January 27, 2012

Young Concert Artists with violinist Benjamin Beilman

For 50 years, Young Concert Artists has been presenting young, talented, previously unknown classical artists to the musical world. Violinist Benjamin Beilman won the auditions in 2010, and he'll perform at the Krannert Center in Urbana Sunday afternoon-including the premiere of a new work. Mr. Beilman will be my guest on the Friday edition of "Live and Local.


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January 25, 2012

Greensky Bluegrass; Conductor Steven Larsen

By virtue of its location, its instrumentation and the content of its songs, Greensky Bluegrass could perhaps be called a post-newgrass band. They'll play in Urbana Thursday night, and I'll talk with one of their founders on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local." And conductor Steven Larsen joins me to talk about Saturday's concert by the Champaign-Urbana Symphony.


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January 24, 2012

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Raul Midón

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Raul Midón incorporates a genre-defying blend of soul, pop, jazz, folk and Latin elements into his music. Blind since birth, he has experienced the world, and music, differently from most. He'll play a solo show in Bloomington Thursday night, and he'll be my guest on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local."


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January 23, 2012

Pianist William Kinderman

William Kinderman has been called "a very rare bird" by no less a classical personage than pianist Alfred Brendel for his ability to blend thorough scholarship with top-notch musicianship. Prof. Kinderman will give a recital of piano works by Beethoven and Brahms at the Krannert Center in Urbana Thursday night, and he'll be my guest on the Monday edition of "Live and Local.


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January 20, 2012

Red Mask Players 75th anniversary; Tom and Matt Turino

Red Mask Players in Danville are celebrating their 75th anniversary this season, and their current production repeats the show that opened the Kathryn Randolph Theater in 1962, Howard Teichmann's "The Girls in 509." We'll have a live scene on the Friday edition of "Live and Local." Also live in the studio, we'll hear Tom and Matt Turino, the father-and-son duo who specialize in their own brand of old-time string music, playing in Urbana Sunday night.


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January 19, 2012

Conductor Andrew Sewell; Springfield Theatre Centre presents the musical Chess

Andrew Sewell is music director of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and the latest music director candidate for the Illinois Symphony and Chamber Orchestra. He'll conduct the latter this weekend, and he'll be my guest on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local." And we'll hear about the current production by Springfield Theatre Centre of the musical Chess, ending this weekend.


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January 18, 2012

Illinois Wesleyan University 13th Festival of Spirituals and Songs

The memory and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. annually inspire festivals of African-American music across the country. Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington will hold its 13th Festival of Spirituals and Songs in honor of Dr. King this Thursday afternoon. I'll talk with the founder and coordinator of the festival, Dr. Carren Moham, on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local.


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January 17, 2012

Francesca Zambello; April Verch

Francesca Zambello is an internationally recognized director of opera and theater and artistic director of the Glimmerglass Festival. She'll give a MillerComm lecture at the University of Illinois Thursday afternoon, and she'll be my guest on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local." I'll also talk with renowned Canadian fiddler, singer, songwriter and step dancer April Verch, who plays in Urbana Thursday night, and we'll sample her latest CD.


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January 13, 2012

Parkland College director of theater Randi Hard; Manzanita Bones

The play Frozen is Randi Hard's last production as director of theater at Parkland College. It's an unflinching, award-winning play. Randi and two of the actors will join us for a live preview on the Friday edition of "Live and Local." And we'll hear from a band of two brothers called Manzanita Bones, live in the studio.


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