Grammy-nominated violinist Robert McDuffie is in town to play Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" concertos with the Venice Baroque Orchestra, along with a new work by Philip Glass called "The American Four Season." I'll talk with Mr. McDuffie on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local." And we'll hear young singer-songwriter Darren Hackey, live in our studio.
Countertenor Jay Carter is one of our nation's finest singers of that curious voice type. He will perform in recital with lutenist Jeffrey Noonan for the Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana on Sunday, and he'll be my guest on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local." I'll also talk with some cast and crew members for Danville Light Opera's coming production of "Hello, Dolly!
Singer-songwriter Jennifer Knapp was an award-winning Christian pop artist before moving to Australia and taking an 8-year hiatus from music. She has returned to the U.S. and to music, with a new album-and with a new public honesty about her sexuality. Jennifer Knapp will play at the Canopy Club in Urbana Tuesday night, and she'll sing for us live on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local."
NOTE: We regret that Ms. Knapp was unable to appear on today's show.
On Wednesday at the Canopy Club in Urbana, 40 North 88 West, Champaign County's Arts, Culture and Entertainment Council, will present the 6th annual ACE Awards. A diverse panel of judges sorted through nominations from throughout the community to select winners in the categories of arts education, advocacy, business support, creative community service, and lifetime achievement, as well as a "spotlight" award to an artist drawing national attention to our area. On the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," I talk with 40 North's Steven Bentz about the event and the winners.
The Danville Symphony Orchestra will play a concert called "Satchmo, Fats & The Duke" Saturday night, and on the Friday edition of "Live and Local," I'll be pleased to welcome the evening's soloist, trumpeter Byron Stripling as our special guest. And we'll preview the current comedy at the Station Theatre in Urbana, "Circle Mirror Transformation."
Rhythm and Roots: Southern Music Traditions" is a traveling exhibition currently at the Vespasian Warner Public Library in Clinton. On the Thursday edition of "Live and Local," Bobbi Perryman will join me to share some of those traditions with us. And I'll talk with singer Jearlyn Steele, a frequent guest on A Prairie Home Companion, in advance of her appearance in Champaign on Saturday.
The Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company will present a concert production of Elton John and Tim Rice's musical "Aida" this weekend. We'll hear some songs from the show performed live on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local." And we'll welcome back the female barbershop quartet Illusion in advance of the CU Sweet Adelines' fall show.
The film Leading Ladies just had its local premiere in Champaign, the town in which it was written and filmed, and I ran an interview on "Live and Local" that was recorded before the film was completed. I've since talked again with the filmmakers, and I will air the combined interviews, with more music, on the Tuesday edition of the show, in advance of this weekend's screening in Normal.
Millikin University Professor Ronald YaDeau has been an active pianist, adjudicator and clinician throughout the Midwest for many years and has taught piano and music theory at Millikin since 1978. On the Monday edition of "Live and Local," I'm pleased to have Prof. YaDeau as a guest in advance of his recital Friday night.
The jazz ensembles and Wind Symphony at Eastern Illinois University will give a concert called "Life in the Groove: The Influence of Jazz" on Friday night; I'll talk with conductor Barry Houser on the Friday edition of "Live and Local." And we'll hear about Saturday's murder mystery event by the Sounds of Celebration Chorus, Springfield's chapter of Sweet Adelines.