'Truly special': Mahomet-Seymour madrigals bring the holiday magic

MAHOMET — Christina Nielsen knew from a young age she wanted to be in madrigals because of family tradition, but when she discovered she also had a passion for singing, there was no doubt about her auditioning for the 42nd annual madrigal dinner performances.

'It was surreal': Marching Bulldogs win big at University of Illinois competition

The measure of success isn't determined by a final outcome, rather it's a continual effort and dedication applied over a period of time. The Marching Bulldogs used this formula across its season, and on Saturday, the band members' efforts paid off tenfold as they swept the 48th annual Illinois Marching Band Championships Class 3A awards at the University of Illinois' Memorial Stadium.

A new tune: Choral directors set to continue a Mahomet-Seymour proud tradition

A standing-room-only pops concert last May to bid farewell to beloved choral instructor Jill Rinkel was quite the introduction for Mahomet-Seymour Junior High's newest choral instructor, Brian Lonergan.

"It was packed the whole way up," Lonergan said. "That was pretty special."

'It's a wonderful thing': Mahomet Music Festival brings community together for 'one last hoorah'

Two years ago, Jolene Sowers wanted to know what the Sangamon River Music Festival was all about, but the Tilton resident had no idea just how much that inquiry was about to mean to her.

"My husband (Todd Sowers) proposed to me here two years ago tomorrow," she said.

Now renamed the Mahomet Music Festival, the couple still "make it a point" to come back.

Mahomet Music Festival readies for big country acts

The big weekend has finally arrived. A jam-packed weekend of music acts will soon fill Main Street with headliners such as Rodney Atkins and Mark Chesnutt during the Mahomet Music Festival (today and Saturday).

An infectious sound: M-S marching band goes all in with experimental theme

Expect the unexpected in this year's marching band performances. The theme is "outbreak," and the epidemic is sure to plague all of Bulldog nation with its first performances set for Aug. 21 at Frank Dutton Field as Mahomet-Seymour High School faces Charleston.

'Small town USA. This is what it's all about': Summer Concert Series brings Mahomet community together

Hundreds of community members gathered at Barber Park last Friday for one sole purpose — celebrating Mahomet.

Mahomet Parks and Recreation kicked off its Summer Concert Series with acts such as the Caleb Cook Band and Mike Ingram and provided goodies from local food truck vendors, including Chester's BBQ, Kona Ice, the Snack Shack and TK's Cheesesteaks.

'She inspired all of us': Alumni, students bid farewell to beloved choral instructor Jill Rinkel

With her back to the crowd and her eyes locked on her students, Jill Rinkel raised her arms to direct her Mahomet-Seymour High School choral students one more time after more than 30 years of teaching.

"I loved the whole thing," Rinkel said.

An unforgettable experience: M-S students perform 'Beauty and the Beast' to sold-out crowds

Mahomet-Seymour High School hosted four consecutive days of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," and anticipation for the shows was so great, tickets sold out before performers stepped on stage on opening night last Thursday.

'A visceral experience': Band and chorus students provide heartwarming performances

Raising their instruments and voices, the seventh- and eighth-grade band and chorus students may have performed at opposing ends of the Mahomet-Seymour High School, but the groups provided a unified message of the joy of music.

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