December 29, 2010 - Live and Local

Illinois State University Guitar Ensemble; Music therapist Dr. Deforia Lane

On the Wednesday edition of the show, I'll share two of my favorite segments from past shows: a live performance by the Illinois State University Guitar Ensemble of a Bach Brandenburg Concerto, and a conversation with Dr. Deforia Lane, a music therapist from Cleveland who brings her healing work to an incredibly diverse population.

December 25, 2010 - Live and Local

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

The Friday edition of the show will be a special two-hour broadcast of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, adapted for the stage and for radio by Bah Humbug Productions and Parkland College Theatre. Surrounding its two acts, I'll chat with the project's creators and producers.

December 23, 2010 - Live and Local

Winter Voices: An A Cappella Holiday

Winter Voices: An A Cappella Holiday" was produced earlier this month for our companion station WILL-TV and featured barbershop quartets, Sweet Adelines choruses and college groups. On the Thursday edition of "Live and Local," we'll hear all the live music from that program, plus an interview with WILL-TV program director David Thiel.

December 22, 2010 - Live and Local

The Chorale of Champaign 20th New Year’s Eve Show at the Virginia Theater

The Chorale of Champaign will give its 20th New Year's Eve show at the Virginia Theater, an evening of music by George Gershwin, Hoagy Carmichael, Irving Berlin, Marvin Hamlisch and many others who wrote memorable tunes from the 30's, 40's and 50's. Music Director Julie Beyler will join me, with a couple of special guests, on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local.

December 21, 2010 - Live and Local

Keith Harden’s KEITHMAS

Keith Harden was a longtime fixture on the Champaign-Urbana music scene, playing a mix of vintage blues, folksy material, classic covers and originals. Keith has trekked back to C-U from Nashville for his annual KEITHMAS show with various musical friends Thursday night, and he'll join us live in the studio on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local.

December 20, 2010 - Live and Local

Tympanic Blues Band

The Decatur-based Tympanic Blues Band got its start earlier this year and has already developed a seasoned sound. They'll be playing the Post-Christmas Blues Party at the Celebrity Nites Lounge in Decatur on December 26, and their front man Noah Williams will join me on today's edition of "Live and Local.

December 16, 2010 - Live and Local

Bluegrass guitarist and singer Maro Kawabata

Maro Kawabata is a Japanese-born bluegrass guitarist and singer who got his start in this music at the age of 12. He will join banjo player Greg Cahill of The Special Consensus bluegrass band and other special guests for a show in Urbana Saturday night, and he'll be my guest on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local.

December 15, 2010 - Live and Local

Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana; Singer-songwriter Pamela Machala

The Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana will give their annual Christmas concert Sunday, featuring choral-orchestral works by Bach and Antonio Caldara. I'll welcome music director Chester Alwes to the Wednesday edition of the show, as well as young singer-songwriter Pamela Machala, who will play at the Canopy Club in Urbana Thursday night.

December 14, 2010 - Live and Local

Millikin University Faculty Jazz Sextet; A Christmas cantata

This Saturday, the Millikin University Faculty Jazz Sextet will give its "Holiday Jazz" program in Decatur. On the Tuesday edition of the show, I'll talk with trumpet player Randy Reyman, with highlights from last year's concert. And we'll learn about a new Christmas cantata, with text and tune by Martin Luther and settings by J. S. Bach.

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