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November 4, 2017

For All Ages Family Programming
Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival
Community Center for the Arts
Admission: Free

The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music is again sponsoring a series of free family performances as part of the 2017 Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival.  The performers include Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music teacher Ann Torralba as Little Miss Ann, Ludlow, Kentucky music teacher and folk musician Hanna Rae Mathey, and Urbana’s exceptional music teacher, fiddler, and Community Center for the Arts director, Robin Kearton.  Saturday’s programming kicks off with Early Morning Kids’ Music Time lead by the staff of the Community Center for the Arts, and will be followed by special children’s programming provided by Little Miss Ann and and Hanna Rae’s Little Folkers Puppet Party.  In addition there will be a children’s sing along, the You Can Ukulele, Too! program, and the return of the Festival’s Music Mayhem Parade. For further information either call 217-333-4577 or visit

November  10, 2017

MANDEL-FIELDSTEEL-WAHLS: Retrogression and Evolution
Featuring Nathan Mandel, Chad Wahls, and special guest performances by Eli Fieldsteel and Guido Sanchez Portuguez
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Studio Theatre
Admission: $4 to $10

Join Nathan Mandel for an special evening performance of modern pop-art electronic and saxophone music by some of Illinois’ leading contemporary composers including Philipp Blume, Sean Harold, John Nichols, and Scott Wyatt.  The concert will include To Watch Over Me, There is no Image, There is no Poetry, and Fall Silent which were written exclusively for and premiered by Mandel. Scott Wyatt’s Counterpoints, which was recently updated for modern performance by Mandel and Wahls, and Gregory Wanamaker’s Three Episodes will also be included on this exciting program.  The concert will also include the world premiere of a new musical work by Eli Fieldsteel which was composed for Mandel.  For more information about this concert visit