March 30, 2010

DoCha Chamber Music Festival; David Vayo and Nancy Brokaw of Fertile Ground, a new opera

The inaugural DoCha Chamber Music Festival takes place this week in downtown Champaign. On the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local," we'll hear two festival performers, violinist Stefan Milenkovich and cellist Dmitry Kouzov. I'll also talk with David Vayo of Illinois Wesleyan University, and Nancy Brokaw, composer and librettist, respectively, of Fertile Ground, a new opera premiering in Bloomington this week.

March 25, 2010

Celtic Crossroads

Celtic Crossroads is a touring show from Ireland that promises an energetic fusion of Eastern European gypsy, North American bluegrass, world classical and jazz, and the various forms of Celtic music from throughout the world. The show arrives in Charleston Thursday night, and they'll stop by our studio for the Thursday edition of "Live and Local" to play us some tunes.

March 24, 2010

Danville Barbershop Chorus; Soprano Kerry Walters of Bradley University

The Danville Barbershop Chorus will present its annual spring concert Sunday afternoon, with favorite songs like "Hey, Look Me Over," "On the Sunny Side of the Street," and "As Time Goes By." On the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," the Danville quartet Four on the Floor will join us for a couple of songs and to chat up the show. Also, I talk with soprano Kerry Walters of Bradley University, who, with pianist Denise Parr-Scanlin will give a concert of music in Charleston called "Girls' Night Out: The Music of Clara Schumann and Cecile Chaminade.

March 19, 2010

Marchfest English-American Dance & Music Weekend; the Vancouver-based Orchid Ensemble

On the Friday edition of "Live and Local," we'll hear about the Marchfest English-American Dance & Music Weekend, sponsored by the Central Illinois English Country Dancers, Illini Folk Dance Society and the Urbana Country Dancers. I'll also talk with Jonathan Bernard of the Vancouver-based Orchid Ensemble, playing traditional Asian music in Normal next Tuesday.

March 18, 2010

John Stephens of the Little Theatre on the Square; Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana

On the Thursday edition of "Live and Local," I'll visit with John Stephens of the Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan about their current production, 2 Pianos 4 Hands, a musical comedy about two boys trying for concert pianist stardom. And I'll talk with two star performers in Saturday's concert in Champaign by the Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana.

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