Desafinado is a six-piece band based in Champaign-Urbana that plays samba, bossa nova and popular Brazilian music. The band is performing in Urbana on Saturday and will play some tunes for us live in our studio on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also visit with Todd Cranson about a performance Saturday in Springfield by the Vintage Brass Band. NOTE: With apologies, technical issues prevented us from archiving the second half of the program with the Vintage Brass Band, but we do have a couple of bonus tracks of Desafinado, playing live in our studio. Enjoy!
Live and Local
The Central Illinois Children's Chorus has been around since 1978 and has four different choir levels. They give their winter concert this Saturday, and I'll talk with two of their directors on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also meet the director and two of the actors in "Love Song," the current production at the Station Theatre in Urbana. NOTE: The second sound clip is my complete interview with Nancy Ambrose King, which was excerpted during the live show.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Tis the season for holiday performances, and on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local," we'll cover two of them: the 35th annual performance of "The Nutcracker" by Springfield Ballet Company, this weekend, and the Champaign-Urbana Symphony's Holiday Concert Thursday night, with The Chorale and the Parkland Singers. NOTE: The second sound clip is my complete interview with Julie Ratz, artistic director of the Springfield Ballet, which was excerpted on the live program.
Patrick Ball is considered one of the premier Celtic harpers and storytellers in the world today. He will perform at Heartland Gallery in downtown Urbana Monday night, and he'll be my guest on the Monday edition of "Live and Local." I'll also talk with Julia Ratz, artistic director of the Springfield Ballet, about their upcoming performances of "The Nutcracker."
On the Friday edition of "Live and Local," we will introduce to our listeners a talented young vocalist, 15-year-old Crofton Coleman. He'll be joined by his father, Barrington, and his jazz trio, live in our studio. I'll also talk with conductor Richard Rossi about a performance of Handel's Messiah at Eastern Illinois University this Sunday.
A few weeks ago on the show I talked with a couple of members of the University of Illinois group called Bossa Nuevo, and we aired samples of the sort of bossa nova and tango music they might play. On Thursday's program, we'll have Bossa Nuevo live in our studio, as a teaser for their evening gig at Zorba's in Champaign. Also, I talk with Philip Yampolsky and Jason Finkelman about the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music Winter Concert this Sunday.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
On the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with Brad Holmes, director of choral activities at Millikin University, about their popular "Vespers" program, this weekend in Decatur. And we'll meet Tralen Doler, the new artistic director at the Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan, and hear about their upcoming production of "Nuncrackers.
Frank Capra's film "It's a Wonderful Life" has become a staple of the Christmas season. It celebrates hard work, fair play and the love and support of family and community. Beginning this weekend, Rantoul Theatre Group will present a staged version of this classic, and we'll have several of the actors read scenes from the show on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local."
It's Monday and we have some live choral music for you: madrigal singers from the High School of St. Thomas More in Champaign, AND members of Amasong, Champaign-Urbana's premier lesbian-feminist chorus.
Denise and Michael Grupp-Verbon constitute the folk harp and guitar duo called Tapestry, based in Toledo, Ohio. Their music ranges from Celtic and folk to pop, classical and more. They will be performing in Bloomington Wednesday night, and they'll be my guests on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," playing live in our studio.