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The Blue Ridge Orchestra plays the final concerts of its season this weekend in Asheville, Saturday night at Biltmore United Methodist Church and Sunday afternoon at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville. On the program, Beethoven's Egmont Overture and the Double Concerto for violin and cello by Brahms. Soloists are violinist Kathryn Gardner and cellist Franklin Keel.  

Chuck Taft, conductor, dropped by to speak with Dick Kowal about the music.

  Dick Kowal talked today with members of the cast of "Brave New World: The Musical," receiving its world premiere at NC Stage. Robin Skye, Justin Matthew Sargent, and Charlie Flynn-McIver discussed the origins of the play and how it happens that the world premiere takes place at NC Stage.

NPR’s very popular news program, Morning Edition, heard daily on WCQS, is inviting listeners to create their own versions of the program's longtime, iconic theme music composed by Asheville’s BJ Leiderman. Regular Morning Edition listeners have heard the familiar theme every weekday morning since the show's first broadcast in 1979.

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Former U.S. Rep. Robin Hayes is back as chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party after GOP activists removed Hasan Harnett from the post for misconduct.  A majority of voting members of the party's Executive Committee Saturday in Raleigh elected Hayes over two other candidates to serve out Harnett's term through the middle of next year.  Hayes served as chairman from mid-2011 to mid-2013, a period of great success for the party as it expanded its advantages in the legislature and Pat McCrory became the first GOP governor in 20 years.

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Sarah Shook is an emerging country artist out of central North Carolina.  She’s playing Friday 4/29 in Asheville at the Grey Eagle.  She’s also one of many artists taking part in a concert in mid-May against North Carolina’s controversial House Bill 2.   Ahead of her Asheville visit she spoke with Jeremy Loeb.   

In this week's gardening segment, WCQS gardening expert Alison Arnold has some helpful tips for gardening beginners.

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

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The effects of North Carolina’s House Bill 2 are continuing to be felt in the tourism industry here in Asheville.  News broke yesterday that the WK Kellogg Foundation was cancelling its conference at the Omni Grove Park Inn, costing the city 500 visitors and $1.5 million dollars in liquid revenue, according the foundation.  For more, WCQS’s Davin Eldridge spoke with Stephanie Brown, Executive Director of the Asheville Convention Visitors’  Bureau.  

Corporal Punishment, a Dying Practice in NC Schools

Apr 26, 2016

The use of corporal punishment as discipline in North Carolina schools is now practiced in just three counties.  Child advocacy groups are urging them to end it, saying that it does more harm than good. Davin Eldridge has more.

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A federal judge is dismissing lawsuits challenging a North Carolina election law that requires voters to show photo identification when casting ballots.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder's ruling Monday leaves in place the state law that requires those voting in person to show an accepted type of photo ID, eliminates same-day registration, and ends out-of-precinct voting.

The Smoky Mountain Brass Band is celebrating its 35th Anniversary this year and will perform Saturday at Asheville Community Theatre in a joint concert with the Cary, NC Triangle Brass Band. Listen at 1:06 when Dick Kowal talks with members of the band about their history and their upcoming program.

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