Live and Local - February 28, 2011

Champaign Central High School “Swing Central”; Roger Kaza, of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

Champaign Central High School will presents its annual "Swing Central" event in Urbana on Saturday, with three of its own jazz bands and those of Edison Middle School and some special guests. On today's edition, I talk with Central's director of bands, John Currey, about the event and the school's jazz program. And we meet Roger Kaza, principal horn player of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, who presents a master class and recital in Charleston tonight. NOTE: The second audio clip contains part 2 of my interview with Roger Kaza, which did not air on the live show. Enjoy!

Live and Local - February 25, 2011

The King’s Singers; Welsh singer-songwriter David Llewellyn

The King's Singers are among the world's most celebrated ensembles, with a repertory covering early to contemporary classical music as well as popular tunes. They're in our area twice this week, and I'll talk with one of their members on the Friday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also hear from Welsh singer-songwriter David Llewellyn, performing in Urbana Friday night.

Live and Local - February 24, 2011

Bement Country Opry; Organist Dana Robinson

The Bement Country Opry hosts music every Friday, including this week, Sondra Wooley and Mike Lathim in a Chet Atkins tribute show. Sondra will join me on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local." And I'll talk with organist Dana Robinson, who will solo with the University of Illinois Chamber Orchestra Friday night.

Live and Local - February 23, 2011

Indoor Bluegrass Festival; “Man of La Mancha”

The King Family will be one of four East Central Illinois bands playing at the Indoor Bluegrass Festival this Saturday in Urbana, and five of their members join us live in the studio on today's edition. And we hear singers from the University of Illinois Opera Program's production of "Man of La Mancha," opening on Thursday.

Live and Local - February 22, 2011

Piper’s Hut Concert Series

The Piper's Hut Concert Series has brought prominent practitioners of Irish and other traditional music to Champaign-Urbana since 2005. Their next concert will take place Tuesday night, with a band called The Outside Track, boasting members from Scotland, Ireland, Cape Breton and Vancouver. They'll play for us live on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local."


Bonus Video


Live and Local - February 21, 2011

University of Illinois Shostakovich Symposium

The University of Illinois will host a symposium on composer Dmitri Shostakovich Monday and Tuesday, culminating in the final installment of the Pacifica Quartet's traversal of the composer's fifteen string quartets. On the Monday edition of "Live and Local," I'll welcome two of the keynote speakers, Richard Taruskin and Simon Morrison, for a lively conversation.

Live and Local - February 18, 2011

Trumpet player Allen Vizzutti; Yonder Mountain String Band

Trumpet player Allen Vizzutti feels at home in multiple styles, especially jazz and classical. He will be featured with the Millikin University Jazz Band in Decatur Friday night, and he'll be my guest on the Friday edition of "Live and Local." And we'll hear about the Yonder Mountain String Band, who bring their not-so-traditional show to Urbana on Sunday.

Live and Local - February 17, 2011

Once Upon a Mattress; Jazz duo FourOnSix

Once Upon a Mattress is a musical take on the Hans Christian Andersen tale "The Princess and the Pea," and it's the next show this season for Parkland College Theatre. On the Thursday edition of "Live and Local," we'll hear a few songs from members of the cast. And the visiting jazz duo FourOnSix will play for us live before their evening gig in Urbana.

Live and Local - February 16, 2011

The Ahn Trio; White Ghost Shivers

On the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," I'll welcome back the Ahn Trio, who will play twice in Charleston this weekend: once in recital and once with the Eastern Symphony Orchestra. And we'll hear about White Ghost Shivers, a hokey, western swingy, hillbilly band that otherwise defies description, playing in Bloomington on Saturday.

Live and Local - February 15, 2011

John the Revelator, a mass by Phil Kline

On Saturday, the Krannert Center in Urbana will present Phil Kline's mass called John the Revelator, featuring the male vocal sextet Lionheart and the string quartet ETHEL. On the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local," I'll devote the hour to conversation about this work, with Kline himself and members of Lionheart and ETHEL.

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