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.
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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.
The Community Center for the Arts in downtown Urbana offers educational and performance opportunities in a variety of music, dance and visual arts. They'll present their annual Faculty Showcase Concert next weekend, and they'll give us a live preview on the Monday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also hear from the Foghorn Stringband, returning to Urbana Monday night.
Eric Brace used to write for the Washington Post. Peter Cooper teaches country music at Vanderbilt University. Both are successful East Nashville singer-songwriters and recording artists, and together they'll give a house concert in Champaign Friday night. They'll play for us live on the Friday edition of "Live and Local." And we'll preview Sunday's concert of baroque music by Concerto Urbano.
Next week, The Rose Bowl Tavern in Urbana will start a new open stage for acoustic musicians, to happen on Monday nights. Co-hosts Sam Payne and Dustin Norder will sing and play for us live on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local." And we'll hear a preview of The Prairie Ensemble's presentation of a mini-opera featuring Julia Child, happening Saturday in Champaign.
The Baroque Artists of Champaign Urbana will present a concert Sunday night featuring their chorus in a varied program called "BACH and Beyond." I'll talk with music director Chester Alwes on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local." And we'll meet Concert Artists Guild winning pianist Michael Brown, who will appear with fellow winners the Linden String Quartet in Urbana Sunday afternoon.
At the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield tonight, there's a concert featuring both Eilen Jewell (she says her name EE-len), a singer-songwriter originally from Idaho, and the Normal, Illinois-born Pokey LaFarge and his South City Three. Pokey and company do mostly originals mixing the styles of early jazz, string ragtime, country blues and Western swing, while Eilen writes in styles that bridge forms like country, rockabilly, blues and folk. Eilen Jewell and Pokey LaFarge will both join me for music and lively conversation on the Friday edition of "Live and Local.