Live and Local
Jamie Ryan has taught at Eastern Illinois University for less than a year, but he's already got his percussion ensemble singing to its own Afro-Cuban beat. I'll talk with Jamie on the Friday edition of "Live and Local," in advance of his group's concert in Charleston Friday night. And we'll hear about an event called "Sinai's Got Talent," at Sinai Temple in Champaign on Sunday.
The film "Can't Go Native" celebrates the 50-year relationship that anthropologist Keith Brown has had with the community of Mizusawa, Japan. On the Thursday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with filmmaker David Plath and composer Jason Finkelman, who wrote the score for the film. We'll also hear about this weekend's production at the University of Illinois of Benjamin Britten's comic opera "Albert Herring.
On the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," we'll cover two quite different multi-disciplinary events in our area: the biennial Liturgical Arts Festival of Springfield, coming May 1 through 4; and fixed - fumbled - free, a concert of innovative new compositions, improvisations, and dance, in Champaign on Thursday.
This Saturday in Champaign, The Chorale will give its annual Young Artists Scholarship Concert, under the direction of Julie Beyler. Julie joins us on the show, with mezzo-soprano soloist for Vivaldi's "Gloria," Elizabeth Campbell Buckley. NOTE: Reference is made at the beginning of the interview and elsewhere to a conversation with the director of Decatur's Opus 24. That interview will take place on May 4.
ÑAWI is a new musical collaboration of outstanding musicians from Ecuador, a fusion of modern styles with traditional rhythms from the Ecuadorian Andes. On the Monday edition of "Live and Local," we'll hear about the workshop and concert ÑAWI will give in Urbana next Friday. And we'll talk with singer Kathy Harden, appearing in the current Station Theatre production, "Always . . . Patsy Cline."
The Community Center for the Arts in Urbana will give a concert Friday night of classical, popular and traditional chamber music. On the Friday edition of "Live and Local," we'll devote the hour to hearing several performers from the Center play live in our studio, with some Vivaldi, some jazz and some old-time fiddling.
Former area resident Tim Green returns to Champaign Thursday night to perform with his jazz quartet at Zorba's in Campustown. He'll join me on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local" and play some tunes from his CDs. I'll also talk with Charmian Bulley and Audrey Vallance of the Central Illinois Children's Chorus about this weekend's concert and about their new summer opera camp.
The Champaign-Urbana Ballet will perform the ballet Swan Lake on May 8 and 9 in Champaign, with artistic direction by Deanna Doty and production supervision by Andy Warfel. Deanna and Andy will be my guests on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local." I'll also talk with Máirtín de Cógáin, who brings his musical Project to Urbana on Thursday. We'll hear songs, tunes and a story on the show.
On the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with Michael Lamb, director of the handbell ensemble Bells in Motion, who give concerts in Pana and Springfield this weekend. And we'll hear about a Swedish choir that specializes in dramatic presentations of Renaissance music, Romeo and Julia Kören, who perform in Urbana on Friday.
On the Monday edition of "Live and Local," we'll hear a preview performance by this year's Krannert Center Debut Artist, harpist Chen-Yu Huang. Her concert is next Sunday afternoon. We'll also hear some songs from the show The Secret Garden, which opens at Danville Light Opera on April 23.
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