Live and Local - October 31, 2013

Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards AND The Viper and his Famous Orchestra

On the Thursday edition of the show, we’ll continue our coverage of the fifth annual Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival, coming up this weekend in downtown Urbana. I’ll talk with Edward Burch, local author and a member of The Viper and His Famous Orchestra, who will give a couple of performances on Saturday. And live in our studio, we’ll hear a trio called Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards.

Live and Local - October 30, 2013

Cajun Accordionist Ganey Arsement and Blues-and-Roots Musician Ivas John

The Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival happens this Friday and Saturday in downtown Urbana, with performances, workshops, storytelling, jam sessions and more, featuring both local and touring musicians. On the Wednesday edition of “Live and Local,” I’ll talk with Cajun accordionist and singer Ganey Arsement. And we’ll meet the namesake of the Ivas John Band, a guitarist and songwriter who plays the blues and much more.

Live and Local - October 29, 2013

Cellist Jay Campbell and The Chorale in Urbana

Cellist Jay Campbell is a student at the Juilliard School and winner of the Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition. He’s also passionately dedicated to performing and commissioning new works for his instrument. He’ll play in Urbana Sunday, and we’ll talk on the Tuesday edition of “Live and Local.” I’ll also visit with music director Julie Beyler of The Chorale and their guest conductor, Craig Jessop, before their concert in Urbana this weekend.

Live and Local - October 28, 2013

German Guitarist Eva Beneke in Springfield and Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots

Classical guitarist Eva Beneke was born in East Berlin, won prizes at international festivals in The Netherlands, Italy and the United States, and now teaches in Minnesota. She often collaborates with singers, a pan flutist and other guitarists and will play a solo recital in Springfield next Saturday. I’ll talk to Eva Beneke on the Monday edition of “Live and Local.” And we’ll hear details of the Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival, happening next weekend.

Live and Local - October 25, 2013

Apollo’s Fire Baroque Orchestra and Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” in Urbana

Of her Apollo’s Fire Baroque Orchestra, music director Jeannette Sorrell says that if “the audience is moved to tears, or joy, or laughter, or prayer, then we have done a good night’s work.” Apollo’s Fire will play in Urbana next Wednesday evening, and I’ll talk with Ms. Sorrell on the Friday edition of “Live and Local.” We’ll also hear a live preview of Shakespeare’s The Tempest at the University of Illinois.

Live and Local - October 22, 2013

Benjamin Britten at 100: A Symposium at Illinois State University

The British composer Benjamin Britten made his American debut by playing his First Piano Concerto in Chicago in 1940, returning to Illinois throughout his career. The year 2013 represents the centenary of his birth, and Illinois State University will play host to a multi-disciplinary symposium on all things Britten, Thursday through Sunday. I’ll welcome two of the symposium organizers, Karyl Carlson and Justin Vickers, to the Tuesday edition of “Live and Local.”

Live and Local - October 21, 2013

Mandolinist Mike Compton Jams at the Urbana Hootenanny

On Tuesday, I had a chance to talk briefly with mandolinist Mike Compton. Born in Mississippi, he became a staple of Nashville’s music scene, where he’s a long-time member of the Nashville Bluegrass Band and recorded a half-dozen albums with the Hartford String Band. Lately, in addition to his ensemble gigs, he’s toured a lot solo. He’ll do double duty when he joins the Urbana Hootenanny Monday night and plays for us live on the Monday edition of “Live and Local.”

Live and Local - October 18, 2013

Singer-Songwriter Iris DeMent in Springfield and Bloomington; Flutist Rebecca Johnson in Charleston

To create her latest CD, Sing the Delta, reluctant songwriter Iris DeMent said, “A door kinda opened up, a handful of songs walked through . . . and I knew I had a record.” Iris DeMent will bring her music to Springfield Friday night and to Bloomington on the 26th, and she’ll be my guest on the Friday edition of “Live and Local.”  Also, live in our studio, we’ll hear flutist Rebecca Johnson and pianist Cara Chowning before their recital in Charleston Sunday afternoon.

Live and Local - October 17, 2013

Straight No Chaser in Normal and “Nunsense” in Sullivan

If you’re familiar with the phenomenon of college a cappella, then you know about Straight No Chaser, the ten-man college-turned-professional group whose career was launched by a viral YouTube video. Now touring the world, they’ll sing in Normal on November 9. I’ll talk with Dave Roberts, a founding member, on the Thursday edition of “Live and Local.” Also, live in our studio, we’ll preview the musical Nunsense, the current production at The Little Theatre in Sullivan.

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