March 24, 2014

A Sea Chantey Sing and the Real Vocal String Quartet

Chris Maden is a recent transplant to Champaign-Urbana, by way of seafaring towns like San Francisco; Providence, Rhode Island; Cambridge, Massachusetts; and Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Along the way, he picked up a serious fascination for sea shanties and other music of the waterways. He hosts a monthly shanty sing in Urbana, and he'll be my guest on the Monday edition of "Live and Local." I'll also talk with cellist Jessica Ivry of the Real Vocal String Quartet, who will play in Urbana Sunday and in Charleston next Tuesday.

March 21, 2014

Saxophonist Jeff Coffin in Urbana and “The Garden of Chloe” by Local Filmmaker Johnny Robinson

Jeff Coffin is a saxophonist, bandleader, composer and educator, three-time Grammy winner with Bela Fleck & the Flecktones and now playing with the Dave Matthews Band. He’ll play in Urbana Saturday night, and he’ll be my guest on the Friday edition of “Live and Local.”  We’ll spend most of the hour with filmmaker Johnny Robinson, whose new film, The Garden of Chloe, will feature music performed by the Almost “A” Quintet, who will play for us live in the studio.

March 20, 2014

Scottish Folk Singer Jim Malcolm Comes to Urbana

Jim Malcolm has been called “the ultimate Scots troubadour” and “one of the finest singers in Scotland in any style.” He played for years with the Celtic folk/rock band Old Blind Dogs but now works solo, performing his own well-crafted songs and the traditional songs of Scotland. He’s also a highly regarded interpreter of the songs of Robert Burns. Jim Malcolm will play in Urbana on Sunday, and he’ll be my guest on the Thursday edition of “Live and Local.”

March 19, 2014

Saxophone Legend Frederick Hemke at the University of Illinois

Frederick Hemke retired two years ago after fifty years as professor of saxophone at Northwestern University, my alma mater. He’s been called a legend among classical saxophonists, for his playing, for advancing the sax as a solo classical instrument and for teaching hundreds of students, many of whom teach and perform throughout the world. Dr. Hemke will play a new concerto at the University of Illinois Thursday night, and he’ll be my guest on the Wednesday edition of “Live and Local.”

March 18, 2014

Charlie Brown Comes to Champaign and an Oud Recital in Urbana

Everybody loves Good Ol’ Charlie Brown, the star of Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comic strip, which ran for nearly fifty years and has been called “the longest story ever told by one human being.” The 1967 musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and its 1999 revival involves six of Schulz’s characters, played by adults. The show is the first production of the season for the Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company, and we’ll hear a live preview on the Tuesday edition of “Live and Local.” I'll also talk with Syrian musician and composer Essam Rafea, who will give a solo oud performance in Urbana on Wednesday.

March 17, 2014

Biennial National Saxophone Conference at the University of Illinois

The University of Illinois will host the biennial national conference of the North American Saxophone Alliance—or NASA— March 20 to 23. Featured artists will include legends of the classical saxophone as well as renowned jazz saxophonists, with evening concerts and daytime events on the campus in Urbana. We’ll hear details about the conference, and a bit about the sax, from NASA co-hosts Debra Richtmeyer and J. Michael Holmes on the Monday edition of “Live and Local.”

March 14, 2014

The Bad Plus and Sutphin & Levy in Urbana

The New York City-based piano-bass-drums trio The Bad Plus call their music “avant-garde populism.” They create inventive originals and imaginative covers of music by Nirvana, Neil Young, Ornette Coleman, and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. The Bad Plus will play in Urbana this weekend, and they’ll join me on the Friday edition of “Live and Local.” Also, live in our studio, we’ll hear the Sutphin and Levy southern fiddle-banjo duo, who play in Urbana Friday night.

March 13, 2014

Duo Melis Featured at 22nd Annual Mid-America Guitar Ensemble Festival

This weekend, Millikin University will host the Mid-America Guitar Ensemble Festival, with participants able to take part in sectionals, guitar orchestra rehearsals, master classes and nightly performances. The Guitar Festival will present as its featured guest artists Duo Melis, who are Spanish guitarist Susano Prieto and Greek guitarist Alexis Muzurakis. I’ll be privileged to speak with both on the Thursday edition of “Live and Local.”

March 12, 2014

Mark Morris Dance Groups Returns to Urbana and “Willy Wonka” at Champaign’s Edison Middle School

The Mark Morris Dance Group has made the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts its Midwest home and has returned this week for its annual visit, with public performances this weekend. Their program will include three of their newest works, always performed with live music. I’ll talk with Mark Morris on the Wednesday of “Live and Local.” We’ll also have a live preview of the musical Willy Wonka at Edison Middle School in Champaign.

March 11, 2014

Sinfonia da Camera Presents “The Mikado”; Urbana High Offers “Beauty & The Beast”

If I say the words “Nanki-Poo,” “Ko-Ko,” “Pooh-Bah,” “Pish-Tush” and “Yum-Yum,” you might perhaps think I’ve gone off my rocker. Or you might realize I’m naming some of the main characters in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado. Sinfonia da Camera will present the operetta Friday night in Urbana, and we’ll have a live preview on the Tuesday edition of “Live and Local.” We’ll also preview this week’s Urbana High School production of Beauty and the Beast.

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