On the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," we'll hear, live in our studio, the energetic and virtuosic Pacifica Quartet. They are the string quartet in residence at the University of Illinois and will perform Thursday evening at the Krannert Center in Urbana. We'll hear excerpts from that program, music by Haydn, Beethoven and Jennifer Higdon.
Live and Local
On the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local"-our first anniversary-I'll talk with Rebecca Nettl-Fiol about the February Dance concert this weekend at the University of Illinois, featuring Trisha Brown's groundbreaking work "Astral Convertible." We'll also hear from conductor Michael Luxner about the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Young Artists Concert on Saturday.
The Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony program provides the Springfield area's only available orchestral experience for students in elementary and secondary schools. With more than 300 students involved, the symphony presents its annual concerto competition finalists program next Saturday. I'll talk with director Richard Haglund on the Monday edition of "Live and Local.
Bruce "Bruiser" Rummenie is a singer, songwriter and guitarist whose bands include The Impalas, Javelinas, Freak Brothers-and, this Saturday night in Urbana, a jump blues band called The Virtues. Bruiser will be my guest on the Friday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also hear about a local performance by visiting Brazilian percussion ensemble.
On the Thursday edition of "Live and Local," my guests will be Mikel Rouse, creator of the multi-media song cycle Gravity Radio, playing at the Krannert Center in Urbana this weekend; and Tim Schirmer, music director for Nunsense II, which opens at Parkland Theatre in Champaign, also this weekend.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
The French horn is considered by many to be the most difficult of brass instruments. Many, including myself, have tried and failed to meet its challenges. One who has notably succeeded is the new horn professor at the University of Illinois and former member of the New York Philharmonic, Thomas Jöstlein. In advance of two recitals, he'll be my guest on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Wu Man is an internationally known virtuoso on the pipa, a Chinese lute. She will play with the Kronos Quartet at the Krannert Center in Urbana on Thursday, and she'll be my guest on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local." I'll also talk with Krannert Center's Deborah Miller about their recent grant from the Mellon Foundation to support classical music programming.
On the show today, we have members of the World Stage (Homeschool) Theatre Company's production of Shakespeare's "The Tempest," in Champaign; and a segment on the Community Jazz Band sponsored by the Community Arts Resource based in St. Joseph.
The annual Martin Luther King Commemoration Celebration Community Event will be held at the Krannert Center in Urbana on Saturday. Among the performers will be the all-male Indian a cappella group Chai-Town and Inner Voices Social Issues Theatre. We'll have live singing and hear about the theater project on the Friday edition of "Live and Local.
On the Thursday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with Steven Larsen, conductor of the Champaign-Urbana Symphony, about the orchestra's concert on Saturday called "Faith, Tragedy and Joy." And we'll meet Lori Lippitz, leader of the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band of Chicago, who will perform an evening of Jewish music in Urbana on Sunday.