Live and Local
The Chorale of Champaign will give its 20th New Year's Eve show at the Virginia Theater, an evening of music by George Gershwin, Hoagy Carmichael, Irving Berlin, Marvin Hamlisch and many others who wrote memorable tunes from the 30's, 40's and 50's. Music Director Julie Beyler will join me, with a couple of special guests, on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local.
Keith Harden was a longtime fixture on the Champaign-Urbana music scene, playing a mix of vintage blues, folksy material, classic covers and originals. Keith has trekked back to C-U from Nashville for his annual KEITHMAS show with various musical friends Thursday night, and he'll join us live in the studio on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local.
The Decatur-based Tympanic Blues Band got its start earlier this year and has already developed a seasoned sound. They'll be playing the Post-Christmas Blues Party at the Celebrity Nites Lounge in Decatur on December 26, and their front man Noah Williams will join me on today's edition of "Live and Local.
Maro Kawabata is a Japanese-born bluegrass guitarist and singer who got his start in this music at the age of 12. He will join banjo player Greg Cahill of The Special Consensus bluegrass band and other special guests for a show in Urbana Saturday night, and he'll be my guest on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local.
The Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana will give their annual Christmas concert Sunday, featuring choral-orchestral works by Bach and Antonio Caldara. I'll welcome music director Chester Alwes to the Wednesday edition of the show, as well as young singer-songwriter Pamela Machala, who will play at the Canopy Club in Urbana Thursday night.
This Saturday, the Millikin University Faculty Jazz Sextet will give its "Holiday Jazz" program in Decatur. On the Tuesday edition of the show, I'll talk with trumpet player Randy Reyman, with highlights from last year's concert. And we'll learn about a new Christmas cantata, with text and tune by Martin Luther and settings by J. S. Bach.
On Monday's edition of the show, we'll hear seasonal stories told by Kathe Brinkmann and Dan Keding, a preview of their storytelling concert in Urbana Tuesday evening. And University of Illinois jazz trombonist Jim Pugh and baritone sax player Glenn Wilson-who bill themselves as Trombari-will join us in the studio.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Friday's edition of the show will feature two choral ensembles live in our studio. At noon, we'll hear members of Amasong, Champaign-Urbana's Premier Lesbian-Feminist Chorus, who give concerts this weekend. And at 12:30 the University High School Madrigals will sing songs from their various performances this month.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
At age 73, accordionist and fiddler Morris Ardoin is the elder statesman of the Ardoin family, recognized as the first family of Creole and Zydeco music. The Morris Ardoin Trio will play in Urbana Thursday evening, and they'll join us live in our studio on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also hear about this weekend's concert by the Central Illinois Children's Chorus.
The Millikin University guitar ensembles will play their fall concert Thursday night in Decatur. They have been led since 1987 by Prof. Manley Mallard, who will join me on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local." And we'll hear some very young harpists live in our studio in advance of their performance at the Urbana Free Library Wednesday evening.
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