On the Friday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with Israeli pianist Alon Goldstein, who will perform with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Saturday night. We'll also hear about Rhythmic Circus, who bring rapid-fire tap dancing and high-spirited music to Decatur; and Fifth House Ensemble, who give a multi-media chamber music program in Springfield.
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On the Thursday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with guitarist and singer Andrew Duncanson of the Kilborn Alley Blues Band. They'll be featured on public TV's Jubilee on Friday. We'll also have a live preview of Champaign Central High School's production of Beauty and the Beast, and we'll learn about a student-run early-music group at Illinois Wesleyan University.
Saxophonist Joshua Redman and pianist Brad Mehldau are at the forefront of a new generation of jazz. They're both consummate collaborators with a long history together, and they'll play as a duo in Bloomington Thursday night. Joshua Redman will be my guest on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local.
When was the last time you heard a heckelphone? an arpeggione? a baryton-the one with strings? Those instruments are virtually extinct, but violist Kate Lewis will resurrect some of their music for a recital in Normal Wednesday night. She'll join me on the Monday edition of "Live and Local," and we'll hear a preview of the next production at Parkland Theatre.
William Tyler lives in Nashville, a town where, he says, "guitarists are as common as television sets and pigeons," but he's carving a niche with an unusual performance style. He'll play in Champaign Friday night, and he'll be my guest on the Friday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also have a live preview of Champaign Centennial High School's production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Today I'm rebroadcasting a show that first aired on February 7 of this year, featuring a live performance in our studio of the Chicago-based band of traditional Irish musicians called Bua. They were in town that week to play on the Piper's Hut Concert Series in Urbana.
The Eurasian angular harp-or kugo, as it's known in Japan-first arose in Mesopotamia around 1900 BC. Prof. Bo Lawergren and harpist Tomoko Sugawara will give a MillerComm lecture-demonstration of the instrument at the University of Illinois on Tuesday, and they'll join me live on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also have a preview of the final concert of the 2012 DoCha Festival in Champaign.
Pianist Laurence Hobgood has been musical director for vocalist Kurt Elling since 1995, and he's played and recorded with many other jazz greats, including saxophonist Ernie Watts. Together they'll play two shows at the Iron Post in Urbana Wednesday night, and I'm pleased to welcome Mr. Hobgood for a live session on the Monday edition of "Live and Local.
Pianist Bill Payne is co-founder of the band Little Feat, and he's played with countless other musicians. He's also a writer and photographer, and he'll participate in a multimedia concert event in Urbana Friday night. Bill Payne will play for us live on the Friday edition of "Live and Local." And we'll get a live preview of this year's DoCha chamber music festival, opening Friday in Champaign.
Shozo Sato is a professor emeritus at the University of Illinois, a theater director and a master of Zen arts. He returns to campus to direct Lady Macbeth: A Kabuki Play, and he'll be my guest on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local." I'll also talk with Larry Ochs of the improvisational group Kihnoua, who will perform on Krannert Art Museum's Sudden Sound Series Thursday night.