Live and Local
On Friday's "Live and Local," we'll have a live performance by a trio based in Urbana called the Flexible Flyers. They describe themselves as well-grounded in old-time fiddle and banjo dance music but also influenced by post-bebop jazz, Arabic classical, Irish fiddling and more. And we'll hear about the handbell choir Bells in Motion, who perform in Eureka on Sunday.
The New Orleans Jazz Machine is an area Dixieland sextet led by clarinetist Carlyle Johnson. They'll be playing at the Urbana Free Library on Sunday, and Carl will join us on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local," with pianist Bill French. We'll also hear a scene or two from the Creative Dramatics Workshop production of Little Women, happening in Sidney this weekend.
The Iron Post, a restaurant and bar in downtown Urbana, has bringing a wide variety of live music to our area for ten years. Owner, operator and booking agent Paul Wirth will join us on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also hear from conductor Karen Lynne Deal about the Illinois Symphony Orchestra's holiday pops concert, this weekend in Bloomington and Springfield.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
The Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana give their annual "Baroque Christmas" concert Sunday night, featuring Handel's "Messiah" and sing-along caroling. I'll talk with Music Director Chester Alwes and musicologist Nicholas Temperley on today's show. We'll also hear about Cirque Dreams: Illumination, a spectacular production at Sangamon Auditorium tonight in Springfield.
The Millikin University Faculty Jazz Sextet will present the School of Music's second annual Holiday Concert on Saturday, Dec. 19. We'll feature the sextet on the Monday edition of "Live and Local," playing live in our studio. I'll also talk with the man who plays FDR in the touring production of the musical Annie, playing in Urbana Monday night.
The Millikin Univeresity Children's Choir program will present its two top choirs in concert on Sunday in Decatur, and I'll talk with their director, Melissa Miller, on the Friday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also visit with singer Garrett Taylor, a Catlin native, who performs with the Danville Symphony on Saturday, and Jeremy Swerling, conductor of the Symphony.
Desafinado is a six-piece band based in Champaign-Urbana that plays samba, bossa nova and popular Brazilian music. The band is performing in Urbana on Saturday and will play some tunes for us live in our studio on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also visit with Todd Cranson about a performance Saturday in Springfield by the Vintage Brass Band. NOTE: With apologies, technical issues prevented us from archiving the second half of the program with the Vintage Brass Band, but we do have a couple of bonus tracks of Desafinado, playing live in our studio. Enjoy!
The Central Illinois Children's Chorus has been around since 1978 and has four different choir levels. They give their winter concert this Saturday, and I'll talk with two of their directors on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also meet the director and two of the actors in "Love Song," the current production at the Station Theatre in Urbana. NOTE: The second sound clip is my complete interview with Nancy Ambrose King, which was excerpted during the live show.
Tis the season for holiday performances, and on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local," we'll cover two of them: the 35th annual performance of "The Nutcracker" by Springfield Ballet Company, this weekend, and the Champaign-Urbana Symphony's Holiday Concert Thursday night, with The Chorale and the Parkland Singers. NOTE: The second sound clip is my complete interview with Julie Ratz, artistic director of the Springfield Ballet, which was excerpted on the live program.
Patrick Ball is considered one of the premier Celtic harpers and storytellers in the world today. He will perform at Heartland Gallery in downtown Urbana Monday night, and he'll be my guest on the Monday edition of "Live and Local." I'll also talk with Julia Ratz, artistic director of the Springfield Ballet, about their upcoming performances of "The Nutcracker."
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