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WILL - Live and Local - December 10, 2009

Desafinado; Todd Cranson of the Vintage Brass Band

Desafinado is a six-piece band based in Champaign-Urbana that plays samba, bossa nova and popular Brazilian music. The band is performing in Urbana on Saturday and will play some tunes for us live in our studio on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also visit with Todd Cranson about a performance Saturday in Springfield by the Vintage Brass Band. NOTE: With apologies, technical issues prevented us from archiving the second half of the program with the Vintage Brass Band, but we do have a couple of bonus tracks of Desafinado, playing live in our studio. Enjoy!


WILL - Live and Local - December 09, 2009

Central Illinois Children’s Chorus; “Love Song” at the Station Theatre

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(Duration: 1:00:38)

The Central Illinois Children's Chorus has been around since 1978 and has four different choir levels. They give their winter concert this Saturday, and I'll talk with two of their directors on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also meet the director and two of the actors in "Love Song," the current production at the Station Theatre in Urbana. NOTE: The second sound clip is my complete interview with Nancy Ambrose King, which was excerpted during the live show.


WILL - Live and Local - December 08, 2009

Holiday Season Performances

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

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(Duration: 38:20)

Tis the season for holiday performances, and on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local," we'll cover two of them: the 35th annual performance of "The Nutcracker" by Springfield Ballet Company, this weekend, and the Champaign-Urbana Symphony's Holiday Concert Thursday night, with The Chorale and the Parkland Singers. NOTE: The second sound clip is my complete interview with Julie Ratz, artistic director of the Springfield Ballet, which was excerpted on the live program.


WILL - Live and Local - December 07, 2009

Celtic harper and storyteller Patrick Ball; Springfield Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

Monday, December 7, 2009

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(Duration: 57:18)

Patrick Ball is considered one of the premier Celtic harpers and storytellers in the world today. He will perform at Heartland Gallery in downtown Urbana Monday night, and he'll be my guest on the Monday edition of "Live and Local." I'll also talk with Julia Ratz, artistic director of the Springfield Ballet, about their upcoming performances of "The Nutcracker."


WILL - Live and Local - December 04, 2009

Vocalist Crofton Coleman; Conductor Richard Rossi

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(Duration: 48:10)

On the Friday edition of "Live and Local," we will introduce to our listeners a talented young vocalist, 15-year-old Crofton Coleman. He'll be joined by his father, Barrington, and his jazz trio, live in our studio. I'll also talk with conductor Richard Rossi about a performance of Handel's Messiah at Eastern Illinois University this Sunday.


WILL - Live and Local - December 03, 2009

Bossa Nuevo live in our studio; Robert E. Brown Center for World Music Winter Concert

Thursday, December 3, 2009

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(Duration: 55:43)

A few weeks ago on the show I talked with a couple of members of the University of Illinois group called Bossa Nuevo, and we aired samples of the sort of bossa nova and tango music they might play. On Thursday's program, we'll have Bossa Nuevo live in our studio, as a teaser for their evening gig at Zorba's in Champaign. Also, I talk with Philip Yampolsky and Jason Finkelman about the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music Winter Concert this Sunday.


WILL - Live and Local - December 02, 2009

“Vespers” program at Millikin; Tralen Doler, artistic director at the Little Theatre on the Square

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

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(Duration: 55:36)

On the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with Brad Holmes, director of choral activities at Millikin University, about their popular "Vespers" program, this weekend in Decatur. And we'll meet Tralen Doler, the new artistic director at the Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan, and hear about their upcoming production of "Nuncrackers.


WILL - Live and Local - December 01, 2009

Rantoul Theatre Group’s “It’s a Wonderful Life”

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(Duration: 49:36)

Frank Capra's film "It's a Wonderful Life" has become a staple of the Christmas season. It celebrates hard work, fair play and the love and support of family and community. Beginning this weekend, Rantoul Theatre Group will present a staged version of this classic, and we'll have several of the actors read scenes from the show on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local."


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