The East Central Illinois Youth Orchestra will hold its annual winter concert on Martin Luther King Day in Urbana, playing music by Gabrieli, Handel, Glinka, Khachaturian and more. On the Thursday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with Aaron Jacobs, the orchestra's manager, about the concert and their upcoming auditions.
Bach's Lunch-that's Bach as in the composer-is a monthly noon-time concert at the Springer Cultural Center in Champaign, sponsored by the Champaign Park District. This Friday's concert features two young violinists playing Vivaldi, Mozart and, appropriately, Bach. Daniel and Joshua Meling will join us to play live on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," along with some adult colleagues.
Downtown Champaign is home to the Buzard Pipe Organ Builders, practitioners of an old-world tradition of fine craftsmanship. They call themselves "artists and engineers, dreamers and pragmatists, conceptualists and perfectionists." Their chief dreamer, John-Paul Buzard, will be my guest on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local.
The Celebration Company at the Station Theatre in Urbana is presenting Eugene Ionesco's absurdist play "Rhinoceros." On today's show we talk with director Eric Burton and hear a couple of scenes from the production with cast members in our studio.