Lucinda Lawrence is Bands Librarian at the University of Illinois, and Robert Picklesimer is founder of Creative Dramatics Workshop in Sidney. The two are collaborating to create a new musical theater work called "1787: We the People." I'll talk with Bob and Lucinda about the project on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local.
Singer, band leader and vocal instructor Darden Purcell will join me live in our studios on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local." She'll bring with her a stellar band, including University of Illinois jazz faculty members Chip McNeill and Chip Stevens. Join us for a fun hour of great jazz.
On the Monday edition of "Live and Local," we'll meet some of the folks involved in the Illini Union Board fall musical at the University of Illinois, Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Cinderella," and hear some songs live in our studio. I'll also talk with Milt Allen, conductor of the Eastern Illinois University Wind Symphony, about the group's Veteran's Day concert.
On Friday's "Live and Local," I'll talk with singer-songwriter Neko Case, who appears at the Canopy Club in Urbana Friday night; flutist and dancer Kevin Locke, who performs with his Native Dance Ensemble in Springfield next Tuesday; and the Xtension Chords, who present their X-fest of a-cappella groups at the University of Illinois on Saturday.
On Thursday's "Live and Local," we'll hear a live in-studio performance by legendary Irish uilleann piper Paddy Keenan and singer-guitarist Patsy O'Brien, in town to perform on the Piper's Hut Concert Series. We'll also talk with Julie Beyler, director of The Chorale, giving a concert in Urbana on Sunday, and their special guest, composer René Clausen.
On the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," we'll feature three of the eight University of Illinois a cappella groups appearing in Friday night's I-Cappella extravaganza: The Other Guys-all-male, as the name suggests-the Xtension Chords, also all-male, and the host group, the coed No Strings Attached, who perform live in our studio.
The University of Illinois has quite a number of student a cappella groups, and all of them will come together this Friday for an I-Cappella extravaganza. This week on "Live and Local," we'll feature several of those ensembles, including The Rip Chords, an all-women group, on the Tuesday edition of the show.
Trumpeter Walter Blanton is steeped in the Las Vegas music scene, and he has performed with the likes of James Brown, Nancy Wilson, The Temptations, Elvis Presley, Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra. Blanton will be in residence at the University of Illinois for a week beginning Monday, and he'll be my guest with trombonist Jim Pugh on Monday's "Live and Local.