Little Big Band on Performance

The Little Big Band is a seven piece group from Rockford. The band consists of Cary Sheley (trombone), Ken Stein (tenor saxophone), Randy Schneeberger (trumpet), Ken Kilian (baritone saxophone), Tom Stein (piano), Guy Fiorenza (bass), and Dave Sterner (drums). On May 19th, 2019, the Little Big Band closed out the 2019 MPAC season with a concert at the Starr Center featuring mid-century jazz from the likes of Miles Davis, Count Basie, and Duke Ellington.

The concert was recorded in its entirety, and will be aired on the July 5th episode of Performance. Performance airs Sunday nights at 7:00 pm and features complete concerts from local venues, including the various stages of the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center. If you’re interested in finding out when an artist will air on the show, check our Facebook page or sign up for our newsletter.

WBOM Moves to New Studio

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the last two months of the MPAC season were canceled, and financial pressures forced the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center to put two of its buildings up for sale.  One of the buildings was 406 N. Main Street, where the WBOM studios were located. 

Over the last two months, WBOM has been moving to its new studio located in the Starr Center (415 N. Church Street).  The move has been difficult – both physically and emotionally – but it is now complete.  The new studio is now up and running.

WBOM began at 406 N. Main Street as a pair of empty rooms.  It completed its run there as four studios, filled with equipment and many, many memories.  The new studio – named “Studio V” to celebrate and continue the legacy from the old building – has the equipment now.  New memories will be forthcoming.

David Kalhous Featured on Performance

David Kalhous is an acclaimed pianist. On April 12, 2019, he played a concert on the Main Stage at the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center. He began the program with material from Beethoven and Czech Composer Leos Janacek. However the bulk of the concert featured works by Chopin. He played four pieces by Chopin during the main program and then performed two additional Chopin works as an encore.

The show was recorded in its entirety and will be aired on the June 7th episode of Performance. Performance airs Sunday nights at 7:00 pm and features complete concerts from local venues, including the various stages of the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center. If you’re interested in finding out when an artist will air on the show, check our Facebook page or sign up for our newsletter.

Pangelic Duo Interviewed for Artist Spotlight

Harpist Faye Seeman and steelpan virtuoso Liam Teague make up the Pangelic Duo. They sat down with Bob Francis to talk about their unique musical partnership for the Artist Spotlight program.

Artist Spotlight features an interview with a musician or group and includes a deep-dive into their music. The Pangelic Duo episode of Artist Spotlight will air Saturday, May 9, at 7:00 am with a rebroadcast on Sunday evening, May 10 at 6:00 pm.

The Pangelic Duo will perform on the Main Stage of the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center on Friday night, May 15, at 7:30 pm. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets for the show.

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Rulee Stallmann Highlighted on Artist Spotlight

The work of American composer Samuel Barber will be featured in an upcoming performance – A Shining Night of Barber – on the Main Stage at the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center.

The organizer of the concert – MPAC Board Member Rulee Stallmann – sat down with Louise Brass to discuss what it takes to put a concert of diverse local musicians together. Their chat will be featured in an upcoming episode of Artist Spotlight.

The episode will air on Saturday, October 26, at 7:00 am and be rebroadcast on Sunday evening, October 27, at 6:00 pm.

A Shining Night of Barber is Friday night, November 1, at 7:30 pm. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

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Rockford Wind Quintet Interviewed for Artist Spotlight

The members of the Rockford Wind Quintet stopped by the WBOM studios to talk with Bob Francis about their music and their upcoming show at Emerson House. The conversation will be aired on the Artist Spotlight program on Saturday, October 5th at 7:00 am and rebroadcast on Sunday, October 6th at 6:00 pm.

The Rockford Wind Quintet will be playing Emerson House on Monday, October 7th at 5:30 pm. For more information about the show and order tickets, click here.

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Joel Baer Interviewed for Artist Spotlight

Drummer Joel Baer stopped by the WBOM studios to talk with Pamela Scott about his music and his upcoming show at the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center. The interview – along with selections of his music – will be featured on Artist Spotlight on Saturday, September 21 at 7:00 am with a rebroadcast on Sunday, September 22 at 6:00 pm.

Joel Baer – along with sixteen of his favorite musicians – will be playing at the Starr Center on Sunday, September 29th. Click here for more information and tickets for the show.

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Emerald Wind to be Featured on Performance

The duo Emerald Wind celebrated the release of their third CD (entitled “Journey with Your Heart”) by hosting a free concert at the Starr Center on Sunday, July 21st. The concert included appearances by local musicians and mentors: Ron Holm and Jannie Nelson (Trinadora), Danny McDade (Danny’s Gone Rogue) and Jodi Beach along with her husband, Jim McDowell.

WBOM recorded the concert for a future episode of Performance. Performance airs Sunday nights at 7:00 pm and features complete concerts from local venues, including the various stages of the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center. If you’re interested in finding out when an artist will air on the show, check our Facebook page or sign up for our newsletter.

In Print Radio – Crime Fiction Panel

The Brigham Memorial Library in Sharon, Wisconsin, hosted a Crime Fiction Panel on Saturday, July 13 with authors Sandy Colbert and Kristin Oakley.

They discussed the research required to write their books, and answered questions from the audience. The panel presentation was recorded by WBOM for a future episode of In Print Radio.

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