Arts & Performance

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.

Friday @2: The HotPoint Trio

Feb 4, 2016

Listen Friday afternoon at 2 for another live performance from our studios, this time by The HotPoint Trio. January 23rd marked  the 106th anniversary of the birth of the legendary jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. On Saturday evening, musicians from around Western North Carolina and beyond will gather at the Grey Eagle to pay tribute to this influential musician.  The HotPoint Trio will give us a preview and, along with coordinator and guitarist Jon Corbin, help us understand the importance of Django Reinhardt.

Join us at 2 Friday for the HotPoint Trio live from our studios.

Friday @2: Free Planet Radio

Jan 29, 2016
Sandlin Gaither

Listen this afternoon at 2 when Free Planet Radio performs live in our studios. This trio of Asheville-based musicians, each with a deep background in a wide variety of musical styles, will bring us their blend of world, jazz, and classical music and give us a preview of their upcoming concert at the Altamont Theatre.

Happy Birthday Wolfgang!

Jan 27, 2016

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born January 27, 1756. Tune in today to help us celebrate his birthday. We'll be playing a variety of works dating from his earliest years to his last. We'll even include some compositions by his first teacher, his father, Leopold Mozart.

  Pianist and composer David Troy Francis performs a benefit concert for WNCAP on Sunday at 3 at the Asheville Country Club. In addition to performing music from Rachmaninoff to Gershwin, David is an award-winning composer. His work, Bark, the Musical was recently staged at Asheville Community Theatre. David speaks with Dick Kowal at 1:06 today about his music and the benefit concert.

Four Photographs for 2015

Jan 5, 2016
Kora Manheimer

WCQS asked four area photographers to select one of their favorite 2015  photographs.  Angeli Wright is a staff photographer with the Asheville Citizen Times.  After graduating from Michigan State University Angeli worked in Texas before joining the paper.  Angeli's photograph comes from a day she spent at one of Western North Carolina's many summer camps, Camp Cedar Cliff.  Steve Mann has been  a commercial and documenta

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Jan 1, 2016
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Happy New Year!  It's a new year and the beat continues in Western North Carolina.  Live theater, music, and a long list of great movies to consider.

True to its spirit of music discovery, NPR Music is kicking off the New Year with an invite to unsigned artists of all genres to participate in the 2016 Tiny Desk Contest: Show them why you should perform in NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concert series. The winner will secure a spot at the iconic performance space and a U.S. tour with NPR Music.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Dec 18, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

A Swannanoa Solstice returns to Diana Wortham Theater Saturday night (12/20).  Al Petteway, Amy White and Robin Bullock present seasonal Celtic , Scots-Irish, and Appalachian music, poetry, and story telling. Grammy Award winner David Holt and many other  fine performers will take the stage for two shows, a 2:00 pm performance and an evening performance at 7 pm. The founder of the Swannanoa Gathering and President Emeritus of Warren Wilson College,  Doug Orr is your host.

The big movie of the weekend is  Star Wars: The Force Awakens.   

Great Books of 2015

Dec 17, 2015
The Indie Bob Spot

The holiday season is critical to the success of  book stories around the country.  While those who claim to be "real readers" declare they buy books all year long, its no surprise that December is the busiest month of the year for independent book stores. Linda Marie Barrett is General Manager with Malaprops Book Store in Asheville.  She spoke with David Hurand about some of her stores' most popular books of 2015.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Dec 11, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Tony Kiss says there's plenty of great things happening this weekend, even if don't have a ticket to the  Christmas Jam.  The annual benefit concert (12/12), which is a major fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity  is made possible because of the generosity of Rock n Roll guitarist Warren Haynes.  The concert has been sold out since late October.  Tonight (12/11) you may celebrate what would have been Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday with the Ashevill

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Dec 4, 2015

The holiday season is in full swing in Western North Carolina. Christmas decorations and performances highlight the entertainment scene.  Topping Tony's list, the Moscow Ballet’s celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium at US Cellular Center on Tuesday December 8,  at 7:00pm.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Nov 27, 2015

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Nov 27, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Tony Kiss takes a look at the the post  Thanksgiving Day holiday weekend and reports there's plenty of music, theater,  movies, and  some traditional musical performances to consider.  Singer songwriter David Wilcox performs tonight (11/27) at the Grey Eagle Tavern and Music Hall.  David's performance in Western North Carolina has become a seasonal tradition.  Acoustic Syndicate takes the Grey Eagle stage Saturday night (11/28). 

November 27, 2015 marks the 7th National Day of Listening. The Day of Listening is a national holiday started by StoryCorps in 2008. On the day after Thanksgiving, StoryCorps asks everyone to take a few minutes to record an interview with a loved one.

NC Stage: All is Calm

Nov 23, 2015

WCQS Music Director Dick Kowal in the studio with NC Stage's Charlie Flynn-McIver and poet, playwright and Cantaria member David Hopes. The three just talked about NC Stage production of All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, featuring  Cantaria, the Gay Men's Chorus of Asheville. Coming up December 9th.

For more information about the production at NC Stage and Cantaria,

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Longtime WCQS friend David Holt was in the studio with Dick Kowal today to talk about his upcoming performance in Cullowhee this Sunday at the Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University.   David is a  traditional music and storytelling icon, and four-time Grammy Award winner and Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame inductee.

Satirist Lizz Winstead is tackling reproductive rights with "Lady Parts Justice." Lizz Winstead has made a career being the watchdog of the watchdog. As a co-creator of The Daily Show in the 1990s, Winstead was one of the first comedians satirizing both news makers and news media.  Her current focus is on women’s rights, and she founded Lady Parts Justice, an organization that uses comedy and digital media to advocate for reproductive rights. State of Things host Frank Stasio talked with Winstead about political satire and her comedy on the program today.

Asheville Symphony on WCQS

Nov 16, 2015

Join us Tuesday morning at 10 and Thursday evening at 8 for our broadcast of the Asheville Symphony’s October 17th concert. David Kim, Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, is the soloist with the orchestra in Max Bruch’s 1st Violin Concerto. Also on the program is a performance of Robert Schuman’s Second Symphony and Osvaldo Golijov’s Sidereus. Chip Kaufmann is your host. Please join us Tuesday morning at 10 and Thursday evening at 8.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Nov 13, 2015

Its a big weekend for movies. Heart of a Dog, the new documentary from artist, musician, and writer Laurie Anderson has arrived on the big screen.  "The 33"  is the true story of Chilean miners trapped underground for 69 days.  It's a compelling film of survival.  And don't forget Bridge of Spies with Tom Hanks is still showing.  But the blockbuster is the new James Bond film starring Daniel Craig "Spector". Mid week Momix Botanica hits the stage at the Diana Wortham Theater.

Jews, Muslims and Christians will meet for the 7th annual Lake Junaluska Peace Conference Thursday evening through Sunday (11/12-11/15).  The conference will be led by peacemakers from all three Abrahamic faith traditions, including Rabbi Or Rose, Rabia Terri Harris, and Rev. Sam Wells.  Charlene Kammerer is a retired United Methodist Bishop and co-chair of the Design Team for the conference. Bishop Kammerer was elected Bishop in 1996 and after a long career with the Methodist Church, retired in 2012.  She spoke with David Hurand.

WCQS Music Director Dick Kowal is just back from a trip with WCQS music lovers down the Danube - visiting Prague, Vienna and Budapest. All this week, during the 9 o'clock hour, Dick will present music celebrating Mozart, Beethoven, Smetana and more - and celebrating the incredibly vibrant music and cultural scene of Central Europe - past and present.

That's Music of the Blue Danube every morning this week - in the 9 o'clock hour - on WCQS.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Oct 23, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Another weekend has rolled around and Tony Kiss drops  by for a look at some of what's happening in Western North Carolina.  Tony Bennett performs tonight (Friday 10/23) at Harrah's Cherokee Casino.  The film Steve Jobs, and the new film starring Tom Hanks, Bridge of Spies are now available on the big screen.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Oct 16, 2015

Its another great weekend for music and festivals in Western North Carolina. The 41st LEAF Festival takes place this weekend in Black Mountain (10/15-18).  The Festival is sold out.  One of the areas major contributor to the development of Western North Carolina's music scene,  Andy Cohen performs at White Horse Black Mountain tonight (10/16).  The great Patty Griffin will take the stage at the Orange Peel Saturday (10/17).  


Oct 13, 2015

  Join us Thursday evening at 8 for our broadcast of the Asheville Symphony’s September 19 concert, the opening night of its 2015-2016 season. The soloist is violinist Chee-Yun, who stepped in at the last minute for an ailing Angela Brown. She performs a number of virtuoso showpieces with the Symphony, including Pablo de Sarasate’s  “Zigeunerweisen.”

On the second half of the concert, the Symphony plays music from American composers Leonard Bernstein (On The Town) and Howard Hanson (Symphony No. 2, “The Romantic.”)

Bowing to the Emperor: We Were Captives in WWII

Oct 12, 2015

Shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, a Dutch family living in what was then the Dutch East Indies was imprisoned by the Japanese.  Wim Andrau was an officer in the Dutch Air Force but was working for the oil giant Royal Dutch Shell.  His wife Klara and three daughters were living in what is now Indonesia.   The youngest of the three sisters, Robine has pieced together the family's story of separation and survival in the new book, Bowing to The Emperor: We Were Captives in World War II.  Shes was in Western North Carolina to visit her sister and dropped by WCQS