Dick Kowal

Music Director

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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. 

Friday @2: Amici Music

Jul 29, 2015

Listen Friday at 2 for another live broadcast from our studios.  Our friends from Amici Music will give us a preview of their concerts happening in Western North Carolina over the next few days.

Violinist Rachel Patrick, clarinetist Matthew Boyles, and pianist Daniel Weiser will join Dick Kowal in the studio to perform live and discuss their program.

Lynne Harty

Listen for Friday's The State of Things with Frank Stasio when the musical guests will be "The Three Davids,"David Holt, David Wilcox and David LaMotte.  Following a sold-old debut at Diana Wortham Theatre in Asheville, the trio will be performing at the Cary Arts Center on Saturday.

The Three Davids will be in our studios Friday for broadcast on The State of Things, airing at noon each weekday on WCQS.

  To us here at WCQS and to thousands of listeners in Western North Carolina he is Josh Jourdan, Classical Music Host. But to the Navy Reserve, he is Joshua Jourdan, Petty Officer.

Josh has now left WCQS for deployment of at least one year to serve us and our nation. We will miss our friend and colleague. All of us here at WCQS wish Josh great adventures and safe travels, and anxiously await his return.

Please listen for the next Friday @2 when WCQS hosts members of the Asheville Young Musicians Club in our studios. These young people between the ages of 11 and 18 will perform chamber music by Haydn, Mozart and Piazzola, and give us a preview of their upcoming benefit concert.