Live and Local
The 8th Peoria Bach Festival begins on Friday and runs for a week, with multiple events, culminating in the St. Matthew Passion. On the Friday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with Martin Dicke, cantor of Trinity Lutheran Church, which hosts the festival. We'll also hear some scenes from a play by comedian Steve Martin, currently in production at the Station Theatre in Urbana.
Soul Miners Children's Theatre Company intends to blend virtues education and interfaith spirituality with theater arts instruction and performance. On the Thursday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with the company's founders about their current production, Horton the Elephant. We'll also hear some live music for dancing in advance of the Central Illinois English Country Dancers' annual Playford Ball.
The Kirkland Fine Arts Center at Millikin University has a new director, though she's no stranger to the Center. Jan Traughber will join me on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local" to talk about her vision for Kirkland's future. We'll also hear about the Broadway Boot Camp, part of the STAR Dance and Drama Program at the Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan.
On the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local," we hear about the Tuesday Morning Music Club of Champaign-Urbana, entering its 97th year. Several of their members will perform on Thursday at the Mills Breast Cancer Institute in Urbana. And I'm joined by two young veterans of the Chicago-based Viola Project, Chicago's all-girl Shakespeare workshop company, coming to Champaign on Saturday.
On the Thursday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with Kymberly Harris, artistic director of TheatresCool of Bloomington-Normal, about the company's current production. It's a play called "Faith," described as "a darkly funny look at therapy, medication, romance, parents, and even suicide." We'll also hear from conductor Gary Shaw about the Greater Decatur Youth Band, which gets under way June 9.
Jim "Banjo Gramps" Eyman says, "Music recorded after 1934 makes me nervous." That sentiment seems to guide The Ruthless Goats, a quartet of singers and multi-instrumentalists who specialize in music of 19th- and early 20th-century America. They have gigs in Urbana and Oakwood over the next few weeks, and we'll hear them live in our studio on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local.
On the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local," my guest will be Ash Devine, who bills herself as a singer-songwriter, caring clown and multi-talented lover of the arts and social change. She is in Champaign-Urbana for a few performances and for rehearsals of a new theatre piece called AquaTown: A Future Hydrohistory. She'll perform for us live on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local.
On the Friday edition of "Live and Local," we'll have members of the Parkland College Guitar Ensemble, led by Jordan Kaye, live in our studio. They'll be playing at the Urbana Free Library Sunday afternoon. And I'll talk with Hilary Scott, a nationally touring singer-songwriter, who will be at Aroma Café in Champaign on Saturday night.
[NOTE: Due to illness, Hilary Scott was not able to appear.]
On the Thursday edition of "Live and Local," we'll have a singing visit by members of Amasong in advance of their concerts in Champaign this weekend, called "Women's Words, Women's Voices." And I'll talk with Paul Wirth of the Iron Post in Urbana about their first annual jazz festival Friday night, featuring numerous acts from the local area.
On the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with Chester Alwes, music director of the Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana, who will give an all-Bach concert Sunday night. And we'll hear about a play called "David and Lisa," based on a novel and film, produced by the McLean County Diversity Project in Bloomington.
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