Arts & Performance

Tony Kiss Weekend Update: Play Ball!

Apr 17, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

The Asheville Tourists are in town and the Asheville Symphony Orchestra is ready for another stellar performance. There is also a myriad of live theater productions to consider and a couple of new films have arrived. Tony Kiss takes a look at some of what's happening in Western North Carolina.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Apr 3, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

The World's Greatest Rock n Roll band has announced its hitting the road again.  The Rolling Stones have scheduled dates in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia beginning in May. Tony Kiss drops  in for a look at what's happening in the region, including the return of an important local player in the acoustic, singer song writer scene that began in the 1970s, Andy Cohen.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Mar 27, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Thank goodness, the weekend has arrived.  Tony Kiss takes a look at just a few of the things happening in the region this weekend and beyond. 

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Mar 20, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Another weekend with a myriad of entertainment offerings has arrived.  High on Tony's list, prize winning Choreographer Kyle Abraham and his dance company, Abraham in Motion.  The New York based company preforms at Diana Wortham Theater March 24th and 25th.  The company will perform "When the Wolves Came in"  which was inspired by the music of jazz drummer Max Roach.   The Asheville Amadeus Festival continues through Sunday 3/22.

WNC Story Teller Honored by Library of Congress

Mar 18, 2015

The more than 45 year career of Western North Carolina performance story-teller Connie Regan-Blake will be documented and stored at the Library of Congress.   David Hurand spoke with Connie Regan-Blake about her most recent honor. 

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Mar 13, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

St. Patrick's Day is coming and Tony is in a celebratory mood.   Also high on Tony's agenda, the first Asheville Amadeus Festival.  If your  hungry, the Food Truck Showdown is scheduled to take place Saturday 3/14 in the parking lot adjacent to the Masonic Temple.  The music scene welcomes a couple of long time rockers, Eddie Money plays the U.S. Cellular Center and Styx performs at Harrah's Cherokee Casino.

Friday @2: Artists from the Brevard Music Center

Mar 4, 2015

The Brevard Music Center's new season is still a few months away, but you can hear musicians from the renowned institute and festival playing (and singing) live in our studios on the next Friday @2.

Friday's program will feature Soprello - a musical collaboration between BMC cellist Alistair MacRae and soprano Allison Pohl - as well as faculty member Dilshad Posnock, flute, and Jason Posnock, violinist and Director of Artistic Planning & Educational Programs.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Feb 27, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Thank goodness, the weekend  has arrived.  Tony is looking forward to the return of Webb Wilder "the last of the full grown men" to the area. Wilder hits the stage at Isis tonight (2/27).  Also tonight, Solas performs Shamrock City at Diana Wortham Theater.  There are plenty of Oscar nominated and Oscar winners on the big screen at area movie theaters, American Sniper, Birdman, The Imitation Game, Selma, Still Alice, and the Theory of Eveything.   A couple  of new arrivals of note, Focus with Will Smith and Mr. Turner.  Kick the winter blues and celebrate the weekend.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Feb 20, 2015

Winter is expected to loosen its grip on Western North Carolina.  If you suffer from Cabin Fever, Tony Kiss says there's plenty of things happening that will brighten your weekend.   High on Tony's list; The Three Davids  at Diana Wortham Theater. David Holt, David LaMotte, and David Wilcox combine their individual talent for what should be an amazing evening of music and much more.  The 20th Annual Blue Grass 1st Class takes place at the Crown Plaza Resort in Asheville.   Rock n Rollers Heart take the

Friday @2: Pan Harmonia

Feb 19, 2015

Listen Friday for our next live performance from the WCQS studios on "Friday @2." Members of Pan Harmonia will join Dick Kowal in the studio to perform works by Beethoven, Saint-Saens and Belgian composer Joseph Jongen.  Flutist Kate Steinbeck,  bassoonist Rosalind Buda and pianist Ivan Seng will bring their own insights into music both new and familiar.

Join us Friday @ 2 for live music from Pan Harmonia on WCQS.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Feb 13, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

A cold weekend  weather  wise, but the arts and culture scene continues to be hot.  Lovers may celebrate Valentines Day with the music of Patsy Cline performed by Sweet Dreamers at the Altamont Theater.  Arlo Guthrie is in town for two nights at Diana Wortham Theater.  Also at the DWT (2/13)  at 6:30,  Sing Together: Freedom Songs and Spirituals with Becky Stone and Jim and Beth Magill. 

Asheville Symphony on WCQS

Feb 9, 2015

  Listen Tuesday morning at 10 and Thursday evening at 8 for our broadcast of the Asheville Symphony's January 17th concert.  The program includes a performance of one of the most famous works in the repertoire, Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.  Also featured is the winning performance of the Sibelius Violin Concerto by Kyung Ah Oh, and the Overture to Sicilian Vespers by Giuseppe Verdi.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Feb 6, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

A bit of Broadway comes to Greenville, South Carolina.  The Tony and Grammy-winning musical  "Wicked" runs through February 15th at the Peace Center.  The late, great  Bob Marley would have been 70 this weekend.   The music of the Reggae legend will be featured  February 6th at Isis Restaurant and Music Hall.  Jim Arrendell and his band will perform Marley classics.   The progressive rock band Umphrey's McGee performs at the U.S. Cellular Center February 7th and Sheila Kay Adams and the Scofflaws will perform and tell stories at White Horse Black Mountain in Black Mountain February 7th.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Jan 30, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

A Chamber music benefit concert, comedy, country rock,  plenty of live theater, and much more  around our region this weekend.  Tony Kiss reports the Opal String Quartet will perform Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Asheville. Its a benefit to help fund improvements at the Edwin Place building.   Comic Red Grant  will perform at the Crown Plaza Expo Center and  Joe Lasher Jr. and his band play at New Mountain Avl, both shows 1/3/14. Live theater offers 50 Shades! The Musical Parody 1/31 at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Jan 23, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival headlines the weekend entertainment scene.  Random Acts of  Fringe will take place at a variety of locations in downtown Asheville.  The Kiss Country Winter Jam will take place at the Orange Peel.  It's a benefit for Mission Chldren's Hospital and Jazz Master Sheila Jordan performs at Isis Restaurant and Music Hall.  Pan Harmonia performs at White Horse Black Mountain Friday night 91/23/15).  The Classical ensemble has been together for  more than a dozen years.   David Holt and the Lightening Bolts take the st

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Jan 16, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

The Oscar nominations have been announced and many of the nominated films are on the big screen in our area.  Tony Kiss drops by the talk about film, theater, and live music at area clubs.  On stage at Harrah's Cherokee Casino, Greg Allman.  In the weeks ahead the Casino also has on its bill Heart, Willie Nelson, and Loretta Lynn.

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Fans of the PBS series "Downton Abbey" can see costumes from the show at the Biltmore House in Asheville.

Biltmore House will host an exhibition titled, "Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times," Feb. 5-May 25. The show will include more than 40 costumes from the television series.

Biltmore House was built in the 1890s for the Vanderbilt family. The Downton costumes will be displayed in groupings themed on events from the fictional show, with connections made to real life at the Vanderbilt estate during the same early 20th century era.

Asheville Symphony on WCQS

Jan 12, 2015

Listen Tuesday morning at 10 and  Thursday evening at 8 for our broadcast of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra's November 22nd  concert. The ASO performs Tchaikovsky's beloved Fourth Symphony, Machine by Jennifer Higdon and, what might be the highlight of the program, a concerto for two timpanists by  James Oliverio. The work is performed by Asheville Symphony timpanist Todd Mueller and his mentor, Atlanta Symphony timpanist Mark Yancich. As you can see in the photo, each is armed with a multitude of drums! It's a sonic spectacular you'll likely not hear again!

Styling food for Downton Abbey is like catering, except one meal has to last all day. Meticulous chef and food stylist Lisa Heathcote creates the grandeur on Downton Abbey down to the last bonbon. Lynne Rossetto Kasper talks to Heathcote about her Downton adventures and creations.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Jan 5, 2015
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Dec 27, 2014
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

The post Christmas weekend has arrived and with New Year's Eve on the horizon there is plenty to do in the region.  Tony Kiss takes a look at many of the new films that have arrived at area theaters, the music scene, and live theater. Check it out.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Dec 19, 2014
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

It's a big weekend for new movies.  Three highly anticipated films have arrived, The Imitation Game, Wild,  and Unbroken.  There's also plenty of live theater and lots of holiday related performances happening in the region.  The Nutcracker will be performed at Diana Wortham Theater.  Tony takes a look at some of what is happening in the area.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Dec 12, 2014
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

The 26th Warren Haynes Christmas Jam highlights the entertainment scene.  Vince Gill tops  the list of great musicians that  will take the U.S Cellular Center stage( Saturday 12/13) with Asheville native and guitar wizard Warren Haynes.  Warrens' band, Gov't Mule will also rock the room.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Dec 5, 2014
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Tony Kiss drops in for a look at what's happening in Western North Carolina.  High on Tony's list,  the holiday theater scene.  The Santaland Diaries open Thursday December 11th at Asheville Community Theater.  Montford Park Players perform A Christmas Carol December 6th-23rd at Asheville Masonic Temple.  Singer song writer John Gorka performs at Mountain Spirit Coffee House at the Unitarian Universalist Congressional of Asheville.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Nov 21, 2014
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

The 68th annual  Asheville Holiday Parade takes place Saturday in downtown Asheville.

Fresh Air book critic Maureen Corrigan just came out with a book of her own. It’s about The Great Gatsby, which Corrigan describes as "the novel that unites us if we’ve been to high school in America.”

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Nov 14, 2014
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Another big, but chilly weekend has arrived and there is plenty of things to do that will warm your heart.  Tony Kiss takes a look at some of what's happening, including tickets on sale  for a couple of legendary artists who will make their way to Western North Carolina early next year.

The creator, producer, and host of Thistle and Shamrock, Fiona Ritchie and former President of Warren Wilson College and founder of the Swannanoa Gathering on the college campus, Doug Orr, have written a new book, Wayfaring Strangers:  The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia. The book tells the story of how  the music of Scotland and Ireland found its way to America.  They spoke with David Hurand…..

Friday @2: Pan Harmonia

Nov 11, 2014

On the next Friday @2 live performance from our studios, we host musicians from Pan Harmonia.  Flutist Kate Steinbeck and pianist Ivan Seng will bring us a program of transcriptions; songs from Claude Debussy, Polish folk songs arranged by Jon Jeffrey Grier, and a new work written for Kate by Dana Wilson.

Please join us for music for flute and piano with Pan Harmonia live from our studios Friday at 2.

    

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Nov 7, 2014
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

An opening Reception greets the weekend.   November 7th, 5:00-8:00 pm at Pink Dog Creative Gallery in Asheville's River Arts District.   Rob Amberg:  ShatterZone.  The exhibition of Rob Amberg photographs runs through January 11th.  Also this weekend.

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