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.
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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.
Flute and tin whistle player Laurence Nugent, songwriter Patsy O’Brien; Fiddlin’ Banjo Billy Mathews
Laurence Nugent is an All-Ireland champion of the flute and tin whistle. Patsy O'Brien is an award-winning songwriter and guitarist in many genres. Together they'll play in Urbana on Saturday, and I'll talk with Mr. Nugent on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local." Plus, a live performance by Fiddlin' Banjo Billy Mathews, who plays a house concert in Champaign on Sunday.
The Illinois Symphony Orchestra has rightly hailed its guest conductors this season as it searches for a new music director, but they have also had some marvelous soloists-including this weekend the superb violinist Vadim Gluzman. He'll be my guest on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local." And I'll talk with Eugene Power, who will conduct a chamber orchestra concert in Champaign on Sunday.
Mandy Patinkin is a Broadway legend, Nathan Gunn an opera superstar. Brought together by a love of Stephen Sondheim, they'll share the stage for an evening in Urbana next Saturday, and I'll talk with Mr. Patinkin on the Monday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also learn about Ragamala Dance, joining multiple Indian art forms in one production.
Chanson du Soir are soprano Chelsea Camille and classical guitarist David Isaacs, who also happen to be married. They're playing in Springfield Saturday night, and they'll be my guests on the Friday edition of "Live and Local." I'll also talk with cornet player Steve Lilley of the St. Louis Stompers Classic Jazz Band, who will play in Decatur on Saturday.
Jonathan and Jennifer Adams are Montana Skies, a cello-guitar fusion duo whose music ranges from Vivaldi to Pink Floyd. They're coming to Charleston for a concert Thursday night, and they'll join me live on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also hear a live preview of Neil Simon's Rumors from Danville's Red Mask Players.