Live and Local
The Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana had their annual Young Baroque Artists Competition recently, and the Winners Showcase concert happens this Sunday in Champaign. Two of the winners will play for us live on the Friday edition of "Live and Local." And we'll preview shows from two groups in Danville: the Vermilion Festival Chorus and Danville Light Opera.
The women of the Arcadia Chamber Players play music from a broad time period that is often new to its audience. They're giving their spring concerts this weekend, and they'll play for us live on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also learn about the All-American Boys Chorus, who will perform in Charleston Saturday night.
The University of Illinois Jazz Trombone Ensemble scored an unprecedented double victory by winning the two major competitions in the same year. Under the leadership of Jim Pugh, they'll perform in concert next Tuesday night, and they'll play for us live on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also sample the new TromBari CD called The Devil's Hopyard.
On the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local," we'll feature a return appearance by The Outside Track, whose members hail from Scotland, Ireland, Cape Breton and Vancouver. They'll play in Urbana on Tuesday night and live on our show. And we'll welcome members of The Duke of Uke and His Novelty Orchestra, who have a CD release party Saturday in Champaign.
Charleston Community Theatre has been around since 1963, with one brief hiatus. They'll produce the musical Godspell next weekend, and they'll give us a live preview on the Monday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also feature a couple of live scenes from the Tony Award-winning play Red, with members of the Celebration Company at the Station Theatre in Urbana.
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.
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.
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