October may be over, but you can still "batter up for baseball music" at U of I's Krannert Center for the Performing Arts this week. This special Baseball Music Project, hosted and narrated by superstar Dave Winfield, features the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra with Bob Thompson, conductor, and Steven Larsen, Music Director.
Look for "The Baseball Music Project" at the Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center on Friday, November 12, at 7:30 pm.
Krannert's press release bills the event as a "symphonic tribute featuring cherished photography, inspiring film footage, and live narration by Hall of Famer Dave Winfield. Gather your whole team, don your favorite jersey, and get
ready to rally for a nostalgic evening of musical Americana."
They're also offering pre-game activities as a warm-up to the main event, including a meet-and-greet with the University of Illinois men’s baseball team, a discussion with Dr. Robert A. Bane on the topic of sports medicine, and a talk by Professor Emeritus Alan Nathan entitled "Revisiting Mantle’s Griffith Stadium Home Run, April 17, 1953—A Case Study in Forensic Physics."
For the main program, they're promising "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" as well as other familiar baseball anthems on the bill, along with video and photo accompaniment.
Other highlights include:
• Representatives from the Illini Union Bookstore will be selling baseball books and memorabilia
• Associate Professor Adrian Burgos Jr. will sign copies of Playing America’s Game: Baseball, Latinos, and the Color Line and will be ready to field your questions
• Baseball and music mementos on loan from the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music at the University of Illinois and the Early American Museum will be on display
• Memorabilia and photographs in an exhibit entitled, "Dorothy 'Dottie' Schroeder: All American Girls Professional Baseball League Shortstop," based on the career of the Sadorus-born AAGPBL record-holder who was a Champaign resident
• Design projects by University of Illinois students
• Free popcorn!
For more information or to order tickets, visit the Krannert Center website here.