Dick Kowal

Music Director


Arts and Culture
4:56 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Asheville Symphony on WCQS

Listen Tuesday morning at 10 and  Thursday evening at 8 for our broadcast of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra's November 22nd  concert. The ASO performs Tchaikovsky's beloved Fourth Symphony, Machine by Jennifer Higdon and, what might be the highlight of the program, a concerto for two timpanists by  James Oliverio. The work is performed by Asheville Symphony timpanist Todd Mueller and his mentor, Atlanta Symphony timpanist Mark Yancich. As you can see in the photo, each is armed with a multitude of drums! It's a sonic spectacular you'll likely not hear again!

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Arts and Culture
2:24 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Friday @2: Pan Harmonia

On the next Friday @2 live performance from our studios, we host musicians from Pan Harmonia.  Flutist Kate Steinbeck and pianist Ivan Seng will bring us a program of transcriptions; songs from Claude Debussy, Polish folk songs arranged by Jon Jeffrey Grier, and a new work written for Kate by Dana Wilson.

Please join us for music for flute and piano with Pan Harmonia live from our studios Friday at 2.


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Arts and Culture
4:20 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Friday @2: The Opal String Quartet

  On the next Friday @2, we welcome the Opal String Quartet to our studios.  The Opal is playing concerts around Western North Carolina in the next few days, and they'll give us a preview.  They'll bring us a quartet by Johannes Brahms as well as a brand new work by local composer Tim Winter.

Please join us when  the Opal String Quartet plays in our studios on the next Friday@2.

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Arts and Culture
4:00 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Friday @2: Bill Gerhardt & Mike Holstein Jazz

Join us this Friday afternoon for live jazz from our studios.  Pianist Bill Gerhardt and bassist Mike Holstein, have played together for years, and will play just for us on Friday @2.

Dick Kowal will be your host.

Arts and Culture
11:51 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Friday @2: South Pacific

Listen Friday at 2pm for another live performance from our studios as artists from Asheville Lyric Opera join us to perform selections from their upcoming production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific. Michelle Seipel (Nellie Forbush) and Mark Owen Davis (Emile de Becque) will sing some of their works from the show accompanied by musical director Dr. Leslie Downs. Stage director Dr. John Truitt will also be with us. 

Join us for selections from South Pacific live from our studios Friday @2.

Arts and Culture
2:21 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Open Air Brevard

This summer, WCQS is pleased to bring you Open Air Brevard, music recorded in performance at the renowned Brevard Music Center. Partnering with WDAV Davidson, each week we bring you a glimpse into activities at the Festival, including conversations with the artists and live performances of magnificent music by the artists, faculty, and students at BMC.

Arts and Culture
3:06 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Friday @2: Pavel Wlosok Trio

Listen this Friday afternoon for another live performance from our studios. This week WCQS hosts Pavel Wlosok, pianist, composer, and associate professor of jazz studies at Western Carolina University. Pavel will play a program of his own compositions with the creative help of bassist Zack Page and drummer Evan Martin. Dick Kowal is your host.

Please join us for live jazz Friday at 2.


Arts and Culture
3:10 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Friday @2: AmiciMusic's "An American Affair"

Tim Schwarz

Listen Friday at 2 for another live performance from our studios. This time we'll host AmiciMusic, presenting selections from their program "An American Affair."  Violinist Tim Schwarz and pianist Daniel Weiser will bring us some neglected masterpieces by American composers including Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein and Amy Beach.

Join us Friday at 2 for "An American Affair" from AmiciMusic, live!

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Arts and Culture
11:35 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Friday @2: Asheville Young Musicians Club

  Join WCQS this Friday at 2pm for another performance from our studios. This week we host members of the Asheville Young Musicians Club, who will give us a preview of their upcoming benefit concert.

We'll hear music by Vivaldi, J.S. Bach, and Friedrich Kuhlau played by these talented eighth-through-twelfth- grade musicians.

There's more information about the Asheville Young Musicias Club on their Facebook page.

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Arts and Culture
9:26 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Friday @2, ASO YAC Winners!

First Place Winner Willa Finck

Listen this "Friday @2" for another live-performance program on WCQS. This week we will feature the winners of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra (ASO) Young Artist Competition (YAC!)

The ASO held its competition, open to all students, ages 9-18 (excluding college students), who play string, wind and percussion instruments as well as piano, classical guitar and harp, on March 22nd. Three winners were chosen; pianists Ayano Annis and Christopher Tavernier tied for second place, and violinist Willa Finck was awarded first place.

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