Millikin University’s School of Music has many strong departments, and among the most consistently so is its percussion division, headed by Brian Justison. His percussionists will participate in two events this week: a Valentine’s night Latin Jazz Project “Danza Romantica,” and the Percussion Ensemble’s annual Synergy concert on Sunday. I’ll talk with Professor Justison on the Tuesday edition of “Live and Local.”
The Metamora Courthouse State Historic Site is one of the two original courthouses remaining from the time Abraham Lincoln practiced law on the Eighth Judicial Circuit in Illinois. Tonight, the Courthouse will host a Civil War dance, with its own (small) band and accomplished group of Civil War Dancers. I'll talk with one of the dancers--who also happens to be curator of the museum--Jean Myers on today's edition of the show.
Sweet Honey in the Rock is a quintet of Grammy-award-winning African-American women singers—and one sign-language interpreter—who raise their voices, as they say, “in hope, love, justice, peace and resistance.” They’ll come to Urbana Saturday night, and I’ll talk with their longest-serving member on the Friday edition of “Live and Local.” We’ll also meet Alexander Platt, who will conduct the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Sunday night.
Classical pianist Jade Simmons is a former Miss Illinois and first runner-up Miss America. She is also the creator of a career-building platform for emerging artists; an advocate for youth suicide prevention and mental health awareness; and a webcaster and blogger about music. Committed to expanding the boundaries of classical music and its presentation, she will play with the Peoria Symphony on Saturday, and she’ll join me on the Thursday edition of “Live and Local.”
Composer Peter Michalove earned his degrees in music in the 1970s, but left music shortly after for other pursuits. Now retired, he resumed composing several years ago and will present a recital of his works in Champaign Friday night. We’ll meet Peter and hear some live samples on the Wednesday edition of “Live and Local.” And I’ll talk with Donald Schleicher, conductor of the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra, who will play Friday night in Urbana.
Tony DeMarco has been performing and teaching Irish fiddle music for more than thirty years, and is now one of the leading exponents of the New York slash Sligo fiddle style. Siobhán Butler is an accomplished percussive dancer who has performed internationally with the likes of Celtic Crossroads and Cherish the Ladies. They’ll give a house concert in Urbana Tuesday night, and will join me live on the Tuesday edition of Live and Local.