Live and Local
The Peoria Bach Festival has been held annually in June since 2003, and this week they’ll present Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in two concerts, with various associated events. John Jost is co-director of the festival, and he’ll join me on the Wednesday edition of “Live and Local.” I’ll also talk with singer-songwriter Wil Maring about her performances this weekend with guitarist Robert Bowlin.
Jesse Smith is a Baltimore-born fiddler living in Ireland who is sought after as a teacher and collaborator. Detroit-born flutist, whistle player and uilleann piper Sean Gavin lives in Chicago and plays with the bands Bua and NicGaviskey. Together they’ll appear on the Piper’s Hut series in Urbana Tuesday night, and they’ll play for us live on the Tuesday edition of “Live and Local.”
The Penguin Project originated in Peoria as a theater program for children with disabilities. The Bloomington-Normal branch of the Project will present Beauty & the Beast Jr. next weekend, and their lead actors will join us on the Monday edition of “Live and Local.” We’ll also have a live preview of the Summer Harp Class at the University of Illinois.
Of all the live performances we’ve had on our show so far, one of my favorites was a bluegrass band from Chicago called The Henhouse Prowlers, almost two years ago. Well, they’re back, playing in Urbana Friday night, and they’ll play for us live for the hour on the Friday edition of “Live and Local.”
The acclaimed Chicago-based acoustic guitar duo of Andreas Kapsalis and Goran Ivanovic will make one of their occasional visits to Urbana Thursday night. Guitar Player magazine described their sound as “a stew seasoned with multifinger attacks, percussive beats and heavy Serbian and Greek influences.” The duo will play for us live on the Thursday edition of “Live and Local.”
During the 2011-2012 concert season, the Illinois Symphony Orchestra was conducted by five candidates for the music directorship of the orchestra, each of whom conducted the chamber orchestra and the full symphony. The ISO will announce its choice for music director on Wednesday, and I’ll talk with the winning candidate on the Wednesday edition of “Live and Local.”
Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars began in the late 1990s in a refugee camp, where Ruben Koroma and his wife Grace had fled Sierra Leone during the horrific war that was ravaging their country. They joined with fellow musicians to entertain their fellow refugees. They have been the subject of a documentary and recently released their third commercial record, and they'll play in Champaign Friday night. Mr. Koroma will join me on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local." And I'll talk with Cyndi Johnson, director of the Greater Decatur Chorale, about their concerts this weekend.
“The way we dance tango reflects who we are.” That’s one of the many, many pithy bits of information on Paul Yang’s tango blog called “In Search of Tango.” Paul Yang will host a Tango Café in Champaign June 3, and he’ll join me on the Friday edition of “Live and Local.” And we’ll hear a live preview of the brand new CD by a local band called Evil Tents.
The Champaign-Urbana-based band Samba Soul play music that ranges from bossa nova to contemporary samba and MPB—or Brazilian popular music. Featuring the vocals of Vivian Felicio, the quintet will play at Buvon’s Wine Bar in Urbana Friday night, and they’ll join us live for the hour on the Thursday edition of “Live and Local.”
On the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with John Stephens of The Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan about their 55th Anniversary Concert and Gala, happening June 2. And we'll visit with flutist Jonathan Keeble and harpist Ann Yeung--who together are the Aletheia Duo--about their new CD, "Song of the Black Swan."
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