Live and Local
Sometimes referred to as "Riverdance for the voice," the multi-platinum group Celtic Woman will be taking their "Isle of Hope Tour" to Sangamon Auditorium in Springfield on Thursday evening. On the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with Alex Sharpe, one of the four lead singers in the band, all the way from Ireland.
Gabriel Solis is professor of musicology and African-American studies at the University of Illinois and author of the award-winning book "Monk's Music: Thelonious Monk and Jazz History in the Making." Prof. Solis will join me on the Monday edition of "Live and Local" to talk about Monk and play some of his music.
On Saturday evening, Kirkland Fine Arts Center in Decatur will present Baka Beyond, a program of world fusion music celebrating the culture of the Baka Forest People in Cameroon. Several of their members will join us for Friday's "Live and Local," as will Justin Vickers and Judith Blazer, who perform Broadway favorites with the Danville Symphony on Saturday.
Anna Cromwell is the new professor of violin and viola at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, and she will be performing as half of Duo XXI on Sunday afternoon in a program of 21st-century works for violin and cello. She will be my guest on today's show, and we'll hear some music representing a few other area performances happening this week and on the weekend.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Parkland College Theatre in Champaign is currently producing Ken Ludwig's comedy "Lend Me a Tenor," which garnered seven Tony Award nominations and six Drama Desk Awards. On the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," we'll have the director and members of the talented cast with us to present a few live scenes.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
The University of Illinois Assembly Hall presents five Broadway musicals, the Lipizzaner Stallions, a Beatles tribute, "So You Think You Can Dance Live" and much more during the 2009-2010 season. On the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local," Jennifer Larson will join us with the complete rundown.
The great Australian finger-pickin' guitarist Tommy Emmanuel will play at Sangamon Auditorium in Springfield Tuesday night, along with Australian singer-songwriter Rick Price. We will be privileged to have both gentlemen live in our studios on the Monday edition "Live and Local." Be prepared for a soulful hour of energetic, virtuosic music-making!
On today's edition, we have our first Cajun band playing live in our studio: Dennis Stroughmatt and Creole Stomp, an Illinois-based band that plays "real-deal Louisiana Creole Zydeco, Cajun, Blues and New Orleans Swamp Pop." We'll also meet storyteller Kim Sheahan and hear a sample of her work. All will be performing at the Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival in downtown Urbana this weekend.
On the Thursday edition of "Live and Local," we'll have a conversation with the splendid Chicago-born, Irish-American fiddler Liz Carroll and hear from her recent CD. We'll also talk with guitarist John Elder, playing live in our studio. Both are appearing at the Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival, which opens Friday night in downtown Urbana.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
As part of our weeklong preview of the upcoming Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival, we'll present Michael Kammin and his finger-style guitar on the Wednesday edition of the show. We'll also hear a quartet from the Champaign-Urbana Sweet Adelines, who present their annual show this Saturday.
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