Arts & Performance

Friday @2: Amici Music

Jul 29, 2015

Listen Friday at 2 for another live broadcast from our studios.  Our friends from Amici Music will give us a preview of their concerts happening in Western North Carolina over the next few days.

Violinist Rachel Patrick, clarinetist Matthew Boyles, and pianist Daniel Weiser will join Dick Kowal in the studio to perform live and discuss their program.

Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Folkmoot USA runs through July 26th.  Each year the international folk festival welcomes folk dancers from different countries for performance  across Western North Carolina.  Asheville events include a performance July 26 at Diana Wortham Theater.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Jul 17, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Its a fabulous weekend in Western North Carolina.  The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands  is underway at the U.S.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update:

Jul 10, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Tony drops  by for a look at what's happening in Western North Carolina.  High on his list, the headliners for the October LEAF Festival Aaron Neville, Charmaine Neville, Presservation Hall, Dumstaphunk x 2, and Cedric Watson, just to name a few of the musicians headed to WNC in the fall.

The State of Things: The Three Davids

Jul 8, 2015
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Listen for Friday's The State of Things with Frank Stasio when the musical guests will be "The Three Davids,"David Holt, David Wilcox and David LaMotte.  Following a sold-old debut at Diana Wortham Theatre in Asheville, the trio will be performing at the Cary Arts Center on Saturday.

The Three Davids will be in our studios Friday for broadcast on The State of Things, airing at noon each weekday on WCQS.

Frank Stasio and the folks at The State of Things are taking July 3rd off in celebration of the July 4th holiday. So in keeping with our July 4th celebration WCQS will air an Independence Day celebratory special from America's Test Kitchen - July 4th Beer Special: The Amazing History, Lore and Science of America's Favorite Drink.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Jul 3, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

The Fourth of July Independence Day Holiday weekend has arrived. If  the weather cooperates there will be plenty of fireworks and outdoor festivals to enjoy.  Topping Tony's list of at least 40 ways to celebrate the 4th,  the Red White and Blue Grass Festival July 3-4 at Catawba Meadows in Morganton.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Jun 26, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Jerry Seinfeld takes the stage in Asheville Saturday night at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.  Singing on the Mountain takes place at Grand Father Mountain. Shindig on the Green is back at Pack Square in downtown Asheville.  Dancing and Mountain Music will be featured.  Lots of summer theater to choose from. Tony takes a look at some of what's happening.

Southern Cuisine Featured on New TV Series

Jun 26, 2015
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Asheville is featured on this week's episode of  the new television series Southern Uncovered with the Lee Bros.   The series on Ovation TV explores the "unique and unexpected" cuisine and culture of six southern cities.  Program hosts Matt and Ted Lee are the authors of several award winning cook boos and the founders of  The Lee Bros Boiled Peanuts Catalogue.  They spoke  with David  Hurand.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update:

Jun 19, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Dinosaurs have taken over the big screen!  Jurassic World and its 3D special effects has arrived at area theaters. The film is the fourth in the Jurassic series.  The story of the Beach Boys, Love and Mercy has also arrived.  The film stars John Cusack and Elizabeth Banks and there are several animated films appropriate for children.  The Indigo Girls, with their band, will rock the Orange Peel June 23rd, and Nigerian legend Kinny Sunny Ade makes his way to Western North Carolina with an appearance at New Mountain Amphitheater, June 24th.

Open Air Brevard

Jun 18, 2015

This summer, WCQS is pleased to bring you 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.

Join us for Open Air Brevard Sunday afternoons at 3 and Wednesday mornings at 10.

The Brevard Music Center (BMC) announced today that virtuoso violinist Sarah Chang will open its 79th season on Saturday, June 20 at 6PM at Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium. Ms. Chang replaces pianist André Watts, whose sudden illness necessitated a cancellation of his BMC opening night performance. Ms. Chang will perform Bruch’s exquisite Violin Concerto No. 1, considered by many to be the German composer’s most famous and celebrated composition.

Talkin' Blueberries with Alison Arnold

Jun 10, 2015
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Blueberry growers in North Carolina are expecting a big year.  WCQS gardening expert Alison Arnold talks with Jeremy Loeb about why that is, and what it means for local horticulturists. 

Alison Arnold is agriculture extension agent with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension. 

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Festivities kick off this week in Asheville to celebrate bees, insects, and all things pollination.  David Hurand spoke with the founder and director of Bee City USA, Phyllis Stiles, for more on the events.

You can find more about the event at beecityusa.org

Goodbye (for now) To Josh Jourdan

Jun 5, 2015

  To us here at WCQS and to thousands of listeners in Western North Carolina he is Josh Jourdan, Classical Music Host. But to the Navy Reserve, he is Joshua Jourdan, Petty Officer.

Josh has now left WCQS for deployment of at least one year to serve us and our nation. We will miss our friend and colleague. All of us here at WCQS wish Josh great adventures and safe travels, and anxiously await his return.

A Conversation with NPR's Steve Inskeep

Jun 2, 2015
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NPR Morning Edition host and author Steve Inskeep was in Asheville Monday to promote his new book "Jacksonland."  It tells the bloody story of the long-running feud between President Andrew Jackson and Cherokee Chief John Ross over land that would become the southern United States. 

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

May 29, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

The Beer City Festival is the toast of Asheville Saturday (5/30).   The festival takes place Saturday at Roger McGuire Green at Pack Square Park.  The Festival features more than 30  area breweries.  It is a ticketed event.  Comedian Jay Leno takes the stage at Harrah's Cherokee Event Center Saturday night.  The great Merle Haggard follows June 6th.  The Magnetic Theater celebrates its' grand opening with the Merchant of Asheville.

Friday @2: Asheville Young Musicians Club

May 28, 2015

Please listen for the next Friday @2 when WCQS hosts members of the Asheville Young Musicians Club in our studios. These young people between the ages of 11 and 18 will perform chamber music by Haydn, Mozart and Piazzola, and give us a preview of their upcoming benefit concert.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

May 22, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

The Memorial Day Holiday Weekend has arrived and with it a number of holiday festivals are underway across Western North Carolina.  The Mountain Sports Festival takes place at Carrier Park Friday through Memorial Day.  The White Squirrel Festival is underway in downtown Brevard and the Carl Sandburg Folk Music Festival honors Sandburg Memorial Day from 11-4 at Connemara in Hendersonville.  The great Doctor John and the Nite Trippers take the state tonight (Friday 5/23) at the New Mountain Amphitheater in downtown Asheville.

Some in Wilmington's independent film community are predicting dire consequences for their art form in the wake of the well-publicized downturn in film production tied to the reduction in tax incentives provided by the state of North Carolina.

Another Low Power Radio Station On The Air

May 18, 2015

There are now three low power radio stations in Buncombe County, all licensed by the Federal Communications Commission.  WSFM, also known as Asheville FM, had been heard only over the internet but Monday (5/18) morning it joined WRES and WPVM broadcasting over the the air-waves.  The station transmitter tower sits atop the Hotel Indigo in downtown Asheville. David Hurand spoke with station board Vice President Greg Lyon.

Lawmakers in liberal Asheville, a city of 87,000 set amid a soul-stirring stretch of mountain scenery, insist that they do not want to kick anyone out — especially not their artists. But they are looking for a way to deal with the headaches that have come with the city’s emergence as both an increasingly upscale tourist destination and an upstart Southern street-music capital.

Jeff Daniels and The Ben Daniels Band at DWT

May 17, 2015

Actor Jeff Daniels has starred in many notable films, including Terms of Endearment, Good Night and Good Luck, Ragtime, Radio Days, and Dumb and Dumber.  Most recently he was seen on HBO,  starring as cable news anchor Will McAvoy in The Newsroom.   Monday (5/18) night at 8 musician Jeff Daniels performs  with the Ben Daniels Band at Diana Wortham Theater in Asheville.  Daniels has been playing guitar and writing songs nearly as long as he has performed on stage, in film, and on television.  He spoke with David Hurand.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

May 15, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Downtown After 5 gets underway this afternoon (5/15/15).   The headliner is CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band.  Chenier is the son of the King of Zydeco Clifton Chenier.  Opening Downtown after % is the Bayou Diesel band. On stage at Flat Rock Playhouse is Always...Patsy Cline. NC Stage Company presents Parallel Lives, Brevard Little Theater performs Moon Over Buffalo, and Asheville Community Theater presents Letters and Notes Found on the Windshield at the Piggly Wiggly Parking Lot.

Friday @2: Bill Bares

May 14, 2015

  Listen  at 2 for another live performance from our studios. On this program, WCQS will host jazz pianist Bill Bares and bassist Zack Page.

Bill teaches Jazz at UNC-Asheville, curates the Isis Sunday Evening Jazz Showcase, performs with multiple ensembles, and is in the process of recording an album under the name "Asheville Art Trio."

Zack Page plays bass with multiple ensembles in the Asheville area as well, including One Leg Up  and Hard Bop Explosion.

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Bill Guthridge, the longtime assistant to Dean Smith who succeeded him as North Carolina's head coach, has died. He was 77.

The school announced Wednesday that Guthridge died Tuesday night. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Guthridge spent three decades as an assistant to Smith, helping him bring national championships to Chapel Hill in 1982 and 1993.

When Smith retired as Division I's winningest men's coach shortly before the 1997-98 season, Guthridge was promoted to replace him, and he guided the Tar Heels to two Final Fours in three seasons.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

May 8, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

The sold out Lake Eden Arts Festival,  LEAF takes place this weekend in Black Mountain.  Downtown Marshall plays host to Mama Mia!  The street festival features music, arts, and hands on workshops, noon to four May 9th.  The Whole Bloomin Thing Spring Frestival features locally grown plants, art, food, and music May 9th from 10-5 pm.

Friday @2: The Jason DeCristofaro Trio

May 1, 2015

Listen this afternoon at 2 for another live performance from our studios when Jason DeCristofaro, bassist Daniel Iannucci, and drummer Micah Thomas join Dick Kowal for Friday @2.

Jason is a jazz vibraphonist, teacher and composer. He just released two new recordings last week and he'll give us a sampling of both.

That's the Jason DeCristofaro Trio, this afternoon on Friday @2.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

May 1, 2015

Its time to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with music, crafts, and cocktails.   Tickets are now on sale for  for the upcoming LEAF Festival. Speaking of tickets;  theline up for the  Biltmore Estate Summer Concert Series has been announced and tickets go on sale mid week.  

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Apr 24, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Wonderful theater offerings this weekend: Asheville Lyric Opera presents West Side Story at Diana Wortham Theater, NC Stage Company and Montford Park Players partner for a Bard a Thon.  It's a fundraiser to benefit both organizations.  Asheville Community Theater presents A Streetcar Named Desire, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and  Hendersonville Little Theater presents Dreamgirls.  Minneapolis Guitar Quartet performs April 26th at First Congregational Church and singer songwriter Karla Bonoff returns to the Altamont in Asheville April 26th.  Tony takes a look at some of the happenings in WN

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