Next week, The Rose Bowl Tavern in Urbana will start a new open stage for acoustic musicians, to happen on Monday nights. Co-hosts Sam Payne and Dustin Norder will sing and play for us live on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local." And we'll hear a preview of The Prairie Ensemble's presentation of a mini-opera featuring Julia Child, happening Saturday in Champaign.
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The Baroque Artists of Champaign Urbana will present a concert Sunday night featuring their chorus in a varied program called "BACH and Beyond." I'll talk with music director Chester Alwes on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local." And we'll meet Concert Artists Guild winning pianist Michael Brown, who will appear with fellow winners the Linden String Quartet in Urbana Sunday afternoon.
At the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield tonight, there's a concert featuring both Eilen Jewell (she says her name EE-len), a singer-songwriter originally from Idaho, and the Normal, Illinois-born Pokey LaFarge and his South City Three. Pokey and company do mostly originals mixing the styles of early jazz, string ragtime, country blues and Western swing, while Eilen writes in styles that bridge forms like country, rockabilly, blues and folk. Eilen Jewell and Pokey LaFarge will both join me for music and lively conversation on the Friday edition of "Live and Local.
Mussorgsky's orchestral work Pictures at an Exhibition was inspired by paintings by his friend Viktor Hartmann in 1874. On Friday night, the Champaign-Urbana Symphony will perform the work, accompanied by photographs by artists Larry Kanfer and Karyl Wackerlin. They'll join me on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local." And I'll talk with the lead singer of The Klezmatics a "Jewish roots band" playing in Bloomington Saturday night.
This concert season I've been talking with all five of the candidates for Music Director of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, as each has been guest conducting the orchestra. On the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," we come to the final candidate of the five, Rei Hotoda, who leads the orchestra in concerts this weekend. I'll also visit with members of the NewHeir Bluegrass Band, participating in a festival in Urbana on Saturday.
Rossini's The Barber of Seville is one of our greatest comic operas, with marvelous characters in the lovely Rosina, her guardian, Dr. Bartolo, the amorous Count Almaviva and of course Figaro, the barber himself. The University of Illinois Opera Program will present The Barber of Seville the first weekend in March, and we'll have a live preview on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local."
Gregg Helgesen is a local psychologist best known to music lovers for his jazz trumpet playing. Once a year he becomes Papa Doc and gathers his Roaring 30s Jazz Band for a Fat Tuesday gig in Champaign . I'll talk with the Doc on the Monday edition of "Live and Local." And we'll have a live performance by blossoming singer-songwriter Emily Otnes.
The Prairie Dogs, based in Champaign-Urbana, have been playing classic country and bluegrass music for more than a decade, covering a wide range of musical material. The play regularly throughout our listening area and will be at the Pink House in Ogden Friday night. The Prairie Dogs will join me live on the Friday edition of "Live and Local."
Eye of the Monkey String Band, from Orlando, Florida, plays old-time music in the traditional way. Their alter ego, Jubal's Kin, gives old-time a modern interpretation. Both bands will play for country dances in Urbana Thursday and Friday, and they'll join us for some live, swinging music on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local.
Ken Waldman is a fiddler, poet and former college professor who often combines music and poetry in his performances. He'll do just that in a concert Saturday night in Urbana, and he'll be my guest on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local." I'll also talk with Illinois State University faculty bassoonist Michael Dicker about his recital in Normal tonight.