Live and Local
According to the Minneapolis-based Galactic Cowboy Orchestra, their music is Chick Corea meets The Dixie Dregs meets A Prairie Home Companion-an eclectic mix of bluegrass-edged tunes with jazz and world/fusion elements. The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra will play at Sleepy Creek Vineyards in Fairmount Friday night, and they'll be my guests on the Friday edition of "Live and Local.
The musicians of Maria and Co. are all veterans of the local music scene, playing in multiple groups representing many musical genres. Accordionist Maria Merkelo, violinist Dorothy Martirano, guitarist and balalaika player Rob Prescott and bassist Josh Houchin will appear at the Krannert Center in Urbana Thursday evening, and they'll join me live in the studio on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local.
Prairie Fire Theatre presents a musical tribute to the 1940s called "I'll Be Seeing You," in Normal the next two weekends. Producer, director and actor Robert Mangialardi will chat with me about the project on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local." And we'll revisit a one-woman show called "And I Remember," to be presented this weekend in Urbana.
Sugar Creek Symphony and Song happens this weekend in Watseka. On the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with singers from this year's festival, which features two masterpieces of comedic opera: Rossini's "The Barber of Seville" and Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro." We'll also meet pianist Ian Gindes, who gives a recital in Urbana this Saturday.
On the Monday edition of "Live and Local," we'll hear from a singer-songwriter who calls himself Human. He sings, he says, "the songs of the American heart and soul." He'll sing some of those songs live in our studio, previewing his appearance at the Iron Post in Urbana Monday night, where he'll be joined by Shasta Homel and other local musicians.
On the Friday edition of "Live and Local," we'll replay three interviews that aired earlier this year. Yu-Chen plays traditional and contemporary Chinese music on an instrument called the guzheng; singer-songwriter Roy Zimmerman shares his brand of political satire; and the all-male Hindi-English group Chai-Town sings a cappella-all live in our studio.
On the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," we'll replay three interviews that aired earlier this year. Guitarist Angelo Favis plays Bach and some Filipino music; the musicians of Celtic Crossroads set our toes to tapping with their youthful take on traditional Irish music; and mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade chats about her farewell recital tour.
On the Monday edition of "Live and Local," I'll rebroadcast a show heard in June with Prof. Christina Bashford, whose research focuses on performance history and the social and economic history of music. We'll chat about concert etiquette in the West End of London in the early 19th century and discover how it compares-and contrasts-with what happens at concerts today.
I belong to a small group of men called the Audiophile-Music Society of Champaign County. The name belies our casual nature, as we gather once a month to listen to great music of all kinds and enjoy each other's audio systems. I invited the guys to join me on the Friday edition of the show and share some favorite recordings.
Champaign's Carlyle Johnson said in an interview recently, "I wanted to play clarinet since before I had my teeth in." And play he does, currently with his band The New Orleans Jazz Machine. They'll play the Uncorked event at the Krannert Center in Urbana Thursday night, and they'll join us live in the studio on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local.
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