April 30, 2010 - Live and Local

Jamie Ryan percussion professor at Eastern Illinois University; “Sinai’s Got Talent”

Jamie Ryan has taught at Eastern Illinois University for less than a year, but he's already got his percussion ensemble singing to its own Afro-Cuban beat. I'll talk with Jamie on the Friday edition of "Live and Local," in advance of his group's concert in Charleston Friday night. And we'll hear about an event called "Sinai's Got Talent," at Sinai Temple in Champaign on Sunday.

April 29, 2010 - Live and Local

Filmmaker David Plath on his film “Can’t Go Native;” Benjamin Britten’s comic opera “Albert Herring”

The film "Can't Go Native" celebrates the 50-year relationship that anthropologist Keith Brown has had with the community of Mizusawa, Japan. On the Thursday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with filmmaker David Plath and composer Jason Finkelman, who wrote the score for the film. We'll also hear about this weekend's production at the University of Illinois of Benjamin Britten's comic opera "Albert Herring.

April 26, 2010 - Live and Local

Ecuadorian music ensemble ÑAWI; singer Kathy Harden

ÑAWI is a new musical collaboration of outstanding musicians from Ecuador, a fusion of modern styles with traditional rhythms from the Ecuadorian Andes. On the Monday edition of "Live and Local," we'll hear about the workshop and concert ÑAWI will give in Urbana next Friday. And we'll talk with singer Kathy Harden, appearing in the current Station Theatre production, "Always . . . Patsy Cline."

April 23, 2010 - Live and Local

Community Center for the Arts in Urbana

The Community Center for the Arts in Urbana will give a concert Friday night of classical, popular and traditional chamber music. On the Friday edition of "Live and Local," we'll devote the hour to hearing several performers from the Center play live in our studio, with some Vivaldi, some jazz and some old-time fiddling.

April 22, 2010 - Live and Local

Jazz musician Tim Green; Charmian Bulley and Audrey Vallance of Central Illinois Children’s Chorus

Former area resident Tim Green returns to Champaign Thursday night to perform with his jazz quartet at Zorba's in Campustown. He'll join me on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local" and play some tunes from his CDs. I'll also talk with Charmian Bulley and Audrey Vallance of the Central Illinois Children's Chorus about this weekend's concert and about their new summer opera camp.

April 21, 2010 - Live and Local

Champaign-Urbana Ballet performs Swan Lake; Máirtín de Cógáin, writer of the musical Project

The Champaign-Urbana Ballet will perform the ballet Swan Lake on May 8 and 9 in Champaign, with artistic direction by Deanna Doty and production supervision by Andy Warfel. Deanna and Andy will be my guests on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local." I'll also talk with Máirtín de Cógáin, who brings his musical Project to Urbana on Thursday. We'll hear songs, tunes and a story on the show.

April 20, 2010 - Live and Local

Michael Lamb, of the handbell ensemble Bells in Motion; Romeo and Julia Kören

On the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with Michael Lamb, director of the handbell ensemble Bells in Motion, who give concerts in Pana and Springfield this weekend. And we'll hear about a Swedish choir that specializes in dramatic presentations of Renaissance music, Romeo and Julia Kören, who perform in Urbana on Friday.

April 19, 2010 - Live and Local

Harpist Chen-Yu Huang; music from “The Secret Garden”

On the Monday edition of "Live and Local," we'll hear a preview performance by this year's Krannert Center Debut Artist, harpist Chen-Yu Huang. Her concert is next Sunday afternoon. We'll also hear some songs from the show The Secret Garden, which opens at Danville Light Opera on April 23.

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