Live and Local
Thursday, November 4, 2010
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.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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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