Dick Kowal

Music Director

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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.

Friday @2: Bill Bares

May 14, 2015

  Listen  at 2 for another live performance from our studios. On this program, WCQS will host jazz pianist Bill Bares and bassist Zack Page.

Bill teaches Jazz at UNC-Asheville, curates the Isis Sunday Evening Jazz Showcase, performs with multiple ensembles, and is in the process of recording an album under the name "Asheville Art Trio."

Zack Page plays bass with multiple ensembles in the Asheville area as well, including One Leg Up  and Hard Bop Explosion.

Listen this afternoon at 2 for another live performance from our studios when Jason DeCristofaro, bassist Daniel Iannucci, and drummer Micah Thomas join Dick Kowal for Friday @2.

Jason is a jazz vibraphonist, teacher and composer. He just released two new recordings last week and he'll give us a sampling of both.

That's the Jason DeCristofaro Trio, this afternoon on Friday @2.

Listen Friday at 2 pm for another live performance from our studios when guitarist Robin Bullock  joins us to astonish us with his artistry. Robin performs a Homecoming Concert at Black Mountain Center for the Arts on Saturday evening while he's home from an extended tour with Janis Ian and Tom Paxton. Friday @2 he'll give us a preview of that concert and bring us up to date with his latest news, including a new recording.  The last time Robin visited he treated us with Bach on mandolin.

Listen Friday @2; Dick Kowal will be your host.

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.