The Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company will present a concert production of Elton John and Tim Rice's musical "Aida" this weekend. We'll hear some songs from the show performed live on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local." And we'll welcome back the female barbershop quartet Illusion in advance of the CU Sweet Adelines' fall show.
The film Leading Ladies just had its local premiere in Champaign, the town in which it was written and filmed, and I ran an interview on "Live and Local" that was recorded before the film was completed. I've since talked again with the filmmakers, and I will air the combined interviews, with more music, on the Tuesday edition of the show, in advance of this weekend's screening in Normal.
Millikin University Professor Ronald YaDeau has been an active pianist, adjudicator and clinician throughout the Midwest for many years and has taught piano and music theory at Millikin since 1978. On the Monday edition of "Live and Local," I'm pleased to have Prof. YaDeau as a guest in advance of his recital Friday night.
The jazz ensembles and Wind Symphony at Eastern Illinois University will give a concert called "Life in the Groove: The Influence of Jazz" on Friday night; I'll talk with conductor Barry Houser on the Friday edition of "Live and Local." And we'll hear about Saturday's murder mystery event by the Sounds of Celebration Chorus, Springfield's chapter of Sweet Adelines.
The Sudden Sound Concert Series at the Krannert Art Museum in Champaign presents artists in the fields of improvised music and avant-garde jazz. Curator Jason Finkelman will join us on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local" to preview performances by Trio X and Marc Ribot. And I'll talk with conductor Michael Luxner about this Saturday's concert by the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra.
The Chamber Music Festival at Illinois Wesleyan University will feature two concerts this month celebrating the music of Robert Schumann. I'll talk with pianist R. Kent Cook about this Sunday's recital on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also hear some tracks from the new CD by local band Bossa Nuevo in advance of their CD release party.
On the Friday edition of "Live and Local," we'll have the final installment in our weeklong coverage of the Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival, and it should be a doozy, with two live bands in our studio. Fiddler Liz Knowles will bring her quartet of traditional Irish musicians, and the Henhouse Prowlers will play red-hot bluegrass from Chicago.
"Leading Ladies," a dance musical dramedy filmed in Champaign, will make its area debut this weekend. Last summer I talked with the writer-director team of Erika and Daniel Beahm just after they wrapped shooting, and I'll air that conversation on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also hear singer-songwriter Kevin Elliott, who will perform at the second CU Folk and Roots Festival.
Tito Puente Jr. steps out of the shoes of his famous father with his new CD, "Got Mambo?" He'll bring his Latin Big Band to the Doudna Fine Arts Center in Charleston on Friday, and he'll be my guest on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also hear local singer and guitarist John Elder, one of the many performers at this weekend's Champaign-Urbana Folk and Root Festival. NOTE: Due to a technical glitch, we do not have an archive of the portion of today's show with Tito Puente, Jr., for which we sincerely apologize! The audiophile contains the complete segment with John Elder.
Our focus this week on the Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival will continue on the Tuesday edition of the show with a live performance in our studio by the local Cuban band Sandunga. And we'll preview "Words in the Wind," with actors from our community bringing to life children's books in a concert-style performance.