December 12, 2011

Baroque Christmas concert by the Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana

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.


December 09, 2011

Trumpeter Bobby Shew; Central Illinois Children’s Chorus

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.


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December 08, 2011

Cajun fiddler and accordionist Morris Ardoin, fiddler Dennis Stroughmatt

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.


December 05, 2011

Urbana Pops Orchestra holiday concert for brass ensemble

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.


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December 02, 2011

The Manhattan Transfer; The Santaland Diaries at The Little Theatre in Sullivan

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.


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December 01, 2011

Illinois Symphony Orchestra; Parkland Chamber Singers

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.


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