Not every bluegrass band can boast principal players of major orchestras-probably none but the DePue Brothers Band. The four violinist brothers have played together for 25 years and formed the band in 2004. They'll play in Charleston Thursday night. Their drummer--who happens also be the principal timpanist of the Philadelphia Orchestra--joins us for today's show. And we'll hear about a lecture series called "Discover the Symphony Orchestra" at Illinois State University.
Live and Local
On Friday evening, the Urbana Park District will present Jazz Walk 2011 through the sculpture garden in Meadowbrook Park, with local jazz soloists, duets, combos and more. On the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," we'll feature two of those combos live in our studio: the Almost Anything quintet-if you count their dancer-and a quartet called Bluesnik.
Fishtank Ensemble; Sanctified Grumblers
There are plenty of groups these days who play Gypsy jazz, but few with quite the exuberant panache of the Los Angeles-based Fishtank Ensemble. They'll play in Fairmount Saturday, and I'll talk with their vocalist and saw player Ursula Knudson on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local." And we'll hear from the Sanctified Grumblers, who headline a show in Champaign Friday night.
Sinfonia da Camera launches its new season next Saturday with a concert of music by "the three B's"-Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. And music director Ian Hobson launches a ten-concert series of the solo piano works of Schumann Monday night. Mr. Hobson will join me to talk about both series on the Monday edition of "Live and Local.
On the Friday edition of "Live and Local," we'll feature two performers from the Ellnora Guitar Festival this weekend at the Krannert Center in Urbana. I'll talk with Meng Su of the Beijing Guitar Duo, who will perform Saturday morning. And we'll hear flamenco guitarist, singer and dancer Marija Temo live in the studio. She plays at the Festival also on Saturday morning.
On the Thursday edition of "Live and Local," we'll feature two performers from the Ellnora Guitar Festival this weekend at the Krannert Center in Urbana. I'll talk with blues woman Rory Block, who will perform with dobro and steel guitarist Cindy Cashdollar on Saturday. And we'll hear artist-in-residence Luther Dickinson live in the studio. He appears three times at the Festival, Friday and Saturday.
Musicians across the country will give memorial concerts this coming Sunday on the tenth anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. On the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with Ollie Watts Davis of the University of Illinois Black Chorus, who will sing a world premiere on the occasion, and Karyl Carlson of Illinois State University, who will participate in the Global Sing for Peace.
The Ellnora Guitar Festival returns to the Krannert Center in Urbana Thursday through Saturday, with a massive line-up of artists across all musical genres. On the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with classical guitarist Sharon Isbin, who appears at the Festival on Saturday. And we'll meet country-bluegrass musician Ricky Skaggs, who plays in Bloomington Friday night.
Cuban-American trumpeter Arturo Sandoval will headline the second concert of the Allerton Music Barn Festival Friday night, performing with members of the renowned University of Illinois jazz faculty. Mr. Sandoval and colleagues will join me on the Friday edition of "Live and Local," along with musicians from Sunday morning's Bach cantata program. Tonight's concert has been moved to the Foellinger Great Hall at the Krannert Center because of the hot weather.
The Allerton Music Barn Festival runs Thursday through Monday, with a concert each evening and one on Sunday morning. On the Thursday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with featured musicians from three of those concerts, which include Prokofiev with the Pacifica Quartet, violinist Stefan Milenkovich in recital with Rohan De Silva and a concert of wind music by Strauss and Dvorak.