Arts & Performance

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

May 22, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

The Memorial Day Holiday Weekend has arrived and with it a number of holiday festivals are underway across Western North Carolina.  The Mountain Sports Festival takes place at Carrier Park Friday through Memorial Day.  The White Squirrel Festival is underway in downtown Brevard and the Carl Sandburg Folk Music Festival honors Sandburg Memorial Day from 11-4 at Connemara in Hendersonville.  The great Doctor John and the Nite Trippers take the state tonight (Friday 5/23) at the New Mountain Amphitheater in downtown Asheville.

Some in Wilmington's independent film community are predicting dire consequences for their art form in the wake of the well-publicized downturn in film production tied to the reduction in tax incentives provided by the state of North Carolina.

Another Low Power Radio Station On The Air

May 18, 2015

There are now three low power radio stations in Buncombe County, all licensed by the Federal Communications Commission.  WSFM, also known as Asheville FM, had been heard only over the internet but Monday (5/18) morning it joined WRES and WPVM broadcasting over the the air-waves.  The station transmitter tower sits atop the Hotel Indigo in downtown Asheville. David Hurand spoke with station board Vice President Greg Lyon.

Lawmakers in liberal Asheville, a city of 87,000 set amid a soul-stirring stretch of mountain scenery, insist that they do not want to kick anyone out — especially not their artists. But they are looking for a way to deal with the headaches that have come with the city’s emergence as both an increasingly upscale tourist destination and an upstart Southern street-music capital.

Jeff Daniels and The Ben Daniels Band at DWT

May 17, 2015

Actor Jeff Daniels has starred in many notable films, including Terms of Endearment, Good Night and Good Luck, Ragtime, Radio Days, and Dumb and Dumber.  Most recently he was seen on HBO,  starring as cable news anchor Will McAvoy in The Newsroom.   Monday (5/18) night at 8 musician Jeff Daniels performs  with the Ben Daniels Band at Diana Wortham Theater in Asheville.  Daniels has been playing guitar and writing songs nearly as long as he has performed on stage, in film, and on television.  He spoke with David Hurand.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

May 15, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Downtown After 5 gets underway this afternoon (5/15/15).   The headliner is CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band.  Chenier is the son of the King of Zydeco Clifton Chenier.  Opening Downtown after % is the Bayou Diesel band. On stage at Flat Rock Playhouse is Always...Patsy Cline. NC Stage Company presents Parallel Lives, Brevard Little Theater performs Moon Over Buffalo, and Asheville Community Theater presents Letters and Notes Found on the Windshield at the Piggly Wiggly Parking Lot.

Friday @2: Bill Bares

May 14, 2015

  Listen  at 2 for another live performance from our studios. On this program, WCQS will host jazz pianist Bill Bares and bassist Zack Page.

Bill teaches Jazz at UNC-Asheville, curates the Isis Sunday Evening Jazz Showcase, performs with multiple ensembles, and is in the process of recording an album under the name "Asheville Art Trio."

Zack Page plays bass with multiple ensembles in the Asheville area as well, including One Leg Up  and Hard Bop Explosion.

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Bill Guthridge, the longtime assistant to Dean Smith who succeeded him as North Carolina's head coach, has died. He was 77.

The school announced Wednesday that Guthridge died Tuesday night. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Guthridge spent three decades as an assistant to Smith, helping him bring national championships to Chapel Hill in 1982 and 1993.

When Smith retired as Division I's winningest men's coach shortly before the 1997-98 season, Guthridge was promoted to replace him, and he guided the Tar Heels to two Final Fours in three seasons.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

May 8, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

The sold out Lake Eden Arts Festival,  LEAF takes place this weekend in Black Mountain.  Downtown Marshall plays host to Mama Mia!  The street festival features music, arts, and hands on workshops, noon to four May 9th.  The Whole Bloomin Thing Spring Frestival features locally grown plants, art, food, and music May 9th from 10-5 pm.

Friday @2: The Jason DeCristofaro Trio

May 1, 2015

Listen this afternoon at 2 for another live performance from our studios when Jason DeCristofaro, bassist Daniel Iannucci, and drummer Micah Thomas join Dick Kowal for Friday @2.

Jason is a jazz vibraphonist, teacher and composer. He just released two new recordings last week and he'll give us a sampling of both.

That's the Jason DeCristofaro Trio, this afternoon on Friday @2.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

May 1, 2015

Its time to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with music, crafts, and cocktails.   Tickets are now on sale for  for the upcoming LEAF Festival. Speaking of tickets;  theline up for the  Biltmore Estate Summer Concert Series has been announced and tickets go on sale mid week.  

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Apr 24, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Wonderful theater offerings this weekend: Asheville Lyric Opera presents West Side Story at Diana Wortham Theater, NC Stage Company and Montford Park Players partner for a Bard a Thon.  It's a fundraiser to benefit both organizations.  Asheville Community Theater presents A Streetcar Named Desire, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and  Hendersonville Little Theater presents Dreamgirls.  Minneapolis Guitar Quartet performs April 26th at First Congregational Church and singer songwriter Karla Bonoff returns to the Altamont in Asheville April 26th.  Tony takes a look at some of the happenings in WN

Tony Kiss Weekend Update: Play Ball!

Apr 17, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

The Asheville Tourists are in town and the Asheville Symphony Orchestra is ready for another stellar performance. There is also a myriad of live theater productions to consider and a couple of new films have arrived. Tony Kiss takes a look at some of what's happening in Western North Carolina.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Apr 3, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

The World's Greatest Rock n Roll band has announced its hitting the road again.  The Rolling Stones have scheduled dates in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia beginning in May. Tony Kiss drops  in for a look at what's happening in the region, including the return of an important local player in the acoustic, singer song writer scene that began in the 1970s, Andy Cohen.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Mar 27, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Thank goodness, the weekend has arrived.  Tony Kiss takes a look at just a few of the things happening in the region this weekend and beyond. 

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Mar 20, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Another weekend with a myriad of entertainment offerings has arrived.  High on Tony's list, prize winning Choreographer Kyle Abraham and his dance company, Abraham in Motion.  The New York based company preforms at Diana Wortham Theater March 24th and 25th.  The company will perform "When the Wolves Came in"  which was inspired by the music of jazz drummer Max Roach.   The Asheville Amadeus Festival continues through Sunday 3/22.

WNC Story Teller Honored by Library of Congress

Mar 18, 2015

The more than 45 year career of Western North Carolina performance story-teller Connie Regan-Blake will be documented and stored at the Library of Congress.   David Hurand spoke with Connie Regan-Blake about her most recent honor. 

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Mar 13, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

St. Patrick's Day is coming and Tony is in a celebratory mood.   Also high on Tony's agenda, the first Asheville Amadeus Festival.  If your  hungry, the Food Truck Showdown is scheduled to take place Saturday 3/14 in the parking lot adjacent to the Masonic Temple.  The music scene welcomes a couple of long time rockers, Eddie Money plays the U.S. Cellular Center and Styx performs at Harrah's Cherokee Casino.

Friday @2: Artists from the Brevard Music Center

Mar 4, 2015

The Brevard Music Center's new season is still a few months away, but you can hear musicians from the renowned institute and festival playing (and singing) live in our studios on the next Friday @2.

Friday's program will feature Soprello - a musical collaboration between BMC cellist Alistair MacRae and soprano Allison Pohl - as well as faculty member Dilshad Posnock, flute, and Jason Posnock, violinist and Director of Artistic Planning & Educational Programs.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Feb 27, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Thank goodness, the weekend  has arrived.  Tony is looking forward to the return of Webb Wilder "the last of the full grown men" to the area. Wilder hits the stage at Isis tonight (2/27).  Also tonight, Solas performs Shamrock City at Diana Wortham Theater.  There are plenty of Oscar nominated and Oscar winners on the big screen at area movie theaters, American Sniper, Birdman, The Imitation Game, Selma, Still Alice, and the Theory of Eveything.   A couple  of new arrivals of note, Focus with Will Smith and Mr. Turner.  Kick the winter blues and celebrate the weekend.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Feb 20, 2015

Winter is expected to loosen its grip on Western North Carolina.  If you suffer from Cabin Fever, Tony Kiss says there's plenty of things happening that will brighten your weekend.   High on Tony's list; The Three Davids  at Diana Wortham Theater. David Holt, David LaMotte, and David Wilcox combine their individual talent for what should be an amazing evening of music and much more.  The 20th Annual Blue Grass 1st Class takes place at the Crown Plaza Resort in Asheville.   Rock n Rollers Heart take the

Friday @2: Pan Harmonia

Feb 19, 2015

Listen Friday for our next live performance from the WCQS studios on "Friday @2." Members of Pan Harmonia will join Dick Kowal in the studio to perform works by Beethoven, Saint-Saens and Belgian composer Joseph Jongen.  Flutist Kate Steinbeck,  bassoonist Rosalind Buda and pianist Ivan Seng will bring their own insights into music both new and familiar.

Join us Friday @ 2 for live music from Pan Harmonia on WCQS.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Feb 13, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

A cold weekend  weather  wise, but the arts and culture scene continues to be hot.  Lovers may celebrate Valentines Day with the music of Patsy Cline performed by Sweet Dreamers at the Altamont Theater.  Arlo Guthrie is in town for two nights at Diana Wortham Theater.  Also at the DWT (2/13)  at 6:30,  Sing Together: Freedom Songs and Spirituals with Becky Stone and Jim and Beth Magill. 

Asheville Symphony on WCQS

Feb 9, 2015

  Listen Tuesday morning at 10 and Thursday evening at 8 for our broadcast of the Asheville Symphony's January 17th concert.  The program includes a performance of one of the most famous works in the repertoire, Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.  Also featured is the winning performance of the Sibelius Violin Concerto by Kyung Ah Oh, and the Overture to Sicilian Vespers by Giuseppe Verdi.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Feb 6, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

A bit of Broadway comes to Greenville, South Carolina.  The Tony and Grammy-winning musical  "Wicked" runs through February 15th at the Peace Center.  The late, great  Bob Marley would have been 70 this weekend.   The music of the Reggae legend will be featured  February 6th at Isis Restaurant and Music Hall.  Jim Arrendell and his band will perform Marley classics.   The progressive rock band Umphrey's McGee performs at the U.S. Cellular Center February 7th and Sheila Kay Adams and the Scofflaws will perform and tell stories at White Horse Black Mountain in Black Mountain February 7th.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Jan 30, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

A Chamber music benefit concert, comedy, country rock,  plenty of live theater, and much more  around our region this weekend.  Tony Kiss reports the Opal String Quartet will perform Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Asheville. Its a benefit to help fund improvements at the Edwin Place building.   Comic Red Grant  will perform at the Crown Plaza Expo Center and  Joe Lasher Jr. and his band play at New Mountain Avl, both shows 1/3/14. Live theater offers 50 Shades! The Musical Parody 1/31 at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Jan 23, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival headlines the weekend entertainment scene.  Random Acts of  Fringe will take place at a variety of locations in downtown Asheville.  The Kiss Country Winter Jam will take place at the Orange Peel.  It's a benefit for Mission Chldren's Hospital and Jazz Master Sheila Jordan performs at Isis Restaurant and Music Hall.  Pan Harmonia performs at White Horse Black Mountain Friday night 91/23/15).  The Classical ensemble has been together for  more than a dozen years.   David Holt and the Lightening Bolts take the st

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Jan 16, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

The Oscar nominations have been announced and many of the nominated films are on the big screen in our area.  Tony Kiss drops by the talk about film, theater, and live music at area clubs.  On stage at Harrah's Cherokee Casino, Greg Allman.  In the weeks ahead the Casino also has on its bill Heart, Willie Nelson, and Loretta Lynn.

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Fans of the PBS series "Downton Abbey" can see costumes from the show at the Biltmore House in Asheville.

Biltmore House will host an exhibition titled, "Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times," Feb. 5-May 25. The show will include more than 40 costumes from the television series.

Biltmore House was built in the 1890s for the Vanderbilt family. The Downton costumes will be displayed in groupings themed on events from the fictional show, with connections made to real life at the Vanderbilt estate during the same early 20th century era.

Asheville Symphony on WCQS

Jan 12, 2015

Listen Tuesday morning at 10 and  Thursday evening at 8 for our broadcast of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra's November 22nd  concert. The ASO performs Tchaikovsky's beloved Fourth Symphony, Machine by Jennifer Higdon and, what might be the highlight of the program, a concerto for two timpanists by  James Oliverio. The work is performed by Asheville Symphony timpanist Todd Mueller and his mentor, Atlanta Symphony timpanist Mark Yancich. As you can see in the photo, each is armed with a multitude of drums! It's a sonic spectacular you'll likely not hear again!

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