On Monday's edition of the show, we'll hear seasonal stories told by Kathe Brinkmann and Dan Keding, a preview of their storytelling concert in Urbana Tuesday evening. And University of Illinois jazz trombonist Jim Pugh and baritone sax player Glenn Wilson-who bill themselves as Trombari-will join us in the studio.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Friday's edition of the show will feature two choral ensembles live in our studio. At noon, we'll hear members of Amasong, Champaign-Urbana's Premier Lesbian-Feminist Chorus, who give concerts this weekend. And at 12:30 the University High School Madrigals will sing songs from their various performances this month.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
At age 73, accordionist and fiddler Morris Ardoin is the elder statesman of the Ardoin family, recognized as the first family of Creole and Zydeco music. The Morris Ardoin Trio will play in Urbana Thursday evening, and they'll join us live in our studio on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also hear about this weekend's concert by the Central Illinois Children's Chorus.
The Millikin University guitar ensembles will play their fall concert Thursday night in Decatur. They have been led since 1987 by Prof. Manley Mallard, who will join me on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local." And we'll hear some very young harpists live in our studio in advance of their performance at the Urbana Free Library Wednesday evening.
The film It's A Wonderful Life comes to the stage of The Doudna Fine Arts Center in Charleston this weekend in the intriguing form of a live radio broadcast. I'll talk with the man who made the adaptation on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also hear members of the cast of a production in Sullivan of the Irving Berlin musical White Christmas.
Still in its first year of existence, the Urbana Pops Orchestra will celebrate the holidays with a concert on Sunday evening at Wesley United Methodist Church in Urbana. On today's edition of the show, we'll welcome principal conductor Daniel Southerland, associate conductor Stephen Larson and the concert's two vocal soloists, soprano Audrey Vallance and 11-year-old singer Matt Reeder.
The Robert E. Brown Center for World Music will present its fall concert Saturday in Urbana, with Odissi dance and music from Bali, China and Africa. On the Friday edition of "Live and Local," we'll have members of the Chinese Silk and Bamboo Ensemble join us live, and a preview of the Station Theatre's production of John Cariani's play Almost, Maine.
This weekend, Danville's Red Mask Players will present Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some), complete with the Fruitcake Game, Gustav the green-nosed reingoat and the Island of Misfit Toys. We'll preview the show on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local," as well as a variety show at the Independent Media Center in Urbana Friday night.
Parkland Theatre will present their third show featuring the Little Sisters of Hoboken the next two weekends in Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical, and Santa assures me it will be a most entertaining event. I'll be joined by Sister Amnesia and The Reverend Mother for a live preview on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local."
The first Vespers concert at Millikin University took place 52 years ago, and the tradition continues in Decatur this weekend. On the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with Millikin's Director of Choral Activities, Brad Holmes. And we'll meet emerging American conductor Daniel Black, who will lead the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Holiday Concert on Wednesday.