The Emerald City Lounge is a new venue for jazz in Champaign, beginning Wednesday night with the Jim Pugh Trio. On today's edition of the show, Jim joins us live in the studio, with tenor sax player Phil Doyle, bassist Matt Hughes and Emerald City owner Tim Denoyer.
Live and Local
What do the Miss America pageant and Gershwin have in common? A lot, if you're pianist Jade Simmons, a former Miss Illinois and Miss America runner-up. She'll play Gershwin and Rachmaninov with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra this weekend in Bloomington and Springfield, and she'll be my guest on the Friday edition of "Live and Local.
DoCha-or Downtown Champaign Chamber Music-will host an event Thursday night called "Beethoven's Star-Crossed Lovers," with the Pacifica Quartet and musicologist William Kinderman. Prof. Kinderman will join me on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local" with a preview. And I'll talk with Joel Caracci, who leads his jazz 12-tet called Lip Service in Urbana Saturday night.
Sarah Ruhl's play Eurydice adapts the Greek myth of Orpheus, told from the perspective of his wife. The show opens at the Station Theatre in Urbana on Thursday, and members of the cast will join me on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local." And we'll be serenaded with Singing Valentines from the Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company, live in the studio.
The Parkland College In Your Ear Big Band involves both students and community members. They'll be at the Iron Post in Urbana Wednesday night, and their director, Ed Schaller, will join me on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also hear music from the show Married Alive!, which opens Friday at The Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan.
Douglas Ewart is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and instrument builder, originally from Jamaica, serving a residency this week at the University of Illinois. He and some of his instruments will join us on the Monday edition of "Live and Local. " We'll also host songstress Gina Sicilia, who will play in Springfield Monday night.
Theatre 7 has been serving the Decatur area since 1964. Their next show is a Noel Coward comedy called Blithe Spirit, in which a fussy, cantankerous novelist is haunted by the ghost of his late first wife. On the Friday edition of "Live and Local," members of the cast will join me to share a scene or two.
Sinfonia da Camera will give its next concert this Saturday at the Krannert Center in Urbana. The program, entitled "Croatia to the Canary Isles," will feature University of Illinois faculty member William Moersch in a concerto for xylophone by Boris Papandopulo. Prof. Moersch will join me as guest on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local."
The Wednesday edition of "Live and Local" will feature a return live appearance by Bossa Nuevo, who will play at the Iron Post in Urbana Saturday night. The band juxtaposes the styles of bossa nova and tango nuevo, often with a jazz influence, and they have begun to add Latin jazz to their repertoire as well.
NOTE: With weather-related difficulties getting into the studio today, we had a delayed start, but still got three live tunes from Bossa Nuevo. Enjoy!
The Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra will give its annual Young Artists Concert this weekend, and on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with conductor Michael Luxner about the program. We'll also hear about this week's February Dance concerts at the University of Illinois from resident artist Tere O'Connor. NOTE: The second audio clip contains Prof. Luxner's description of the last work on the MDSO concert, Bartok's "Miraculous Mandarin" Suite, which did not air in the live broadcast. Enjoy!