September 14, 2010

The music of Django Reinhardt at the upcoming Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival

Jean "Django" Reinhardt was a Gypsy jazz guitarist whose compositions and performances have been tremendously influential on many subsequent jazz musicians. A trio based in Champaign-Urbana plays the Music of Django Reinhardt regularly, including this Sunday at the Iron Post and at the upcoming Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival. They'll play for us live on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local.


September 13, 2010

Upcoming season of Sinfonia da Camera

Sinfonia da Camera is the resident chamber orchestra at the Krannert Center in Urbana. On the Monday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with music director Ian Hobson about the group's new season, opening next Saturday, which carries out a theme of music used in films-an intriguing concept that covers some great classics.


September 10, 2010

Sacred Harp singing; Tiempo Libre

It has been said of Sacred Harp singing, "It wallops your stomach, vibrates your spine, makes the inside of your head buzz." The Harp singing tradition is alive in central Illinois, and we'll hear about it on the Friday edition of "Live and Local." I'll also talk with the leader of the Grammy-nominated Latin band Tiempo Libre, who open the Krannert Center's season in Urbana on Friday night.


September 09, 2010

The Hot Club of Detroit; Violist and composer Rudolf Haken

The Hot Club of Detroit is a terrific five-piece band inspired by the spirit of Django Reinhardt. They'll visit the Iron Post in Urbana on Sunday night, and band member Paul Brady will join us on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local." I'll also talk with violist and composer Rudolf Haken about his upcoming solo recital.


September 03, 2010

Allerton Music Barn Festival: Reynold Tharp, Joy Pierce Mathews and Yvonne Redman; Timothy Ehlen

On the Friday edition of "Live and Local," my guests will be composer Reynold Tharp, librettist Joy Pierce Mathews and soprano Yvonne Redman, who will present the premiere of a new work on Saturday night at the Allerton Music Barn Festival. I'll also talk with pianist Timothy Ehlen, who plays music by Chausson in that evening's program with the Pacifica Quartet.


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