Nathan Irwin

Program Director

Nathan Irwin has been WCBU’ s Program Director since 2001. Prior to that, he was a talk-show producer and announcer for New Hampshire Public Radio. His first radio job was KFJM-FM in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He grew up in upstate New York, Wisconsin and Karachi, Pakistan. He graduated from the University of North Dakota with a degree in political science.

Outside the studios, Nathan spends most of his time as an actor and singer. He has performed with Corn Stock Theatre, Peoria Players and the Bradley Community Chorus.

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Theatre Reviews
5:00 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Corn Stock season opens with "Funny Girl"

Corn Stock Theatre opens its summer season with the musical “Funny Girl.” 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.

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Out and About
8:00 am
Fri May 30, 2014

HFO closes season with a double dose of Beethoven

Credit Heartland Festival Orchestra

David Commanday, Artistic Director of the Heartland Festival Orchestra, talks about this weekend's upcoming concert. "Victorious Beethoven" pairs the composer's Fourth and Fifth Symphonies. Commanday contrasts the two symphonies, and talks about another piece on the program, which features the orchestra's principal instrumentalists. "Victorious Beethoven" will be performed Saturday night at 7:30 at Five Points Washington.

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Out and About
8:00 am
Fri May 23, 2014

"Smokey Joe's Cafe" offers tour of popular music history

Credit Peoria Players Theatre

This week we're talking with Peggy Beaux Hupp. She;s directing "Smokey Joe's Cafe" at Peoria Players Theatre. The show is a "jukebox" musical, built around the music of Mike Stoller and Jerry Lieber. We talk about some of the numbers featured in the show, about finding the right voices to make up the cast, and about the challenge of directing a musical with no story line and no recurring characaters. "Smokey Joe's Cafe" runs June 5th through 9th at Peoria Players.

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Theatre Reviews
6:20 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Peoria Players finds a home for "Shrek: The Musical"

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Peoria Players Theatre is staging the first Central Illinois production of “Shrek: The Musical,” based on the animated films Marty Lynch 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.

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Out and About
8:00 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Civic Chorale presents a program of American music this weekend

Credit Peoria Area Civic Chorale

This week, we're talking with Mark Grizzard, from the Peoria Area Civic Chorale, about their spring concert, "Music of Our Homeland." The program draws from range of American musical traditions -- folks songs, gospel, bluegrass and contemporary pop. Grizzard talks about some of the individual pieces, and about what ties them together. Performances are Saturday night at 7:30, and Sunday afternoon at 2:30, at First Federated Church in Peoria.

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Out and About
8:00 am
Fri April 25, 2014

HFO brings Barbara Padilla for special performance

Credit Heartland Festival Orchestra

This week, we're talking with David Commanday, Artistic Director of the Heartland Festival Orchestra. They've added an additional concert to their 2013-14, featuring a return appearance by soprano Barbara Padilla. Padilla has performed with the HFO. For this concert, she'll be presenting material from her forthcoming CD. The concert is Saturday night at 7:30 at Five Points Washington.

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Theatre Reviews
4:58 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

"Humpty Dumpty" provides intense theatre experience

Credit Illinois Central College

Illinois Central College closes its current theatre season with Humpty Dumpty,” which uses the children’s nursery rhyme as a metaphor for contemporary life. 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.

“Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall”

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Out and About
11:31 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Spring Celebration features art from area schools

This week, we;re talking with Mary Rous, about the Arts in Education Spring Celebration. Now in its 29th year, the program spotlights the performing arts programs in local schools with performances and exhibits at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza. The Spring Celebration continues weekdays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., through May 23rd.

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Out and About
7:57 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Bela Fleck brings his Banjo Concerto to PSO concert

Credit Peoria Symphony Orchestra

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.

 

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Out and About
5:26 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Peoria Art Guild exhibits challenge viewers to re-thinking painting

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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.

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