Sean Michaels’ first novel, Us Conductors, is loosely based on the life of Russian inventor Leon Theremin.
Theremin’s story spans continents and cultures, beginning in the laboratories of Russia, then corssing the Atlantic and dipping into Harlem speakeasies of the late 1920’s, only to end up back in Russia, in the brutal isolation of a Siberian gulag.
The story of Leon Theremin even has a connection to Asheville through electronic music pioneer Bob Moog.
A sure sign of summer as the Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival and Shindig On the Green get underway. Bruce Hornsby and the Noise Makers take the stage and there's another long list of great theater offerings, including A Grand Night for Singing in Waynesville. Tony Kiss has it all.
Tony Kiss has lots on his mind. Music, theater, and movies too. High on his list, the great Itzhak Perlman performs at the Brevard Music Center. The country music group Florida Georgia Line is on stage at McCormick Field, and there's a Percussion Festival schedule in Asheville.
Listen this Friday afternoon for another live performance from our studios. This week WCQS hosts Pavel Wlosok, pianist, composer, and associate professor of jazz studies at Western Carolina University. Pavel will play a program of his own compositions with the creative help of bassist Zack Page and drummer Evan Martin. Dick Kowal is your host.
Author Jeannette Walls wrote about celebrities for New York Magazine and MSNBC for more than a decade before she turned the tables on herself and wrote a deeply personal memoir called The Glass Castle.
A New York Times best-seller for more than five years, The Glass Castle is about Walls, her impoverished childhood, and the relationship between mental illness and creativity.
Tony Kiss takes a peak at the arts and culture scene around Western North. There's lots of live music in Brevard, Grammy Award winner David Holt has opened an exhibit of his art work at a gallery in Asheville's River Arts District, the Asheville Tourists are in town for baseball at historic McCormick Field, lots of live theater is happening, and a couple of new movies have arrived, including a new Sci Fi film starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. Tony has all of the above and much more....
Listen Friday at 2 for another live performance from our studios. This time we'll host AmiciMusic, presenting selections from their program "An American Affair." Violinist Tim Schwarz and pianist Daniel Weiser will bring us some neglected masterpieces by American composers including Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein and Amy Beach.
Join us Friday at 2 for "An American Affair" from AmiciMusic, live!
Durham-based playwright Monica Byrne's first novel, The Girl in the Road, is incredibly difficult to describe. But it’s one of those books that you read and immediately have to shove into someone else’s hands, saying, 'Here, read this so we can talk about it.'
“I’m sort of glad that it defies categorization and description,” Byrne said,.
The Girl in the Road is futuristic, but not quite sci-fi; it’s suspenseful but introspective, one of those books where the way the story is told is almost more interesting than the plot itself.