Live and Local
The Village of Gifford was hit by a tornado on Sunday, causing substantial destruction. A group of area musicians will gather in Urbana for a relief concert Wednesday night, among them singer-songwriter Rebecca Rego. She’ll sing for us live on the Wednesday edition of “Live and Local.” Also live in our studio, we’ll hear the Sycamore Brass Quintet, who will perform Friday night to benefit arts and music programs in the Champaign-Urbana schools. (Rebecca Rego will be joined by her band, The Trainmen, for a show Saturday night, also in Urbana.)
The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music is tucked away at the University of Illinois. The Center acquires records and artifacts that document America’s local and national music history. As American Music Month draws to a close, I’ll talk with curator Scott Schwartz about the Center’s current exhibits. We’ll also meet the ballet mistress for Champaign Urbana Ballet, who present their annual performances of The Nutcracker starting December 5.
We take a listen to a few segments from past shows with guests Ben Bedford, Davina & The Vagabonds, & members of the University of Illinois Opera program.
This weekend, Millikin University will premiere Adam Gwon’s new musical, String, which was partly developed in Millikin’s own innovative New Musicals Workshop. I’ll talk with director Lori Bales on the Friday edition of “Live and Local.” And we’ll have a live preview of the musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown from young students in the STAR Dance and Drama program at the Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan.
It's not often that one has the opportunity to hear a live performance of all five of Beethoven's Sonatas for Piano and Cello at one sitting. Cellist Dmitry Kouzov and pianist Dmitri Shteinberg will present just that opportunity in a free recital at the University of Illinois Friday night. Dmitry and Dmitri will be my guests on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local."
Composer Giuseppe Verdi was born two hundred years ago last month, and to celebrate the occasion, Sinfonia da Camera and multiple choirs at the University of Illinois will perform his incredibly dramatic Requiem Mass Thursday night. I’ll talk with conductor Ian Hobson on the Wednesday edition of “Live and Local.” We’ll also hear from Professor Sam Fagaly about Thursday night’s concert by the Eastern Illinois University Jazz Ensemble in Charleston.
The band Comas is firmly rooted in traditional Irish music, though their four members come from diverse musical backgrounds and reside in different parts of the globe. Their name translates from Irish Gaelic as “power,” and the name certainly describes one aspect of their playing. Comas will play in Urbana Tuesday night on the Piper’s Hut Concert Series, and they’ll play for us live on the Tuesday edition of “Live and Local.”
Steve Gillette has been writing songs since the 60s, some of which have been covered by the likes of John Denver, Garth Brooks and Linda Ronstadt. Cindy Mangsen has been called “one of the finest singers in American folk music.” Together, they have been performing and recording for more than twenty years. They’ll play in Urbana on Wednesday, and they’ll be my guests on the Monday edition of “Live and Local.” We’ll also hear about the upcoming pops concerts by the Illinois Symphony Orchestra.
John Dee is professor of oboe at the University of Illinois School of Music and formerly principal oboe of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra and Florida Grand Opera. He will play a recital at the Krannert Center in Urbana Saturday night, and he'll be my guest on the Friday edition of "Live and Local."
I don’t mind going on record as saying that no late-night talk show today can hold a candle to The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Johnny himself was of course the biggest reason for that. Running perhaps a close second was Doc Severinsen, the colorful trumpet player who led The Tonight Show Band for nearly all of Johnny’s tenure. Doc Severinsen will bring his big band to Bloomington Saturday, and he’ll be my guest on the Thursday edition of “Live and Local.”
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