Live and Local
Iranian-born classical guitarist Lily Afshar is an award-winning performer and accomplished teacher. She'll play at the University of Illinois Friday night, presented by the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and she'll join guest host Vincent Trauth live in the studio on the Friday edition of "Live and Local."
The Illinois Symphony Chamber Orchestra will play in Bloomington and Springfield this weekend, with clarinet soloist John Bruce Yeh of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. On the Tuesday edition of “Live and Local,” I’ll talk with Mr. Yeh about his career in the CSO, about what it means to be an “assistant principal clarinetist” in a major orchestra and about Mozart’s sublime Clarinet Concerto.
The Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield is home to numerous musical, theatrical and dance performance groups, visual artists, writers and photographers. On Saturday, Hoogland Resident Artist David Cain and Grammy-winning percussionist Paul Wertico will present their second improvised multi-media performance event called “Eat, Love, Play: A Feast for the Senses.” I’ll talk with the creators on the Friday edition of “Live and Local.” Plus some Irish music as we approach St. Patrick's Day.
Singer, songwriter and pianist Elaine Romanelli plays about a hundred shows a year, traveling coast to coast. She’ll stop in Champaign’s Clark Bar Thursday night, and she’ll play for us live on the Thursday edition of “Live and Local.” Opening for Ms. Romanelli will be The Flower Jax, who are the young local songwriter Kenna Mae Reiss, with Chris Strand of The Curses. They’ll join us live on the show as well.
Charleston Alley Theatre will open its 23rd season with Craig Wright’s absurdist comedy Mistakes Were Made, starting Friday. It will feature Duke Bagger in the virtually one-character show, and he’ll give us a live preview on the Wednesday edition of “Live and Local.” We’ll also hear a live preview of the season-opening musical from the Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
I don’t know about you, but I used to have the impression that traditional Irish music was played mostly by craggy-looking men with equally craggy instruments and voices. I suppose I was long ago disabused of that notion, and a shining example of the young generation energizing traditional music will play a concert in Urbana Tuesday night. They’re called Full Set, and I’ll talk with a few of their members on the Tuesday edition of “Live and Local.”
The Mark Morris Dance Group will make its annual visit to the Krannert Center in Urbana in the coming week, with performances Wednesday through Friday. I’m pleased each year to talk with Mr. Morris himself and will do so on the Monday edition of “Live and Local.” He’s always got fascinating things to say about dance, choreography and the use of live music on his programs.
The Champaign-Urbana Symphony has been auditioning candidates to be its next music director by having them conduct this year’s subscription concerts. The final candidate, Stephen Alltop, will lead the orchestra Saturday night, and he’ll be my guest on the Friday edition of “Live and Local.” I’ll also talk with organist Dana Robinson, who will play music from Bach’s Art of the Fugue for the Baroque Artists of Champaign Urbana Sunday night.
Circus Oz are a group of Australia-based aerialists, jugglers and live-wire musicians who present their own brand of live music, humor and awe-inspiring acrobatics. They’ll be at the Krannert Center in Urbana this weekend, and we’ll hear a live musical preview on the Thursday edition of “Live and Local.” I’ll also talk with James Dague—or Scribble Jim—of the musical group Scribble Monster, who will give a show for kids Saturday in Decatur.
The month of March sees all manner of Irish music and dancing in many communities, and our listening area will offer plenty of both. In Urbana this weekend, Irish flute and whistle player Laurence Nugent will join singer Tim O’Sullivan on Friday, and the Nashville Ceili Band will play on Saturday. On the Wednesday edition of “Live and Local,” I’ll welcome Jake Schumacher, who organizes Champaign’s own weekly Irish session, for a look at these fine musicians.
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