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The most symphonic of this season's concerts contains three of our Music Director's personal favorites, each highly dramatic in its own way. Mozart's 25th Symphony opened Peter Shaffer's brilliant film Amadeus in startling fashion and will do the same for this program. We'll feature the remarkable talent of the University of Illinois's horn professor in Strauss's first concerto for that instrument. And Vaughan Williams's 5th Symphony will close the evening, running the gamut from sublime beauty to powerful and fiery passion.

The Prairie Ensemble:

Expanding the Boundaries of Classical Music

Why we exist: to make our musical life more interesting, a little different from the norm.

How are we different? It's the feel of the concert event, the colorful visual image of the musicians and the close intimate quarters. (That intimacy, and the wonderful acoustics, are the reasons we play in churches-they're the best small concert halls in town.)

It's also the perpetual motion of the ensemble, with ever-changing combinations of musicians. You won't find that anywhere else. And then there's Kevin's own commentary before and during the concert, serving as your personal tour guide through music you may never have experienced before.

We're now in our second decade making first-rate music fun, approachable and affordable. If you're new to the Ensemble, you're in for a treat. If you're already a Friend, spread the word.

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Event Date: May 04, 2013 07:30 PM - May 04, 2013 09:30 PM
Hours of Operation: Not Listed
Notes: None Listed
Time:7:00 PM Concert Conversation 7:30 PM Concert Begins
Location:McKinley Presbyterian Church 5th & John Streets, Champaign


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