Live and Local

WILL - Live and Local - March 29, 2012

Shozo Sato’s Lady Macbeth: A Kabuki Play; Larry Ochs of the improvisational group Kihnoua

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(Duration: 1:00:39)

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.


WILL - Live and Local - March 28, 2012

Flute and tin whistle player Laurence Nugent, songwriter Patsy O’Brien; Fiddlin’ Banjo Billy Mathews

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(Duration: 1:02:45)

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.


WILL - Live and Local - March 27, 2012

Illinois Symphony Orchestra; Conductor Eugene Power

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(Duration: 45:03)

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.


WILL - Live and Local - March 26, 2012

Mandy Patinkin; Ragamala Dance

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(Duration: 51:32)

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.


WILL - Live and Local - March 23, 2012

Chanson du Soir; Steve Lilley of the St. Louis Stompers Classic Jazz Band

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(Duration: 43:19)

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.


WILL - Live and Local - March 22, 2012

Cello-guitar fusion duo Montana Skies; Red Mask Players perform Neil Simon’s Rumors

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(Duration: 50:07)

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.


WILL - Live and Local - March 21, 2012

Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company production of The Producers

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.


WILL - Live and Local - March 19, 2012

Red Note New Music Festival at Illinois State University

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.


WILL - Live and Local - March 16, 2012

Soweto Gospel Choir; folk singers Sparky and Rhonda Rucker

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.


WILL - Live and Local - March 15, 2012

Carrie Newcomer; Singer John Coppess

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(Duration: 53:40)

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.


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