May 11, 2010

Arcadia Chamber Players

The Arcadia Chamber Players are an all-female group who play chamber music of the past three centuries as well as works by lesser-known composers, especially women. They'll give their spring concert this weekend in Urbana, and they'll be my guests on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local." We'll hear samples of their work, including some live playing in the studio.

May 06, 2010

Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony; Rantoul Theatre Group’s production of A Few Good Men

This Saturday, the Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony will present its spring concert in Springfield, with all five ensembles performing. Their music director, Richard Haglund, will be my guest on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local." I'll also welcome cast members of Rantoul Theatre Group's production of Aaron Sorkin's play A Few Good Men for some live scenes. NOTE: The second audio clip contains more of my conversation with Richard Haglund, which didn't make it into the broadcast. Enjoy!

May 05, 2010

Ozomatli; Tatsu Aoki; the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra

On the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," we'll hear about three groups playing in the evening at the Krannert Center in Urbana: Ozomatli, a band from East LA that mashes many styles of danceable music; Tatsu Aoki, who leads an improvisational fusion of Japanese music and jazz; and the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra, playing Smetana, Mozart and Tchaikovsky. NOTE: The second audio clip is the rest of my conversation (quite extended) with Wil-Dog Abers, bassist with Ozomatli--including where he got his own name--which didn't make it into the broadcast.

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