January 15, 2014

CUTC’s Annual Awards Gala and the East Central Illinois Youth Orchestra

The Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company gave its inaugural show in 1991 and has announced its lineup for 2014. Their annual Red Carpet Affair, or the Ginny Awards, will happen on January 25, and we’ll hear full details on the Wednesday edition of the show. I’ll also talk with Jo Ellen DeVilbiss, director of the Conservatory of Central Illinois, about the upcoming concert by the East Central Illinois Youth Orchestra.

January 10, 2014

Heartland Festival Orchestra Plays Annual “New Year’s Greeting”

Peoria’s Heartland Festival Orchestra and conductor David Commanday were honored in 2011 by the Illinois Council of Orchestras as Professional Orchestra and Conductor of the Year. They earned those distinctions for their mix of high-quality performances, informal concert atmosphere and commitment to community. They’ll play their annual “New Year’s Greeting” concert Saturday, and I’ll talk with David Commanday on the Friday edition of “Live and Local.””

January 08, 2014

Trombonist Nathaniel Geiger in Urbana; Aduki Jazz in Bloomington

The Urbana Pops Orchestra is entering its fifth season. While they play primarily summer concerts, they’ll offer a series of recitals by some of their musicians over the next few months, including on Sunday principal trombonist Nathaniel Geiger. Nathaniel will join us for a live preview on the Wednesday edition of “Live and Local.” And I’ll talk with trumpeter Simon Burke, leader of the Bloomington-based Aduki Jazz, whose next gig is Thursday night.

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