Sugar Creek Opera Festival in Watseka is celebrating its 10th season with an all-Puccini festival, with Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica from its apprentice program and a full production of "Madame Butterfly." On the Monday edition of Live and Local, general director Helen Todd--starring as Cio-Cio San--and three other members of the talented cast will share a live preview of the festival weekend. For more information, visit www.sugarcreekfestival.org.
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The Illinois Chamber Music Festival is underway at Illinois Wesleyan Festival, with four public concerts remaining. I'll talk with co-director Lisa Nelson on today's edition of "Live and Local." And the Actors Rural Theatre Company in Tuscola will present the Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods July 26 through August 5. We'll have a live preview on today's show.
The North American British Music Studies Association will hold its biennial conference at the University of Illinois next week, culminating in a public choral-orchestral concert honoring Prof. Emeritus Nicholas Temperley as he turns 80. Prof. Temperley will join me on the Thursday edition of Live and Local, along with conference organizer Prof. Christina Bashford.
Urbana High School has restored its 100-year-old auditorium to reclaim much of its original charm. To support the renovation, celebrated writer and comic Mark Roberts will present a cabaret called "Homegrown Talent" next Friday, featuring alumni from four decades. We'll have a preview on the Wednesday edition of Live and Local. And we'll hear about the Friday Night Live series of street-side performances in downtown Champaign.
On the Tuesday edition of Live and Local, we'll feature two musicals written by the team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. Once on This Island is the next production at The Muni in Springfield, and I'll talk with director Laurie O'Brien. Lucky Stiff was their first collaboration, and we'll have a live preview by students from the Urbana Youth Summer Theatre production.
Sangamon Auditorium has announced its 2012-2013 Performing Arts Series at the University of Illinois Springfield. The 24 events across four series range from Broadway shows and celebrated jazz artists to African drummers and world-class tap dancing. On the Monday edition of Live and Local, I'll talk with director Bob Vaughn about all the offerings.
This is the final week of the Illinois Summer Youth Music program at the University of Illinois, with various Junior ensembles, the jazz camps and more, culminating in concerts Saturday. On the Friday edition of Live and Local, we'll hear live performances by a jazz combo and by students in the composition and songwriting programs at ISYM.
The Vocal Arts Ensemble of Urbana was newly created to present an intimate evening of 19th-century choral and vocal chamber music, happening this Saturday in Urbana. I'll talk with organizer Chris Holman and director Chester Alwes on today's edition of the show.
Few artists have had the sustaining influence over music and the American culture of Woody Guthrie. As the voice of the people during the depression and World War II, Guthrie represented the struggles of the common man. This Saturday would have been Woody Guthrie's 100th birthday, and 20-some local singers will pay tribute with a concert in downtown Champaign. We'll have a preview on the Monday edition of Live and Local.
Clarke Buehling is one of the best-known interpreters of late 19th Century, classic finger-style banjo, and is in the forefront of the recent resurgence of interest in the earlier minstrel banjo style.