Live and Local - October 28, 2011

First Person: Seeing America; Tokyo String Quartet with pianist Alon Goldstein

First Person: Seeing America," combines iconic photographs from The Metropolitan Museum of Art with the music of Ensemble Galilei and narration by NPR's Neal Conan and actress Lily Knight. The event will take place at Charleston's Doudna Fine Arts Center tonight. Conan and Ensemble Galilei's Carolyn Surrick will join me on the Friday edition of "Live and Local." I'll also talk with Martin Beaver, 1st violinist of the Tokyo String Quartet, who perform with pianist Alon Goldstein at the Krannert Center Saturday night.

Live and Local - October 27, 2011

The Illinois Brass Quintet; Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra

The Illinois Brass Quintet not only serves on the faculty of the University of Illinois School of Music, its members also happen to be among the country's finest brass players. The IBQ gives its annual Halloween Spooktacular on Sunday, and they'll play for us live on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local." And we'll hear about Saturday's concert by the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra.

Live and Local - October 26, 2011

Red Mask Players in Danville; Champaign-Urbana Symphony

The Red Mask Players in Danville are celebrating 75 years this season, beginning with a play given during their first 25 years, Arthur Miller's "All My Sons." On the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," we'll have a live preview from members of the cast. And I'll talk with Steven Larsen, music director of the Champaign-Urbana Symphony, as they open their new season Friday in Urbana.

Live and Local - October 25, 2011

SoDo Theatre; Sweet Adelines

This Saturday at SoDo Theatre-a new performance space in downtown Champaign-you can see "The Halloween Trilogy," a live staging of three radio plays adapting stories by Oscar Wilde, Rudyard Kipling and Edgar Allan Poe. We'll have a live preview on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local." And we'll hear a bit of female barbershopping, in advance of a concert by Champaign-Urbana's Sweet Adelines.

Live and Local - October 24, 2011

American Boychoir; Lou and Peter Berryman

Fernando Malvar-Ruiz was conductor of the Central Illinois Children's Choir Chamber Choir before becoming music director of the celebrated American Boychoir. The Boychoir will sing in Bloomington Saturday night, and I'll talk with Mr. Malvar-Ruiz on the Monday edition of "Live and Local." And I'll introduce you to Lou and Peter Berryman, a comic folk music duo (and former marital duo) who will perform in Champaign Friday night. NOTE: The second audio track here is the second half of my conversation with Mr. Malvar-Ruiz, which didn't make it onto the live broadcast. Enjoy!

Live and Local - October 21, 2011

Highlights from our first two years

Hi, I'm Kevin Kelly, host of "Live and Local" on FM 90.9. Each weekday we bring you news and music from performers featured throughout our listening area, who often play for us live in our studio. On the Friday edition of the show, as we launch our fall pledge drive, I'll share highlights from some of those live performances, drawn from our first two years. Join me for "Live and Local," weekdays from noon to 1 on FM 90.9.

Live and Local - October 20, 2011

Prairie Fire Theatre; Eastern Symphony Orchestra in Charleston

The current production from Bloomington-based Prairie Fire Theatre is Breakin' Up Is Hard to Do, using some of the best-known songs by Neil Sedaka. They close the show this weekend, and I'll talk with managing director Bob Mangialardi on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also get a preview of the annual "Fright Night" program by the Eastern Symphony Orchestra in Charleston.

Live and Local - October 18, 2011

A Chorus Line; recital of Franz Liszt

Champaign Central High School will present the iconic musical "A Chorus Line" beginning October 26, and we'll have twelve of their singers join us for a live preview on today's edition of the show. And I'll chat with four doctoral students at the University of Illinois School of Music, who have organized a recital of Franz Liszt's challenging music on his 200th birthday.

Live and Local - October 14, 2011

The Illinois Symphony Orchestra; The Erin Bode Group

The Illinois Symphony Orchestra is seeking a new music director, and their guest conductors this season are all finalists for the job, beginning with Donato Cabrera at their concerts this weekend. I'll talk with Donato on the Friday edition of "Live and Local." And we'll hear from Erin Bode of the Erin Bode Group, who play in Springfield Friday night. NOTE: This archive includes my complete conversation with Maestro Cabrera, of which only a portion aired during the live broadcast. Enjoy!

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