Arts http://peoriapublicradio.org en Bela Fleck brings his Banjo Concerto to PSO concert http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/bela-fleck-brings-his-banjo-concerto-pso-concert <p>This week, we're talking with banjo virtuoso and multiple-Grammy-winner Bela Fleck. He's performing his composition "The Imposter," a concerto for banjo and orchestra, with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra in their concert on Saturday night. He talks about the piece itself, the story behind its composition, and his wide-ranging musical career and collaborations.</p><p></p><p><br />&nbsp;</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:57:00 +0000 Nathan Irwin 21617 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Bela Fleck brings his Banjo Concerto to PSO concert Peoria Art Guild exhibits challenge viewers to re-thinking painting http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/peoria-art-guild-exhibits-challenge-viewers-re-thinking-painting <p></p><p>We're talking with Josh Cox, Exhibitions Coordinator at the Peoria Guild, about two current exhibits: "Between the Void" by Mel Cook, and "Memorial" by Angela Inez Baldus. Cox says both artists bring novel approaches to traditional genres, such as portraits and landscapes. Cooks incorporates other media and thick brush strokes into her paintings; Baldus bases her portraits on people and stories she's drawn to. Both shows continue through April 30th.</p><p></p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 22:26:35 +0000 Nathan Irwin 21323 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Peoria Art Guild exhibits challenge viewers to re-thinking painting New exhibit offers a new "beginning" for local artist http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/new-exhibit-offers-new-beginning-local-artist <p>This week, we're talking with Sandy Fisher about "Beginnings" -- an exhibit of her work -- at Exhibit A Gallery, at Junction City Shopping Center in Peoria. Fisher talks about her choice of medium, her collaboration with gallery owner Barbara Milaccio, and about the inspiration behind some the works on display. The exhibit opens with a reception Friday night at 5:00 p.m.. It continues through April 28th.</p><p></p><p></p> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 15:00:00 +0000 Nathan Irwin 20949 at http://peoriapublicradio.org New exhibit offers a new "beginning" for local artist Players production strikes "dramatic gold" http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/players-production-strikes-dramatic-gold <p>The play, “The Miracle Worker” re-tells the story of Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan. Douglas Oakey has this review of a production at Peoria Players Theatre, for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.</p><p>Peoria Players Theatre dusts off William Gibson’s “The Miracle Worker” this spring, directed by Charles Killen.&nbsp; Good news: The play retains all of its charm and emotional power.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Nathan Irwin 20446 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Players production strikes "dramatic gold" ICC event will honor Fred Stobaugh http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/icc-event-will-honor-fred-stobaugh <p>This week, we're talking with Jacob Colgan, about "An Evening with Fred." The event honors Peoria's Fred Stobaugh, who became a YouTube sensation, and the oldest songwriter to make the Billboard Hot 100 chart, with his song, "Oh Sweet Lorraine." Colgan talks about discovering Stobaugh through a songwriting contest, and about the love story that inspired the song. The event also features performances by the ICC Vocal Jazz Ensemble, the Larry Harms Trio and others. It takes place Saturday night at 7:00 at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria</p><p></p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Nathan Irwin 20225 at http://peoriapublicradio.org ICC event will honor Fred Stobaugh Peoria Players production tells the remarkable story of Helen Keller http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/peoria-players-production-tells-remarkable-story-helen-keller <p>This week, we're talking with Charles Killen, director of Peoria Players Theatre's upcoming production of "The Miracle Worker." He talks about his own history with the play, about casting the two principal roles, and about the subject matter of the show remains relevant in 2014. "The Miracle Worker" runs March 14th through 23rd at Peoria Players.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Nathan Irwin 19882 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Peoria Players production tells the remarkable story of Helen Keller ICC production presents a cross-section of work in America http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/icc-production-presents-cross-section-work-america <p>The musical “Working” presents a multi-faceted look at work and its role in American life. A production of the musical is now on stage at <a href="http://artsaticc.com/">Illinois Central College</a>. Marty Lynch has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the <a href="http://peorialivetheatre.com/">Live Theatre League of Peoria</a>. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.</p><p></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 13:59:00 +0000 Nathan Irwin 19782 at http://peoriapublicradio.org ICC production presents a cross-section of work in America Director sees humor and humanity in "Clybourne Park" http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/director-sees-humor-and-humanity-clybourne-park <p>This week, we're talking with Egla Birmingham, director of <a href="http://www.bradley.edu/theatre/">Bradley University Theatre's</a> production of "Clybourne Park." Set in the same house as "A Raisin in the Sun," the play offers a perspective on how race and family have changed over the past fifty years. Birmingham talks about what she finds appealing in the script, and about working with young actors to bring the text to life. "Clybourne Park" continues through Sunday, March 9th.</p><p></p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Nathan Irwin 19593 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Director sees humor and humanity in "Clybourne Park" Corn Stock production asks "What is art?" http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/corn-stock-production-asks-what-art <p>This week, we're talking with Cindy Hoey, <a href="http://cornstocktheatre.com">Corn Stock Theatre</a> Manager, about their production of "Art." The play tells the story of three friends, whose friendships are upended when one of them acquires a piece of modern art. She talks about the three actors who make up the cast, and about what the show has to say about both art and relationships. She also talks about an art exhibit Corn Stock is hosting in conjunction with the production.</p><p></p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 18:04:00 +0000 Nathan Irwin 19258 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Corn Stock production asks "What is art?" Corn Stock production examines art, relationships http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/corn-stock-production-examines-art-relationships <p></p><p>The purchase of a piece of modern art escalates into a conflict among three friends, in the play “Art.” A production is now on stage on Corn Stock Theatre. Douglas Oakey&nbsp; has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 13:55:00 +0000 Nathan Irwin 19158 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Corn Stock production examines art, relationships