Live and Local

WILL - Live and Local - August 16, 2010

Violinist Stefan Milenkovich, cellist Dmitry Kouzov; Endless Pages; Dean Karres

On the Monday edition of "Live and Local," we'll hear highlights from four shows heard earlier this year, with live performances by violinist Stefan Milenkovich and cellist Dmitry Kouzov; a talented two-girl band from Urbana called Endless Pages; a solo turn by singer and bodhran player Dean Karres; and a duo on traditional Chinese instruments.

WILL - Live and Local - August 11, 2010



(Duration: 52:33)

Desafinado is a six-piece ensemble based in Champaign-Urbana that plays samba, bossa nova, and MPB, or Musica Popular Brasileira. The group will appear later this month at the first CU Pride Fest, and we've got them for a full hour of music on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local.

WILL - Live and Local - August 10, 2010

Irish trio Chulrua

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


(Duration: 57:50)

Button accordion player Paddy O'Brien, fiddler Patrick Ourceau and guitarist Pat Egan are the internationally acclaimed traditional Irish trio Chulrua. The band will play at Urbana's Independent Media Center Tuesday night, and they'll join me in the studio for an hour of lively music making on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local.

WILL - Live and Local - August 09, 2010

Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company; Kirkland Fine Arts Center


(Duration: 45:52)

The Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company is currently presenting the musical Footloose, with its Oscar- and Tony-nominated score, at Parkland College. On the Monday edition of "Live and Local," a few of the actors will share a song or two. And we'll hear a preview of the coming season at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center in Decatur.

WILL - Live and Local - August 06, 2010

Galactic Cowboy Orchestra

Friday, August 6, 2010

Friday, August 6, 2010


(Duration: 58:22)

According to the Minneapolis-based Galactic Cowboy Orchestra, their music is Chick Corea meets The Dixie Dregs meets A Prairie Home Companion-an eclectic mix of bluegrass-edged tunes with jazz and world/fusion elements. The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra will play at Sleepy Creek Vineyards in Fairmount Friday night, and they'll be my guests on the Friday edition of "Live and Local.

WILL - Live and Local - August 05, 2010

Maria and Co.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Thursday, August 5, 2010


(Duration: 55:48)

The musicians of Maria and Co. are all veterans of the local music scene, playing in multiple groups representing many musical genres. Accordionist Maria Merkelo, violinist Dorothy Martirano, guitarist and balalaika player Rob Prescott and bassist Josh Houchin will appear at the Krannert Center in Urbana Thursday evening, and they'll join me live in the studio on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local.

WILL - Live and Local - August 04, 2010

Prairie Fire Theatre

Prairie Fire Theatre presents a musical tribute to the 1940s called "I'll Be Seeing You," in Normal the next two weekends. Producer, director and actor Robert Mangialardi will chat with me about the project on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local." And we'll revisit a one-woman show called "And I Remember," to be presented this weekend in Urbana.

WILL - Live and Local - August 04, 2010

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Sugar Creek Symphony and Song happens this weekend in Watseka. On the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with singers from this year's festival, which features two masterpieces of comedic opera: Rossini's "The Barber of Seville" and Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro." We'll also meet pianist Ian Gindes, who gives a recital in Urbana this Saturday.

WILL - Live and Local - August 02, 2010

Singer-songwriter Human


(Duration: 1:00:44)

On the Monday edition of "Live and Local," we'll hear from a singer-songwriter who calls himself Human. He sings, he says, "the songs of the American heart and soul." He'll sing some of those songs live in our studio, previewing his appearance at the Iron Post in Urbana Monday night, where he'll be joined by Shasta Homel and other local musicians.

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