition, a concert
of 15th century music is scheduled, organized by UI music professor
Jean-Philippe Genet, a history professor at the University of Paris,
will give the keynote address on the development of the modern state