Arts & Performance

Keith Woods, NPR Vice President for Diversity in News and Operations, who leads the development of National Public Radio’s vision and strategy for diversity, and writes regularly on race and the media, will give a free public talk on Dog Whistles, Diversity and Election 2016 at 7 p.m. in UNC Asheville's Humanities Lecture Hall on Thursday, October 6. This event is presented in partnership by UNC Asheville's Center for Diversity Education, the university's Department of Mass Communication, and WCQS.

On the Walls at WCQS: A selection of the Isaiah Rice Photograph Collection, titled "The Way We Were," will be on display at WCQS, starting October 7, 2016. The photos depict Asheville's African-American community from the 1950's to the 1970s. WCQS will host an an opening reception at 5 p.m. on Friday, October 7. The photos will be on display through November at WCQS, located at 73 Broadway. Visitors are welcome Monday through Friday, 9 to 5, except holidays. 

Asheville Symphony Opens its Season Saturday

Sep 16, 2016
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  The Asheville Symphony opens it new season Saturday evening in Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. The program is called Tchasing Tchaikovsky, an all-Tchaikovsky concert featuring a performance of his violin concerto by Jennifer Koh.

Ms Koh and Daniel Meyer, music director and conductor, joined Josh Jourdan to talk about opening night.

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Jeremy Loeb: By the look of the trees and plants it’s obvious that summer is coming to an end and we are quickly moving into Fall color season.. what is it about this time of year? I cant put my finger on it..but it seems like such a bittersweet time…

Alison Arnold: I totally agree.. it’s hard for me to leave summer behind and yet I and I bet a few gardeners would also welcome a little cool weather. But yes it’s not really summer and not yet fall.. a definite time of transition.

The Lower Frequencies at NC Stage Co.

Sep 6, 2016

  Immediate Theatre Project presents The Lower Frequencies, written and performed by Bryce Monroe. Inspired by the novel Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, The Lower Frequencies depicts the particular experience of a nameless narrator and his confrontation with the American Dream. Performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 7:30 at NC Stage Co. in downtown Asheville

Bryce Monroe and ITP's Willie Repoley talked with Dick Kowal about the upcoming production.

Friday @2: Pan Harmonia

Sep 1, 2016

  Join us for our next Friday @2 when we'll welcome members of Pan Harmonia to our studios.  Flutist Kate Steinbeck, bassoonist Rosalind Buda, and guitarist Amy Brucksch will play music actually written for their rather unusual combination of instruments by Swedish composer Fredrik Holm. We'll get a preview of their season-opening concert at the Haen Gallery on September 12th. Dick Kowal is the host.

Join us for Friday @2 here on WCQS!

David LaMotte Releases New CD, Concert Friday

Aug 30, 2016

  Singer, composer, author David Lamotte releases his first new CD in ten years and celebrates his 25th anniversary in music with a concert Friday evening at 8 in Asheville's Diana Wortham Theatre. David joined Dick Kowal in the studio to talk about the recording and concert. 

Asheville Fringe Arts Festival

Aug 23, 2016

 

The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival sponsors a Fringe night performance at Asheville's Crow & Quill on Lexington Avenue Wednesday evening at 8. The show will feature the wild improv dance group, The Accidentals.  Jim Julien of Asheville Fringe Arts Festival and Raj Bowers-Racine of The Accidentals were in the studio with Dick Kowal to talk about the performance and this January's 15th annual Festival.

Brevard Community Band Sunday at Porter Center

Aug 10, 2016

  The Brevard Community Band, under the direction of Jamie Hafner, performs Sunday afternoon at 3 at the Porter Center for Performing Arts at Brevard College.  The concert is titled "Music for a Festival," and features saxophone soloist Joel Helfand  in addition to guest artists Timothy Shepherd, organ, and brass players from the Blue Ridge Symphonic Brass.

Jamie Hafner visited our studios to speak about the concert with Dick Kowal.

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.

Alison Arnold: What To Do When Your Garden's Dry

Jul 21, 2016
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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.   

Alison Arnold: Impact of Drought on Gardens

Jul 14, 2016
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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.

Alison Arnold: Why Certain Plants Don't Flower

Jun 23, 2016
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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! 

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