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MUSIC | Lincoln trio
Desirée Ruhstrat, violin, David Cunliffe, cello, and Marta Aznavoorian, piano, comprise the Lincoln Trio. Formed in 2003, the Chicago-based ensemble takes its name from their home state of Illinois, the land of Lincoln. But this trio’s accomplishments range throughout the United States and Europe, with members performing at the White House and with such groups as the Berlin Radio Orchestra. Under the banner of the Lincoln Bicentennial, the trio performs as part of the Ravinia Festival, which is sponsoring a statewide tour bringing the Lincoln Trio to towns associated with Lincoln’s life. They performed at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, with future dates set in Lincoln and Decatur. But this is a chance to see the group perform in association with the Illinois State Museum’s Bicentennial Exhibition: From Humble Beginnings: Lincoln’s Illinois 1830-1861. Lincoln Trio’s repertoire will include newly composed works that were commissioned through Ravinia’s first composition competition, featuring spoken word text. They will also play works by Brahms and Mendelssohn, contemporaries of Lincoln.
Lincoln Trio
Mar 10, 4-4:45pm
Illinois State Museum
Spring and Edwards streets

ART | Watercolor opening
The Sangamon Watercolor Society was founded in 1986 to promote the art and appreciation of watercolor painting, and to present opportunities for continuing education and the exhibition of artwork, while also helping watercolor enthusiasts connect. The current watercolor painting exhibition includes the work of Carolyn Owen Sommer of Springfield and Michael Delaney of Decatur. Both are members and dedicated part-time painters who have families and jobs in central Illinois. Carolyn received a Bachelor in Fine Arts degree from Bradley University in pottery, but has worked in watercolor for the last seven years. Her piece, “Early Morning,” seen above is included in those on display for the next six weeks.
Watercolor painting exhibit opening reception
Saturday Mar 7
Hoogland Center for the Arts
Third Floor Boardroom Gallery

MUSIC | Classical guitar
Years ago a boy grew up in Springfield, attended Springfield High School and the First Presbyterian Church, and developed a passion to play guitar. With the influence of a local guitar teacher, who still teaches out of her home, Aerosmith tunes turned to Bach melodies, and a classical guitarist was born. Michel Chatara-Morse, a classically trained musician from Chicago, returns home to perform a potpourri of compositions from the likes of Bach, Piazzolla and Sorr preceded with personal stories, including how one piece relates to his childhood in the capital city. As both a teacher and performer, Michel still finds time in his busy schedule to serve on the Chicago Classical Guitar Society board, and as assistant festival director of the Rantucci International Guitar Festival and Competition taking place this June in Buffalo, N.Y. His newest CD is scheduled to be released in late summer.
Michel Chatara-Morse
Saturday Mar 7
First Presbyterian Church
321 S. Seventh St.
$12 adults, $9 students, seniors

There’s nothing wrong with what The Right Now is doing. The Chicago-based group, featuring vocalist Stefanie Berecz and songwriter/guitarist Brendan O’Connell, plus Chris Corsale, a former member of 56 Hope Road, combines an original soul music groove with the amazingly emotive vocals of Berecz to create a classic, contemporary sound that is, well, right for now. During her short but productive career, the 23-year-old Berecz opened for Mary J. Blige and appeared in MTV’s Making the Band. Over the past year the band coalesced as a group, then morphed from the name Eli Jones into The Right Now. Soon they’ll be in the recording studio with Steve Gillis and Vijay Tellis-Nayak at Transient Sound in Chicago to record a new disk scheduled for a summer of ’09 release.
The Right Now
Thursday, March 12, 10 p.m.
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