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Parkland College Ensembles Offer Free Spring Concerts

Enjoy three concerts featuring five music ensembles in April and May

Parkland College's spring concert season draws to a close with April and early May performances by several ensembles.

"April Sky": A Joint Concert by the Guitar and Wind Ensembles
Sunday, April 28, 3 p.m.
Harold and Jean Miner Theatre

The Parkland Guitar Ensemble, directed by Young Kim, will perform Jim Hodder’s "Favorite and Blackberry Blossom"; choral music arranged for guitar ensemble, including "Schmücke dich, O liebe Seele" by Johann Crüger and "Jesu, meine Freude" by Johann Sebastian Bach; and Bossa nova songs, including "The Girl From Ipanema" by Antonio Carlos Jobim and "Dindi" by Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Parkland's Wind Ensemble, directed by Jonathan Beckett, will perform  Mysterian Landscapes by Timothy Broege; "Iditarod," third movement of "Portraits of the North" by Robert Buckley; "Silverado" by Bruce Broughton, arr. by Randol Bass; Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana"; and Leroy Anderson's "Bugler’s Holiday."

Jazz Band Concert
Monday, April 29, 7 p.m.
Parkland Theatre's Second Stage

Director Kevin Hart will lead the Parkland Jazz Band in selections by Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, Sam Jones, Cedar Walton, and others.

"A May Medley": A Joint Concert by the Concert Band and Orchestra 
Sunday, May 5, 3 p.m.
Harold and Jean Miner Theatre 

The Parkland Orchestra, directed by Rodney Mueller, will perform "The Sea Hawk (Suite for Orchestra)" by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, arr. Jerry Brubaker; "An Outdoor Overture" by Aaron Copland; the choral prelude “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme” by Johann S. Bach, transcribed by Eugene Ormandy; "English Folk Songs Suite" by R. Vaughan Williams, orchestra arr. by Gordon Jacob; and "Solemn Procession to the Cathedral" from the opera "Lohengrin" by Richard Wagner, concert version by Tom Kennedy.

Larry Stoner will lead the Parkland Concert Band in performance of "The Prairie Is My Garden" by Robert W. Smith; "Four Scottish Dances" by Malcolm Arnold; Overture from "The Gadfly" by Dmitri Shostakovich; "The Stars and Stripes Forever" by John Philip Sousa; and "The Roaring Forties" by Philip Sparke.

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Parkland College, Urbana High School to Host Joint Concert

"A Musical Spring Fling" features talents of five ensembles

The Parkland College Concert Band joins several Urbana High School music ensembles as their special guest for a joint concert Wednesday, April 10 at 7 p.m. at the UHS Auditorium.

The concert, titled "A Musical Spring Fling," will be led by Lawrence Stoner, director of Parkland College's Concert Band and Darren Hicks, director of the UHS Wind Symphony. Urbana's Woodwind Choir, Brass Choir, and Percussion Ensembles will join in the performance. This event is free and open to the public.

Concert selections will include "The Falls" by Rosario Galante; Overture to "The Gadfly" by Dmitri Shostakovich; "March of the Cute Little Wood Sprites" by PDQ Bach; "Persis" by James Hosay; and "The Glory of the Yankee Navy" by John Philip Sousa.

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Mel Brooks' "Young Frankenstein" Musical at Parkland Theatre

Enjoy this hilarious musical adaptation of the beloved Mel Brooks movie, April 4–21

"The New Mel Brooks Musical: Young Frankenstein," written by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, comes to the Harold and Jean Miner Theatre at Parkland College April 4–21. 

Welcome to Transylvania! With music and lyrics by Mel Brooks, this hilarious musical adaptation of the beloved Mel Brooks movie, "Young Frankenstein," is the story of Frederick Frankenstein, grandson of the infamous mad scientist. When Frederick inherits his grandfather’s castle—complete with mysterious passages and secret labs—he decides to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps by bringing the dead back to life.

Chelsea Collier Zych directs a cast that includes Bradyn Wambach, Krystal Moya, Mallory Sellers, James Castree, Jenny Lamberson, Autumn Ellis, David Heckman, and Evan Seggebruch.

The Parkland Theatre will be holding a talkback immediately following the Thursday, April 4, show. Zych, as well as members of the cast and crew, will be on hand to discuss the show and answer audience questions. 

Performances take place in the Harold and Jean Miner Theatre April 4, 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, and 20 at 7:30 p.m. and April 14 and 21 at 3 p.m. 

Ticket prices are: Adult $16, Student/Senior $14, Youth $10, and Group (20 or more) $12. Opening night is half-price night.

This show is recommended for mature audiences due to graphic language and sexual content.

To make reservations, visit or call the show hotline at 217/351-2528. 

Fine and Applied Arts Open House: Tours, Demos, More

Find out why Parkland College is tops for art, graphic design, theatre, communication, music, photography

The Parkland College Fine and Applied Arts department will host an Open House Thursday, April 18, from 6 to 8 p.m., beginning in Room C148 (C wing vending lounge).

The open house offers an ideal way to learn why Parkland College is an exceptional school for art and design, communication, graphic design, music, and theatre arts. Prospective students can tour the campus, talk with faculty, and view the 51st annual Student Art and Design Exhibition, on display in the Giertz Gallery through May 4.

This special opportunity includes demonstrations in music recording, radio and television production, ceramics, metalsmithing/jewelry, drawing, photography, graphic design, theatre, and more. Prospective students can also tour backstage at the set of "The New Mel Brooks Musical: Young Frankstein" during the open house.

Preregistration is suggested but not required for this free event, at Parking is available in the C1 lot. 

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Parkland College Student Artists Chosen for Statewide Exhibit

ICCJE celebrates the creative work of young artists

Several Parkland College Art students were accepted into the 2019 Illinois Community College Juried Exhibition. 

The works were on display in the Visual Arts Gallery at Governors State University in University Park, Illinois, Feb. 13–March 2. Participating students were:

Kayla McEvoy, Sadorus (2 Honorable Mentions)
Catherine White, Champaign
Logan Ingold, Champaign
Kenneth Levi Neff, Paxton
Stephen Kaufman, Urbana
Ray Irani, Champaign
Chris Johns, Champaign
Najma Motan, Champaign

This annual juried exhibition celebrates the creative work of young artists. Works selected for this year's exhibit were completed between Dec. 1, 2018 and Jan. 30, 2019. More than $1,000 in awards, including a $400 Best in Show Award, were presented during a closing reception at the gallery March 2.

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[Top image: Pictured, from l. to r., at Visual Arts Gallery's ICCJE are Parkland student participants Kayla McEvoy, Catherine White, Logan Ingold, Kenneth Levi Neff, Stephen Kaufman, and Ray Irani. Bottom images: Parkland student artists' work at ICCJE.]