Frederica von Stade is one of America's great artists, gracing the operatic and concert stages for nearly 40 years. She will bring her farewell concert tour to the Krannert Center in Urbana Thursday, and she'll be my guest on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also hear about "A Body of Water," the next play at the Station Theatre in Urbana.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
On today's edition of "Live and Local," we'll visit with Tim Eriksen, a ballad singer and practitioner of what he calls "northern roots" Americana. He's worked with a host of well-known performers, on stage and screen and in the studio. He'll perform for us live in our studio and talk about his week-long residency at Allen Hall at the University of Illinois.
On the Monday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with Major Phil Shannon of the Band of the Irish Guards, playing with the Pipes, Drums, and Highland Dancers of the Royal Regiment of Scotland in both Urbana and Springfield this week. We'll also meet Kate Kuper, who presents a frequent program called "Dance for Parkinson's Disease" in Urbana.
Danville High School will host its 14th annual show choir competition this weekend, with 25 choral ensembles participating from around the country. We'll hear details about the big event on the Friday edition of "Live and Local." And I'll talk with conductors Ian Hobson and Fred Stoltzfus about the upcoming concert in Urbana by Sinfonia da Camera.
Bucky Halker calls himself a folksinger, writer, rocker, scholar, labor songster and alt-country twanger. He'll be in Champaign on Sunday with his program on the Folksongs of Illinois, and he'll be my guest on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also hear from Matt Belsante, a 23-year-old crooner from Nashville who's the featured artist at the WGLT Jazz Cabaret in Normal on Saturday.
On the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," we'll hear, live in our studio, the energetic and virtuosic Pacifica Quartet. They are the string quartet in residence at the University of Illinois and will perform Thursday evening at the Krannert Center in Urbana. We'll hear excerpts from that program, music by Haydn, Beethoven and Jennifer Higdon.
On the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local"-our first anniversary-I'll talk with Rebecca Nettl-Fiol about the February Dance concert this weekend at the University of Illinois, featuring Trisha Brown's groundbreaking work "Astral Convertible." We'll also hear from conductor Michael Luxner about the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Young Artists Concert on Saturday.
The Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony program provides the Springfield area's only available orchestral experience for students in elementary and secondary schools. With more than 300 students involved, the symphony presents its annual concerto competition finalists program next Saturday. I'll talk with director Richard Haglund on the Monday edition of "Live and Local.