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.
Wayne “The Train” Hancock has been called “a rare breed of traditionalist” in country music, one was “takes what was once old and makes it seem like it’s always been and always will be.” Born, raised and still living in Texas, he has said, “All I want is to play the joints ‘til the day I die.” Wayne Hancock will bring his band to a “joint” called the Rose Bowl in Urbana Saturday, and he’ll be my guest on the Thursday edition of “Live and Local.”
The Millikin University Choir is the "flagship" of a five-choir program with a well-deserved national reputation for outstanding choral singing. They're hot off their winter tour of the Midwest and will give a concert in Decatur Sunday afternoon. I'll talk with director Brad Holmes on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local." And, live in our studio, we'll hear University of Illinois faculty tubist Mark Moore, in advance of his recital on campus Thursday night.
Itinerant musician Woody Pines lived as a street performer in New Orleans, wandered the West Coast leading an underground jug band and now lives in Nashville. He writes and plays what he calls “viper jazz” and “modern ragtime,” and he’s coming to Sleepy Creek Vineyards in Fairmount on Saturday with two of his bandmates. Woody Pines will play for us live on the Friday edition of “Live and Local.”
Indiana-based singer-songwriter Bill Price’s most recent album has the wonderful title of With the Eye of a Skeptic and a Few Other Likely Stories. It’s been around a few years now, and the new one, presently untitled, is well underway. He’ll no doubt sing some of the new songs on his current tour, which will bring him to Rochester’s Walnut Street Winery on Saturday. Bill Price will be my guest on the Thursday edition of “Live and Local.”
The Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company gave its inaugural show in 1991 and has announced its lineup for 2014. Their annual Red Carpet Affair, or the Ginny Awards, will happen on January 25, and we’ll hear full details on the Wednesday edition of the show. I’ll also talk with Jo Ellen DeVilbiss, director of the Conservatory of Central Illinois, about the upcoming concert by the East Central Illinois Youth Orchestra.
Peoria’s Heartland Festival Orchestra and conductor David Commanday were honored in 2011 by the Illinois Council of Orchestras as Professional Orchestra and Conductor of the Year. They earned those distinctions for their mix of high-quality performances, informal concert atmosphere and commitment to community. They’ll play their annual “New Year’s Greeting” concert Saturday, and I’ll talk with David Commanday on the Friday edition of “Live and Local.””
The Urbana Pops Orchestra is entering its fifth season. While they play primarily summer concerts, they’ll offer a series of recitals by some of their musicians over the next few months, including on Sunday principal trombonist Nathaniel Geiger. Nathaniel will join us for a live preview on the Wednesday edition of “Live and Local.” And I’ll talk with trumpeter Simon Burke, leader of the Bloomington-based Aduki Jazz, whose next gig is Thursday night.
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