Live and Local
Thursday, December 3, 2009
A few weeks ago on the show I talked with a couple of members of the University of Illinois group called Bossa Nuevo, and we aired samples of the sort of bossa nova and tango music they might play. On Thursday's program, we'll have Bossa Nuevo live in our studio, as a teaser for their evening gig at Zorba's in Champaign. Also, I talk with Philip Yampolsky and Jason Finkelman about the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music Winter Concert this Sunday.
On the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with Brad Holmes, director of choral activities at Millikin University, about their popular "Vespers" program, this weekend in Decatur. And we'll meet Tralen Doler, the new artistic director at the Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan, and hear about their upcoming production of "Nuncrackers.
Frank Capra's film "It's a Wonderful Life" has become a staple of the Christmas season. It celebrates hard work, fair play and the love and support of family and community. Beginning this weekend, Rantoul Theatre Group will present a staged version of this classic, and we'll have several of the actors read scenes from the show on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local."
It's Monday and we have some live choral music for you: madrigal singers from the High School of St. Thomas More in Champaign, AND members of Amasong, Champaign-Urbana's premier lesbian-feminist chorus.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Denise and Michael Grupp-Verbon constitute the folk harp and guitar duo called Tapestry, based in Toledo, Ohio. Their music ranges from Celtic and folk to pop, classical and more. They will be performing in Bloomington Wednesday night, and they'll be my guests on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," playing live in our studio.
The Champaign-Urbana Ballet and Sinfonia da Camera will present their annual production of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" Dec. 4-6 at the Krannert Center in Urbana. The cast includes company dancers and scores of children from the surrounding community. CU Ballet's Nutcracker will be the focus of our conversation on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local.
Beginning Dec. 4, Bah Humbug Productions and Parkland College Theatre in Champaign will present their third annual production of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" in their own musical adaptation. On the Monday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with the creators of this production, and we'll hear some of the songs live in our studio.
At 72 years and counting, Red Mask Players in Danville is one of the oldest community theaters in the state. They complete their run of Tom Jones this weekend, and we'll have two of their members on the Friday edition of "Live and Local." I'll also talk with Milton Scott, director of the choral group Opus 24, which gives its Fall concert in Decatur next week.
On the Thursday edition of "Live and Local," we'll meet members of the Arcadia Chamber Players, who give their fall concert Friday night. And we'll visit with the JACK Quartet, in residence at the University of Illinois this week. They've been called "a four man super squad armed with bows and strings," and one of their number was locally born and raised.
The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company comes to the Krannert Center Wednesday night for a program on the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. On Wednesday's show, we'll talk with Bridget Lee-Calfas about that production. And we'll hear scenes from an adaptation by two local 13-year-olds of the Chet Gecko mystery "Give My Regrets to Broadway," in Champaign this weekend.
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