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.
Live and Local
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.
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.
The University of Illinois Summer Band celebrates the 100th anniversary of its "Twilight Concerts" Thursday night. On the Thursday edition of "Live and Local," Director of Bands Robert Rumbelow will join me to talk about that milestone and preview the first concert. And I'll visit with Pogo Studios recording engineer Mark Rubel, as we hear a few of his favorites.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with two very different pianists. Faye Ballard is a regular top-five finalist at Peoria's Old Time Piano Playing Contest. Ian Hobson is a world-renowned classical pianist teaching at the University of Illinois. Both will play at the Krannert Center in Urbana on Thursday.