The Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company will open its 2011 season with a production of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods on April 21, and two of the show's cast members will join me on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also hear live performances from previous editions, including Rhythm & Raag and Bossa Nuevo.
On the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local," I'll be talking with the two soloists appearing on Tuesday night's concert in Champaign by The Prairie Ensemble, guitarist Shawn Purcell and bandoneon virtuoso Julien Labro. And we'll have live performance highlights from past shows, featuring Shawn and Darden Purcell.
During our spring pledge period, I will be sharing some of the live performances we've had the privilege to host in our own studio during our first two years. The Monday edition of the show will feature Gloria Roubal, Gloria Deluxe, the Flexible Flyers and the Galactic Cowboy Orchestra.
In Urbana on Sunday, opera superstar Nathan Gunn will join one of the most accomplished vocal accompanists of our time, John Wustman, for two song cycles by Franz Schubert. Mr. Wustman will join me on the Friday edition of "Live and Local." And we'll hear some young singers from Champaign Central High School's upcoming production of the musical Urinetown.
The Cuban son is one of the most influential and widespread forms of Latin American music, and one of its greatest champions is coming to the Krannert Center in Urbana Wednesday night. The Septeto Nacional Ignacio Piñeiro de Cuba will play for us live in our studio on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," for an exhilarating and joyful hour of music making.
Mom's Day Weekend at the University of Illinois is packed with opportunities to hear plays, concerts and more, including the annual Mom's Day Concert by the UI Black Chorus, which takes place on Saturday. Director Ollie Watts Davis will join me on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local." And we'll hear a preview of Parkland Theatre's production of The Little Prince, which opens on Thursday. NOTE: Due to illness, Dr. Davis was not able to appear on today's show.
On the Monday edition of "Live and Local," we'll feature two music theater events opening in our listening area in the coming week. The High School of St. Thomas More in Champaign will present Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance, and the Station Theatre in Urbana hosts The Light in the Piazza. We'll hear previews of both.
We'll broadcast the Friday edition of "Live and Local" live from the Orpheum Theater in downtown Champaign, as the DoCha Festival kicks off a weekend of chamber music experiences with its first young people's concert. "Introducing Wolfgang Amadeus Schmutzinberry" features Rami Vamos, Robert Graves, the Pacifica Quartet and myself as narrator.