Live and Local

4 to 5 pm weekdays on FM 90.9

Conversations and performances with local and national artists, hosted by Kevin Kelly

April 23, 2014:

Peter, Paul & Mary Tribute Band in Charleston, and the Champaign-Urbana Symphony

I always loved the folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary. Their rendition of “Puff the Magic Dragon” still makes me cry. Now there’s a modern-day folk trio from New York City inspired by PP&M—A Band Called Honalee. They’ll play during Charleston’s annual arts festival this weekend, and I’ll talk with two of their number on the Wednesday edition of “Live and Local.” We’ll also hear from conductor Stephen Alltop about Friday’s concert by the Champaign-Urbana Symphony.

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Classic Mornings

9 am to noon weekdays on FM 90.0 and 101.1

Vic Di Geronimo kneeling in the midst of shelves full of music CDs

April 17, 2014:

That Number Again Is…!

Some of you may wonder if, after a fund drive, those of us who have repeated the pledge telephone number hundreds of times over the course of several days accidentally give that number instead of our own telephone numbers and follow it up by saying: “That number again is......!” 

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Prairie Performances

Fridays at 7 pm on FM 90.9 and 101.1

Roger Cooper

Host Roger Cooper brings you outstanding classical music from central Illinois orchestras and ensembles, including many artists from the U of I.

April 25, 2014:

Eastern Illinois Symphony

Roger presents the Eastern Illinois University Symphony, the Eastern Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, along with the Eastern Illinois University Choral Ensembles.

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The Evening Concert

7 to 9 pm Monday thru Thursday

Great performances from the great concert venues

April 23, 2014:

Yuja Wang Plays Rachmaninoff’s 3rd Piano Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic

Tonight at 7:00 on “The Evening Concert” on WILL-FM, it’s the Los Angeles Philharmonic led by Music Director Gustavo Dudamel. Yuja Wang is the soloist in Rachmaninoff’s 3rd Piano Concerto.  Also on the program, Stravinsky’s “Petrushka” and Daniel Bjarnson’s “Blow bright” for orchestra, a Los Angeles Philharmonic commission.

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Classics of the Phonograph

Saturdays at 11 am on FM 90.9 and 101.1

John Frayne

John Frayne's weekly exploration of memorable recordings from the 20th century.

April 26, 2014:

Symphonic poems of Dvorak

In 1896, after Dvorak's return from America, and from the composition of the New World Symphony, he was attracted to folk tales in the poems of the Czech writer Karel Erben. The result was four symphonic poems telling the stories of such Czech folk figures as "The Water Sprite," and "The Noonday Witch." Great Czech conductors such as Vaclav Talich and Raphael Kubelik have recorded some of these tone poems, and on we'll sample music from them.

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Classics by Request

Saturdays at 9 am on FM 90.9 and 101.1

John Frayne plays requests for two hours each Saturday morning. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 217-300-4319.

Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac airs at 9:01 am

Afternoon at the Opera

Saturdays at noon on FM 90.9

April 26, 2014:


(Mozart) Metropolitan Opera production with Levine, conductor, and Phillips, Leonard, de Niese, Polenzani, Pogossov, Muraro and the Met Orchestra and Chorus.

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