Arts & Performance

TheatreUNCA will stage two student-directed plays on Saturday evening, November 19th at 7:30 in Carol Belk Theatre. The Actor's Nightmare by Christopher Durang and WASP by Steve Martin will be performed together by drama majors at UNC-A. Directors Caroline Deschell and Justin Day talked with Dick Kowal about their work and experience.

The Aspen String Trio performs in the next concert presented by the Asheville Chamber Music Series Friday evening at 8 at Asheville's Unitarian Universalist Congregation. The trio will play J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations, a monumental work for solo keyboard, in an arrangement for string trio by violinist and conductor Dmitri Sitkovetsky. They will also perform Richard Strauss' Variations on a Bavarian Folksong, and Beethoven's String Trio in G, op.9#1.

Asheville Symphony Chorus Celebrates 25 Years

Nov 3, 2016

The Asheville Symphony Chorus will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a concert titled "From Bach to Bernstein," Saturday evening, November 12th at Arden Presbyterian Church. Chorus director Michael Lancaster talks with Dick Kowal about the program and the difficulties of choosing the best from 25 years of concerts.

Friday @2: The Opal String Quartet

Oct 26, 2016

On the next Friday @2, our guests will be members of the Opal String Quartet. This program was recorded in front of a live audience in our studios, and will include works by Prokofiev and Bloch, as well as some samples of the Opal’s work with local artists whose work is outside of the traditional string quartet repertoire, Silas Durocher’s Lovestruck Suckers and Free Planet Radio.

That’s the Opal String Quartet on the next Friday @2… please join us.

Asheville Symphony in eeeeeeeeeee!

Oct 21, 2016

The Asheville Symphony performs its Masterworks 2 concert Saturday night, a Halloween-themed program "In The Key of eeeeeee!" Saint-Saens' Dance Macabre, Florent Schmitt's Tragedy of Salome and Johannes Brahms' "Double Concerto" are featured. Dick Kowal spoke with conductor Daniel Meyer, and soloists Jason Posnock, violin, and Alistair MacRae, cello.

UNC Asheville and the Wake Forest University School of Divinity will jointly convene Faith in Literature: A Festival of Contemporary Writers of the Spirit on Oct. 21-22, on UNC Asheville's campus. Dr. Richard Chess, one of the organizers of the event, spoke with Dick Kowal.

Theatre UNC-A presents Marat/Sade

Oct 19, 2016

Marat/Sade, the Tony award-winning play by Peter Weiss, will be presented by Theatre UNC-A in the Belk Theatre on the UNC-A campus October 20-23. Members of the cast and director Rob Bowen talked with Dick Kowal about the play and its messages for our times.

Blue Ridge Orchestra plays this weekend

Oct 14, 2016

The Blue Ridge Orchestra performs two concerts this weekend, at UNC-Asheville's Lipinsky Auditorium. The program, to be performed at 3pm both Saturday and Sunday,  is called "Homage to Haydn."  Dr. Milton Crotts, music director, spoke with Dick Kowal about the music and musicians.

Asheville Community Theatre opens its 71st season on Friday with a blockbuster: Stephen Sondheim's Tony Award-winning musical, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. The play's director, Jerry Crouch, music director Lenora Thom, and co-stars Christy Montesdeoca and Steve Parkin talked with Dick Kowal about this masterpiece of musical theater. 

The Headless Hession of Sleepy Hollow and...

Oct 5, 2016

Immediate Theatre Project presents "Live From WVL Radio Theatre: The Headless Hessian of Sleepy Hollow... and Other American Horror Stories"  opening October 12, following their production of "Grounded" at NC Stage Company.

Director Willie Repoley and actors Blythe Coons (also acting in "Grounded") and Patrick Brant spoke with Dick Kowal about this adaptation in the style of the immensely successful "Direct from WVL Radio Theatre: It's a Wonderful Life."

Ji Performs for Haywood County Arts Council

Sep 30, 2016

The young pianist Ji is the featured artist in the Haywood County Arts Council's annual Young Artist concert tonight at 7:30 at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre. Ji spoke with Dick Kowal about his art and about the program he'll play tonight.

For more information and to see Ji's Android commercial, click here.

Alison Arnold: Evaluating Tree Health Risk

Sep 29, 2016
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In her gardening segment this week, Alison Arnold talks about evaluating trees for their health and risk as we get into fall.  

Jeremy Loeb: It’s the end of the growing season and some trees already show fall color while others have that end of the summer “wear and tear” look…... is this a good time to evaluate trees for overall health and maybe even risk?

Keith Woods, NPR Vice President for Diversity in News and Operations, who leads the development of National Public Radio’s vision and strategy for diversity, and writes regularly on race and the media, will give a free public talk on Dog Whistles, Diversity and Election 2016 at 7 p.m. in UNC Asheville's Humanities Lecture Hall on Thursday, October 6. This event is presented in partnership by UNC Asheville's Center for Diversity Education, the university's Department of Mass Communication, and WCQS.

On the Walls at WCQS: A selection of the Isaiah Rice Photograph Collection, titled "The Way We Were," will be on display at WCQS, starting October 7, 2016. The photos depict Asheville's African-American community from the 1950's to the 1970s. WCQS will host an an opening reception at 5 p.m. on Friday, October 7. The photos will be on display through November at WCQS, located at 73 Broadway. Visitors are welcome Monday through Friday, 9 to 5, except holidays. 

Asheville Symphony Opens its Season Saturday

Sep 16, 2016
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  The Asheville Symphony opens it new season Saturday evening in Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. The program is called Tchasing Tchaikovsky, an all-Tchaikovsky concert featuring a performance of his violin concerto by Jennifer Koh.

Ms Koh and Daniel Meyer, music director and conductor, joined Josh Jourdan to talk about opening night.

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Jeremy Loeb: By the look of the trees and plants it’s obvious that summer is coming to an end and we are quickly moving into Fall color season.. what is it about this time of year? I cant put my finger on it..but it seems like such a bittersweet time…

Alison Arnold: I totally agree.. it’s hard for me to leave summer behind and yet I and I bet a few gardeners would also welcome a little cool weather. But yes it’s not really summer and not yet fall.. a definite time of transition.

The Lower Frequencies at NC Stage Co.

Sep 6, 2016

  Immediate Theatre Project presents The Lower Frequencies, written and performed by Bryce Monroe. Inspired by the novel Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, The Lower Frequencies depicts the particular experience of a nameless narrator and his confrontation with the American Dream. Performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 7:30 at NC Stage Co. in downtown Asheville

Bryce Monroe and ITP's Willie Repoley talked with Dick Kowal about the upcoming production.

Friday @2: Pan Harmonia

Sep 1, 2016

  Join us for our next Friday @2 when we'll welcome members of Pan Harmonia to our studios.  Flutist Kate Steinbeck, bassoonist Rosalind Buda, and guitarist Amy Brucksch will play music actually written for their rather unusual combination of instruments by Swedish composer Fredrik Holm. We'll get a preview of their season-opening concert at the Haen Gallery on September 12th. Dick Kowal is the host.

Join us for Friday @2 here on WCQS!

David LaMotte Releases New CD, Concert Friday

Aug 30, 2016

  Singer, composer, author David Lamotte releases his first new CD in ten years and celebrates his 25th anniversary in music with a concert Friday evening at 8 in Asheville's Diana Wortham Theatre. David joined Dick Kowal in the studio to talk about the recording and concert. 

Asheville Fringe Arts Festival

Aug 23, 2016

 

The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival sponsors a Fringe night performance at Asheville's Crow & Quill on Lexington Avenue Wednesday evening at 8. The show will feature the wild improv dance group, The Accidentals.  Jim Julien of Asheville Fringe Arts Festival and Raj Bowers-Racine of The Accidentals were in the studio with Dick Kowal to talk about the performance and this January's 15th annual Festival.

Brevard Community Band Sunday at Porter Center

Aug 10, 2016

  The Brevard Community Band, under the direction of Jamie Hafner, performs Sunday afternoon at 3 at the Porter Center for Performing Arts at Brevard College.  The concert is titled "Music for a Festival," and features saxophone soloist Joel Helfand  in addition to guest artists Timothy Shepherd, organ, and brass players from the Blue Ridge Symphonic Brass.

Jamie Hafner visited our studios to speak about the concert with Dick Kowal.

Crimes of the Heart at ACT

Aug 9, 2016

  Asheville Community Theatre will present the Pulitzer prize winning play Crimes of the Heart, opening Friday, August 12th. Cast members Sarah Billings and Julianne Arnall were in the WCQS studios to talk with Dick Kowal about the play.

Alison Arnold: What To Do When Your Garden's Dry

Jul 21, 2016
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In her commentary this week, Alison Arnold talks about some more ways to deal with drought conditions.

Mo Wants to Know

Jul 14, 2016
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The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation is in Asheville as part of a statewide listening tour.  The Winston-Salem based foundation has invested in statewide, regional and community-based organizations since 1936.  The foundation's new Executive Director, Maurice "Mo" Green sat down for a conversation with WCQS's Helen Chickering.   

Alison Arnold: Impact of Drought on Gardens

Jul 14, 2016
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In her commentary this week, WCQS gardening expert Alison Arnold tells us what the impact of drought is on gardens and plant life.    

Open Air Brevard 2016

Jul 12, 2016

  It's an all-Russian program on the next Open Air Brevard, with Stravinsky's ground-breaking score for The Rite of Spring paired with Tchaikovsky's beloved Piano Concerto No. 1 featuring soloist Joyce Yang.

Listen Wednesday morning at 10 for Open Air Brevard, music recorded in concert at the Brevard Music Center.

Free Planet Radio and Opal String Quartet

Jul 11, 2016

  Local favorite World super- group Free Planet Radio with special guest the Opal String Quartet performs at the Altamont Theatre in Asheville on Saturday, July 16th.  Members of the group will join Dick Kowal Tuesday at 1pm to talk about their global sounds and unique musical fusions. Their current recording is Global Symphony Project.

Asheville Lyric Opera's "Man of La Mancha"

Jul 7, 2016

  Asheville Lyric Opera performs Man of La Mancha at the Diana Wortham Theatre July 15th through the 17th.  Dick Kowal spoke with ALO Director David Craig Starkey, conductor Keith Chambers, and David Malis, who plays Don Quixote.

It's a summertime tradition for classical music lovers in Western North Carolina! WCQS is pleased to once again present 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.

Mountain Xpress film critic Ken Hanke passed away this week at the age of 61. WCQS classical music host (and fellow film critic) Chip Kaufmann will pay tribute to Hanke this morning from 11 to 12.

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