Live and Local - June 06, 2014

Archaea Tree Ensemble to Perform “The Book of Goddesses” in Champaign

Robert Paterson’s composition for flute, harp and percussion called The Book of Goddesses was inspired by the illustrated book of the same name by Kris Waldherr. Paterson chose nine goddesses from around the world for musical illustration in his forty-minute work, which will be played in Champaign on Sunday by the local Archaea Tree Ensemble. The trio will play excerpts for us live on the Friday edition of “Live and Local.”

Live and Local - June 05, 2014

Greater Decatur Youth Band Begins 20th Season

The Greater Decatur Youth Band got its start in 1994 as an opportunity for students in grades 5 through 9 to improve their music skills during the summer. It also affords Millikin University music education students the chance to work as assistant directors. Expanded several years ago to encompass 4th through 10th grades, the band will begin rehearsals next week. I’ll talk with director Gary Shaw on the Thursday edition of “Live and Local.”

Live and Local - June 04, 2014

Sounds of the Prairie Community Band Invites New Members

The Sounds of the Prairie Community Band—formerly known as the carTunes Community Summer Band—offers an opportunity for amateur musicians young and old to practice and perform in a relaxed setting. This year the band will give concerts in St. Joseph, Homer and Mahomet, and they’re looking for new members. I’ll talk with chair Ross Bundy and new director Christi Lohrberg on the Wednesday edition of “Live and Local.”

Live and Local - June 03, 2014

Urbana’s Station Theatre Opens Summer Season with Sondheim Revue

The Station Theatre in Urbana has announced its summer season, with three shows they characterize as “a classic musical revue, a provocative Pulitzer-Prize finalist and a warm-hearted drama.” First up is the “classic musical revue,” called Putting It Together—a show in which two couples reflect on the complexities of modern relationships through the songs of Stephen Sondheim. We’ll have a live preview on the Tuesday edition of “Live and Local.”

Live and Local - June 02, 2014

Wyoming’s “Trailer Park Troubadour” Plays in Urbana

Jalan [juh-LAHN] Crossland considers that he’s one of the few “alt country” artists who still claim the “country” as home. Known as the “trailer park troubadour” in his home state of Wyoming, he writes songs that are vivid, first-hand accounts of life in the small towns and back country of 21st-century America. Jalan Crossland will play in Urbana Monday and Tuesday night, and he’ll play for us live on the Monday edition of “Live and Local.”

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