Arts & Performance

Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

The North Carolina Mountain State Fair runs through September 20th at the WNC Agricultural Center near the Asheville Regional Airport. Goombay Festival  returns to downtown Asheville Friday through Sunday.

Friday at 2: Robin Bullock

Sep 10, 2015

Listen this Friday afternoon at 2 for another live performance from our studio as we welcome guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Robin Bullock. Robin has roots in Celtic music, but he has also released a recording of works by Bach and Dowland. He'll share his music with us at 2 Friday afternoon. Please join us.

Labor Day Weekend Holiday Highlights

Sep 4, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

The Labor Day Holiday weekend has arrived.  The first Monday in September we celebrate the American labor movement and American workers.  Several traditional annual events occur this weekend, including The Canton Labor Day Festival, the North Carolina Apple Festival in downtown Hendersonville, and the final Shndig on the Green of the summer.  Tony Kiss takes a look at some of what's  happening in our region, including baseball, theater, and a few movies.

WCQS is thrilled to welcome The Moth to Asheville. The Moth is an acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. It is a celebration of both the raconteur, who breathes fire into true tales of ordinary life, and the storytelling novice, who has lived through something extraordinary and yearns to share it.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update: 8/28 - 8/30

Aug 28, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Music, dance, baseball, theater, movies, and everything organic are among the offerings this weekend.  Shindig on the Green takes place Saturday night (8/29) in downtown Asheville at  Pack Square Park's Roger McGuire Green.  Musicians and dancers  perform on the stage named for the founder of the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, Bascom Lamar Lunsford. Its the next to the last weekend for Shindig.

Friday @2: Jazz with Bill Bares & Rick Simerly

Aug 27, 2015

Join us Friday @2 for live jazz from our studios as we host pianist Bill Bares and trombonist Rick Simerly. These two musicians will perform soon at White Horse Black Mountain as part of the monthly series called “Take Two,” but Friday afternoon they’ll play just for us.

 Dr. William Bares teaches Jazz at  UNC-A. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College, a Masters degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Miami, and a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Harvard University, where he studied with Ingrid Monson, the Quincy Jones Professor of African American Music. 

Tony Kiss Weekend Update - 8/21 - 8/23

Aug 21, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts take the stage at Harrah's Cherokee Event Center (August 21st) at 9.  The Biltmore Concert Series continues with Bruce Hornsby and his band the Noisemakers along with Blues Tr

Asheville Man Plays the Weekend Edition Puzzle

Aug 16, 2015

Tim Warner of Asheville is a consulting engineer.  Many of his clients are area radio stations.  Over the years Tim  has helped stations better serve their communities.  We learned today that Tim is also a long time Weekend Edition Sunday Puzzle player.  This morning  he was the featured contestant, and he aced the puzzle without any help from host Rachel Martin or Puzzle Master Will Shortz. 

On the next Friday @2, we are joined in our studios by pianist Andrew Tyson. Andrew is a native of North Carolina, and studied at Curtis Institute and the Juilliard School. He has since received an Avery Fischer Career Grant, and performed with orchestras throughout the United States and Europe.

Andrew will perform Friday evening for the Haywood County Arts Council as part of their Young Artist Series, but on the next Friday @2, he’ll join Dick Kowal to play and discuss music live in our studios.

That’s pianist Andrew Tyson on the next Friday @2.

Asheville native Miranda Richmond Mouillot is the author of A Fifty Year Silence:  Love, War, and a Ruined House in France.  The book is the compelling story of her search for the truth about how her grandparents, Anna and Armand, survived the holocaust and World War II but lost their marriage.  Miranda Richmond Mouillot will read from and sign copies of her book at Malaprops Book Store in downtown Asheville Sunday (8/9) at 5.  She spoke with David Hurand.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update - 8/7 - 8/9

Aug 7, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

The 88th annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival is underway in downtown Asheville. Musicians and dancers from across the region and beyond will take the stage at Diana Wortham Theater for the joyous celebration of mountain culture.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update: 7/31 - 8/2

Jul 31, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

The 43rd annual Biltmore Village Art and Crafts Fair takes place through Sunday August 2nd.  The creative work of 114 artists from 17 states will be on display on the grounds of the historic All Souls Cathedral in Biltmore Village.  LEAF Downtown takes place Saturday and Sunday (August 1-2). The festival  gets underway with a 5K run starting at the Vance Monument in the heart of downtown Asheville at 9 am August 1 and the music to follow is top notch.

Friday @2: Amici Music

Jul 29, 2015

Listen Friday at 2 for another live broadcast from our studios.  Our friends from Amici Music will give us a preview of their concerts happening in Western North Carolina over the next few days.

Violinist Rachel Patrick, clarinetist Matthew Boyles, and pianist Daniel Weiser will join Dick Kowal in the studio to perform live and discuss their program.

Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Folkmoot USA runs through July 26th.  Each year the international folk festival welcomes folk dancers from different countries for performance  across Western North Carolina.  Asheville events include a performance July 26 at Diana Wortham Theater.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Jul 17, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Its a fabulous weekend in Western North Carolina.  The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands  is underway at the U.S.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update:

Jul 10, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Tony drops  by for a look at what's happening in Western North Carolina.  High on his list, the headliners for the October LEAF Festival Aaron Neville, Charmaine Neville, Presservation Hall, Dumstaphunk x 2, and Cedric Watson, just to name a few of the musicians headed to WNC in the fall.

The State of Things: The Three Davids

Jul 8, 2015
Lynne Harty

Listen for Friday's The State of Things with Frank Stasio when the musical guests will be "The Three Davids,"David Holt, David Wilcox and David LaMotte.  Following a sold-old debut at Diana Wortham Theatre in Asheville, the trio will be performing at the Cary Arts Center on Saturday.

The Three Davids will be in our studios Friday for broadcast on The State of Things, airing at noon each weekday on WCQS.

Frank Stasio and the folks at The State of Things are taking July 3rd off in celebration of the July 4th holiday. So in keeping with our July 4th celebration WCQS will air an Independence Day celebratory special from America's Test Kitchen - July 4th Beer Special: The Amazing History, Lore and Science of America's Favorite Drink.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Jul 3, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

The Fourth of July Independence Day Holiday weekend has arrived. If  the weather cooperates there will be plenty of fireworks and outdoor festivals to enjoy.  Topping Tony's list of at least 40 ways to celebrate the 4th,  the Red White and Blue Grass Festival July 3-4 at Catawba Meadows in Morganton.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Jun 26, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Jerry Seinfeld takes the stage in Asheville Saturday night at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.  Singing on the Mountain takes place at Grand Father Mountain. Shindig on the Green is back at Pack Square in downtown Asheville.  Dancing and Mountain Music will be featured.  Lots of summer theater to choose from. Tony takes a look at some of what's happening.

Southern Cuisine Featured on New TV Series

Jun 26, 2015
Asheville Citizen-Times photo

Asheville is featured on this week's episode of  the new television series Southern Uncovered with the Lee Bros.   The series on Ovation TV explores the "unique and unexpected" cuisine and culture of six southern cities.  Program hosts Matt and Ted Lee are the authors of several award winning cook boos and the founders of  The Lee Bros Boiled Peanuts Catalogue.  They spoke  with David  Hurand.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update:

Jun 19, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Dinosaurs have taken over the big screen!  Jurassic World and its 3D special effects has arrived at area theaters. The film is the fourth in the Jurassic series.  The story of the Beach Boys, Love and Mercy has also arrived.  The film stars John Cusack and Elizabeth Banks and there are several animated films appropriate for children.  The Indigo Girls, with their band, will rock the Orange Peel June 23rd, and Nigerian legend Kinny Sunny Ade makes his way to Western North Carolina with an appearance at New Mountain Amphitheater, June 24th.

Open Air Brevard

Jun 18, 2015

This summer, WCQS is pleased to bring you 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.

Join us for Open Air Brevard Sunday afternoons at 3 and Wednesday mornings at 10.

The Brevard Music Center (BMC) announced today that virtuoso violinist Sarah Chang will open its 79th season on Saturday, June 20 at 6PM at Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium. Ms. Chang replaces pianist André Watts, whose sudden illness necessitated a cancellation of his BMC opening night performance. Ms. Chang will perform Bruch’s exquisite Violin Concerto No. 1, considered by many to be the German composer’s most famous and celebrated composition.

Talkin' Blueberries with Alison Arnold

Jun 10, 2015
carolinablueberry.com

Blueberry growers in North Carolina are expecting a big year.  WCQS gardening expert Alison Arnold talks with Jeremy Loeb about why that is, and what it means for local horticulturists. 

Alison Arnold is agriculture extension agent with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension. 

beecityusa.org

Festivities kick off this week in Asheville to celebrate bees, insects, and all things pollination.  David Hurand spoke with the founder and director of Bee City USA, Phyllis Stiles, for more on the events.

You can find more about the event at beecityusa.org

Goodbye (for now) To Josh Jourdan

Jun 5, 2015

  To us here at WCQS and to thousands of listeners in Western North Carolina he is Josh Jourdan, Classical Music Host. But to the Navy Reserve, he is Joshua Jourdan, Petty Officer.

Josh has now left WCQS for deployment of at least one year to serve us and our nation. We will miss our friend and colleague. All of us here at WCQS wish Josh great adventures and safe travels, and anxiously await his return.

A Conversation with NPR's Steve Inskeep

Jun 2, 2015
npr.org

NPR Morning Edition host and author Steve Inskeep was in Asheville Monday to promote his new book "Jacksonland."  It tells the bloody story of the long-running feud between President Andrew Jackson and Cherokee Chief John Ross over land that would become the southern United States. 

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

May 29, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

The Beer City Festival is the toast of Asheville Saturday (5/30).   The festival takes place Saturday at Roger McGuire Green at Pack Square Park.  The Festival features more than 30  area breweries.  It is a ticketed event.  Comedian Jay Leno takes the stage at Harrah's Cherokee Event Center Saturday night.  The great Merle Haggard follows June 6th.  The Magnetic Theater celebrates its' grand opening with the Merchant of Asheville.

Friday @2: Asheville Young Musicians Club

May 28, 2015

Please listen for the next Friday @2 when WCQS hosts members of the Asheville Young Musicians Club in our studios. These young people between the ages of 11 and 18 will perform chamber music by Haydn, Mozart and Piazzola, and give us a preview of their upcoming benefit concert.

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