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Labor of Love –

More about Labor songs from folk-poet Bucky Halker. This clip features Halker's tune "In Union Lies Our Strength/Good News," which features the lyrics of labor poet William Creech.

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On a String –

Watch the LeVeck String Quartet perform Rikud on Arts Across Illinois: CenterStage from 2003.

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Breath of Fresh Air –

Watch Nicole Mitchell and her Black Earth Ensemble perform "Afrika Rising" on Arts Across Illinois: CenterStage in 2003.

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Songs of the Ranch and Range –

Listen to Shady Mix open Arts Across Illinois: CenterStage in 2006 with their original tune, "Pokeberry Jam."

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Straight Outta Appalachia – Sterret's Last RunSterret's Last RunSterret's Last RunSterret's Last RunSterret's Last RunSterret's Last RunSterret's Last RunSterret's Last RunSterret's Last RunSterret's Last RunSterret's Last Run

Listen to Ashley Lewis sing "Sterret's Last Run," a song she wrote after witnessing a boat accident on the Ohio River. Lewis is backed up by teacher Jeff Midkiff on violin, Don Stiernberg on guitar and Jim Cox on bass.

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A Living Legend – "Honeyboy" Performs

Honeyboy performs Robert Petway's "Catfish Blues" in this excerpt from the documentary Honeyboy.

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Make No Little Plans – A Little Goes a Long Way

Learn more about the Little Theatre on the Square, which has been providing small-town crowds with big-city caliber performances since Guy Little founded the theatre in 1957.

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An Evening with the Apollo – A Musical High (C)

Apollo Chorus Music Director, Stephen Alltop explains the makeup of the Apollo Chorus.

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Timeless Innovators – Adventures in Experimental Music

Watch members of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians perform at the temple of experimental jazz, the Velvet Lounge.

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The Show Must Go On – All the World's a Stage

Find out why these Quad Citians have theater in their blood.

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Stardust Melodies – An Ensemble of International Reputation

Find out how what was once "just a rehearsal band" became known as one of the finest Jazz Orchestras in the nation.

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Oak Park Jewel – Art Inside a Work of Art

Discover what makes the Unity Temple in Oak Park one of the most impressive of architect Frank Lloyd Wright's works- and what goes on inside this historic building now.

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Made in Japan – Art in the Family

Find out how Tatsu Aoki's early life shaped his career in music.

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Mazltov! – Audience Participation

Watch the Klezmer Ensemble play on Arts Across Illinois: CenterStage in 2002.

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Sonic Art – Aural Fixation

Watch as Olivia Block, Achim Wollscheid and Doug Ischar push the bounds of audio art at the Outer Ear Festival of Sound.

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Poetic Flow – Beat Generations

Check in with some of the performers and learn more about the Musicality of Poetry Festival.

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Beauty Rises: Four Lives in the Arts – Beauty Rises, an Introduction

Meet the subjects of Beauty Rises: Four Lives in the Arts.

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Freebop Now! – Bop Along

Watch Malachi Thompson's Freebop Band perform during Arts Across Illinois: CenterStage in 2001.

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Southern Sound – Canta! Toca! Musica!

Listen to Sones de Mexico play for the dancers of the Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago on Arts Across Illinois: CenterStage in 2001.

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Orbert Davis – Composing and Rehearsing

Orbert Davis composes at home, then rehearses with the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic.

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The French Connection – Creole Creation

Watch Dennis Stroughmatt perform "Quand J'etais Pauvre" with his band Laisser Les Bon Ton Rouler on Arts Across Illinois: CenterStage in 2002.

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Beardstown Fiesta – Culture Comforts

Learn how Beardstown, Illinois has given hope to countless immigrant families, and enriched its own culture in the process.

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Plucky Twins – Double Vision

Watch as the critically-acclaimed, Katona twins entertain young and old alike.

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Music al fresco – Early days of Ravinia

Listen to Chicago jazz legend Ramsey Lewis wax poetic about the Ravinia Festival and its long history of presenting jazz.

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Cool Melodies – Explore Music with Teague and Chappell

Hear the Caribbean sounds of the steelpan mix with Guatemala's national instrument, the marimba, and explore music with Liam Teague and Robert Chappell.

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Cosmic Beat – Feel the Rhythm

Listen to One Drum open the 2004 broadcast of Arts Across Illinois: CenterStage with their song "Borinquen".

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Orbert Davis – Fond Memories

Orbert Davis reminisces with math teacher Charles Danish about the role the educator played in his musical development.

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Grand Old Lady of Sandwich – Friendly Venue Vibe

Join renowned harmonica player Corky Siegel as he explains why he loves bringing his band to the Sandwich Opera House.

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Sweet Song – Getting Hammered, or Dulcet Dulcimer

Hear the sweet sounds of the dulcimer as played by the agile hands of Bill Robinson and his students.

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The School of Cool – Grand Finale

Watch as Janice Borla's students prepare their rousing numbers to close out the jazz camp.

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A Reason to Slow Down – Great Music for Busy Lives

Let Rush Hour Concerts creator Deborah Sobol explain the workings of her fantastic summer series.

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Timeless Innovators – Handing Down the Sound

Join founders of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians as they recall the origins of the group, as the next generation of members continues to challenge audiences with experimental sounds.

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The French Connection – Highly Influenced

Join Dennis Stroughmatt as he shares how his twin loves of history and music led him to the Creole music world.

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Grand Old Lady of Sandwich – Historic Home

Take a tour of the Sandwich Opera House and learn a little more about the building's extensive renovation.

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Blackboard Broadsides – If I Were the President

Michael Miles explains how he engages students and helps them compose "If I Were the President," a song they'd sing and send to President Bush.

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Degrees in Bop – Jazz Jam

Watch New Arts perform as a quintet in 2004, on Arts Across Illinois: CenterStage.

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Jazz Around Town – Jazz Links

Find out about The Jazz Institute of Chicago's strong commitment to nurturing young players through their "Jazz Links" program- and watch these young players blow!

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Stardust Melodies – Jazz in Concert

Vocalist Frieda Lee performs Billy Strayhorn's "Something to Live For" in concert with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra.

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Modern Troubadour – Joni and her Band Perform

Watch Joni Laurence and her band play the title track from her latest album, Trashbag Birdie, on Arts Across Illinois: CenterStage in 2005.

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Journey Through Jazz – Journey of African Rhythms

Join storyteller Maggie Brown as she traces the journey of African rhythms through work songs and spirituals to jazz and blues in a clip from Arts Across Illinois: CenterStage from 2005.

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Blues You Can Use – Jumping Jam

Watch Corky Siegel play "The Unfinished Jump" with the West End String Quartet and percussionist Frank Donaldson on the inaugural broadcast of Arts Across Illinois: CenterStage in 2001.

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Let the Music Set You Free – Keeping Their Dreams

Join Meade Palidofsky as she helps give kids a second chance with the Music Theater Workshop.

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On a String – LeVeck String Quartet Performance

Watch the LeVeck String Quartet perform Im Ein Ani Li on Arts Across Illinois: CenterStage from 2003.

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Bluegrass Bonanza – Localized Lyrics

Watch Special Consensus play for the community of Shipman, IL, where local residents are living the lyrics of the song, Our Little Town.

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Orbert Davis – Meet Orbert Davis

Does musician Orbert Davis have any free time?

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Labor of Love – Music with a Message

Learn more about Bucky Halker's music and the passion for politics that drives his music.

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Pedestrian Poetry – Musical Memories

Watch Street Sounds perform as David Hernandez reads from his poem, Armitage Street, where he juxtaposes the street's new middle-class status to memories of its heavily working-class Puerto Rican past.

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Perfect Harmony – Musical Metamorphosis

Watch these regular kids being transformed into spectacular choral singers – and having a blast while doing it.

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Expanding Horizons – No Stranger to Music

Listen to the New Horizons Ensemble as they perform "Stranger" on Arts Across Illinois: CenterStage in 2002.

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Blackboard Broadsides – Of Thee I Sing

Watch Michael Miles strike a chord with Chicago public school students as he leads them on a songwriting journey.

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Straight Outta Appalachia – Old Joe Clark

See Jeff Midkiff, Ashley Lewis and friends jam on "Old Joe Clark" during 2005's Arts Across Illinois: CenterStage .

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River Stories – Old-Time Poetry

Listen to Erwin Thompson as he reads his poem Water Under the Bridge and reflects upon the sometimes bittersweet but inevitable passing of time.

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Madama Butterfly Flies – Operatic Outreach

Hear what conductor Fiora Contino has to say about Opera Illinois' role in the community.

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Orbert Davis – Orbert Davis Performs

Join Orbert Davis as he performs his composition "Priority" on Arts Across Illinois: CenterStage in 2005.

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Orbert Davis – Orbert Davis Story

Orbert Davis visits his hometown of Momence,IL, and conducts a rehearsal at Lorenzo Smith Elementary in Hopkins Park.

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School Days – Perfect Pitch

Sit in on the annual Artist in Residence auditions by Rock Island storyteller Reanae McNeal, Rockford instrument-maker David Stocker and Macomb musician Chris Vallillo.

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Return to the Old Country – Porozmawiajmy

Watch the Lira Singers perform on Arts Across Illinois: CenterStage in 2006.

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Island Life – Puerto Rican Rhythms

Watch as the Cuatro Festival delights music lovers and brings the pulse of the Caribbean to Chicago.

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The Show Must Go On – Some Enchanted Evening

The Quad City Music Guild prepares for their production of "Some Enchanted Evening."

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Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms – Steam-Powered Bluegrass Boys

Sit back and listen to these members of the Western Illinois Bluegrass Association pick on their mandolin, banjo, double bass and guitar. Who knows if the late Bill Monroe, founding father of bluegrass, could have kept up with these quick fingers?

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Classic(al) Rock – Strung Out

Watch Rudolf Haken's music video, taped at Kline Creek Farm for Arts Across Illinois: CenterStage in 2004.

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Hot Jazz, Cool Breeze – Swingin' on the South Shore

Discover what brings jazz fans back to the South Shore Cultural Center for Jazzfest Heritage Weekend.

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Musical Offering – Talking Bach

Let Bach Week Music Director Richard Webster be your guide in a voyage to the world of this moving composer who laid the groundwork for Mozart and Beethoven.

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Story Time – Telling Tales

Let the music and the tales of Chris and Tom Kastle, Dan Keding, and Mama Edie Armstrong carry you to places where imagination is king and the worries of everyday life melt away at the Chinquapin Folk Music and Storytelling Festival.

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An Evening with the Apollo – The Apollo Chorus

Learn more about the historic Apollo Chorus, then head over to the Fine Arts Building on Michigan Avenue and join this Chicago institution.

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Poetic Flow – The Perfect Mix

Hear what hip-hop duo Tone b. Nimble and capital D of all natural have to say about their music and rhyme.

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Turbo-Charged Folk – The Right Tune

Watch Sons of the Never Wrong perform on Arts Across Illinois: CenterStage in 2002.

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Blues on the Banks – They Don't Play No Rock'n Roll

Kick up your heels and let the music at the Rock Island Elks Club soothe your soul, courtesy of the Mississippi Valley Blues Society.

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Tranceformation – Tom Sharpe Performs

See Tom Sharpe perform the multimedia composition, "Like Setting Myself on Fire" on Arts Across Illinois: CenterStage in 2005.

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Ancient Rhythm – Tsukasa Taiko Performs

Watch JASC Tsukasa Taiko perform on Arts Across Illinois: CenterStage in 2005.

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Roots Music – Uniquely American

Learn more about Jim Kanas' uniquely "American" style of music.

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Bravo, Lyric! – Voices From The Past

Take a brief foray into the fascinating, occasionally tumultuous, history of Lyric Opera.

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Singers Rule – Voices Raised

Take a musical journey with Chicago a cappella as they put their own touches on J.S. Bach's "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor."

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Out of This World – Watch Boykin Perform with the David Boykin Expanse

Watch Boykin perform with the David Boykin Expanse on Arts Across Illinois: CenterStage in 2006.

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Elegance and Verve – Watch Delin Perform

Watch Diane Delin and her band perform her original composition "New Boots" on Arts Across Illinois: CenterStage in 2006.

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The Yodeling Cowboy – Yee-haw!

Randy Erwin Performs "Cowboy Rhythm" in this music video from Arts Across Illinois: CenterStage 2005.

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Zydeco Jam – Zydeco Jam

Watch Mojo and the Bayou Gypsies get the crowd moving during Arts Across Illinois: CenterStage in 2004.

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