The U de I music school celebrates its 125th anniversary

Urbana, IL (WCIA)

The University of Illinois School of Music will celebrate its 125th anniversary from April 29 through May
1, 2022, with a weekend of special concerts that showcase the talent and range of its
students, teachers, alumni and community artists.

Concerts at Smith Memorial Hall are free and do not require advance tickets. Spectators
members must wear masks and be prepared to show proof of vaccination.

To purchase tickets for concerts at the Krannert Center, please visit here.
The Krannert Center requires spectators to wear masks and show proof of vaccination in
in order to receive a bracelet before entering the concert. To see the full list of concerts on the web, please visit Krannert Center.

School of Music University of Illinois 125 Years – Some Key Highlights:

• The Illinois Bands are among the world’s elite historical orchestra programs. Our graduates
figure prominently in the world of school and college groups.
• The University of Illinois has always been a forerunner in music and audio
Technology. As early as the 1920s, electrical engineering professor Joseph Tykociner
was one of the first researchers to place sound on film. In a series of firsts in the 1950s,
Professor Lejaren Hiller created the Experimental Music Studio, the first of its kind
in the world. Along with Leonard Isaacson, Hiller used the first computer built and owned by
an American university (ILLIAC 1) to compose one of the first substantial pieces of music
algorithmically written – The Illiac Suite of 1957 – and with Robert A. Baker, Hiller
developed one of the first computer languages ​​for musical composition.

• In 2017, the School of Music was the first institution in the Midwest to offer a bachelor’s degree
of Science in Music and Computer Science (CS+ Music).

• Paul Rolland was the first to use scientific research to consider the role of
movement in the acquisition of the technique of interpretation of stringed instruments. His
the methods and materials are still relevant and highly influential nearly 50 years later.

• Our graduate program in choral music, founded by Harold Decker in 1950, was the first
to offer a doctorate in choral conducting.
• Over the past decade, over $22 million has been invested in capital
improvements, renovations and restoration of the Music Building and the Smith Memorial

• The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts was inaugurated on April 19, 1969. To this day, it
continues to serve as a cultural engine and focal point for the two university programs in
Music, Theater and Dance, as well as for the Urbana-Champaign community in general.
• At nearly 75 years of existence, Illinois Summer Youth Music (ISYM) has remained a
regional and even national leader in the summer camp experience for young people.
Innovations include the addition of camps for Rock Band, Hip-Hop, Black Chorus,
Composition and music technology.

• In just three days of performances, more than 20 concerts and recitals will represent all fields
from school. From student recitals and studio recitals to large ensembles.
• The performances presented include:

oh UISO, Oratorio Society and Chamber Singers, April 30, 7:30 p.m., Foellinger
large hall

• Johannes Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem
• The program also includes a special performance of Four Spirituals arranged
by Professor Taylor and performed by Dr Ollie Watts Davis and the
Jupiter String Quartet
o Illinois Wind Symphony and Wind Orchestra, May 1, 3 p.m., Foellinger Great Hall
• The program features many audience favourites: Festive Overture and Holst’s
First Suite in E-Flat

oh New Awakenings II – Movement Revisited, May 1, 7:30 p.m., COLWELL

• With Christian McBride and his composition “The Movement
Revisited – A musical portrait of four icons »
• The piece pays homage to Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali and
Martin Luther King Jr.
• McBride and the musicians who join him will be here most of the time
week of April 25 to work with SoM students in masterclasses and

Reception of the birthday cake: Saturday April 30 after Requiem by Brahms and Repertory Jazz

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