Arts & Performance

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

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Oct 9, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

The last RiverLink River Music concert of the season is set for Friday night (10/9).  The music begins at 5:30 and the headliner is Miami based funk and gospel band The Lee Boys. It all takes place at RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza along Riverside Drive. There's also music happening as Diana Wortham Theater's Intersections Series Presents Sing Together:  Celebrating the Kingston Trio tonight (10/9) in the Forum. The music begins at 6:30.

The next Moth StorySLAM happens Thursday, October 15 at The Mothlight at Mr. Fred's in West Asheville. Tickets go on sale Oct. 8 at 3 pm. The Moth StorySLAMs are monthly storytelling competitions where the stage is open to any and all with a story to tell on the evening's theme. This month's theme is 'Home'.

Weather Impacts Weekend Entertainment Scene

Oct 2, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

A wet and wild weekend is in our forecast.  Tony says it may prove to be a good idea to check and see if the event you are interested is still on!  On the other hand, there are some new movies at area theaters.  High on Tony's list,  The Martian,, starring Matt Damon.

Friday @2: Muses' Delight

Oct 1, 2015

On the next Friday@ 2 we welcome Muses’ Delight to our studios to perform music from the 17th and 18th centuries. We’ll hear violinist Geesa Kordes, viola da gambist Gail Ann Schroeder, and harpsichordist Barbara Weiss joined by soprano Margaret Carpenter in music from the Baroque period and before - performed live in our studios.

Join us for Muses’ Delight on the next Friday @2.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update: 9/25 - 9/27

Sep 25, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

The 29th annual Greek Festival (9/25-27th) takes place at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Asheville.  There's music, dancing, and a variety of traditional Greek food.  The Ariel String Quartet kicks off the 63rd  season of the Asheville Chamber Music Series (9/25)..  All concerts take place at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Asheville.  The Madison County Fair is underway at the Madison County Fairgrounds.

Listen today at 2 for another live performance from our studios. Music Director Dick Kowal welcomes jazz pianist Bill Bares and singer, drummer and band-leader Russ Wilson. The duo will play some jazz classics drawn from the great American songbook.

That's Friday @2, this afternoon on WCQS. Don't miss it!

Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Its a big fall  weekend for festivals and the great Lisa Fisher takes the stage (9/18) for a sold out performance at Diana Wortham Theater.  The Mountain State Fair continues its run at the NC Agricultural Center just down the road from the Asheville Regional Airport.  

Join us Tuesday morning at 10 and Thursday evening at 8 for our broadcast of the Asheville Symphony’s May 9 concert.  As the ASO prepares for the opening night concert of its 2015-2016 season Saturday, September 19th, we’ll bring you the final concert of last season.  The soloist is saxophonist Joe Lulloff, and he joins the symphony in Claude Debussy’s Rapsodie for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra, Duke Ellington’s Black, Brown and Beige Suite, and Darius Milhaud’s Scaramouche. After intermission, the orchestra plays Maurice Ravel’s Suites from his ballet Daphnis and Chloe. 

Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

The North Carolina Mountain State Fair runs through September 20th at the WNC Agricultural Center near the Asheville Regional Airport. Goombay Festival  returns to downtown Asheville Friday through Sunday.

Friday at 2: Robin Bullock

Sep 10, 2015

Listen this Friday afternoon at 2 for another live performance from our studio as we welcome guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Robin Bullock. Robin has roots in Celtic music, but he has also released a recording of works by Bach and Dowland. He'll share his music with us at 2 Friday afternoon. Please join us.

Labor Day Weekend Holiday Highlights

Sep 4, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

The Labor Day Holiday weekend has arrived.  The first Monday in September we celebrate the American labor movement and American workers.  Several traditional annual events occur this weekend, including The Canton Labor Day Festival, the North Carolina Apple Festival in downtown Hendersonville, and the final Shndig on the Green of the summer.  Tony Kiss takes a look at some of what's  happening in our region, including baseball, theater, and a few movies.

WCQS is thrilled to welcome The Moth to Asheville. The Moth is an acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. It is a celebration of both the raconteur, who breathes fire into true tales of ordinary life, and the storytelling novice, who has lived through something extraordinary and yearns to share it.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update: 8/28 - 8/30

Aug 28, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Music, dance, baseball, theater, movies, and everything organic are among the offerings this weekend.  Shindig on the Green takes place Saturday night (8/29) in downtown Asheville at  Pack Square Park's Roger McGuire Green.  Musicians and dancers  perform on the stage named for the founder of the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, Bascom Lamar Lunsford. Its the next to the last weekend for Shindig.

Friday @2: Jazz with Bill Bares & Rick Simerly

Aug 27, 2015

Join us Friday @2 for live jazz from our studios as we host pianist Bill Bares and trombonist Rick Simerly. These two musicians will perform soon at White Horse Black Mountain as part of the monthly series called “Take Two,” but Friday afternoon they’ll play just for us.

 Dr. William Bares teaches Jazz at  UNC-A. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College, a Masters degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Miami, and a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Harvard University, where he studied with Ingrid Monson, the Quincy Jones Professor of African American Music. 

Tony Kiss Weekend Update - 8/21 - 8/23

Aug 21, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts take the stage at Harrah's Cherokee Event Center (August 21st) at 9.  The Biltmore Concert Series continues with Bruce Hornsby and his band the Noisemakers along with Blues Tr

Asheville Man Plays the Weekend Edition Puzzle

Aug 16, 2015

Tim Warner of Asheville is a consulting engineer.  Many of his clients are area radio stations.  Over the years Tim  has helped stations better serve their communities.  We learned today that Tim is also a long time Weekend Edition Sunday Puzzle player.  This morning  he was the featured contestant, and he aced the puzzle without any help from host Rachel Martin or Puzzle Master Will Shortz. 

On the next Friday @2, we are joined in our studios by pianist Andrew Tyson. Andrew is a native of North Carolina, and studied at Curtis Institute and the Juilliard School. He has since received an Avery Fischer Career Grant, and performed with orchestras throughout the United States and Europe.

Andrew will perform Friday evening for the Haywood County Arts Council as part of their Young Artist Series, but on the next Friday @2, he’ll join Dick Kowal to play and discuss music live in our studios.

That’s pianist Andrew Tyson on the next Friday @2.

Asheville native Miranda Richmond Mouillot is the author of A Fifty Year Silence:  Love, War, and a Ruined House in France.  The book is the compelling story of her search for the truth about how her grandparents, Anna and Armand, survived the holocaust and World War II but lost their marriage.  Miranda Richmond Mouillot will read from and sign copies of her book at Malaprops Book Store in downtown Asheville Sunday (8/9) at 5.  She spoke with David Hurand.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update - 8/7 - 8/9

Aug 7, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

The 88th annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival is underway in downtown Asheville. Musicians and dancers from across the region and beyond will take the stage at Diana Wortham Theater for the joyous celebration of mountain culture.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update: 7/31 - 8/2

Jul 31, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

The 43rd annual Biltmore Village Art and Crafts Fair takes place through Sunday August 2nd.  The creative work of 114 artists from 17 states will be on display on the grounds of the historic All Souls Cathedral in Biltmore Village.  LEAF Downtown takes place Saturday and Sunday (August 1-2). The festival  gets underway with a 5K run starting at the Vance Monument in the heart of downtown Asheville at 9 am August 1 and the music to follow is top notch.