Dick Kowal

Music Director

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Listen Friday afternoon at 2 for another live performance from our studios, this time by The HotPoint Trio. January 23rd marked  the 106th anniversary of the birth of the legendary jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. On Saturday evening, musicians from around Western North Carolina and beyond will gather at the Grey Eagle to pay tribute to this influential musician.  The HotPoint Trio will give us a preview and, along with coordinator and guitarist Jon Corbin, help us understand the importance of Django Reinhardt.

Join us at 2 Friday for the HotPoint Trio live from our studios.

Sandlin Gaither

Listen this afternoon at 2 when Free Planet Radio performs live in our studios. This trio of Asheville-based musicians, each with a deep background in a wide variety of musical styles, will bring us their blend of world, jazz, and classical music and give us a preview of their upcoming concert at the Altamont Theatre. 


Happy Birthday Wolfgang!

Jan 27, 2016

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born January 27, 1756. Tune in today to help us celebrate his birthday. We'll be playing a variety of works dating from his earliest years to his last. We'll even include some compositions by his first teacher, his father, Leopold Mozart.

  Pianist and composer David Troy Francis performs a benefit concert for WNCAP on Sunday at 3 at the Asheville Country Club. In addition to performing music from Rachmaninoff to Gershwin, David is an award-winning composer. His work, Bark, the Musical was recently staged at Asheville Community Theatre. David speaks with Dick Kowal at 1:06 today about his music and the benefit concert.

NC Stage: All is Calm

Nov 23, 2015

WCQS Music Director Dick Kowal in the studio with NC Stage's Charlie Flynn-McIver and poet, playwright and Cantaria member David Hopes. The three just talked about NC Stage production of All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, featuring  Cantaria, the Gay Men's Chorus of Asheville. Coming up December 9th.

For more information about the production at NC Stage and Cantaria,

visit www.ncstage.org and www.cantariaasheville.org

Join us Tuesday morning at 10 and Thursday evening at 8 for our broadcast of the Asheville Symphony’s October 17th concert. David Kim, Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, is the soloist with the orchestra in Max Bruch’s 1st Violin Concerto. Also on the program is a performance of Robert Schuman’s Second Symphony and Osvaldo Golijov’s Sidereus. Chip Kaufmann is your host. Please join us Tuesday morning at 10 and Thursday evening at 8.


Oct 13, 2015

  Join us Thursday evening at 8 for our broadcast of the Asheville Symphony’s September 19 concert, the opening night of its 2015-2016 season. The soloist is violinist Chee-Yun, who stepped in at the last minute for an ailing Angela Brown. She performs a number of virtuoso showpieces with the Symphony, including Pablo de Sarasate’s  “Zigeunerweisen.”

On the second half of the concert, the Symphony plays music from American composers Leonard Bernstein (On The Town) and Howard Hanson (Symphony No. 2, “The Romantic.”)

On the next Friday@ 2 we welcome Muses’ Delight to our studios to perform music from the 17th and 18th centuries. We’ll hear violinist Geesa Kordes, viola da gambist Gail Ann Schroeder, and harpsichordist Barbara Weiss joined by soprano Margaret Carpenter in music from the Baroque period and before - performed live in our studios.

Join us for Muses’ Delight on the next Friday @2.


Listen this Friday afternoon at 2 for another live performance from our studio as we welcome guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Robin Bullock. Robin has roots in Celtic music, but he has also released a recording of works by Bach and Dowland. He'll share his music with us at 2 Friday afternoon. Please join us.

Join us Friday @2 for live jazz from our studios as we host pianist Bill Bares and trombonist Rick Simerly. These two musicians will perform soon at White Horse Black Mountain as part of the monthly series called “Take Two,” but Friday afternoon they’ll play just for us.

 Dr. William Bares teaches Jazz at  UNC-A. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College, a Masters degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Miami, and a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Harvard University, where he studied with Ingrid Monson, the Quincy Jones Professor of African American Music.