Tis the season for Tchaikovky's ballet The Nutcracker, including the Champaign Urbana Ballet's annual production this weekend. We'll hear what's new this year on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local." And we'll get a preview of concerts in Urbana and Chicago by the University of Illinois bands, from Director of Bands Robert Rumbelow.
Live and Local
Hi, I'm Kevin Kelly, host of "Live and Local" on FM 90.9. We bring you news about, interviews with and performances by area music makers and other performing artists, every weekday from noon 1. I'll take a break from the show through the long holiday weekend but will be back with a new show on Tuesday. Meanwhile, enjoy classical music during the noon hour, and have a great Thanksgiving weekend.
Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" of course receives ample play each holiday season. On the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," we'll have a live preview of Red Mask Players' humorous take on the classic. And we'll hear about Opus 24's fall concert in Decatur, and a free performance of prairie music and poetry at the Old State Capitol in Springfield.
I especially love having live performances on the show, and we've got a good one for you on the Tuesday edition. The Mattoon-based acoustic band Resonation Station will play in Urbana Wednesday night, and they'll bring their many instruments, original songs and "roaring twenties" arrangements to our studio for a lively hour.
The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present a "Concert of Thanksgiving" tonight--one of their many offerings in addition to their classics series. I'll talk with Music Director George Stelluto. And we'll hear a preview of the Bloomington-Normal Youth Symphony fall concert, happening tomorrow night.
The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music will present its 6th annual "Granny's Porch" concert in Champaign Friday night, calling it "Sousa Meets the Mikado." On the Thursday edition of "Live and Local," we'll feature some of the performers from that concert, and I'll talk with classical and jazz guitarist Fareed Haque, who brings his MathGames! ensemble to Urbana Thursday night.
Violinist Nick Kendall has made a career expanding his own interests and that of his audience beyond his own classical training. He'll play a new concerto with the Illinois Symphony this weekend, and he'll join me live on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local." And we'll hear about a new film called "Mozart's Sister," playing a two-day run in Champaign this week.
Our communities offer an abundance of music performance venues, from concert halls to converted movie theaters to coffee shops and even natural food stores. Next Sunday, Strawberry Fields natural food store in Urbana will host a band called The Young and the Fretless, who play, as they say, "old-time mountain music on the prairie." They'll join us for a live session on the Monday edition of "Live and Local.
The Piper's Hut Concert Series of traditional Celtic music will bring multi-wind-instrumentalist Laura MacKenzie to Urbana next Tuesday night with guitarist Gary Rue. I'll talk with Laura, and we'll sample her music, on the Friday edition of "Live and Local." And we'll hear a live preview of the Illini Union Board musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
Yamma Ensemble from Israel is in residence this week in Charleston, giving a concert Saturday night. They'll join us live on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local," with music from Balkan, Gypsy, Sephardic, Yemenite and other traditions. And we'll have a live preview of Sunday's concert in Urbana by the Arcadia Chamber Players.