Live and Local
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 3rd annual "Hangin' at the Hangar" 1940s style big band dance happens this Saturday in Rantoul, with Bud Vandiver's band and the Sande Hackel Orchestra. Jon and Sue Hanson will join Sande on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," when we'll also hear about Student Playwrights Outreach Theater, in Urbana Thursday night.
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.
Vox Chambana is an eight-voice chamber choir dedicated to promoting the music of the Renaissance. On Tuesday, May 11, they will present music from the court of Henry VIII in Champaign. The program is called Vox and Viol-that is, voice with Renaissance viols. We'll hear Vox Chambana on the Monday edition of "Live and Local.
On the Friday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with pianist Rich Ridenour, who joins the Danville Symphony for an evening of film music on Saturday. And live in the studio, we'll hear singer-songwriters Megan Johns and Bob & Pricilla, who are among the headliners for "A Mother's Day Folk Frolic" in Urbana on Sunday.
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!
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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