Dick Kowal

Music Director

Ways to Connect

The River Arts District Artists present their annual fall Studio Stroll this Saturday and Sunday, 10-5 both days. Ceramic artist MaryJane Findley and painter William Henry Price joined Dick Kowal to talk about the stroll and about working in "the hive," the River Arts District.

Pan Harmonia presents two concerts in our area this weekend, featuring the Opal String Quartet. Alternate Currents can be heard Friday night at 7:30 at St. James Episcopal Church in Black Mountain, and Sunday afternoon at 3 at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Asheville. The concerts feature a work by Amy Beach, America's first successful woman composer, as well as quartets by local composers Michael Hosford and Dosia McKay.

Dosia and Kate Steinbeck, director of Pan Harmonia,  spoke with Dick Kowal.

TheatreUNCA will stage two student-directed plays on Saturday evening, November 19th at 7:30 in Carol Belk Theatre. The Actor's Nightmare by Christopher Durang and WASP by Steve Martin will be performed together by drama majors at UNC-A. Directors Caroline Deschell and Justin Day talked with Dick Kowal about their work and experience.

The Aspen String Trio performs in the next concert presented by the Asheville Chamber Music Series Friday evening at 8 at Asheville's Unitarian Universalist Congregation. The trio will play J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations, a monumental work for solo keyboard, in an arrangement for string trio by violinist and conductor Dmitri Sitkovetsky. They will also perform Richard Strauss' Variations on a Bavarian Folksong, and Beethoven's String Trio in G, op.9#1.

The Asheville Symphony Chorus will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a concert titled "From Bach to Bernstein," Saturday evening, November 12th at Arden Presbyterian Church. Chorus director Michael Lancaster talks with Dick Kowal about the program and the difficulties of choosing the best from 25 years of concerts.

On the next Friday @2, our guests will be members of the Opal String Quartet. This program was recorded in front of a live audience in our studios, and will include works by Prokofiev and Bloch, as well as some samples of the Opal’s work with local artists whose work is outside of the traditional string quartet repertoire, Silas Durocher’s Lovestruck Suckers and Free Planet Radio.

That’s the Opal String Quartet on the next Friday @2… please join us.

The Asheville Symphony performs its Masterworks 2 concert Saturday night, a Halloween-themed program "In The Key of eeeeeee!" Saint-Saens' Dance Macabre, Florent Schmitt's Tragedy of Salome and Johannes Brahms' "Double Concerto" are featured. Dick Kowal spoke with conductor Daniel Meyer, and soloists Jason Posnock, violin, and Alistair MacRae, cello.

UNC Asheville and the Wake Forest University School of Divinity will jointly convene Faith in Literature: A Festival of Contemporary Writers of the Spirit on Oct. 21-22, on UNC Asheville's campus. Dr. Richard Chess, one of the organizers of the event, spoke with Dick Kowal.

Marat/Sade, the Tony award-winning play by Peter Weiss, will be presented by Theatre UNC-A in the Belk Theatre on the UNC-A campus October 20-23. Members of the cast and director Rob Bowen talked with Dick Kowal about the play and its messages for our times.

The Blue Ridge Orchestra performs two concerts this weekend, at UNC-Asheville's Lipinsky Auditorium. The program, to be performed at 3pm both Saturday and Sunday,  is called "Homage to Haydn."  Dr. Milton Crotts, music director, spoke with Dick Kowal about the music and musicians.

Asheville Community Theatre opens its 71st season on Friday with a blockbuster: Stephen Sondheim's Tony Award-winning musical, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. The play's director, Jerry Crouch, music director Lenora Thom, and co-stars Christy Montesdeoca and Steve Parkin talked with Dick Kowal about this masterpiece of musical theater. 

Immediate Theatre Project presents "Live From WVL Radio Theatre: The Headless Hessian of Sleepy Hollow... and Other American Horror Stories"  opening October 12, following their production of "Grounded" at NC Stage Company.

Director Willie Repoley and actors Blythe Coons (also acting in "Grounded") and Patrick Brant spoke with Dick Kowal about this adaptation in the style of the immensely successful "Direct from WVL Radio Theatre: It's a Wonderful Life."

The young pianist Ji is the featured artist in the Haywood County Arts Council's annual Young Artist concert tonight at 7:30 at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre. Ji spoke with Dick Kowal about his art and about the program he'll play tonight.

For more information and to see Ji's Android commercial, click here.

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  The Asheville Symphony opens it new season Saturday evening in Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. The program is called Tchasing Tchaikovsky, an all-Tchaikovsky concert featuring a performance of his violin concerto by Jennifer Koh.

Ms Koh and Daniel Meyer, music director and conductor, joined Josh Jourdan to talk about opening night.

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  Immediate Theatre Project presents The Lower Frequencies, written and performed by Bryce Monroe. Inspired by the novel Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, The Lower Frequencies depicts the particular experience of a nameless narrator and his confrontation with the American Dream. Performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 7:30 at NC Stage Co. in downtown Asheville

Bryce Monroe and ITP's Willie Repoley talked with Dick Kowal about the upcoming production.

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