June 30, 2010

Musicologist Christina Bashford

Christina Bashford teaches musicology at the University of Illinois, focusing her research on performance history and the social and economic history of music. On the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," we'll chat about concert etiquette in the West End of London in the early 19th century and discover how it compares-and contrasts-with what happens at concerts today.


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June 29, 2010

Rodney George Peacock

Rodney George Peacock is an eclectic artist, presenting his mythological opera, Noontide Trilogy, as a theater piece with music at Foellinger Auditorium in Urbana. Rodney will join me on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local."


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June 28, 2010

Illinois Chamber Music Festival and Camp at Illinois Wesleyan University

The Illinois Chamber Music Festival and Camp opened at Illinois Wesleyan University on June 24 and runs through July 11, with several public concerts still to come. On the Monday edition of "Live and Local," I'll visit with a few of their faculty performers in the midst of their daily coachings, classes and rehearsals.


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June 25, 2010

Illinois Summer Youth Music Program Academy

The Illinois Summer Youth Music program is underway at the University of Illinois, including the ISYM Academy, which gives high-level performers a more rigorous experience. On the Friday edition of "Live and Local," we'll hear a number of chamber ensembles from the senior camps play live in our studio.


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June 23, 2010

Music for All Summer Symposium; Mean Lids

Music for All is one of the country's largest music education organizations, whose offerings include the annual Summer Symposium, happening this week at Illinois State University. On the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," we'll preview the symposium's public concerts, and we'll hear a foot-tapping trio from Urbana called Mean Lids, live in our studio.


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June 22, 2010

Irish Union Pipe player and maker Tim Britton and guitarist Brian Miller; singer Dena Vermette

Tim Britton is an American player and maker of uilleann pipes, also called the Irish Union Pipes. He and guitarist Brian Miller will play on the Piper's Hut Concert Series in Urbana on Tuesday, and they'll play for us live on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local." And I'll talk with singer Dena Vermette about her upcoming show, "Lady Sings Sinatra," at the Mills Breast Cancer Institute on Thursday.


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June 21, 2010

Storytellers Dan Keding and Kathe Brinkmann; The musical Smoky Joe’s CafĂ©

Dan Keding and Kathe Brinkmann are master storytellers working in Champaign-Urbana and far beyond. They'll tell tales for the Summer Solstice in Urbana on Tuesday and give us a preview on the Monday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also hear a few songs from the musical Smoky Joe's Café, by performers from the Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan.


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June 18, 2010

Beau Soleil with Michael Doucet; Pontiac Municipal Band

Garrison Keillor calls Beau Soleil with Michael Doucet the best Cajun band in the world, and he might be right. The Grammy Award-winning group will play at Sangamon Auditorium in Springfield Friday night, and Mr. Doucet will be my guest on the Friday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also hear about the Pontiac Municipal Band, playing Friday nights in June and July.


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June 17, 2010

Candy Foster; Endless Pages

Candy Foster has been performing classic rhythm and blues for 40 years. He and his band Shades of Blue will play a fundraiser for the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen on Friday night at Alto Vineyards in Champaign, and Candy will join us on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also hear a new two-girl band called Endless Pages, live in our studio.


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