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The Evening Concert
Great performances from the great concert venues
Host Roger Cooper brings you outstanding classical music from central Illinois orchestras and ensembles, including many artists from the U of I.
Roger presents the Prairie Ensemble's final concert, "A Musical Soirée," with Kevin Kelly, conductor. Benjamin Britten's “Soirées musicales,” an adaptation of tunes by Rossini, opens the program.
Classics of the Phonograph
John Frayne's weekly exploration of memorable recordings from the 20th century.
Everyone went to the movies in the 1930s and 1940s, and such is the power of Hollywood that it was inevitable that classical music would eventually go the movies. On spectacular example was Walt Disney's "Fantasia," employing the master showmanship of Leopold Stokowski. Also, the 1947 film "Carnegie Hall" showcased Stokowski as will as virtuosos Jascha Heifetz and Artur Rubinstein, among others. We will sample some music from those films.
Classics by Request
Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac airs at 9:01 am
Afternoon at the Opera
(DiChiera) Flint, conductor, with Pop as Cyrano, Partridge as Roxane, Sola as Christian, and the Michigan Opera Theatre Chorus and Orchestra. After the opera: R. Strauss: THE LOVE OF DANAE.
Live and Local
Conversations and performances with local and national artists, hosted by Kevin Kelly
Enjoy past interviews and performances in the Live and Local archive.