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.
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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.”
The San Francisco Symphony will play in Urbana Friday night, with a varied program representing the personality of music director Michael Tilson Thomas. On the Wednesday edition of “Live and Local,” I’ll talk with Donato Cabrera, the orchestra’s resident conductor, about the program and about his role working with MTT. I’ll talk also with Johnny Iguana, a Chicago blues pianist who is one half of The Claudettes, coming to Champaign Friday night.
Molly Ringwald is best known for her roles in the films Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink in the 1980s. She has had a multi-faceted acting career, has published two books and recently released her first CD, singing from the Great American Songbook. Molly Ringwald will perform in Charleston this week, and she’ll be my guest on the Tuesday edition of “Live and Local.” We’ll also hear about Sunday’s concert by the Bloomington-Normal Youth Symphony.
“Words in the Wind” has become an annual event to benefit Illinois Public Media’s Book Mentor Project. Some of Champaign-Urbana’s best actors will offer two presentations this year of concert-style readings of children’s books. We’ll have a live preview on the Monday edition of “Live and Local.” We’ll also hear, live in our studio, students from Urbana High School’s upcoming production of The Wiz, giving their own twist to the celebrated musical.
Eduardo Diazmuñoz has been director of the University of Illinois Opera Program for a decade and will conduct his last opera there next week. It’s a blockbuster: Giuseppe Verdi’s comedy Falstaff. On the Friday edition of the show, I’ll talk with Maestro Diazmuñoz and director Kathleen Conlin, and we’ll hear live excerpts from the talented cast. We’ll also learn about a military band concert happening in Paxton Saturday night.
Conductor JoAnn Falletta has been praised as having “Toscanini’s tight control over ensemble, Walter’s affectionate balancing of inner voices, Stokowski’s gutsy showmanship and a controlled frenzy worthy of Bernstein.” If you know any of those names, you also know that is very high praise indeed. JoAnn Falletta will conduct the Irish Chamber Orchestra in Urbana Thursday night, and she’ll be my guest on the Thursday edition of “Live and Local.” We’ll also hear about Illini Student Musicals' presentation of The Wedding Singer.