November 14, 2014

Millikin-Decatur Symphony

Roger presents the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra with Michael Luxner, conductor. On the program are Borodin's In the Steppes of Central Asia and Franck's Symphony in D Minor.


November 07, 2014

U of I Symphony Orchestra

Roger presents the U of I Symphony Orchestra with Donald Schleicher, conductor, and David Harris, clarinet. On the program are Carlos R. Carrillo Cotto's The Gathering Grounds; Mozart's Concerto for Clarinet; Brahms' Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn and Rimsky Korsakov's Capriccio espagnol.


October 31, 2014

Conductor’s Choice

Roger presents The Prairie Ensemble's Conductor’s Choice concert with Kevin Kelly, conductor, and Bernhard Scully, horn. On the program are W. A. Mozart's Symphony No. 25; Richard Strauss' Horn Concerto No. 1 and
Ralph Vaughan Williams' Symphony No. 5.


October 25, 2014

The Whirlwind Finale

Roger presents the Prairie Ensemble's "The Whirlwind Finale" concert. On the program are Stravinsky's Dumbarton Oaks; Barber's Violin Concerto with violinist Danwen Jiang; and Vaughan Williams' Job: A Masque for Dancing. Kevin Kelly conducts.


October 17, 2014

Prairie Ensemble ‘Diversions’

Roger presents the "Diversions" concert of The Prairie Ensemble with Kevin Kelly, conductor. On the program are Mozart's Divertimento for Winds; Wolf's Italian Serenade; Foote's A Night Piece; Françaix's L’heure du berger; and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7.


October 10, 2014

Music for the Theatre

Roger continues his tribute to The Prairie Ensemble with the group's Music for the Theatre program with soprano Ollie Watts Davis and mezzo Elizabeth Buckley.


October 03, 2014

Paying tribute to the Prairie Ensemble and Kevin Kelly

All this month, host Roger Cooper presents concerts of The Prairie Ensemble to salute the group and conductor Kevin Kelly. First up, the Around the World in One Night concert. Kevin, who also hosted Live and Local on WILL-FM, has moved out of the area.


September 26, 2014

Opening Night Romance

Roger presents Sinfonia da Camera's Opening Night Romance concert with pianist and conductor Ian Hobson. On the program are Brahms' Serenade No. 2 in A Major, Poulenc's Aubade, and R. Strauss'  Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme.


September 19, 2014

Sinfonia da Camera: Rush Hour

Roger presents Sinfonia da Camera's "Rush Hour" concert with music director Ian Hobson. On the program are Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, Smetana's Die Moldau and Grofe's Grand Canyon Suite.


September 12, 2014

C-U Symphony’s ‘Inextinguishable’ Concert

Roger presents the C-U Symphony with violinist Igor Kalnin performing Ralph Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending. Also on the program are Richard Wagner's Prelude and Transfiguration from Tristan and Isolde; Russell Peck's Signs of Life; and Carl Nielsen's Symphony No. 4 (The Inextinguishable).


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