Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Buckley has lived in our community for many years, for a time quite under the musical radar. She's sung numerous roles at the University of Illinois and with various orchestras locally, and even had a debut at Carnegie Hall this year. She'll host a CD release party in Champaign Tuesday night, and she'll be my guest on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local.
The annual Baroque Christmas concert by the Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana has become a community tradition, this year with music by Telemann, a performance by the University High School Madrigals and an audience sing-along of German carols. Music director Chester Alwes will join me for a preview.
Trumpeter Bobby Shew has had an illustrious career as a studio, lead and jazz trumpeter, playing with the likes of Tommy Dorsey, Buddy Rich and Maynard Ferguson. He'll play with the Eastern Illinois University Jazz Ensemble Friday night, joining me on the Friday edition of "Live and Local." And we'll preview Saturday's concert in Champaign by the Central Illinois Children's Chorus.
Cajun fiddler and accordionist Morris Ardoin will join fiddler Dennis Stroughmatt and colleagues for traditional Louisiana music in Urbana Thursday night, and they'll play for us live on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also hear about an event in Springfield this weekend called "Merry TubaChristmas.
Amasong, Champaign-Urbana's Premier Lesbian/Feminist Chorus will give its annual winter concerts this weekend, and we'll feature members of the chorus live in our studio today. Plus a live preview of the Advent Concert Series at University Place Christian Church in Champaign, with organist Richard Hertel, pianist Samir Golescu and mezzo-soprano Dee Breeding.
The Urbana Pops Orchestra will present a holiday concert for brass ensemble on Saturday, and we'll have a live preview on today's program. I'll also talk with Gina DeCroix Russell, ballet mistress for Springfield Ballet Company, who present their 37th annual Nutcracker this weekend.
The acclaimed vocal quartet The Manhattan Transfer has been around, more or less non-stop, since 1972. They'll launch their Christmas tour in Bloomington Friday night, and I'll talk with original member Alan Paul on the Friday edition of "Live and Local." Plus, we'll have a live preview of The Santaland Diaries, happening at The Little Theatre in Sullivan this weekend.
The Illinois Symphony Orchestra is searching for a new music director, with five candidates serving as guest conductors this season. Alastair Willis will lead the Symphony's chamber orchestra this weekend, and I'll talk with him on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also have a preview of Saturday's concert in Champaign by the Parkland Chamber Singers.