For twenty-one years, The Chorale of Champaign-Urbana has presented a concert on New Year's Eve at Champaign's Virginia Theater. With the theater closed for renovations, they'll do an "Early New Year"concert on Dec. 30 called "Winter Around the World" at the Vineyard in Urbana. Director Julie Beyler will join me on the Friday edition of Live and Local. And we'll hear two more brand-new songs for Christmas from the C-U Singer-Songwriter Collective.
Live and Local
The Champaign-Urbana Singer-Songwriter Collective was created in 2011 by Jeff Arrigo and Christopher Todd Durnil, with regular meetings and showcases at the Clark Bar in Champaign. Over the last two Tuesdays, some 20 local singer-songwriters presented a special benefit program, featuring many newly created songs for Christmas. We'll hear a good sampling of those new songs, performed live, on the Thursday edition of Live and Local.
Keith Harden was once a fixture in the musical life of Champaign-Urbana,"a widely traveled blues-folk-Americana-etc. guitarist-singer," as he puts it. He left more than a decade ago for New York and now Nashville, but he returns every Christmastime for a series of gigs in his old stomping grounds, both solo and with friends. Join us for an hour of reminiscence and live music on the Wednesday edition of Live and Local.
We've been doing the show for nearly four years now, and one of my great pleasures is bringing back some of our local and visiting artists who have performed on the show previously. The Tuesday edition will see the return of vocalist Geoff Poor and pianist David Thies, who specialize in songs from The Great American Songbook. We'll also hear about "A Very Hoogland Christmas," happening in Springfield later this week.
Creole Stomp rebroadcast from 9/25/09
Amasong is Champaign-Urbana's Premier Lesbian/Feminist Chorus. That title has various significances, of course, and each of their concerts has an inspired theme. In the case of this weekend's concerts, it's "The Tree of Life," with songs of life, love, growth and restoration. We'll have a live preview on the Friday edition of Live and Local. And we'll hear about this year's edition of the annual Christmas concert from the Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana.
The Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra will give its annual holiday concert on Thursday, featuring the Central Illinois Children's Choir and a chorus of local church choir singers. I'll talk with guest conductor Daniel Black on the Monday edition of Live and Local. And virtually all the University of Illinois bands will perform in the coming week, including the top-ranked Wind Symphony. Conductor Robert Rumbelow will join me as well.
The University of Illinois is home to several student a cappella groups, including the Girls Next Door, who first appeared in 1971. They'll give a concert called "Holidays Around the World" at the Spurlock Museum in Urbana Saturday night, and they'll sing for us live on the Friday edition of Live and Local. I'll also talk with Marion van der Loo, music director of the Springfield Choral Society, who will present Handel's Messiah on December 14 and 15.
Have you ever heard of a flutophone? How about a skillet guitar or a Billy Beer Canjo? Those are among the more unusual-sounding instruments on display at the Douglas County Museum in Tuscola as part of their exhibit called "Music! Music! Music!" I'll talk with director Danny Matthews and band leader Gene Trimble on the Wednesday edition of Live and Local. We'll also hear from trumpeter Ross Beacraft of the Chicago Brass Quintet, who play with the Danville Symphony on Sunday.
The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at King's College in Cambridge, England, was first held in 1918 and has been broadcast internationally virtually every year since. Many churches and colleges in the U.S. have recreated this event in their own way, and Eastern Illinois University will do so Thursday night in Charleston. I'll talk with director Richard Rossi on the Tuesday edition of Live and Local. We'll also hear about the tradition of a living, singing Christmas tree in Sadorus.