Dick Kowal

Music Director

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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.

  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.