SITI Company is an ensemble-based theater group based in New York and co-directed by Anne Bogart. They'll present their show called Cafe Variations, with music by the Gershwins, in Urbana this weekend, and I'll welcome Ms. Bogart to the Friday edition of "Live and Local." I'll also talk with (mostly) jazz guitar virtuoso Stanley Jordan, who will perform in Springfield Friday night.
The Philharmonia Orchestra is one of five major orchestras in London, and one of the world's finest. Presently under the artistic directorship of Esa-Pekka Salonen, the team will launch their U.S. tour with an appearance in Urbana Tuesday night, and I'll talk with one of their members on the Monday edition of Live and Local. We'll also hear some live music by oboist John Dee of the University of Illinois faculty, who will play a recital Wednesday night.
Springfield's Reggie Britton had his first drumming and singing gigs with his father's blues band when he was a teenager. He played in numerous local bands as a side man in the 80s and 90s until forming his own duo, which he called Black Magic Johnson. The band now works variously as a trio or quartet, specializing in Chicago and delta blues, and they keep a steady performing schedule. Black Magic Johnson will play for us live on the Friday edition of Live and Local.
After its summer tour of three European capitals, the Champaign-Urbana-based CHORALE will open its 30th season with a concert called "Music of the Spheres" Saturday night. Director Julie Beyler will join me on the Thursday edition of Live and Local. And I'll talk with Music Director Ian Hobson of Sinfonia da Camera, who will give a monumental concert Friday in Urbana featuring Beethoven's "Emperor" Piano Concerto and the Ninth Symphony.