Arts and Performance

Jarrod Perkins

Female readers of young adult fiction have lifted Stephanie Perkins onto the list of New York Times Bestsellers, an appearance on “The Today Show” and other notoriety most young authors would covet. For Perkins, that meteoric success triggered a crippling bout of depression.

 

Some might wonder why there’s an annual conference dedicated to a tiny college that shut down 60 years ago. That conference, “ReViewing,” going into its ninth year, until now has been the sole domain of arts professors with particular interests in multidisciplinary practice and the groundbreaking history of Black Mountain College.

Murphy Funkhouser Capps begins writing her plays by living her life.

That’s why it’s impossible to separate the writer and performer from the teenage runaway, the former solo parent, the woman whose husband is battling bone cancer.

The Altamont Theatre is one of Asheville’s most celebrated music venues, and the people who own it say they’re being forced to close at the end of this year.

The original owners of the Altamont, husband-and-wife Brian and Tiffany Lee, still own the brick building housing the theater on Church Street. That building also features two floors of condos above the theater.

Ann Dunn has spent her entire life in motion -- by necessity, force of will, restlessness and, through it all, a curiosity that refuses to sit still.

At age 71, Dunn has so many active elements in her life: She has a fulltime teaching schedule at UNC-Asheville. She’s working on her fourth book of poetry. Every summer, she dives into culturally immersive travels the world over, and she’s eager to share what she sees and learns both in her classroom, with her 11 grandchildren and anyone she has time to sit with.

 

 If you want people to hear some new songs you’ve written, there’s an open-mike around Asheville almost any night of the week. But for songwriters who want to put a little more on the line, the One Stop hosts a songwriting competition every Wednesday night throughout the fall.

 

Music directors and orchestras often stick together about as long as coaches last with professional football teams. But on Saturday, the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra launches its 20th season under the baton of Thomas Joiner. This is the story of a marriage that works.

 

In The Shadow Of The Eclipse, Cherokee Legends Are Told

Aug 18, 2017
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With the Great American Eclipse right around the corner, the small towns of Western North Carolina set to fall directly in its path are  busy with last minute preparations before the big event. But for the town of Cherokee, the celestial spectacle is more than just another tourist event.  BPR’s Davin Eldridge met with organizers there to find out what’s in store for the reservation…

John Kenneth Melvin

Recycling is taking on a whole new meaning in the town of Highlands, thanks to some local businesses – who have donated what they’ve taken in to an international artist whose creating his latest project in a prominent place in town.  

Open Air Brevard

Jun 27, 2017

OPEN AIR BREVARD  - Great music in the mountains from WCQS and the Brevard Music Center Summer Festival   Blue Ridge Public Radio – WCQS  will highlight the magnificent performances from the Brevard Music Center’s Summer Festival with broadcasts  Wednesday mornings at 10, beginning June 28th.  We’ll start with performances from the 2016 season and move on to concerts from this summer.

Blue Ridge Public Radio continues to invest in the development of local programming and content with the hiring of Matt Peiken as the NPR station’s first Arts Producer.

Peiken, whose entire journalism career has concentrated in covering arts and culture, will produce segments for Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and will develop a range of digital elements for BPR’s web and mobile platforms. He’ll also lay the groundwork for a new, weekly arts and performance showcase for BPR.

WCQS

It's a bittersweet day here at Blue Ridge Public Radio.  Thirty one years ago this month, music director Dick Kowal hit the airwaves.   Today, he hosted his last show.   While it's  impossible to capture all of the amazing accomplishments of his talented career, we do have some highlights, and a few good stories.  BPR's Helen Chickering reports.

(Dick Kowal on the air)

“It’s about 6 minutes after 9, good morning.”

If you live in Western North Carolina, chances are, you know this voice.

(Dick Kowal on the air)

Dick Kowal knows a lot about music. He can draw you into a special moment of artistry by one of the world’s great orchestras during one of his broadcasts on WCQS Radio or informally connect with a talented local musician who’s about to perform live on Friday @ 2.

Asheville Community Theatre and Drama UNC-A will co-produce the swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan, Peter and the Starcatcher, opening Thursday evening at the Carol Belk Theatre on the UNC-Asheville campus.  Cast members Chloe Zeitounian and Alex Daly spoke with Dick Kowal about the 2012 Broadway show.

Asheville Baroque Concerts: Oltremontano

Mar 15, 2017

Asheville Baroque Concerts presents the finale program of this year's season on Sunday afternoon, March 19th, and 3pm at Oakley United Methodist Church. Titled "Oltremontano, from beyond the mountains," music for recorder, viola da gamba and harpsichord. Artistic director and viola da gamba player Gail Ann Schroeder talked with Dick Kowal about the music and the musicians.

NC Stage Company presents Souvenir: A Fantasia on theLife of Florence Foster Jenkins, opening Wednesday, March 15th and running through April 2nd. Part of this week's Asheville Amadeus Festival, the play looks at the life of Florence Foster Jenkins, an eccentric socialite who lives under the delusion that she is an enchanting coloratura soprano when she is actually incapable of holding pitch.

The Asheville Amadeus Festival officially kicks off Friday evening with a beer release and open house at Highland Brewing. Beginning at 7pm, the event celebrates the release of Highland's "Wolfgang 1756 Symphony Lager," music by Matt Townsend and The Wonder of the World, food trucks, and more. Leah Wong Ashburn, president of Highland Brewing, and David Whitehill, executive director of the Asheville Symphony, joined Dick Kowal to talk about the event and give an overview of the 10 day Asheville Amadeus Festival.

The first concert in the Asheville Amadeus Festival, the Blue Ridge Orchestra performs in UNC-A's Lipinsky Auditorium Saturday morning at 11 and that afternoon at 3 in a concert titled "A Wedding with Wolfgang." In a family-oriented program, the orchestra will play "Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, and Something Blue." Director Dr. Milton Crotts talked with Dick Kowal about the program.

As part of the Asheville Amadeus festival, Pan Harmonia will hold "Walk With Wolfgang," a progressive chamber music concert, on Monday, March 13th at 6. Three different chamber ensembles will perform at three different spaces in downtown Asheville; Haen Gallery, Asheville Museum of Science, and Blue Dream Curry House..

Kate Steinbeck, director of Pan Harmonia, talked with Dick Kowal about the concert. 

As part of the second Asheville Amadeus Festival, the Asheville Symphony Chorus will hold a Mozart Requiem Sing-Along on Tuesday, March 14th at 7:30 at Asheville's First Presbyterian Church.  Michael Lancaster, conductor of the Asheville Symphony Chorus,  talked with Dick Kowal

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This week, WCQS gardening expert Alison Arnold talks about the dramatic swings in temperature and what gardeners should do about it.

The wildly popular Moth StorySLAMs will continue in Asheville throughout 2017. The StorySLAM is a monthly competition, where the stage is open to any and all with a story to tell on the evening's theme. The schedule and themes [as posted] are listed below.

Asheville Symphony on WCQS

Feb 6, 2017

Listen Tuesday morning at 10 and again Thursday evening at 8 for the January 14th concert by the Asheville Symphony Orchestra. Guest conductor Courtney Lewis conducts  Variations on a Theme of Haydn by Brahms, the Third Symphony by Robert Schumann, and Haydn's C major cello concerto with guest soloist Cicely Parnas.

Listen Tuesday morning at 10 and Thursday evening at 8. Chip Kaufmann will be your host.

Asheville Fringe Arts Festival

Jan 24, 2017

The fifteenth annual Asheville Fringe Arts Festival takes place January 26th thru 29th in and around Asheville, with multiple performance sites including theatres, galleries, clubs, and even the purple LaZoom bus.

Jim Julien is co-chair of the 2017 Festival, and he spoke with Dick Kowal about what's coming.

NC Stage: Jeeves In Bloom

Jan 23, 2017

NC Stage Co. presents Jeeves In Bloom, from the stories of P.G. Wodehouse, adapted by Margaret Raether, opening Wednesday, January 25th. The production features favorites Charlie Flynn-McIver, Michael McCauley, and Scott Treadway. Charlie and Michael talked with Dick Kowal about the show.

8th Annual Django Reinhardt Birthday Festival

Jan 12, 2017

The eighth annual Django Reinhardt birthday festival takes place Saturday, January 21st at Asheville's Grey Eagle. Who was Django Reinhardt, and why are people playing his music more than a hundred years after his birth? Jon Corbin, guitarist and organizer of the festival, talked with Dick Kowal about the legacy of the great jazz guitarist and the musicians gathering to celebrate his birthday.

Asheville Symphony on WCQS

Jan 9, 2017

Join us Thursday evening at 8 for a broadcast of the Asheville Symphony's November 19th concert, Rhapsody in Blue. The concert features pianist Conrad Tao in a performance of one of George Gershwin's best-loved works.  (Tao's encore following the Rhapsody is, by itself, worth the price of admission!) Also on the all-American program, two works from Aaron Copland; the suite from the film score he wrote for "Our Town," and the suite from the 1939 ballet Billy the Kid, and David Diamond's Symphony No.

Swannanoa Solstice Sunday

Dec 14, 2016

The Swannanoa Solstice returns Sunday to the Diana Wortham Theatre in Asheville for the 14th year. Host Doug Orr and multi-instrumentalist Al Petteway brought poetry and music, joining Dick Kowal to talk about the nature of this holiday tradition.

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