April 05, 2012

Chicago-based band of Irish musicians Bua

Today I'm rebroadcasting a show that first aired on February 7 of this year, featuring a live performance in our studio of the Chicago-based band of traditional Irish musicians called Bua. They were in town that week to play on the Piper's Hut Concert Series in Urbana.

April 03, 2012

Prof. Bo Lawergren and harpist Tomoko Sugawara; 2012 DoCha Festival

The Eurasian angular harp-or kugo, as it's known in Japan-first arose in Mesopotamia around 1900 BC. Prof. Bo Lawergren and harpist Tomoko Sugawara will give a MillerComm lecture-demonstration of the instrument at the University of Illinois on Tuesday, and they'll join me live on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also have a preview of the final concert of the 2012 DoCha Festival in Champaign.

April 02, 2012

Pianist Laurence Hobgood

Pianist Laurence Hobgood has been musical director for vocalist Kurt Elling since 1995, and he's played and recorded with many other jazz greats, including saxophonist Ernie Watts. Together they'll play two shows at the Iron Post in Urbana Wednesday night, and I'm pleased to welcome Mr. Hobgood for a live session on the Monday edition of "Live and Local.

March 30, 2012

Pianist Bill Payne of Little Feat; DoCha chamber music festival

Pianist Bill Payne is co-founder of the band Little Feat, and he's played with countless other musicians. He's also a writer and photographer, and he'll participate in a multimedia concert event in Urbana Friday night. Bill Payne will play for us live on the Friday edition of "Live and Local." And we'll get a live preview of this year's DoCha chamber music festival, opening Friday in Champaign.

March 29, 2012

Shozo Sato’s Lady Macbeth: A Kabuki Play; Larry Ochs of the improvisational group Kihnoua

Shozo Sato is a professor emeritus at the University of Illinois, a theater director and a master of Zen arts. He returns to campus to direct Lady Macbeth: A Kabuki Play, and he'll be my guest on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local." I'll also talk with Larry Ochs of the improvisational group Kihnoua, who will perform on Krannert Art Museum's Sudden Sound Series Thursday night.

March 28, 2012

Flute and tin whistle player Laurence Nugent, songwriter Patsy O’Brien; Fiddlin’ Banjo Billy Mathews

Laurence Nugent is an All-Ireland champion of the flute and tin whistle. Patsy O'Brien is an award-winning songwriter and guitarist in many genres. Together they'll play in Urbana on Saturday, and I'll talk with Mr. Nugent on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local." Plus, a live performance by Fiddlin' Banjo Billy Mathews, who plays a house concert in Champaign on Sunday.

March 27, 2012

Illinois Symphony Orchestra; Conductor Eugene Power

The Illinois Symphony Orchestra has rightly hailed its guest conductors this season as it searches for a new music director, but they have also had some marvelous soloists-including this weekend the superb violinist Vadim Gluzman. He'll be my guest on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local." And I'll talk with Eugene Power, who will conduct a chamber orchestra concert in Champaign on Sunday.

March 26, 2012

Mandy Patinkin; Ragamala Dance

Mandy Patinkin is a Broadway legend, Nathan Gunn an opera superstar. Brought together by a love of Stephen Sondheim, they'll share the stage for an evening in Urbana next Saturday, and I'll talk with Mr. Patinkin on the Monday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also learn about Ragamala Dance, joining multiple Indian art forms in one production.

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