The Liturgical Arts Festival of Springfield happens every two years, with clergy, artists and volunteers coming together to express spirituality through the arts. This year’s festival happens May 5th through 8th, and we’ll have a live preview on the Monday edition of “Live and Local.” We’ll also hear about Champaign Urbana Ballet’s upcoming production, Coppélia.
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The magnificent 12-voice, all-male choir Chanticleer sings a repertoire of astonishing range, from Gregorian chant to contemporary pop. Chanticleer will perform in Urbana Thursday night, and three of their members will join me on the Thursday edition of “Live and Local.” I’ll also talk with actor Henson Keys, who will read Shakespeare on Saturday’s concert in Champaign by The Prairie Ensemble
The CHORALE, based in Champaign-Urbana, will give its annual Young Artist Scholarship Concert Sunday, with guest conductor Craig Jessop, formerly of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Dr. Jessop will join me on the Wednesday edition of “Live and Local.” I’ll also talk with Leah Crews, who will lead a very young chorus called The Singing Redbirds in Normal Thursday night.
The University of Illinois Varsity Men's Glee Club has had a variety of names since its inception-including The Apollo Club-and this Saturday it will give its 125th Anniversary Concert.
Flutist and dancer Zara Lawler and choreographer C. Neil Parsons have created a show called "The Flute on its Feet," currently on a Midwest tour. They'll be in Charleston Monday and Tuesday, and they'll join us on the Monday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also have a live preview of the world premiere of Stephen Taylor's opera Paradises Lost at the University of Illinois.
The Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana, plus the Vermilion Festival Chorus and Danville Light Opera
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.