By Larry Ubben
MT. MORRIS, Ill. — Jim Kanas will return to the Mt. Morris Band Shell July 11 with special guest violinist Randy Sabien.
Kanas is an American folk musician, jazz guitarist and producer with the Illinois Arts Council’s ArtsTour program who has conducted numerous school music residencies for more than 20 years. He was featured this past spring on WTTW-11, Chicago, PBS’s Arts Across Illinois, and has performed at colleges, festivals and broadcast medium throughout Illinois. His American Folk music programs trace the development of American music through its ethnical roots and incorporates a large assortment of conventional, homemade and world instruments.
Randy Sabien is a bluesy, rockin’, swingin’, funky, jazz violinist. With an intensely rhythmic, vibrant and inventive style, he has captivated audiences worldwide, playing with scores of bands and musicians of all stripes. He founded and was chairman of the String Department at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Since then, he has gone on to teach internationally and is co-author, along with Bob Phillips, of the acclaimed Jazz Philharmonic Series by Alfred Music Publishing — his teaching method for alternative strings.
With Randy’s growing reputation as a pioneer in modern string education, performances are almost always coupled with a workshop or a visit to a nearby string department. In fact, with more than 30 years of hands-on experience, he is reprising his role of starting a college-level alternative string department. This time, it’s at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, Minn., where his students receive bachelor and master degrees in alternative string education from an extraordinary working musician and a gifted teacher who’s been there and back.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see and hear these master musicians ply their craft in a peaceful outdoor venue for a free two-hour show starting at 7 p.m., July 11, at the Band Shell at Front and Wesley, two blocks south of Route 64.
The Leaf River Methodist Church will be serving its well-known delicious Italian beef sandwiches, chips, pop, water and desserts starting at 6 p.m.
Posted July 10, 2014