While I'm taking a brief break from the show, I hope you'll enjoy our classical music offerings during the noon hour.
Live and Local
The Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana will celebrate their 15th anniversary with a performance of Bach's monumental B Minor Mass on Sunday in Champaign. Music Director Chester Alwes and three featured musicians will join me on the Friday edition of "Live and Local." And we'll hear a preview of the Actors' Rural Theatre Company production of Nunsense: The Mega-Musical.
On the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with Helen Todd, General Director of Sugar Creek Symphony and Song in Watseka, who will present the operas The Daughter of the Regiment and Little Women the first weekend in August. And we'll hear live highlights from this weekend's performances of the musical Miss Saigon by Decatur Underground Theater.
The 39 Steps is Patrick Barlow's farcical remake of Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 film adaption of a 1915 novel, with just four actors playing a host of characters. On the Monday edition of "Live and Local," we'll have those actors live in the studio from the Station Theatre's production in Urbana. And I'll talk with John McGrosso of the Arianna String Quartet, playing in Bloomington this week.
The Canopy Club in Urbana will present a number of young, local singer-songwriters Friday night, among them Emily Otnes, a 17-year-old from Urbana who writes in a style she calls a mix of jazz, folk, ragtime and pop. Emily will play for us live on the Friday edition of "Live and Local." And I'd talk with the author of a new play about Abraham Lincoln's last murder case, in Bloomington this weekend.
The Illinois Chamber Music Festival at Illinois Wesleyan University offers chamber music experience to high school and college students, coached by local and visiting faculty artists. The festival features numerous public concerts, and on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with co-director Lisa Nelson and faculty pianist Mark Clinton for a preview.
Old Sledge are Chance McCoy and Sabra Guzmán, musicians from the Blue Ridge Mountains who dust off tunes and songs from early country, hillbilly and blues music. They'll play in Urbana on Saturday night, and I'll chat with Sabra on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also hear some live scenes from Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit, at the Krannert Center through the 23rd.
It's De-Lovely," "I Get A Kick Out Of You," "All Through The Night," "You're the Top"-all those songs appear in one Cole Porter musical, Anything Goes. That classic boy-meets-girl tale will be presented by the Urbana Park District later this month, with performers between the ages of 9 and 18. On the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local," we'll have 14 of those singers join us for a live preview.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War, and of course there have been commemorations of many kinds across the country. This Saturday in Champaign, St. Peter's United Church of Christ will present a concert version of of the Tony Award-nominated musical "The Civil War," featuring a local cast augmented by visiting guest artists. Director Jodi Prosser and several cast members will join us for a live preview on today's edition of "Live and Local.
The Austin, Texas, band Del Castillo began in 2001 as a CD project for the family of brothers Mark and Rick del Castillo, and they've grown into a nationally recognized musical force. Del Castillo will bring their mix of flamenco, Latin, blues and rock to the University of Illinois Research Park Friday night, and I'll talk with bassist Albert Besteiro on the Friday edition of "Live and Local.