The 3rd annual "Hangin' at the Hangar" 1940s style big band dance happens this Saturday in Rantoul, with Bud Vandiver's band and the Sande Hackel Orchestra. Jon and Sue Hanson will join Sande on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," when we'll also hear about Student Playwrights Outreach Theater, in Urbana Thursday night.
The Arcadia Chamber Players are an all-female group who play chamber music of the past three centuries as well as works by lesser-known composers, especially women. They'll give their spring concert this weekend in Urbana, and they'll be my guests on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local." We'll hear samples of their work, including some live playing in the studio.
Vox Chambana is an eight-voice chamber choir dedicated to promoting the music of the Renaissance. On Tuesday, May 11, they will present music from the court of Henry VIII in Champaign. The program is called Vox and Viol-that is, voice with Renaissance viols. We'll hear Vox Chambana on the Monday edition of "Live and Local.
On the Friday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with pianist Rich Ridenour, who joins the Danville Symphony for an evening of film music on Saturday. And live in the studio, we'll hear singer-songwriters Megan Johns and Bob & Pricilla, who are among the headliners for "A Mother's Day Folk Frolic" in Urbana on Sunday.
This Saturday, the Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony will present its spring concert in Springfield, with all five ensembles performing. Their music director, Richard Haglund, will be my guest on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local." I'll also welcome cast members of Rantoul Theatre Group's production of Aaron Sorkin's play A Few Good Men for some live scenes. NOTE: The second audio clip contains more of my conversation with Richard Haglund, which didn't make it into the broadcast. Enjoy!
On the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," we'll hear about three groups playing in the evening at the Krannert Center in Urbana: Ozomatli, a band from East LA that mashes many styles of danceable music; Tatsu Aoki, who leads an improvisational fusion of Japanese music and jazz; and the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra, playing Smetana, Mozart and Tchaikovsky. NOTE: The second audio clip is the rest of my conversation (quite extended) with Wil-Dog Abers, bassist with Ozomatli--including where he got his own name--which didn't make it into the broadcast.
The Decatur Choral Society will present the Opus 24 spring concert on May 11. On the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local," I'll chat with Milton Scott, director of Opus 24, and we'll hear some of their music. I'll also talk with Dawn Harris about Wednesday's musical theater cabaret concert at the University of Illinois in Urbana.