On today's show, we'll hear a short scene by members of the cast of "Laura," a murder mystery being staged by the Red Mask Players in Danville and opening on Friday. And, live in our studio, Ben Bedford will preview his show with fellow singer-songwriter Tom Irwin at the Independent Media Center in Urbana Saturday night.
Live and Local
On the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," we'll rebroadcast a show from last November about composer Charles Ives-a man musically ahead of his time, yet deeply rooted in America's past. Prof. Gayle Magee's book Charles Ives Reconsidered was recently out in paperback, and she shared with us a refreshing variety of his music.
On today's show, we welcome Bobby Reynolds--known professionally as Reverend Robert--for a live session in our studio. He's a master of pre-WWII blues who has become adept as well in ragtime, early jazz, Hawaiian and Caribbean music. He plays in Centralia Wednesday night and in Decatur next Tuesday.
On the Thursday edition of the show, I'll share two of my favorite segments from past shows, spanning nearly the duration of the program's existence so far: klezmer music played by Little Oy on the Prairie live in our studio, and a conversation with conductor Bob Thompson of The Baseball Music Project.
On the Monday edition of the show, I'll share two of my favorite segments from past shows, both of them live performances in our studio: a chamber ensemble from the Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana, and three talented Indian musicians from the Rhythm and Raag Institute at the University of Illinois.