The show Drumline LIVE!, brings to the stage the music and choreographic energy of marching bands at historically black colleges and universities. The show comes to Springfield's Sangamon Auditorium on Sunday, and we'll hear all about it on the Friday edition of "Live and Local." And I'll talk with Janet Cripe, director of The Nutcracker All Jazz'd Up, also in Springfield.
Live and Local
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Earlier this year, I had the chance to talk with folk singer and labor songster Bucky Halker before a local performance. He's back in our area to play in Sullivan and Champaign, and we'll be pleased to welcome him to our studio on the Thursday edition of the show, with folksongs of Illinois and songs of Woody Guthrie.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
The Champaign Park District Youth Theatre will present The Music Man Jr. this Thursday through Saturday. On the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," we'll hear several members of the cast sing for us live in our studio. And I'll talk with Gary Shaw, director of the Millikin University Wind Ensemble, to preview their concert Wednesday night.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Helen Lewis survived the Nazi concentration camps to found the Belfast Modern Dance Group in Ireland. Her memoir A Time to Speak has been adapted as a one-woman stage play, being given in Urbana this week. Director and actor Sam and Joan McCready will join us on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local." And we'll have a preview of Saturday's concert by the Arcadia Chamber Players.
On the Friday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with Ellis Paul, a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter originally from northern Maine and recipient of 13 Boston Music Awards. He'll be playing at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield Friday night. And live in our studio, we'll have guitarist Jason Vieaux and bandoneon player Lidia Kaminska, who solo with the Illinois Symphony this weekend.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Friday evening, the Krannert Center in Urbana will present The Baseball Music Project, a symphonic tribute with vintage photography, film footage and live narration by Hall of Famer Dave Winfield. Conductor Bob Thompson will join me on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local" for a preview. And I'll talk with Henson Keys, director of Verdi's Rigoletto at the University of Illinois this weekend.
On the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with Patrick Warfield, one of the country's leading scholars on John Philip Sousa. Mr. Warfield will give a guest lecture at the University of Illinois on Sunday about the March King's 1911 World Tour. And we'll hear from conductor Richard Rossi about Sunday's concert by the Eastern Symphony Orchestra in Charleston.
On today's show, I talk with Alethea Taylor and Don Nolen, president and vice-president, respectively, of The Prairie Ensemble, an eclectic chamber orchestra in Champaign-Urbana, which opens it's 15th concert season next Tuesday; and Gus Gordon, producer of the award-winning musical "Altar Boyz" at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield.
Monday, November 8, 2010
On the Monday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with David Lopez, director of TUNKUL Percusiones México, who will present music from the Mayans, Aztecs and other prehispanic Mexican cultures at the Doudna Fine Arts Center in Charleston Tuesday night. And we'll hear from Barbara Zachow, who will lead Tuesday's concert by the Parkland Chorus and Chamber Singers in Champaign.
NOTE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the scheduled concert by TUNKUL in Charleston was canceled, but you can still hear my interview with Mr. Lopez.
When the German a cappella quintet Calmus comes to Urbana on Sunday, they will bring with them a program that ranges from Bach and Purcell to Freddie Mercury and Sting. On the Friday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with the tenor and bass of the group. And I'll visit with Julie Beyler, conductor of The Chorale of Champaign, about their concert called "A Celebration of Live.