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Marcus Tardelli: The Passion of Guitar

Written by Tim Gao

Photo by Tim Gao

Last night, at Krannert Center for Performing Art, there was a guitar concert performed by a Brazilian genius, called Marcus Tardelli. When he was still a child, his talents of guitar started to show up. Marcus Tardelli likes to listen and memorize all of the notes about the song. After that, he will replay the song he heard and even ask his teacher for more songs. Because of Tardelli’s extraordinary ability in guitar, he started to give concerts in this hometown. Since then, Tardelli started to listen to more genres of music, such as symphony orchestras, jazz, European classical, and Brazilian music. He perfectly combines the music with other genres of music from the world, to give the audience an idea that how amazing guitar could be. The show in the Foellinger Great Hall was a rare opportunity to witness all of these.

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Visual Music

As I entered the Great Hall, there was instructions about the way you should behave. I heard how you must turn off your phone, no pictures, no nothing, in which I completely agree with because that would be very

Photo by Maty Patino

disturbing to the rest of the audience. It is like being in the theater and seeing a person being on social media, might as well not go. While being at home, we do not get instructions on how to behave. One of the things I noticed was that in the program it did not say what songs he was going to play. It was a great experience because we do not know what to expect. When at home listening to music, we always know what song is coming up. However, at Tardelli’s concert, it was very intriguing not knowing what song he was going to play after.

When being on Spotify or apple music, you only get to listen to the singer’s voice. Unless you go on youtube and look at them recording their song, then you will get a feeling of how they felt during it. As I watched Tardelli, I was able to see his expressions and have a sense of what he felt like playing the song. Seeing the artist somehow made me feel as if I was playing the music. The faster he would play, or the “happier” the music, the more he would move. Tardelli would hardly look at what he was playing, which made me think that everything was coming from the heart.  He was expressing himself through music. Some of us do not need words, but sounds.

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Silence in a Crowded Room

Written by Alyssa Pappas

Photo by A.Pappas

Last night I attended the Los Angeles Mast Chorale: Lagrime di San Pietro (Tears of St.Peter).  This eye-opening experience, truly showed me the impact that the silent pauses in between songs have on a performance.

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For your Senior Year To-Do consideration…

Written by: Nora Guerrero

Light projection of the Krannert Center’s Opening Night.

The Krannert Opening Night Party celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Krannert Performing Arts Center. A night full of community, local food and beer/wine vendors, and music surrounded hundreds of eager faces. As a Graphic Design senior in the college of Fine and Applied Arts, I had never in all my college career visited an opening night party. I’m lucky to have had the opportunity to have experienced it my last year. I would highly recommend this event to students for things to do before they graduate!

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50 Years of Entertainment

Written by Maty Patino

It’s not easy staying alive for 50 years.

Photo by Maty Patino

My mom would always tell me that growing up gets harder as we progress in life. However, I don’t think it was really hard for the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts to grow. As time went by, I know they grew better and better. This is proven through the fact that there was so many people at their anniversary that there was points in which it was hard for us to walk through at the Krannert. There were people of all ages, gender, ethnicity, and probably religion too. The best part of all this is how people come together at one event to celebrate a huge accomplishment.


Photo by Maty Patino

Photo by Maty Patino

Whether it’s acting or not, it was beautiful to see how much the artists themselves enjoyed what they were doing. They were dancing around, interacting with the people while still performing, and making everything seem joyful. I do not play any instruments, but the way the first performance went made playing an instrument look so easy. It was exciting to see all the enthusiasm these artists portrayed.

Photo by Maty Patino

Photo by Maty Patino

There was dancing on the floor and on stage. Again, all these artists showed that they were having the time of their life. I think that is the beauty of art. The artist get to portray exactly what they want. Interpretation may change by the people, but they know exactly what they want the audience to feel. Because I felt joyful, along with many others, it is why the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts has been successful for 50 years.

Viva La vida: Krannert 50th Anniversary Celebration

50 years of passion and love for music, for art, for life gathers in one night.

written by Zhenbang Wu

Photo by Zhenbang Wu

Viva la Vida, Long Live Life. If you ask me to summarize the Krannert 50th Anniversary Celebration, that’s exactly the word that crashes into my mind. During the past 50 years, people came to Krannert to enjoy art. And more importantly, their passion for music, for art, for life has already become part of the art. Continue reading

Community of the Beat

For one weekend, a diverse community came together in Champaign-Urbana to celebrate West African culture at the Midwest Mandeng. The festival of drum and dance involves three days of demonstrations, workshops, shopping and partying.

graphic courtesy of CU West African Drum & Dance Collective

graphic courtesy of CU West African Drum & Dance Collective

Master artists are flown in to perform and teach classes. Most of them teach techniques from Mali and Guinea. 

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