On the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with Patrick Warfield, one of the country's leading scholars on John Philip Sousa. Mr. Warfield will give a guest lecture at the University of Illinois on Sunday about the March King's 1911 World Tour. And we'll hear from conductor Richard Rossi about Sunday's concert by the Eastern Symphony Orchestra in Charleston.
On today's show, I talk with Alethea Taylor and Don Nolen, president and vice-president, respectively, of The Prairie Ensemble, an eclectic chamber orchestra in Champaign-Urbana, which opens it's 15th concert season next Tuesday; and Gus Gordon, producer of the award-winning musical "Altar Boyz" at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield.
On the Monday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with David Lopez, director of TUNKUL Percusiones México, who will present music from the Mayans, Aztecs and other prehispanic Mexican cultures at the Doudna Fine Arts Center in Charleston Tuesday night. And we'll hear from Barbara Zachow, who will lead Tuesday's concert by the Parkland Chorus and Chamber Singers in Champaign.
NOTE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the scheduled concert by TUNKUL in Charleston was canceled, but you can still hear my interview with Mr. Lopez.
When the German a cappella quintet Calmus comes to Urbana on Sunday, they will bring with them a program that ranges from Bach and Purcell to Freddie Mercury and Sting. On the Friday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with the tenor and bass of the group. And I'll visit with Julie Beyler, conductor of The Chorale of Champaign, about their concert called "A Celebration of Live.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Composer and singer Toby Twining graduated from the University of Illinois and recorded his first a cappella compositions by multi-tracking his own voice at Pogo Studio in Champaign. Music from his latest CD will be featured in this weekend's concerts by Dance at Illinois, with choreography by Rebecca Nettl-Fiol. Toby and Becky will join me on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Kate and Jode Dowling are the core members of the HiB's, a traditional Irish band from Minnesota who will play on the Piper's Hut series in Urbana on Thursday. They'll be my guests on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local." Also joining us live in our studio will be a local group called Tangotta, who will play for an evening of tango dancing in Champaign Thursday night.
Champaign-Urbana's Traditional Jazz Orchestra plays music from the early 20th century when jazz was young-folks like King Oliver, Louis Armstrong and Fats Waller. They're at the Iron Post in Urbana Tuesday night, and I'll talk with cornet player Jeff Helgesen on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also hear from banjo player Ken Perlman, who joins fiddler Alan Jabbour for a concert in Champaign.
Aaron Copland said of William Schuman's works, "You have the feeling that only an American could have written them." Sinfonia da Camera will play three of Schuman's pieces on its next concert in Urbana, and I'll talk with conductor Ian Hobson and soloist Ricardo Herrera on the Monday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also hear about a locally written play by Jennifer Goran, part of a weekend of one-acts at Parkland Theatre next weekend.