Sunday night in Urbana, the Baroque Artists of Champaign Urbana will perform George Frideric Handel’s popular oratorio Judas Maccabeus, named for one of the greatest warriors in Jewish history. I’ll talk with music director Chester Alwes on the Wednesday edition of “Live and Local.” And we’ll meet the new director of Champaign-Urbana’s women’s chorus Amasong, who will give their spring concerts this weekend.
Since its founding, the Decatur choral ensemble Opus 24 has striven to provide a high-quality musical experience for both participant and the listening audience—with great success, judging by the size of the crowds they bring to their twice-annual concerts. They’ll perform Tuesday night, a concert they’re calling “A Feast for the Ears,” and I’ll welcome director Milton Scott to the Monday edition of “Live and Local.”
On today's show, I'll talk with Deanne Bryant, conductor of the Bloomington-Normal Youth Orchestra, who will give their spring concert on Sunday; Jessica Hendy, one of four Broadway singers presenting "Broadway Today" at Millikin University in Decatur on Saturday; and Gary Gordon of The Gordons, who will sing a house concert in Mahomet Saturday.
On the Thursday edition of “Live and Local,” I’ll have conversations pertinent to two upcoming concerts in Champaign. First, I’ll talk with Prof. Christina Bashford about Ralph Vaughan Williams, whose Fifth Symphony will be played by The Prairie Ensemble this weekend. And I’ll welcome Julie Beyler, whose ensemble, The Chorale, will give its Young Artist Scholarship Concert on May 12—with one of those artists singing for us live.
Fiddler Kate Fritz grew up in the roots music scene of the San Francisco Bay Area, where she was schooled in the art of Scottish fiddling. She has since learned from many prominent practitioners of Irish, bluegrass, American old-time music and more. Kate will release her debut CD with guitarist and banjoist Tom Turino, and the two will play for us live on the Wednesday edition of “Live and Local.”