Dick Kowal

Music Director

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The Blue Ridge Orchestra plays the final concerts of its season this weekend in Asheville, Saturday night at Biltmore United Methodist Church and Sunday afternoon at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville. On the program, Beethoven's Egmont Overture and the Double Concerto for violin and cello by Brahms. Soloists are violinist Kathryn Gardner and cellist Franklin Keel.  

Chuck Taft, conductor, dropped by to speak with Dick Kowal about the music.

  Dick Kowal talked today with members of the cast of "Brave New World: The Musical," receiving its world premiere at NC Stage. Robin Skye, Justin Matthew Sargent, and Charlie Flynn-McIver discussed the origins of the play and how it happens that the world premiere takes place at NC Stage.

The Smoky Mountain Brass Band is celebrating its 35th Anniversary this year and will perform Saturday at Asheville Community Theatre in a joint concert with the Cary, NC Triangle Brass Band. Listen at 1:06 when Dick Kowal talks with members of the band about their history and their upcoming program.

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Listen Tuesday morning at 10 for a concert by The Knights. The Brooklyn-based orchestra collective performed in February at Asheville's Diana Wortham Theatre in concert presented by Free Range Asheville. It was recorded by WCQS and Tuesday morning is your chance to hear it and be a part of the excitement generated by this group of young virtuosos. On the program, a suite from Run Rabbit Run by Sufjan Stevens arranged for The Knights by principal horn Michael P.

Roomful of Teeth on WCQS

Apr 21, 2016
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  The Grammy winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth performs Thursday evening, April 28, in downtown Asheville's Masonic Temple in a concert presented by Free Range Asheville. They will also perform live in our studios that Thursday afternoon at 2.

Listen today at 1:06 when Dick Kowal talks with two members of Roomful of Teeth, founder Brad Wells and tenor Eric Dudley.

Pianist Elizabeth Child talked with Dick Kowal about her upcoming recital at the Asheville Art Museum. There's music by Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, and Tryon resident Rita Landrum. Elizabeth received her doctorate from The Juilliard School, but later left music. Later, she moved to Tryon and returned to her playing and teaching, "more herself."

On this week's Friday @2, join us for Totally Telemann, a program brought to our studios by members of Muses' Delight. The trio of violin, harpsichord and viola da gamba is joined by baroque flutist Kelly Roudabush to explore music by one of the eighteenth century's most prolific composers.

Muse' Delight performs Sunday afternoon as part of the Asheville Baroque Concerts series. On the next Friday @2, they'll perform just for us~!

In a Sunday afternoon concert, the Asheville Chamber Music Series will present the Doric String Quartet with pianist Jonathan Biss playing chamber music by Haydn, Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Johannes Brahms.

Dick Kowal spoke with Mary Holmes, board member of the ACMS, about this weekend's concert.

  

Immediate Theatre Company and NC Stage Company present Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," opening Wednesday, April 6th

Dick Kowal spoke with producer Willie Repoley and Director Hans Meyer about this powerful and "entertaining" drama which opened on Broadway in 1962.

  Three local choral groups, the Asheville Singers, The UNC-Asheville University Singers and the Reuter Center Singers, will present The Peacemakers, a choral and ensemble work by composer Karl Jenkins on Friday, March 18th at Lipinsky Auditorium. 

Dick Kowal spoke with Susan Richey, a member of the Asheville Singers, and Chuck Taft, conductor of the Reuter Center Singers.

Listen at 1:06 when Daniel Meyer, music director and conductor of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, joins Dick Kowal to discuss the symphony's upcoming concert.

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Listen Tuesday morning at 10 and again Thursday evening at 8 for a broadcast concert by the Asheville Symphony Orchestra. We'll hear the ASO's February 13th concert, which was presented before a sold-out  audience in Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.

The concert features Mendelssohn's "The Hebrides" Overture and Metamorphosen for 23 solo strings by Richard Strauss, a very late work of his, dating from 1945. Bella Hristova gives a spellbinding performance of Beethoven's only violin concerto in the second half of the program.

Listen Friday afternoon at 2 for another live performance from our studios. Dick Kowal will be joined in the studio by Up Jumped Three jazz trio. They have a new recording out, Eleven Dialogues. We'll hear some music from the CD, and find out why the group is a drummer-less jazz trio.

That's Up Jumped Three, Friday @2,  here on WCQS.

  

La Bombarde!

Feb 24, 2016

Listen this afternoon at 1:06 when Dick Kowal speaks with Rosalind Buda about the upcoming program La Bombarde! Concert of bombarde, bassoon and organ, presented by Pan Harmonia.

Our guests for the next Friday@2 will be The Three Davids; David Holt, David LaMotte, and David Wilcox.

  Each David well-known in his own right, The Three Davids will bring us their unique blend of styles in live performance from our studios.

The Three Davids perform at Asheville’s Diana Wortham Theatre on February 20th.

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