The TEN Tenors of Australia jumped on the multiple-tenor bandwagon fifteen years ago and will bring their current show to Springfield on Saturday. We’ll hear more on the Friday edition of “Live and Local.” I’ll also talk with soprano Julia Bullock, a Young Concert Artists Winner, who will sing in Urbana Sunday, and we’ll hear, live in our studio, local band director and clarinetist Karen DeBauche with some of her students, in advance of her Sunday recital.
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Dennis Mackrel was the last drummer to be hired for the Count Basie Orchestra by the Count himself. Almost thirty years later, he returned to lead the Basie band, but considers himself primarily a collaborator in jazz. He’ll perform with the Eastern Illinois University Jazz Ensemble Friday night, and he’ll be my guest on the Thursday edition of “Live and Local.” We’ll also meet the playwright, director and actors for the new play Lost Lake, now playing in Urbana.
Coming in April, the University of Illinois Opera Studio will premiere a new musical by Joseph Turrin called Love Games. Sunday night in Champaign, the director, musical guests and members of the cast will present a benefit program called "That's Amore," an evening of food and love songs for an early Valentine's celebration. We'll hear details on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local"
Elliot Chasanov is now in his third decade as professor of trombone at the University of Illinois and is active as a performer, clinician and arranger of brass music. He'll play in Urbana Wednesday night, and he'll give us a preview on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local." I'll also talk with Vermont- and Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell, who will open for Patty Griffin in Urbana, also Wednesday night.
Champaign-Urbana composer Peter Michalove died last December after a long bout with cancer. While, as he said himself, he “spent most of a 30-year career doing administrative work” at the University of Illinois, his lifelong love was music. There will be a concert of his music in Champaign on Monday, and we’ll hear a live preview on the Friday edition of “Live and Local.” Also, for the Lunar New Year, I’ll welcome some young Chinese musicians for a little live playing.
Not every classical pianist plays and records music by Radiohead, Elliott Smith, R.E.M. and Pink Floyd. But Christopher O’Riley does, and he’ll bring his eclectic stylings to Springfield Friday night. Cellist Maya Beiser, on the other hand, will strap herself with interactive sensors and play a world premiere to visual and electronic accompaniment in Urbana on Saturday. Mr. O’Riley and Ms. Beiser will each be my guests on the Thursday edition of “Live and Local.”
The Jupiter String Quartet is the quartet in residence at the University of Illinois School of Music, with their four members on the performance faculty. An active touring quartet, they will give their first local performance of 2014 on Thursday, with an interesting program of music by Britten, Schubert and Dan Visconti. The Jupiters will join us for a live in-studio preview on the Wednesday edition of “Live and Local.”
When it rains, it pours, the expression goes, and I guess you could say that it will be raining orchestras in Central Illinois this weekend. The Millikin-Decatur Symphony, Champaign-Urbana Symphony and Illinois Symphony Chamber Orchestra will all give concerts. Stephen Alltop will lead the CU Symphony in music by Mozart, Beethoven and Walter Piston, and Michael Luxner will conduct the MDSO in their annual "Young Artists" concert. I'll speak with both conductors on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local."
English conductor, harpsichordist and flutist Nicholas McGegan has led the San Francisco-based Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra for twenty-seven years. Known primarily as an early-music period-instrument specialist, he finds himself often on podiums in front of modern-instrument orchestras. Nicholas McGegan will conduct the Illinois Symphony Chamber Orchestra in concerts next weekend, and he’ll be my guest on the Monday edition of “Live and Local.”
The Celebration Company at the Station Theatre in Urbana has a reputation for producing edgy, often-newer plays for small ensemble casts. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s play Good Boys and True is one such, and on the Friday edition of “Live and Local,” we’ll welcome actors and the director to give us a live preview. Also, live in our studio, we’ll hear roots-rock singer-songwriter Erisa Rei, who will perform in Rochester Saturday night.