May 18, 2010

East Central Illinois Youth Orchestra; St. Joseph community band and chorus

The East Central Illinois Youth Orchestra boasts talented young people from much of our listening area. They'll play their spring concert on Sunday the 23rd, and on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local," we'll hear two of the orchestra's chamber ensembles display their skills. We'll also learn about a community band and chorus happening this summer in St. Joseph.


May 17, 2010

Singer-songwriter Gloria Roubal and bassist Ed Schaller

Singer-songwriter Gloria Roubal counts among her musical influences Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, Pink Floyd, Ravi Shankar, Bach and Beethoven. She has performed as G. Lee with the band Jet Blonde but mostly does solo acoustic gigs. She and bassist Ed Schaller will play next Saturday in downtown Champaign, and they'll be my guests on the Monday edition of "Live and Local.


May 14, 2010

Fiddler Wade Benson Landry

Fiddler Wade Benson Landry has been performing since he was a boy in Louisiana. After many years as a side man with some of Nashville's greats, he now has his own show, "Swingin' Cajun Style" in Branson, Missouri. He'll bring his Cajun swing and comedy to the Bement Country Opry on Saturday night, and he'll be my guest on the Friday edition of "Live and Local.


May 13, 2010

Brazilian Music Night with Bate Calado

The band Bate Calado plays a mix of Brazilian music: bossa nova, choros, forro and more. They will be one of four bands featured in a Brazilian Music Night in Urbana Friday night, and they'll join us live in our studio on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local." I'll also talk with Dan Southerland, director of the new Urbana Pops Orchestra.


May 11, 2010

Arcadia Chamber Players

The Arcadia Chamber Players are an all-female group who play chamber music of the past three centuries as well as works by lesser-known composers, especially women. They'll give their spring concert this weekend in Urbana, and they'll be my guests on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local." We'll hear samples of their work, including some live playing in the studio.


May 06, 2010

Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony; Rantoul Theatre Group’s production of A Few Good Men

This Saturday, the Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony will present its spring concert in Springfield, with all five ensembles performing. Their music director, Richard Haglund, will be my guest on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local." I'll also welcome cast members of Rantoul Theatre Group's production of Aaron Sorkin's play A Few Good Men for some live scenes. NOTE: The second audio clip contains more of my conversation with Richard Haglund, which didn't make it into the broadcast. Enjoy!


May 05, 2010

Ozomatli; Tatsu Aoki; the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra

On the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," we'll hear about three groups playing in the evening at the Krannert Center in Urbana: Ozomatli, a band from East LA that mashes many styles of danceable music; Tatsu Aoki, who leads an improvisational fusion of Japanese music and jazz; and the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra, playing Smetana, Mozart and Tchaikovsky. NOTE: The second audio clip is the rest of my conversation (quite extended) with Wil-Dog Abers, bassist with Ozomatli--including where he got his own name--which didn't make it into the broadcast.


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