Dick Kowal

Music Director

Ways To Connect

Listen Thursday evening at 8 for the Asheville Symphony on WCQS.  We'll broadcast the ASO's February concert, which features a performance of Dvorak's tuneful Eighth Symphony and Bela Bartok's Third Piano Concerto, a piece that he worked on during a stay in Asheville in 1944. The soloist in the Bartok will be pianist Jeremy Denk.

That's the Asheville Symphony on WCQS, at 8 Thursday evening. Please join us!


The Brevard Music Center's new season is still a few months away, but you can hear musicians from the renowned institute and festival playing (and singing) live in our studios on the next Friday @2.

Friday's program will feature Soprello - a musical collaboration between BMC cellist Alistair MacRae and soprano Allison Pohl - as well as faculty member Dilshad Posnock, flute, and Jason Posnock, violinist and Director of Artistic Planning & Educational Programs.

Friday @2: Pan Harmonia

Feb 19, 2015

Listen Friday for our next live performance from the WCQS studios on "Friday @2." Members of Pan Harmonia will join Dick Kowal in the studio to perform works by Beethoven, Saint-Saens and Belgian composer Joseph Jongen.  Flutist Kate Steinbeck,  bassoonist Rosalind Buda and pianist Ivan Seng will bring their own insights into music both new and familiar.

Join us Friday @ 2 for live music from Pan Harmonia on WCQS.

  Listen Tuesday morning at 10 and Thursday evening at 8 for our broadcast of the Asheville Symphony's January 17th concert.  The program includes a performance of one of the most famous works in the repertoire, Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.  Also featured is the winning performance of the Sibelius Violin Concerto by Kyung Ah Oh, and the Overture to Sicilian Vespers by Giuseppe Verdi.

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!

Friday @2: Pan Harmonia

Nov 11, 2014

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.


  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.

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.

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.

Open Air Brevard

Jul 7, 2014

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.