Live and Local - April 29, 2011

Peter Yarrow; Musical Extravaganza of choral singing

Peter, Paul and Mary were among the icons of folk music during the 60s, and they have a significant place in my own experience of that decade, when I was a child. So it will be a great pleasure for me to talk with Peter Yarrow on the Friday edition of "Live and Local," as he and Noel Paul Stookey will perform at Sangamon Auditorium in Springfield on Sunday. And we'll hear about a Musical Extravaganza of choral singing, happening in Springfield on Saturday at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. NOTE: Due to the length of my interview with Mr. Yarrow, the segment about the Hoogland benefit did not air. You can hear this segment as the second clip provided here, with Sue Baker of the Sound Celebration Chorus, one of the participants in the Musical Extravaganza--including two songs by that chorus.

Live and Local - April 28, 2011

Jennifer Williams Brown on the 17th-century composer Francesco Cavalli

According to Jennifer Williams Brown, 17th-century composer Francesco Cavalli helped to establish opera as a cultural phenomenon. Cavalli's opera La Calisto plays at the University of Illinois this week, and Prof. Brown will be my guest on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also hear a live preview of Saturday's concert in Urbana from the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music.


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Live and Local - April 27, 2011

Canadian tenor Ben Heppner; Rantoul Theatre Group

Canadian tenor Ben Heppner is one of the great voices of our time, renowned for his roles in the massive operas of Wagner and Strauss. But he also sings smaller-scale music that might surprise you. Ben Heppner will give a recital in Urbana Thursday night, and he'll be my guest on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local." I'll also welcome members of the Rantoul Theatre Group, who will preview their upcoming production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Live and Local - April 26, 2011

University of Illinois vocal jazz ensembles

In its entry on vocal jazz, Wikipedia says jazz singing can be defined as an instrumental approach to the voice, though that seems quite a limited definition to me. You can explore contemporary vocal jazz singing in person during a concert in Urbana Wednesday night by the University of Illinois vocal jazz ensembles--and you can hear them live on today's edition of "Live and Local."

Live and Local - April 25, 2011

Shawn Colvin; University of Illinois Philarmonia

Singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin has three Grammy awards and numerous nominations, and she's a great musical storyteller. She'll be at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, and she'll be my guest on the Monday edition of "Live and Local." And I'll talk with conductor Louis Bergonzi about Friday's concert by the University of Illinois Philarmonia.

Live and Local - April 21, 2011

Honey Dewdrops

The Honey Dewdrops are an acoustic duo from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia who write and sing in folk and old country style. Someone has called them "the musical equivalent to a couple that finish each other's sentences." The Honey Dewdrops will play at the Champaign Public Library Thursday evening, and they'll play for us live on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local.

Live and Local - April 20, 2011

Chicago-based bluegrass-country-jam-band Cornmeal

Cornmeal is great for baking, of course, but it's also great for listening--in the guise of the Chicago-based bluegrass-country-jam-band of that name, who will play at the Canopy Club in Urbana on Thursday. Chris Gangi, bassist and founding member, will join me on today's edition of the show.

Live and Local - April 19, 2011

Acoustic Eidolon; John Cox of Concerto Urbano

Cellist Hannah Alkire and double-necked guitjo player Joe Scott make up the duo called Acoustic Eidolon, blending Celtic, folk, world and Latin music influences. They'll play in Urbana on Thursday, and they'll be my guests on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also hear from John Cox about Tuesday night's concert by Concerto Urbano.

Live and Local - April 15, 2011

George Stelluto, music director of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra; Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars

On the Friday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with George Stelluto, music director of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, who give the final subscription concert of the season on Saturday night. And we'll meet a musician named Black Nature, a member of Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, who will play at the Doudna Fine Arts Center in Charleston on Saturday.

Live and Local - April 14, 2011

Illinois Wesleyan Civic Orchestra; Mean Lids; East Central Illinois Youth Orchestra

The Illinois Wesleyan Civic Orchestra has been around for 26 years and will feature Chicago Symphony trombonist Charles Vernon in its concert Thursday night. I'll talk with founding conductor Steven Eggleston on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local." And we'll hear live performances from the "Live and Local" archives by Mean Lids and musicians from the East Central Illinois Youth Orchestra.

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