April 15, 2013

The Orpheus Mandolin Orchestra

Today I'll talk with Martha Tyner of the Orpheus Mandolin Orchestra, based in McLean County. They're playing in Springfield Tuesday night. [The originally planned conversation with Scottish singer Julie Fowlis has been rescheduled for Wednesday's show!]

April 12, 2013

Multi-Guitarist Chris Vallillo and Multi-Percussionist Rocky Maffit

Singer/songwriter and guitarist Chris Vallillo loves the slide guitar—so much so that his new CD features seventeen different vintage instruments in original songs and covers of Americana roots music. One of his collaborators on that CD, multi-percussionist Rocky Maffit, will join Chris for a CD release program in Urbana Saturday, and they’ll both play for us live on the Friday edition of “Live and Local.”

April 11, 2013

Celtic Piper Dick Hensold and Millikin University’s Tudor Voices

Dick Hensold plays early classical music, traditional Celtic music, Nordic folk music and Cambodian traditional music. He’s also perhaps North America’s leading Northumbrian smallpiper, and he’ll give a concert on multiple types of pipes in Urbana Sunday night. I’ll talk with Dick Hensold on the Thursday edition of “Live and Local.” We’ll also have a live sample of early choral singing from members of Millikin University’s Tudor Voices.

April 10, 2013

Tim Eriksen and Trio de Pumpkintown in Urbana

Looking very much like the punk rocker he used to be, singer and multi-instrumentalist Tim Eriksen creates startling interpretations of old American ballads, love songs, shape-note gospel and dance tunes from New England and Southern Appalachia. He’ll bring his Trio de Pumpkintown to Urbana Wednesday night, and he’ll make a return live appearance on the Wednesday edition of “Live and Local.”

April 09, 2013

Violinist Nick Kendall and Composer Steve Hackman with the Illinois Symphony

Virtuosic American violinist Nick Kendall has a widely varied career, as a member of the ground-breaking trio Time for Three and co-founder of the Dryden String Quartet and the East Coast Chamber Orchestra. He’ll make his second appearance as soloist with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra this weekend, in the world premiere of music by Steve Hackman. I’ll talk with Mr. Kendall and with Mr. Hackman on the Tuesday edition of “Live and Local.”

April 08, 2013

Percussion Ensemble and a Bond Celebration at the University of Illinois

“The Birth of Bond: Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale at 60” is a collaborative celebration between several elements at the University of Illinois, with exhibits, a keynote lecture and a concert of music from the Bond films. On the Monday edition of “Live and Local,” I’ll talk with Scott Schwartz of the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music about this event. We’ll also hear about Thursday’s concert by the UI Percussion Ensemble.

April 05, 2013

Girls Next Door A Cappella and The Celebration Company at the Station Theatre

The Girls Next Door are one of several fine a cappella groups at the University of Illinois. These twelve women will perform twice in the coming weeks, and we’ll welcome them for a return live appearance on the Friday edition of “Live and Local.” We’ll also hear a live preview of the current production from the Celebration Company at Urbana’s Station Theatre, which is Liz Duffy Adams’s ensemble comedy called Or,.

April 04, 2013

DoCha Chamber Music Festival in Downtown Champaign

The 2013 DoCha Festival of chamber music will take place in downtown Champaign this weekend. A collaborative effort among University of Illinois faculty and students, community members and friends, DoCha will feature nightly performances, two young people’s concerts and a young artist master class. Festival organizers Stefan Milenkovich and Dmitry Kouzov will join me on the Thursday edition of “Live and Local.”

April 03, 2013

Timothy Ehlen and Allen Schwab for University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra

The University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra is one of the gems of the University’s music program, sounding better than many professional orchestras and offering very inexpensive concerts. They play in Urbana Friday night in a concert featuring UI faculty pianist Timothy Ehlen as soloist. On the Wednesday edition of “Live and Local,” I’ll talk with Mr. Ehlen, and with Allen Schwab of Washington University, who will give a pre-concert lecture.

April 02, 2013

Luke Winslow-King at Iron Post in Urbana

Luke Winslow-King is a guitarist, singer, composer and lyricist known for his slide guitar work and interest in pre-war blues and traditional jazz. His music mixes delta-folk music, classical composition, ragtime and rock and roll, juxtaposing original and older songs. Luke Winslow-King will bring his trio to Urbana for a show Tuesday night, and they’ll play for us live on the Tuesday edition of “Live and Local.”

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