Arts & Performance

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.

The Knights in concert on WCQS

Apr 21, 2016
Kristofer Thompson

Listen Tuesday morning at 10 for a concert by The Knights. The Brooklyn-based orchestra collective performed in February at Asheville's Diana Wortham Theatre in concert presented by Free Range Asheville. It was recorded by WCQS and Tuesday morning is your chance to hear it and be a part of the excitement generated by this group of young virtuosos. On the program, a suite from Run Rabbit Run by Sufjan Stevens arranged for The Knights by principal horn Michael P.

Roomful of Teeth on WCQS

Apr 21, 2016

  The Grammy winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth performs Thursday evening, April 28, in downtown Asheville's Masonic Temple in a concert presented by Free Range Asheville. They will also perform live in our studios that Thursday afternoon at 2.

Listen today at 1:06 when Dick Kowal talks with two members of Roomful of Teeth, founder Brad Wells and tenor Eric Dudley.

Pianist Elizabeth Child talked with Dick Kowal about her upcoming recital at the Asheville Art Museum. There's music by Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, and Tryon resident Rita Landrum. Elizabeth received her doctorate from The Juilliard School, but later left music. Later, she moved to Tryon and returned to her playing and teaching, "more herself."

Tune in Tuesday morning at 10 and Thursday night at 8 for the broadcast of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra's March concert, "Romeo & Juliet".  The concert featured Elgar's "Chanson de Matin and Chanson de Nuit", Mozart's "Piano Concerto No. 21," featuring guest pianist Shen Lu. The program concludes with Berlioz's "Romeo and Juliet."

Friday @2: Muses' Delight

Mar 31, 2016

On this week's Friday @2, join us for Totally Telemann, a program brought to our studios by members of Muses' Delight. The trio of violin, harpsichord and viola da gamba is joined by baroque flutist Kelly Roudabush to explore music by one of the eighteenth century's most prolific composers.

Muse' Delight performs Sunday afternoon as part of the Asheville Baroque Concerts series. On the next Friday @2, they'll perform just for us~!

Community Arts Event: Photo+Craft...

Mar 29, 2016

This week Warren Wilson College is the catalyst for a community arts event 3/31-4/3).  Exhibitions, panel discussions,  and much more will examine the intersection of photography and craft at multiple venues, including the campus, downtown Asheville, and the River Arts District.  David Hurand spoke with Warren Wilson College Professor of Photography and Project Director Eric Baden about the first of its kind event, Photo+Craft.

In a Sunday afternoon concert, the Asheville Chamber Music Series will present the Doric String Quartet with pianist Jonathan Biss playing chamber music by Haydn, Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Johannes Brahms.

Dick Kowal spoke with Mary Holmes, board member of the ACMS, about this weekend's concert.


Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Mar 28, 2016

Immediate Theatre Company and NC Stage Company present Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," opening Wednesday, April 6th

Dick Kowal spoke with producer Willie Repoley and Director Hans Meyer about this powerful and "entertaining" drama which opened on Broadway in 1962.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update: Last Call

Mar 25, 2016
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

For nearly thirty years Asheville Citizen Times  reporter  Tony Kiss has stopped by WCQS to chat with David Hurand about some of what's happening in Western North Carolina.  This week's conversation marks the final broadcast of their quirky on-air partnership.  High on Tony's list this week  a new film starring Sally Field, Hello, My Name is Doris and Batman vs Superman Dawn of Justice, starring Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, and Amy Adams as Lois Lane.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Mar 18, 2016
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Tony reports there's lots of great music to consider.  High on his list, The Moody Blue.  The band will  visit Harrah's Cherokee Event Center Saturday (3/19) night. John Lodge, Justin Hayward, and Graeme Edge have been recording and performing since the early 1960s.  In 1967 the band released the LP Days of Future Time Passed.

"The Peacemakers" to be performed

Mar 15, 2016

  Three local choral groups, the Asheville Singers, The UNC-Asheville University Singers and the Reuter Center Singers, will present The Peacemakers, a choral and ensemble work by composer Karl Jenkins on Friday, March 18th at Lipinsky Auditorium. 

Dick Kowal spoke with Susan Richey, a member of the Asheville Singers, and Chuck Taft, conductor of the Reuter Center Singers.

The 'Fifth Beatle' legendary record producer George Martin died March 8, 2016 at the age of 90. This weekend we'll remember him with a special appreciation from PRX. Radio Producer Paul Ingles mines his many documentaries on Beatles albums for a few stories that show off producer George Martin’s contributions to Beatles records.

Daniel Meyer, ASO Conductor, on WCQS

Mar 11, 2016

Listen at 1:06 when Daniel Meyer, music director and conductor of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, joins Dick Kowal to discuss the symphony's upcoming concert.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Mar 11, 2016
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

The Asheville Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Conductor Daniel Meyer welcomes guest pianist Shen Lu Saturday night at 8 in Thomas Wolfe Auditorium (3/12).  Tony Kiss says the ASO will perform selections from Romeo and Juliet composed by Hector Berlioz.  Tony is also excited about spring and the coming of St.

Spring is in the Air! Start Gardening!?

Mar 10, 2016

It may be a bit early, but the recent warm weather has gardeners in a sweat.  Agricultural Extension Agent Alison  Arnold speaks with David Hurand about getting started.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Mar 4, 2016
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

A live theater  company takes on the big screen.  Asheville Reel Comedy features nearly two and half hours of clips from 25 films with a local connection.  The idea is the work of  the Magnetic Theater. The screenings take place at Magnetic Theater in Asheville's River Arts District,  March 10-12.  Tony Kiss says it's a big weekend  for live music.  Asleep at the Wheel takes  the stage at Isis (3/5).

>>Watch videos from local musicians who've entered NPR's 2016 Tiny Desk Contest.

NPR Music is bringing back their Tiny Desk contest, asking unknown bands and musicians all over the country to film themselves performing one song at a desk of their choice.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Feb 26, 2016
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Tony Kiss drops in for a look at the arts and culture scene.  High on his list of things to do, the David Mamet play,  Glengarry Glen Ross with a twist.   This production features an all female cast.

Friday @2: Up Jumped Three

Feb 25, 2016

Listen Friday afternoon at 2 for another live performance from our studios. Dick Kowal will be joined in the studio by Up Jumped Three jazz trio. They have a new recording out, Eleven Dialogues. We'll hear some music from the CD, and find out why the group is a drummer-less jazz trio.

That's Up Jumped Three, Friday @2,  here on WCQS.


La Bombarde!

Feb 24, 2016

Listen this afternoon at 1:06 when Dick Kowal speaks with Rosalind Buda about the upcoming program La Bombarde! Concert of bombarde, bassoon and organ, presented by Pan Harmonia.

The Knights, a critically acclaimed orchestral collective, will be featured on WCQS on February 22 and 23. WCQS Music Director Dick Kowal will interview members of the group Monday at 1 p.m. The ensemble will also be featured on The State of Things on Tuesday, February 23 at Noon.

Friday @2: The Three Davids

Feb 18, 2016

Our guests for the next Friday@2 will be The Three Davids; David Holt, David LaMotte, and David Wilcox.

  Each David well-known in his own right, The Three Davids will bring us their unique blend of styles in live performance from our studios.

The Three Davids perform at Asheville’s Diana Wortham Theatre on February 20th.

Our guests for the next Friday@2 will be The Three Davids; David Holt, David LaMotte, and David Wilcox. Each David well known in their own right, The Three Davids will bring us their unique blend of styles in live performance from our studios Friday @2, just before their show at Asheville's Diana Wortham Theatre on February 20th.

The Asheville Symphony announced Tuesday that Music Director and Conductor Daniel Meyer will conclude his tenure with the ASO following the 2017-18 season.

In 2015, Meyer signed a contract extension, which includes conducting a full 2016-17 season and a reduced schedule in 2017-18.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Feb 12, 2016
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Sunday is Valentine's  Day and the weekend is filled with lovely events. High on Tony's  list, a performance by well known local story-teller/actress Becky Stone at the Forum at Diana Wortham Theater. The performance is hosted by Beth and Jim Magill.

Bitter Cold: Think Spring Gardening with Alison

Feb 11, 2016

It's been bitter cold and winter has a firm grip on Western North Carolina.  It's the perfect  time to check in with Buncombe County Agriculture Extension Agent Alison Arnold.   She spoke with David Hurand.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Feb 5, 2016

Another  weekend of with plenty to offer. Tony Kiss takes a look at some of what's happening in Western North Carolina.