Dick Kowal

Music Director

Ways to Connect

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.

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.

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.

Listen Thursday evening at 8 for our broadcast of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra's concert, Tchasing Tchaikovsky. The program includes three works by the great Russian master, including the Suite from the Sleeping Beauty Ballet and his violin concerto, featuring violinist Jennifer Koh. Daniel Meyer conducts the ASO in their season-opening concert.

Chip Kauffman will be your host.

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. 

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."

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.

Juergen Frank

  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.


  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!

  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. 


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.

  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.