Live and Local
The film It's A Wonderful Life comes to the stage of The Doudna Fine Arts Center in Charleston this weekend in the intriguing form of a live radio broadcast. I'll talk with the man who made the adaptation on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also hear members of the cast of a production in Sullivan of the Irving Berlin musical White Christmas.
Still in its first year of existence, the Urbana Pops Orchestra will celebrate the holidays with a concert on Sunday evening at Wesley United Methodist Church in Urbana. On today's edition of the show, we'll welcome principal conductor Daniel Southerland, associate conductor Stephen Larson and the concert's two vocal soloists, soprano Audrey Vallance and 11-year-old singer Matt Reeder.
The Robert E. Brown Center for World Music will present its fall concert Saturday in Urbana, with Odissi dance and music from Bali, China and Africa. On the Friday edition of "Live and Local," we'll have members of the Chinese Silk and Bamboo Ensemble join us live, and a preview of the Station Theatre's production of John Cariani's play Almost, Maine.
This weekend, Danville's Red Mask Players will present Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some), complete with the Fruitcake Game, Gustav the green-nosed reingoat and the Island of Misfit Toys. We'll preview the show on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local," as well as a variety show at the Independent Media Center in Urbana Friday night.
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."
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