February 26, 2010

Eastern Illinois University Wind Symphony

The Eastern Illinois University Wind Symphony will give a concert Friday night called "The Art of the Wind Band," with music by (mostly) living composers. Conductor Milton Allen will join us on the Friday edition of "Live and Local" and bring with him one of those composers, Jim Bonney, who will solo on electric guitar in his work called Diabolus Ex Machina.


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February 24, 2010

Violinist Stefan Milenkovich and pianist Rohan De Silva

Violinist Stefan Milenkovich is one of the numerous well-traveled performing faculty at the University of Illinois School of Music. Next week, he'll give a recital in Urbana with his most frequent collaborator, pianist Rohan De Silva. Stefan will join us in the studio on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local."


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February 23, 2010

Claudia Schmidt

For almost four decades, Claudia Schmidt has explored the nuances of acoustic music with her voice, 12-string guitar and mountain dulcimer with an exciting collection of original, traditional and contemporary writing. She will give a vocal workshop and play a concert Saturday at the Independent Media Center in downtown Urbana, and she's my guest on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local."


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February 22, 2010

University of Illinois Wind Symphony

On Sunday, Feb. 28, the University of Illinois Wind Symphony will give its first concert under the new director of bands, Robert Rumbelow, in a program of 19th- and 20th-century masterpieces. Dr. Rumbelow will be my guest on the Monday edition of "Live and Local," to talk about the music and give his impressions, so far, of his first semester on campus.


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February 19, 2010

The University of Illinois opera program presents South Pacific

Bali Ha'i," "Some Enchanted Evening," "Younger than Springtime," "There Is Nothin' Like a Dame"-all those great songs come from one Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. The University of Illinois opera program will present South Pacific next week at the Krannert Center in Urbana, and we'll have members of the cast in our studio on the Friday edition of "Live and Local.


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February 18, 2010

Gernot Winischhofer

Viennese-born, Moscow-trained violinist Gernot Winischhofer will play Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony this Friday night in Urbana. He'll be my guest on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local," with conductor Steve Larsen.


February 17, 2010

Ricky McKinnie, drummer for the Blind Boys of Alabama

On the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with Ricky McKinnie, drummer for the Blind Boys of Alabama, the renowned gospel group that got its start back in 1939. They're appearing in Springfield at Sangamon Auditorium on Saturday, and of course we'll hear some of their music as a teaser.


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