Arts & Performance

Crimes of the Heart at ACT

Aug 9, 2016

  Asheville Community Theatre will present the Pulitzer prize winning play Crimes of the Heart, opening Friday, August 12th. Cast members Sarah Billings and Julianne Arnall were in the WCQS studios to talk with Dick Kowal about the play.

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In her commentary this week, Alison Arnold talks about some more ways to deal with drought conditions.

Mo Wants to Know

Jul 14, 2016
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The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation is in Asheville as part of a statewide listening tour.  The Winston-Salem based foundation has invested in statewide, regional and community-based organizations since 1936.  The foundation's new Executive Director, Maurice "Mo" Green sat down for a conversation with WCQS's Helen Chickering.   

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In her commentary this week, WCQS gardening expert Alison Arnold tells us what the impact of drought is on gardens and plant life.    

Open Air Brevard 2016

Jul 12, 2016

  It's an all-Russian program on the next Open Air Brevard, with Stravinsky's ground-breaking score for The Rite of Spring paired with Tchaikovsky's beloved Piano Concerto No. 1 featuring soloist Joyce Yang.

Listen Wednesday morning at 10 for Open Air Brevard, music recorded in concert at the Brevard Music Center.

Free Planet Radio and Opal String Quartet

Jul 11, 2016

  Local favorite World super- group Free Planet Radio with special guest the Opal String Quartet performs at the Altamont Theatre in Asheville on Saturday, July 16th.  Members of the group will join Dick Kowal Tuesday at 1pm to talk about their global sounds and unique musical fusions. Their current recording is Global Symphony Project.

Asheville Lyric Opera's "Man of La Mancha"

Jul 7, 2016

  Asheville Lyric Opera performs Man of La Mancha at the Diana Wortham Theatre July 15th through the 17th.  Dick Kowal spoke with ALO Director David Craig Starkey, conductor Keith Chambers, and David Malis, who plays Don Quixote.

It's a summertime tradition for classical music lovers in Western North Carolina! WCQS is pleased to once again present Open Air Brevard, music recorded in performance at the renowned Brevard Music Center. Partnering with WDAV Davidson, each week we bring you a glimpse into activities at the Festival, including conversations with the artists and live performances of magnificent music by the artists, faculty, and students at BMC.

Mountain Xpress film critic Ken Hanke passed away this week at the age of 61. WCQS classical music host (and fellow film critic) Chip Kaufmann will pay tribute to Hanke this morning from 11 to 12.

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This week, WCQS gardening expert Alison Arnold talks about some of the plants that have problems flowering this time of year, and why. 

Q (Jeremy): Now that the growing season is well underway is there anything that typically shows up from year to year?

  This weekend marks the opening of the 46th Season of the Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival, with five weeks of performances at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa and Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville.  Festival director Inessa Zaretzky and members of the Tesla String Quartet joined Dick Kowal to talk about the opening night concert of music by Haydn, Dvorak, Mozart, and Caroline Shaw.

  The Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre in Mars Hill  opens its 42nd Season with Greater Tuna, a play by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard.  Set in Tuna, Texas, the play features only two actors playing all twenty characters. Bill Greg, Executive Producing Director of SART, talked with Dick Kowal about the play and about the following production, The Belle of Amherst.

  Therapeutic musician Robin Russell Gaiser celebrates the release of her new book, Musical Morphine: Transforming Pain One Note at a Time with a book launch party Sunday at 5 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville.  She spoke with Dick Kowal about the book and her work with chronically, critically, and terminally ill patients. 

Open Air Brevard 2016

Jun 15, 2016

Every summer the Brevard Music Center and Summer Festival brings together renowned soloists and conductors, dedicated faculty from leading orchestras, and talented students from across the country for learning and world-class music-making. Join us each week for memorable concerts from the 80-year-old festival on Open Air Brevard, Tuesday evenings at 7 and Wednesday mornings at 10 here on WCQS.

Asheville Percussion Festival

Jun 9, 2016

  The fifth annual Asheville Percussion Festival returns June 17-19, featuring teaching artists from around the world, dancers, singers, wellness workshops, and lots and lots of drumming. Founder and rhythm ambassador River Guerguerian talks with Dick Kowal about this year's festival at 1:06, following NPR news headlines.

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In her commentary this week, WCQS gardening expert Alison Arnold takes us through some of the common problems we see in our gardens this time of year. 

Q (Jeremy): It’s June and while it’s still early in the growing season many landscape plants have grown enough for us to know whether they are healthy or not.. what type of problems are you seeing or commonly see in the garden at this time?

Brevard Community Band "Concert in the Round"

Jun 1, 2016

  The Brevard Community Band, under the direction of Jamie Hafner, performs a "Concert in the Round" Sunday afternoon at 3 in venerable Strauss Auditorium at Brevard Music Center. Blake Ellege, tenor, will be the featured soloist.  Jamie Hafner will talk about the concert with Dick Kowal this afternoon at 1:06.

  Asheville Community Theatre presents the Tony winning musical "Le Cage aux Folles," opening Friday night, directed by Jerry Crouch.

Our friends from ACT, Jerry Crouch and Bradshaw Call  will talk with Dick Kowal about the production today at 1:06.  Don't miss it!

 

Friday @2: Asheville Young Musicians Club

May 25, 2016

  Join us Friday afternoon at 2 when we'll enjoy performances by the members of the Asheville Young Musicians Club. These students in grades 8 thru 12 from area schools will perform music by Mozart, Dvorak and Shostakovich in our studios, and give us a preview of their benefit concert Sunday evening at Bent Creek Baptist Church.

ASO Releases The Asheville Symphony Sessions

May 24, 2016

  Thursday marks the official release of the Asheville Symphony's new recording. But it isn't of Beethoven or Brahms, it's The Asheville Symphony Sessions, a collaboration with leading musicians of Asheville's music scene, recorded at Echo Mountain Studios. David Whitehill, executive director of the ASO, talks with Dick Kowal about the genesis of the project, and the future.

Baroque Vibes with Pan Harmonia

May 18, 2016

  Our friends from Pan Harmonia are in the studio today with Dick Kowal to discuss this weekend's season finale concert at Asheville's First Presbyterian Church. It's music for flute, bassoon, harpsichord and percussion! 

Musicworks! Asheville Benefit Concert

May 11, 2016

  Dick Kowal spoke this afternoon with Dr. Brian Kellum, Dr. David Wilkin and Anilia Hornsby from Musicworks! Asheville. The El Sistema-inspired program at Hall Fletcher elementary school in Asheville is holding a benefit concert featuring performances by The Savannah Children's Choir, the Asheville Youth Choir, as well as the Musicworks! students. The concert is at Asheville's First Baptist Church on Friday, May 13th at 7pm.

Asheville Symphony on WCQS

May 10, 2016
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  Listen this week for two opportunities to hear the Asheville Symphony Orchestra's April 16th concert. We will bring you this blockbuster concert by the ASO with conductor Daniel Meyer on Tuesday morning at 10 and again Thursday evening at 8.  The primary work on the program is Giuseppe Verdi's Messa da requiem, written in 1874. This huge piece, running over an hour, is scored for full orchestra, chorus, and four soloists. In the April performance the Symphony is joined by the Asheville Symphony Chorus led by Michael Lancaster.

Friday @2: Robin Bullock

May 6, 2016
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Listen this afternoon for the next Friday @2 when guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Robin Bullock will be our guest, performing live in our studio.  Robin will play his third homecoming concert a the Black Mountain Center for the arts this weekend, and will give us a preview when he plays just for us on Friday @2.

The LEAF Festival is next weekend

May 5, 2016

The 42nd LEAF Festival is May 12 thru 15, and the theme is "World Fusion with Cuban Spice." Executive Director Jennifer Pickering and communications director Cortina Caldwell stopped by to talk with Dick Kowal about the festival and the other activities of LEAF.

  The Asheville Choral Society presents a program titled "The Music of the Living" Saturday evening at Central United Methodist Church. Artistic Director Melodie Galloway talked to Dick Kowal about the upcoming concert. 

Blue Ridge Orchestra plays this weekend

May 3, 2016

The Blue Ridge Orchestra plays the final concerts of its season this weekend in Asheville, Saturday night at Biltmore United Methodist Church and Sunday afternoon at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville. On the program, Beethoven's Egmont Overture and the Double Concerto for violin and cello by Brahms. Soloists are violinist Kathryn Gardner and cellist Franklin Keel.  

Chuck Taft, conductor, dropped by to speak with Dick Kowal about the music.

Brave New World: The Musical at NC Stage

May 2, 2016

  Dick Kowal talked today with members of the cast of "Brave New World: The Musical," receiving its world premiere at NC Stage. Robin Skye, Justin Matthew Sargent, and Charlie Flynn-McIver discussed the origins of the play and how it happens that the world premiere takes place at NC Stage.

The Smoky Mountain Brass Band is celebrating its 35th Anniversary this year and will perform Saturday at Asheville Community Theatre in a joint concert with the Cary, NC Triangle Brass Band. Listen at 1:06 when Dick Kowal talks with members of the band about their history and their upcoming program.

Tune in Saturday at 3 for We'll Be Here All Night: Stories for Passover - a Passover special from Table Magazine's National Magazine Award-winning podcast, Vox Tablet. The special features funny, poignant, and thought-provoking stories and conversations that touch on the plagues, on slavery, on food, on the act of story-telling and more. The special is hosted by Sara Ivry and Jonathan Goldstein, with stories from Etgar Keret, Sally Herships, Debbie Nathan, Michael Twitty, and Jonathan Groubert.

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