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WILL - Live and Local - August 31, 2009

Rhythm and Raag: An Institute for Indian Performing Arts

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(Duration: 1:01:02)

On Monday's "Live and Local," we will experience classical music from India, courtesy of Rhythm and Raag: An Institute for Indian Performing Arts at the University of Illinois. Sitarist Indrajit Banerjee, tabla player Subrata Bhattacharya and dancer Gullapudi Raman Kumari all join us live in our studio.


WILL - Live and Local - August 28, 2009

Bluegrass band High Cotton and Dave King, the Duke of Uke

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(Duration: 56:15)

On the Friday edition of "Live and Local," we'll meet members of the local bluegrass band High Cotton, and Dave King-the Duke of Uke-all playing outside at the Research Park in Champaign Friday night. Then we have Ricardo Herrerra and Yvonne Redman, the vocal stars of Astor Piazzolla's opera Maria de Buenos Aires at the Allerton Music Barn Festival in September.


WILL - Live and Local - August 27, 2009

Crossroads Music Festival and the ACE Awards

Thursday, August 27, 2009

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(Duration: 42:45)

On the Thursday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with a couple of folks involved with the Crossroads Music Festival, happening this weekend at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Champaign. And it's time for the annual ACE Awards for arts, culture and entertainment in Champaign County. Steven Bentz of 40 North 88 West will join us on the show.


WILL - Live and Local - August 26, 2009

Karl Kramer, director of the School of Music at the University of Illinois

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(Duration: 37:39)

The Allerton Music Barn Festival at Allerton Park in Monticello was the brainchild of Karl Kramer, director of the School of Music at the University of Illinois. Karl will be my guest on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local" to talk about the Festival and this year's concerts, and to share some recordings as well.


WILL - Live and Local - August 25, 2009

Scott Schwartz of the Sousa Archives at the University of Illinois

Scott Schwartz of the Sousa Archives at the University of Illinois will bring a quintet of players with Civil War era over-the-shoulder horns for today's program. They'll play selections from the Humboldt Brass Band collection in advance of their performance at the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival and the Allerton Music Barn Festival in Monticello.


WILL - Live and Local - August 24, 2009

Class Act Interactive Education and Events in Champaign; the Heartland Festival Orchestra in Peoria

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(Duration: 56:08)

On today's edition of "Live and Local," we'll meet Natalie Ellis, founder and creative director of Class Act Interactive Education and Events in Champaign, an "applied theater" company that uses improvisation, character creation, costume and design to engage children and adults. And I'll talk with David Commanday, music director of the newly created Heartland Festival Orchestra in Peoria, and pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi, who appears with the orchestra in their inaugural concert this Friday night.


WILL - Live and Local - August 21, 2009

Champaign Urbana Theatre Company

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(Duration: 45:49)

Kathy Murphy was a founding member of the Champaign Urbana Theatre Company and its unifying life force. This Saturday in Champaign, a group of friends and colleagues will present Kathy Murphy Encore, an evening of entertainment and appreciation, to raise money for a scholarship in her name. A few of those friends will join us on the Friday edition of "Live and Local.


WILL - Live and Local - August 20, 2009

USA Ballet

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(Duration: 50:47)

USA Ballet, based in Bloomington-Normal, will appear at the art deco Watseka Theatre this weekend, with an unusual presentation involving area dance students. On Thursday's "Live and Local," I'll talk with Chuck Gomez, manager of the Watseka Theatre, and Kenneth Bello, USA Ballet's choreographer, about the performance and its affiliated offerings.


WILL - Live and Local - August 19, 2009

Jeffrey Magee, musicology department at the University of Illinois

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009

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(Duration: 51:11)

Jeffrey Magee heads the musicology department at the University of Illinois and teaches and writes about music in the United States. He is the author of "The Uncrowned King of Swing: Fletcher Henderson" and "Big Band Jazz" and is now writing a book about Irving Berlin. Jeff Magee will be my guest on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local."


WILL - Live and Local - August 18, 2009

Father and Son duo Tom and Matt Turino

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(Duration: 59:11)

Tom Turino is a musicology and anthropology professor at the University of Illinois, but listeners will more likely encounter him playing Cajun or other roots music on banjo, accordion and guitar. He and his son Matt, himself a fiddler and guitarist, have recently released a CD called "Here and Far Away." The Turinos will join us live in our studio on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local.


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