Prairie Ensemble concert, Saturday May 4, 2013, 7:30 pm,
McKinley Presbyterian Church, Champaign
By Debra L. Karplus
Looking for an engaging, interesting, relaxing and fun way to spend a Saturday evening? Check out the final concert of the2012 – 2013 season of the Prairie Ensemble. In its second decade, Prairie Ensemble’s website (PrairieEnsemble.org) states “expanding the borders of classical music” as one of the group’s missions. You definitely will not be disappointed!
The May 4 concert promises to please its listeners. Music director Kevin Kelly will be conducting one of his favorite pieces, W. A. Mozart’s Symphony No. 25. Additionally, the group will play The Horn Concerto No. 1 by Richard Strauss, and Ralph Vaughn Williams Symphony No. 5. Bernhard Scully, a University of Illinois horn professor will be the featured soloist for the event.
Audience members can arrive at 7:00 pm on concert night to participate in Kevin’s informal commentary about the evening’s program at no extra charge, before enjoying the 7:30 concert which lasts until approximately 9:00 pm. Additionally, don’t be surprised at the casual and usually captivating “half-time show”, as Kelly likes to call his intermission.
Tickets can be purchased online for $18 or at the door. Prairie Ensemble typically performs at local churches in the Champaign-Urbana area. The concert on May 4 will be at the McKinley Presbyterian Church, known around town for its marvelous acoustics. You’ll appreciate the two ramped parking garages across the street of this campus church on 5th and Daniel Streets, an easy walk from numerous delicious eateries, and a quick drive from a wide variety of restaurants around Champaign and Urbana.