Live and Local

WILL - Live and Local - November 04, 2010

Composer and singer Toby Twining; Choreographer Rebecca Nettl-Fiol

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Thursday, November 4, 2010

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(Duration: 43:05)

Composer and singer Toby Twining graduated from the University of Illinois and recorded his first a cappella compositions by multi-tracking his own voice at Pogo Studio in Champaign. Music from his latest CD will be featured in this weekend's concerts by Dance at Illinois, with choreography by Rebecca Nettl-Fiol. Toby and Becky will join me on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local.


WILL - Live and Local - November 03, 2010

Traditional Irish band the HiB’s; Tangotta

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

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(Duration: 55:59)

Kate and Jode Dowling are the core members of the HiB's, a traditional Irish band from Minnesota who will play on the Piper's Hut series in Urbana on Thursday. They'll be my guests on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local." Also joining us live in our studio will be a local group called Tangotta, who will play for an evening of tango dancing in Champaign Thursday night.


WILL - Live and Local - November 02, 2010

Traditional Jazz Orchestra; Banjo player Ken Perlman

Champaign-Urbana's Traditional Jazz Orchestra plays music from the early 20th century when jazz was young-folks like King Oliver, Louis Armstrong and Fats Waller. They're at the Iron Post in Urbana Tuesday night, and I'll talk with cornet player Jeff Helgesen on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also hear from banjo player Ken Perlman, who joins fiddler Alan Jabbour for a concert in Champaign.


WILL - Live and Local - November 01, 2010

Ian Hobson and Ricardo Herrera from Sinfonia da Camera

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(Duration: 39:31)

Aaron Copland said of William Schuman's works, "You have the feeling that only an American could have written them." Sinfonia da Camera will play three of Schuman's pieces on its next concert in Urbana, and I'll talk with conductor Ian Hobson and soloist Ricardo Herrera on the Monday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also hear about a locally written play by Jennifer Goran, part of a weekend of one-acts at Parkland Theatre next weekend.


WILL - Live and Local - October 29, 2010

Chicago Symphony Orchestra; A Steady Rain

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra comes to Urbana on Saturday with an exciting program of music by Mahler, Shostakovich and John Adams. On the Friday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with James Smelser, a member of the orchestra's horn section, about auditions, conductors and more. And we'll hear about A Steady Rain, a new play at the Station Theatre in Urbana.


WILL - Live and Local - October 28, 2010

Millikin University percussion ensembles; Singer-songwriter Hannah Frank

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(Duration: 59:23)

The outstanding percussion ensembles at Millikin University will give their annual "Milliween" concerts this weekend. I'll talk with their director, Brian Justison, on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local" and share some samples of their work. And we'll hear from singer-songwriter Hannah Frank, whose Chicago-based trio comes to Bloomington on Saturday.


WILL - Live and Local - October 27, 2010

America’s swingin’ sweethearts Pete Bartel and Keely Stevens; Violinist Mihai Craioveanu

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(Duration: 47:49)

At the Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan, America's swingin' sweethearts, Pete Bartel and Keely Stevens, reunite for a live television special re-living their illustrious musical career, and they'll join us for the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local." I'll also talk with visiting violinist Mihai Craioveanu, who plays Schumann in Bloomington on Saturday.


WILL - Live and Local - October 26, 2010

Bamboo flutist Pandit Majumdar and tabla player Ramdas Palsule

Western listeners may know the music of bamboo flutist Ronu Majumdar through his collaborations with Ry Cooder, George Harrison and Bela Fleck. But folks from India likely know him on his own illustrious terms. Pandit Majumdar and tabla player Ramdas Palsule will play in concert Wednesday night in Normal, and they'll be my guests on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local.


WILL - Live and Local - October 25, 2010

Ethnomusicologist Bruno Nettl

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(Duration: 48:06)

Bruno Nettl is emeritus professor at the University of Illinois and one of our most lauded scholars in the field of ethnomusicology. He has a new book out called Nettl's Elephant, a narrative on the evolution and state of the field, ranging from Native American to Mediterranean to Middle Eastern music. He will be my guest on the Monday edition of "Live and Local."


WILL - Live and Local - October 22, 2010

Irish fiddler Randal Bays; “Songs and Dances of Death”

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(Duration: 53:36)

Irish fiddler Randal Bays was born in Indiana, not Ireland, and now lives in Seattle. He will play in Urbana on Sunday with guitarist Davey Mathias on the Piper's Hut Series. Randal will be my guest on the Friday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also hear a preview of a pre-Halloween vocal recital called "Songs and Dances of Death," live in our studio.


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