Last weekend the Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company opened The Producers, the musical adapted from Mel Brooks' 1968 film of the same name. Their performances continue at Parkland College in Champaign this week through Sunday, and we'll have a live preview on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local.
Live and Local
The Red Note New Music Festival at Illinois State University is in its second year under that name, and it runs Monday through Thursday in Normal, with a concert each evening. On the Monday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with the festival's director, composer Carl Schimmel, as well as some of the people involved in the opening night concert.
The Soweto Gospel Choir has won Grammies, appeared on talk shows, shared the stage with famous pop stars, raised money for AIDS orphans-and they make some powerful music. They'll perform in Springfield on Sunday, and I'll talk with one of their members on the Friday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also visit with veteran folk singers Sparky and Rhonda Rucker, who perform in Champaign Friday night.
A newspaper article described singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer as "the kind of artist whose music makes you stop, think and say, 'that is so true.'" Ms. Newcomer will perform in Bloomington Thursday night, and she'll be my guest on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also sample the work of local self-described "cowboy folk" singer John Coppess, live in our studio.
The Mark Morris Dance Group has taken up residency at the Krannert Center in Urbana for a week each spring since 2001. This is the week, and I'll be pleased to talk with Mr. Morris about his musical selections on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also hear from conductor David Commanday about this Saturday's concert by the Heartland Festival Orchestra in Peoria.
Andrés Cárdenes is a former concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony and a busy soloist, conductor and chamber musician. He'll join pianist Ian Hobson and horn player Bernhard Scully for a recital in Urbana Wednesday night, and he'll be my guest on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also meet visiting pianist Konstantinos Papadakis, who plays his own recital Tuesday night.
You have The Three Tenors, the Irish Tenors, the Three Irish Tenors, and Three Mo' Tenors. How to sort them out? Not sure I can help, but I CAN introduce you to the Celtic Tenors, who will sing in Bloomington on Sunday. Tenor James Nelson will join me on the Friday edition of "Live and Local." And I'll talk with famed frame drummer Glen Velez, who plays in Urbana on Saturday.
The Dutch organist, harpsichordist and conductor Ton Koopman is one of the pioneers of the movement for historically informed performance practice. He founded the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir, who will perform Bach's monumental B Minor Mass in Urbana Thursday night. Mr. Koopman will be my guest on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local.
On Saturday, the Krannert Center in Urbana will present its second Day of the Drum, curated by local multi-percussionist Rocky Maffit. Rocky will join me on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local" to preview the day's many events. And I'll talk with Ellen Irmisch of The Tartan Terrors, a Celtic show featuring music, comedy and dance, happening in Charleston Wednesday night.
Gaelic Storm are a band of musicians mostly from Celtic lands, who play traditional music but are hardly traditionalists. Since their launch in 1995, they've earned a large and loyal following, and their current tour brings them to downtown Champaign Tuesday night. Guitarist and vocalist Steve Twigger will join me on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local.