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.
Live and Local
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.
Friday, September 10, 2010
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.
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.
The handbell ensemble Bells in Motion has released a new CD, and they're throwing a Premier Party on Saturday in Springfield. On the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with one of their members and sample the disc. And we'll hear about Soul Miners Children's Theatre Company, who are seeking students and teachers for the current term.
The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana has announced an exciting and varied season of music, dance, theater and multi-media events for 2010-2011. On the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local," Mike Ross and Bridget Lee-Calfas will join me to share some highlights through conversation and recordings.
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.
Jazz trumpeter Jon Faddis has played with Lionel Hampton, Charles Mingus, and many others and is considered one of today's most virtuosic artists and effective teachers. He will headline Friday night's concert at the Allerton Music Barn Festival, and he'll be my guest on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local.
The Allerton Music Barn Festival gets underway in Monticello this Thursday and continues through Labor Day. The final concert will feature two masterful works for winds by Mozart and Richard Strauss. On the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with conductor Robert Rumbelow and horn player Bernhard Scully, and of course play excerpts from both pieces.