Dick Kowal

Music Director

Ways to Connect

The eighth annual Django Reinhardt birthday festival takes place Saturday, January 21st at Asheville's Grey Eagle. Who was Django Reinhardt, and why are people playing his music more than a hundred years after his birth? Jon Corbin, guitarist and organizer of the festival, talked with Dick Kowal about the legacy of the great jazz guitarist and the musicians gathering to celebrate his birthday.

Join us Thursday evening at 8 for a broadcast of the Asheville Symphony's November 19th concert, Rhapsody in Blue. The concert features pianist Conrad Tao in a performance of one of George Gershwin's best-loved works.  (Tao's encore following the Rhapsody is, by itself, worth the price of admission!) Also on the all-American program, two works from Aaron Copland; the suite from the film score he wrote for "Our Town," and the suite from the 1939 ballet Billy the Kid, and David Diamond's Symphony No.

The Swannanoa Solstice returns Sunday to the Diana Wortham Theatre in Asheville for the 14th year. Host Doug Orr and multi-instrumentalist Al Petteway brought poetry and music, joining Dick Kowal to talk about the nature of this holiday tradition.

Asheville Ballet brings everyone's favorite holiday tradition to the Diana Wortham Theatre this weekend with shows Friday evening, Saturday afternoon and evening, and Sunday afternoon.  Director Ann Dunn talked with Dick Kowal about this family friendly classic.

The Blue Ridge Orchestra performs two concerts this weekend, 3pm Saturday at Lipinsky Auditorium on the UNC-A campus, and 3pm Sunday at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Both concerts feature violinist/celtic fiddler Jamie Laval.  Jamie and Milton Crotts, director of the Blue Ridge Orchestra spoke with Dick Kowal about the concerts.

NC Stage: All is Calm

Dec 5, 2016
Scott Treadway

Asheville's NC Stage Company  will stage All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, opening Wednesday, December 7th and running through December 23rd. Director Charlie Flynn-McIver, cast member Michael MacCauley, and chorus member David Berkey spoke with Dick Kowal about the play.

The Asheville Symphony Chorus will host a "Sing-Along Messiah" Thursday, December 8th at First Presbyterian Church on Church Street in Asheville. Singers should arrive at 6:30; listeners at 7:30.

Director Michael Lancaster spoke with Dick Kowal about the event.

Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre presents The Nutcracker & the Mouse King, a contemporary dance theatre ballet based on the original story by E.T.A. Hoffman, this weekend at the Diana Wortham Theatre. Jiles Collard talked with Dick Kowal about this year's presentation.

Asheville Community Theatre presents the world premier of Tom Godleski's Snowbound, a "new mountain play with mountain music." The play includes Godleski's band, Buncombe Turnpike, and members of another popular bluegrass/old-time band, Sons of Ralph, onstage with the other 35 actors. 

Tom Godleski and director Mark Jones spoke with Dick Kowal about the play and its music.

The Asheville Choral Society, under the direction of Melodie Galloway, performs its second annual Yuletide Candlelight concert at Asheville's Trinity Episcopal Church December 2nd at 7:30 and December 3rd at 4:30.  The Choral Society will be joined by string and brass players, and the Celebration Singers, a chorus for young people.

Melodie joined Dick Kowal to talk about the program and other ACS activities in the months ahead.

UNC-Asheville is accepting applications until December 1st for the first Ramsey Library Community Author Award. Wiley Cash, writer-in-residence at UNC-A and author of A Land More Kind Than Home and This Dark Road to Mercy, talked with Dick Kowal about the award and its significance. 

ASO "Rhapsody in Blue"

Nov 18, 2016

The Asheville Symphony performs the program "Rhapsody in Blue" Saturday evening at 8 in Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. The concert will feature George Gershwin's best known work with piano soloist Conrad Tao, as well as works by American composers Aaron Copland and David Diamond.

Dick Kowal talked with ASO music director Daniel Meyer and pianist Conrad Tao about the composers and their music.

On the next Friday @2, our friends from Asheville Baroque Concerts join Dick Kowal in the studio to give us a glimpse into the music included in their program Sunday afternoon at Oakley United Methodist Church. From 17th century Italy, it's La bella piu bella.

Please join us!

The Asheville Art Museum presents its next Pianoforte concert on Sunday afternoon at 3. The featured artist will be pianist Grace Lee. Grace will play music by Chopin, Debussy, Brahms and Lowell Lieberman in a program "exploring the beauty of artistic virtuosity."

The concert will take place at Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Rd in Asheville.

Dick Kowal talked with Grace, and Harry Rowney, board member of the Asheville Art Museum, about the concert.

Asheville Symphony Orchestra

Listen Thursday evening at 8 for our broadcast of the Asheville Symphony's October 22nd concert. On the program, the Saint-Saens Danse Macabre, Florent Schmitt's colorful and exotic-sounding Suite from La tragedie de Salome (think Richard Strauss meets Claude Debussy) and the "Double Concerto" for violin, cello and orchestra by Johannes Brahms, featuring ASO concertmaster Jason Posnock and cellist Alistair MacRae.

Chip Kaufmann will be your host. Please join us.

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