Arts

Heartland Festival Orchestra

David Commanday, Music Director of the Heartland Festival Orchestra, is with us to talk about the orchestra's concert on Saturday. The performance features return appearances by Nick Cannelakis and Elena Urioste, who team up to perform the Brahms Double Concerto. We talk about the soloists, the Double Concerto itself , and the orchestra's featured community partner for this concert.

We travel to the Exhibit A Gallery to find paintings by Don Kettleborough. Then we find ourselves looking into the Heuser Gallery to look at Envisioned Worlds: Lithographs from the Hokes Archives. Both are great opportunities to look into the local art scene.

Erin Feis returns to the Peoria Riverfront

Aug 28, 2015

John Martin is with us, to talk about about Erin Feis. The annual Irish festival is back, and runs Friday through Sunday along the Peoria Riverfront. He says that music is the highlight of the event, and talks about about the work that goes into finding all the featured performers, and scheduling them among multiple performance stages. He also talks about some of the festival's cultural programming.

Corn Stock Theatre closes its summer season with the regional premiere of “The Color Purple.” It’s a musical adaptation of the best-selling novel. Stan Strickler has this review of a production at Corn Stock Theatre, for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria.

Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

Fall art exhibits at the Contemporary Art Center

Aug 24, 2015

There are several beautiful pieces at the Contemporary Art Center. First we hear about Got Jazz, Fiber Artists Coalition, and  we learn about sculpture by Barbara Cooper. Both can be seen at the Contemporary Art Center September through October.

Corn Stock Theatre

This week, we talk Molly Burroughs and Sharon Reed, the co-directors of the musical "The Color Purple" at Corn Stock Theatre. The musical is an adaptation of the novel and motion picture. They talk about why they chose this production in particular, and what they saw in its story and its music. The show features an entirely African-American cast and a racially diverse crew - things they think are important in local community theatre.

Fogelberg Celebration Weekend returns to Peoria

Aug 14, 2015
Fogelberg Foundation of Peoria

This week, we're talking about the 6th Annual Dan Fogelberg Celebration Weekend, with Hugh Higgins. The event grew out of a beneift concert, organized to pay for a memorial to Fogelberg on the Peoria Riverfront. It's grown into an annual event that attracts "Dan Fans" from around the world. The highlight of the event is a tribute concert, taking place Friday night at the Gateway Building. Other activities continue through Sunday. We also talk about some of the charitable work supported by the proceeds from the celebration weekend.

Artist brings hands-on experience to Ignite! Peoria

Aug 7, 2015
Lizz Barnes / Ear in the Envelope

This week, we're talking with Lizz Barnes, from Ear in the Envelope Studios in Peoria. She's one of the artists participating in Ignite! Peoria on Saturday. Attendees will be able to visit her table in the Creation Station and try their hand at metal-stamping. She talks about the history behind her studio, which has become a venue for showcasing local artists and performers. She talks about last year's Ignite event, and its importance to local artists and creators.

"Rhapsody in Bloom" mixes art, music and plants

Jul 24, 2015

This week, we're talking with Bob Streitmatter, manager of the Luthy Botanical Garden. They're hosting their annual "Rhapsody in Bloom" art festival on August 1st and 2nd. The events features local artists exhibiting their work, live music and food, all in the setting of the venue's outdoor gardens. Streitmatter talks about the origin of the event, and some of the plants in the Garden's collection.

Ignite! Peoria returns to the Peoria Civic Center

Jul 17, 2015

We're talking with Kaci Osborne and Megan Pedigo about Ignite! Peoria. The event returns to the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday, August 8th. The event features individual artists, a Creation Station, fashion and a car show. We talk about some of the elements that will be new for this year's event, and about what the organizers want it to achieve - both for the artists and for the Peoria community.

"Secret Garden" delivers a high-quality production

Jul 16, 2015

Set in the early 1900s, “The Secret Garden” tells the story of an orphaned girl, sent to live with her widowed uncle in England. A production at Corn Stock Theatre features Broadway actor and Peoria native Bart Shatto. Stan Strickler has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria.

Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

Actor makes a homecoming of "The Secret Garden"

Jul 10, 2015
Corn Stock Theatre

We're joined this week by Bart Shatto. The actor and Peoria native is back in town to appear as Archibald Craven in Corn Stock Theatre's production of "The Secret Garden." The show reunites him with director Pam Orear, who gave Shatto his first role back in the 1980s. Since then, Shatto has gone on to perform on Broadway, and with several national touring productions. "The Secret Garden" opens tonight, and runs through July 18th, at Corn Stock Theatre.

Peoria Symphony presents Quartetto Gelato

Jun 26, 2015
Peoria Symphony Orchestra

George Stelluto, Music Director of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, talks about tonight's concert by the ensemble Quartetto Gelato. The quartet is known for its embrace of multiple musical genres -- classical, jazz, folk and world music. All of those influences will be on display in tonight's program. Stelutto talks about some of the works we can expect to hear, about the quartet's repertoire, and about the unique musical environment of Paris in in the early 20th century.

Corn Stock Theatre

The relationships that form among five women in college form the basis of the play “The Dixie Swim Club.” Stan Strickler has this review of a production at Corn Stock Theatre, for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

nationalhellenicmuseum.org

 CHICAGO (AP) - An exhibition of art by late actor Anthony Quinn is opening at the National Hellenic Museum in Chicago. The exhibit, "Transcending Boundaries: The Art of Anthony Quinn," opens Friday at the museum in Chicago's Greektown neighborhood. It features more than 80 of the actor's paintings and sculptures along with a replica of the studio where he worked. The museum says Quinn created art into his 80s after he started drawing and sculpting at age 17. Quinn won an apprenticeship under architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

"Dixie Swim Club" dives into the lives of five women

Jun 19, 2015
Corn Stock Theatre

Lana Warner is the co-director of "The Dixie Swim Club" at Corn Stock Theatre. The play focuses on the lives of five women, former members of the same college swimming team, who reunite each summer. Warner talks about why she chose the show, about working her cast, and about what she thinks amkes this production special.

"The Dixie Swim Club" opens tonight, and continues through June 27th at Corn Stock Theatre in Peoria's Upper Bradley Park.

CIJS brings jazz to the Peoria Riverfront

Jun 12, 2015
Central Illinois Jazz Society

This week, we're talking with Dick Marsho from the Central Illinois Jazz Society. They're co-sponsoring the River City Jazz Festival on the Peoria Riverfront, tomorrow from noon to 10:00 p.m. Marsho talks about some of the artists and bands featured in the event, which offers a range of jazz styles. He also talks about the Society's monthly events at the Landmark Recreation Center, which spotlight local jazz musicians; and about a series of Thursday-night jazz concerts, which run in July and August on the CEFCU Stage.

Wheels O' Time Museum gears up for another season

May 15, 2015

This week, we're talking wih Bobbi Rice, from the Wheels O' Time Museum. The museum may be bext known for its collection of vehicles -- cars, tractors and fire engines -- but it also features artifacts of everyday life. Rice talks about some of the new exhibits the museum is offering this year, and some ongoing restoration efforts. The Wheels O' Time Museum is open now through October 31st.

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The undisputed king of the blues B.B. King died last night at his home in Las Vegas. He was 89. During his life, King brought music from Mississippi’s dirt roads to black tie meetings with world leaders. Illinois Public Radio’s Brian O’Keefe spoke with Chicago-based, Grammy Award-winning blues producer Dick Sherman about King’s life and legacy:

PSO to present Mahler's Seventh Symphony

May 8, 2015
Peoria Symphony Orchestra

This week, we're talking with George Stelluto, Music Director of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. The PSO is presenting Gustav Mahler Symphony no. 7 this weekend -- the first time the orchestra has performed that work. Stelluto describes the symphony as a "journey from darkness to light," and talks about some of the additional instruments that the score calls for. He also puts the symphony in the context of Mahler's own life. The concert is Saturday night at 8:00 at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre.

Review - "Damn Yankees"

May 7, 2015
Peoria Players Theatre

One baseball fan’s lament, and an actual “deal with the Devil,” set off the action in the musical, “Damn Yankees.” A production is currently underway at Peoria Players Theatre. Stan Strickler has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

Peoria Park District

This week, we're talking with Alex Larson about the Peoria Park District's inaugural Artist and Comic Expo. The event features many guests and creators with ties to the region -- including voice actor Larry Kenney, who worked on the 1980s animated series "Thundercats." Artists Jenny Frison and Hilary Barta, who currently work in the comic book industry, also grew up in and around Peoria.  The Expo also includes film screenings, panel discussions and activities aimed at children. The Artist and Comic Expo will be held May 9th and 10th at the Bonnie Noble Center.

ICC Theatre presents "All in the Timing"

Apr 17, 2015
Illinois Central College

This week, we talk with Doug Rosson, one of the directors of Illinois Central College's production of "All in the Timing." The show is a collection of six short plays by David Ives, each of which explores ideas about chance and variability. Rosson explains the premises behind some of those pieces. He also talks about the logistics of organizing a production that includes a large cast, working on multiple scripts, with three directors. And he talks about why David Ives is so frequently produced in American theatres.

Eureka alum directs "August: Osage County"

Apr 10, 2015
Eureka College

Joel Shoemaker is directing Eureka College's upcoming production of "August: Osage County." A graduate of Eureka, he talks about returning to campus in a different capacity. He also talks about the show, which is driven by the complicated dynamics of an extended and multi-generational Oklahoma family. Shoemaker also talks about what he has learned as a first-time director. "August: Osage County" runs April 14th to 18th in the Pritchard Theatre at Eureka College.

Gordon Takes the Helm at ArtsPartners

Apr 3, 2015

Today, we're talking with Jenn Gordon, the new Executive Director of ArtsPartners of Central Illinois. The Peoria native was active for many years in the local arts scene -- performing with groups like Peoria Players Theatre and the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. For the last several years, she's been living in New York, where she worked for Steinway. She talks about her background, the changes she's noticed in the Peoria arts scene, and her hopes for ArtsPartners.

Peoria Civic Center

This week, we talk with Harold Meers. He's bringing actor/singer Ron Raines and arranger/accompanist Don Pippin to central Illinois to present their program "Legends of Broadway." The show is a tour through the history of American musical theatre, focusing on the songwriters, and songwriting teams, that shaped the Great White Way. Meers offers some background information on Raines and Pippin, and talks about what to expect from the performance. "Legends of Broadway" is Friday night at 7:30 at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre.

Corn Stock Theatre

Tim Wyman directs "The Lieutenant of Inishmore," opening this weekend at Corn Stock Theatre. The play is set in the early 1990s, towards the end of the "Troubles" in Northern Ireland. Wyman talks about the dark humor of the script, about how it treats on- and off-stage violence, and about some of the technical challenges he faced in staging this production in Corn Stock's Winter Playhouse. "The Lieutenant of Inishmore" opens tonight, and runs through Sunday, March 29th.

"Pirates of Penzance" is lively and "comically fun"

Mar 18, 2015
Peoria Players Theatre

Peoria Players Theatre continues its season with a production of “The Pirates of Penzance,” Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operetta that brings together orphans, musical pirates and a modern major-general. Stan Strickler has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

Pirates plunder Peoria Players!

Mar 13, 2015
Peoria Players Theatre

Laura Garfinkel is directing "The Pirates of Penzance," which opens this weekend at Peoria Players Theatre. She talks about the decision to propose the operetta as part of Players' current season; about the her cast and production team; and about the approachability of the work by Gilbert and Sullivan. Performances of "The Pirates of Penzance" begin tonight, and continue through Sunday, March 22nd.

Riverfront Museum examines the urge to collect

Mar 6, 2015
Peoria Riverfront Museum

Ann Schmitt talks about an exhibit now on display at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. "Stuff! The Art of Collecting" includes a cabinet curiosities; these private collections of items that inspired curiosity and wonder were an early precursor of the museums we know today. She talks about some of the other items featured in the exhibit, about what the exhibit tells us about the urge to collect, and about a collector's fair the Museum is organizing in May. "Stuff! The Art of Collecting" continues through May 25th.

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