"The Sound of Music" opened on Broadway in 1959, Rodgers and Hammerstein's final collaboration. It has been a staple for professional and community theater companies ever since. The Urbana Park District Youth Summer Theater will present "The Sound of Music" beginning on Thursday, and we'll have members of the cast in our studio on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local."
Live and Local
Monday, July 20, 2009
Stephen Fiol is a noted singer, actor, stage and musical director, conductor and administrator. He recently retired from Millikin University, where he was director of Lyric Theatre, director of the School of Music, dean of the College of Fine Arts and much more. Steve will join me for a chat and to play some favorite records on Monday's edition of "Live and Local.
On the Friday edition of "Live and Local," we'll meet Hathaways, a brother-sister folk music duo who will open for Funkadesi Outside at the Research Park in Urbana Friday night. And we'll talk with Clayton Penrose-Whitmore, a high school student formerly of Springfield who will appear on NPR's "From the Top" this weekend on FM 90.9.
On the Thursday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with Zachary Carrettin, director of the Illinois Baroque Music Institute, happening this weekend, and Janet Largent, director of the Champaign County Fair Talent Show. We'll also hear from last year's senior first place winner, Brittany Johnson.
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Since its beginnings in the 1940s, bluegrass music has grown, matured, and evolved, reaching a wider and wider audience in recent decades. On the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," we'll visit with the two-person bluegrass and gospel band called Grass Roots Revival, with a live performance in our studio.
Ward Gollings has been booking live entertainment in Champaign-Urbana for about 20 years now. He's currently the booking agent and special events coordinator for Highdive and The Cowboy Monkey in downtown Champaign. Ward will be my guest on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local," and he'll bring along a few favorite CDs.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Alan Ayckbourn's play Absurd Person Singular is a comedy about three couples in their three kitchens on the Christmas Eves of three successive years. It opens at the Station Theatre in Urbana on July 23, and on the Monday edition of "Live and Local," we'll have members of the Celebration Company in our studio to act out a few scenes.
This Saturday will be the final series of concerts from the Illinois Summer Youth Music program at the University of Illinois, including junior high jazz, chorus, piano and band-and senior high jazz. On Friday's "Live and Local," we'll hear one of the combos from the Senior Jazz Camp, playing live in our studio.
On the Thursday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with Joel Aalberts, Director of Cultural Arts for the City of Bloomington, about the incredibly varied offerings at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts in the 2009-2010 season. We'll also hear about an Elderhostel choral singing workshop at the University of Illinois, which culminates in a public concert this Friday.
This weekend, the Decatur Civic Center Theatre will host a production by talented high school students of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!" The students hail from Decatur and neighboring communities, and we'll have two members of the cast on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local."