Live and Local
Parkland Theatre will present their third show featuring the Little Sisters of Hoboken the next two weekends in Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical, and Santa assures me it will be a most entertaining event. I'll be joined by Sister Amnesia and The Reverend Mother for a live preview on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local."
The first Vespers concert at Millikin University took place 52 years ago, and the tradition continues in Decatur this weekend. On the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with Millikin's Director of Choral Activities, Brad Holmes. And we'll meet emerging American conductor Daniel Black, who will lead the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Holiday Concert on Wednesday.
George Szell was considered one of the 20th century's greatest conductors and is especially remembered for his long tenure as music director of the Cleveland Orchestra. Fellow conductor Michael Charry has written a new biography of Szell that will be out next year from the University of Illinois Press. Mr. Charry will be my guest on the Monday edition of "Live and Local."
This Friday, the Boneyard Jazz Quintet, Traditional Jazz Orchestra, pianist Donnie Heitler and singer Darden Purcell will all participate in a benefit in Urbana for the Eastern Illinois Food Bank. Banjo player Mike Miller will join me on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local" to share some recordings. And I'll talk with Milt Scott, director of Decatur's Opus 24, about their upcoming choral concert.
The Bloomington Normal Youth Symphony was founded in 1989 and has been conducted by Deanne Bryant since 1994. The orchestra will play its fall concert Tuesday night, and Mrs. Bryant will join me on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local." I'll also visit with Deanna Doty and Tracy McCabe about this year's Nutcracker production by the Champaign Urbana Ballet.
Composer Charles Ives was musically far ahead of his time, yet deeply rooted in America's past. You could say he's as American as baseball, a lifelong love of his. Prof. Gayle Magee at the University of Illinois has written a book called Charles Ives Reconsidered, newly out in paperback from the UI Press, and she'll join me on the Monday edition of "Live and Local."
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.
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.
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