On Monday's edition of the show, I'll talk with Michael Hammer, organist at Faith United Methodist Church in Champaign, who will give a piano recital on the 30th. He'll bring along a recent CD of his playing.
Live and Local
Friday, October 23, 2009
Stephen Sondheim's 1979 musical "Sweeney Todd" is the perfect theatrical fare for Halloween week, when the drama students at Champaign Central High School will bring it to the stage. They'll join us on the Friday edition of "Live and Local" to sing some excerpts. We'll also hear about the Israeli Ethnic Ensemble, in residence this week in Bloomington-Normal.
The annual ACE Awards for arts, culture and entertainment in Champaign County are Thursday evening, with live music provided by the Rhythm and Raag Institute for Indian Performing Arts in Urbana. Those same musicians will appear live in our studio on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also cover a recital by the Illinois State University Faculty String Quartet in Normal.
On the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," we'll cover three very different events happening in our area: a concert by The Prairie Ensemble in Champaign; a program called "The Yoga of Rhythm" in Normal, and a production of Arsenic and Old Lace at the High School of St. Thomas More in Champaign-with a live-acted scene in our studio.
Many thanks for your support of the program during our fall pledge period. If you missed your opportunity to pledge during the show, you can still make a contribution online any time at willpledge.org. And tune in Tuesday for a live concert by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
Today's program is a special fundraising edition with highlights from the last few months of the show, including performances by the Frank Vignola Trio, Stringtown Lane, Dennis Stroughmatt & Creole Stomp, students from the Illinois Summer Youth Music Senior Jazz Camp, John Elder and Tommy Emmanuel--all live in our studio!
Friday, October 16, 2009
This is a busy weekend for orchestras in our community, both local and visiting. The Illinois Chamber Orchestra, Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra and the touring Chamber Orchestra Kremlin will all perform in our area. We'll chat with two of the conductors, and solo clarinetist Solomon Baer will join us live in the studio on the Friday edition of "Live and Local.
The Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 50th anniversary this season, with special events and some special features in its concerts. On the Thursday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with Steve Larsen, conductor of the CU Symphony, and Gilbert Papp, one of the founders of the orchestra, and we'll play some archive recordings.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
The University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra and the São Paolo State Symphony both play at the Krannert Center in Urbana this week. On the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with two members of the UI Symphony and with Kazem Abdullah, conductor of the Brazilian orchestra, whose program features virtuoso percussionist Evelyn Glennie.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
On the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with baroque violinist Zachary Carrettin and Chester Alwes, music director of the Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana, holding their annual BACHtoberfest on Sunday. And Lisa Gaye Dixon joins us to discuss the University of Illinois Theatre Department production of Sam Shephard's "Buried Child."