Live and Local
On the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with conductor Gary Shaw about the Decatur Youth Symphony Orchestra, which performs at Millikin University Sunday afternoon. And we'll hear scenes from a one-woman show by Karen Vaccaro and Robert Quinlan called "And I Remember: Reflections of Urbana Seniors," with several performances this week.
Astor Piazzolla was an Argentinean composer and bandoneón virtuoso whose concert tango music has become increasingly popular and influential. On the Monday edition of "Live and Local," we'll hear a local quintet that specializes in Piazzolla's music, Tango Espejo, playing live in our studio in advance of their show next weekend in Urbana.
On the Friday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with violinist Elaine Fine and pianist John David Moore, who will give a recital of music by 19th, 20th and 21st century women in Charleston a week from now. And we'll have a visit by members of the University of Illinois steel drum band called I-Pan, who will perform at Urbana's Independent Media Center on Saturday.
The Center for World Music at the University of Illinois is sponsoring a number of upcoming performances, including an introduction to classical Indian music and a concert of music and dance from West Africa. We'll learn about those and more on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local." And we'll hear from Chai-Town, winner of this year's "A Cappella BEATdown" on WILL-TV, in advance of their Friday show in Urbana.
On the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," we'll have part two of our feature on the inaugural DoCha Chamber Music Festival in Champaign. I'll talk with festival organizer Masumi Rostad, and we'll hear some of the pieces to be performed. Also, Jaron Kamin and his colleagues "Say It With a Smile" at this week's Uncorked event at the Krannert Center.
The inaugural DoCha Chamber Music Festival takes place this week in downtown Champaign. On the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local," we'll hear two festival performers, violinist Stefan Milenkovich and cellist Dmitry Kouzov. I'll also talk with David Vayo of Illinois Wesleyan University, and Nancy Brokaw, composer and librettist, respectively, of Fertile Ground, a new opera premiering in Bloomington this week.
On the Friday edition of "Live and Local," we'll have several musicians playing live in our studio. First will be a return appearance by the band Bossa Nuevo, who play Urbana's Independent Media Center on Sunday. And we'll hear Boulder-based singer-songwriter Dave Tamkin between gigs in Decatur and Palatine.
Celtic Crossroads is a touring show from Ireland that promises an energetic fusion of Eastern European gypsy, North American bluegrass, world classical and jazz, and the various forms of Celtic music from throughout the world. The show arrives in Charleston Thursday night, and they'll stop by our studio for the Thursday edition of "Live and Local" to play us some tunes.
The Danville Barbershop Chorus will present its annual spring concert Sunday afternoon, with favorite songs like "Hey, Look Me Over," "On the Sunny Side of the Street," and "As Time Goes By." On the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," the Danville quartet Four on the Floor will join us for a couple of songs and to chat up the show. Also, I talk with soprano Kerry Walters of Bradley University, who, with pianist Denise Parr-Scanlin will give a concert of music in Charleston called "Girls' Night Out: The Music of Clara Schumann and Cecile Chaminade.
On the Monday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with members of the Vancouver-based Orchid Ensemble, playing traditional Asian music in Normal on Tuesday, part of the Illinois State University New Music Festival. And we'll check in with Scott Ferguson of the Illinois Wesleyan Collegiate Choir, giving a post-tour concert in Bloomington Tuesday.
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