David Ford

Reporter/Host

David Ford earned his Bachelor and Master degrees in clarinet performance at Northwestern University, where he also studied composition and jazz arranging. After a career as a principal clarinetist in orchestras throughout the interior of Mexico, David returned to the states and began a radio-announcing career in Austin, Texas. At 89.5 KMFA, David produced and hosted hundreds of programs. Three of them (Mind Your Music, The Basics and T.G.I.F. Thank Goodness It’s Familiar) won international awards in the Fine Arts Radio Competition.

At WFDD David writes, hosts and produces the 4-minute daily arts feature Triad Arts that airs Monday through Fridays at 8:35 AM and 5:44 PM. He also writes, hosts and co-produces the hour-long arts magazine Triad Arts Weekend on Fridays at 1:00 PM. David has written national features for KUSC and CPRN in Los Angeles and conducted interviews for Minnesota Public Radio's Weekend America.

In his spare time, David enjoys playing tennis, drinking Krankie’s coffee with his wife, and family walks in the woods with their eight-year-old son, Rafa.

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Arts
9:37 am
Tue August 4, 2015

Meet the Artist: Musikgarten Instructor, Flutist, And Singer Brenda Morie

Brenda Morie
Robert Kirk

Musikgarten is an international, early childhood music and movement program founded in Greensboro. It nurtures the musical aptitude of children from infants through elementary school age in a sequential curriculum.

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Arts
9:23 am
Mon August 3, 2015

Singer/Songwriter, Author, Activist Nellie McKay To Perform At EMF Fringe Series

Nellie McKay
John Davis

Singer-songwriter Nellie McKay has made a name for herself combining smart lyrics on unusual topics to create a sound all her own that’s tough to pigeonhole.

She’s also an actor, author, film score composer and activist among other things. Her latest CD, My Weekly Reader draws on the rebellious spirit of the 1960s.

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Arts
12:30 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

"Sunset Edge" Filmmaker Daniel Peddle, Kim Thore, Mason Wood, John Purifoy, Triad To Do

Sunset Edge "Will"
Cavu Pictures

Sunset Edge

Sunset Edge is a film that paints the South in a familiar yet eerie light. It was shot entirely in Central and Western North Carolina with a local cast, hand picked from West Forsyth high school and the Dixie Classic Fair. The film is a tribute to the mysteries of youth and the transformative state of rural communities. At times Sunset Edge has the feeling of a horror film, but instead of jump scares you’re treated to sumptuous vistas and stark shots of abandon and decay.

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Triad Arts
7:43 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Pianist Awadagin Pratt Conducts Beethoven from the Bench

Pianist Awadagin Pratt will lead the Eastern Festival Orchestra from behind the keyboard during his performance of Beethoven's Concerto No. 1.
Credit Eastern Music Festival

Pianist Awadagin Pratt was the first student in the Peabody Conservatory's history to receive diplomas in piano, violin and conducting. 

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Arts
8:28 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Blue Ridge Music Center Presents Joe Troop And Diego Sanchez

Joe Troop and Diego Sanchez.
http://www.troopsanchez.com.ar/index_en.html

Every summer The Blue Ridge Music Center hosts the Roots of American Music Concert Series. The concerts take place in their beautiful outdoor amphitheater at the base of Fisher Peak, from late May through September. This week the series features Joe Troop and Diego Sanchez and they’ll be joined by The Wolfe Brothers String Band. 

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Arts
1:06 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Triad Arts Live: Snuzz, Jeffrey Dean Foster, and (Coming Up!) The Tyler Nail Trio

Snuzz
Kellie Kano

On today’s show we’re bringing you a taste of Triad Arts Live. Every once in awhile the Triad Arts Weekend team needs to get out of the studio, and we’d love to take you along for the ride.

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Arts
9:21 am
Thu July 23, 2015

J. W. Pepper Music Presents "Summer Sacred Choral Showcase"

Choral composer and clinician Terre Johnson.
Terre Johnson

Ever wonder where that piece of you music you heard sung in church came from? It may very well have been delivered courtesy of J.W. Pepper Music.

This Saturday they’ll assemble some of the best new sacred choral music along with local directors and choristers to share and sing through the works. Conducting the group will be celebrated choral composers and clinicians Terre Johnson and John Purifoy. 

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Arts
8:53 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Blue Ridge Music Center Presents Roots Of American Music Series

Savannah Church (left) and Sarah Church (right).

Every summer The Blue Ridge Music Center hosts the Roots of American Music Concert Series. The concerts take place in their beautiful outdoor amphitheater at the base of Fisher Peak, from late May through September. 

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Arts
1:08 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

Master Watercolorist Guan Weixing And SECCA's "Alternative Modernisms" On Triad Arts Weekend

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Arts
9:04 am
Fri July 17, 2015

Meet The Artists: Classical Comedians Igudesman and Joo

Pianist Hyung-ki Joo and violinist Aleksy Igudesman.

Imagine the intersection of Mozart and Monty Python, or South Park and Johann Sebastian Bach and you pretty much have Igudesman and Joo.

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Arts
9:13 am
Thu July 16, 2015

Stained Glass Playhouse Presents "West Side Story"

Stained Glass Playhouse

Stained Glass Playhouse is a community resource dedicated to bringing quality entertainment and uplifting experiences to Triad audiences and actors alike.

This month Arthur Laurents’ 1957 classic West Side Story with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim provides the vehicle. 

West Side Story comes to the Playhouse July 17th where it’ll run through August 2nd with weekend shows at 8 and Sunday matinees at 3. 

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Arts
9:01 am
Wed July 15, 2015

Exploring History And The South In SECCA's Exhibit Alternative Modernisms

Pedro Lasch, Dining Room 1, Naturalizations mirror mask intervention at Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 2015. Image Courtesy the Artist and The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art

Mexico City native and North Carolina-based artist Pedro Lasch’s work has been described as intersecting the international immigrant’s movement, and the philosophies of critical pedagogy, radical democracy, and the coloniality of power.

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Arts
8:41 am
Mon July 13, 2015

Chinese Master Watercolorist Guan Weixing Opens New Exhibition At Ambleside Gallery

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This week, world class Chinese master watercolorist Guan Weixing returns to the U.S. for the Friday opening of his exhibit of new works at Ambleside Gallery in Greensboro where he’s exclusively represented in this country.

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Arts
8:48 am
Fri July 10, 2015

Dancing Around The Mic: Chatham County Line

Chatham County Line
www.chathamcountyline.com

Second Sundays on 4th brings some of the finest local, regional and national bands to Winston-Salem for free outdoor concerts and family-friendly fun on 4th street downtown. This Sunday’s headliner is Chatham County Line

SSO4 runs from 3-6 pm and continues every second Sunday through October 11th. You’ll find a complete performance calendar here.

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Arts
8:24 am
Thu July 9, 2015

Chatham County Line Headlines July's Second Sundays On Fourth

Chatham County Line
www.sso4.com

Second Sundays on 4th brings some of the finest local, regional and national bands to downtown Winston-Salem for free outdoor concerts and family-friendly fun on 4th street.

Over the years SSO4 has grown from a Camino Bakery block party, to a performance series co-sponsored by a group of 4th street business owners, and today, with the help of additional sponsors, the musical offerings are making Camino Bakery’s Cary Clifford’s original vision for downtown come true. 

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Arts
9:16 am
Wed July 8, 2015

Meet the Artist: Singer/Songwriter Jeffrey Dean Foster

Jeffrey Dean Foster
Mary K. Elkins

Jeffrey Dean Foster is a world-class songwriter who calls Winston-Salem home. His new album The Arrow is somewhat of an outlier in the modern music world – the variety of styles, and warm sounds of The Arrow harken back to a time when albums were crafted with care, yet executed with confident abandon. There are traces of The Replacements, Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, even the Rolling Stones on The Arrow.

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Arts
9:30 am
Tue July 7, 2015

Remembering Performer, Teacher, and Choreographer Jan Van Dyke

Jan Van Dyke
Credit UNCG

Last Friday, July 3rd, one of our state’s greatest champions of modern dance, Jan Van Dyke, passed away after a two and a half year battle with cancer. Jan’s journey in modern dance as a performer, teacher, choreographer and artistic director began a half century ago.

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Arts
8:35 am
Mon July 6, 2015

Meet The Artist Behind Roots Revival: Martha Bassett

Martha Bassett

On Wednesday nights in Winston-Salem, there’s a unique service happening at Centenary United Methodist Church.

It’s called Roots Revival, and it features outstanding local, regional and national musicians performing live in Centenary’s auditorium. The Wednesday night sermons are based on the song texts from that evening’s performers. Each song is carefully selected in coordination with the minister, musicians, and Roots Revival Music Director, singer/songwriter Martha Bassett.

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Arts
2:09 pm
Fri July 3, 2015

Triad Arts Weekend's Gabriel Award-Winning Show: Strengthening Community Through Art

Diana Greene

 


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Arts
9:17 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Singer/Songwriter Laurelyn Dossett On Crafting Original Works

Riley Baugus and Laurelyn Dossett.

 

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Arts
9:09 am
Wed July 1, 2015

Meet the Artist: Singer/Songwriter Sarah Siskind

Sarah Siskind
www.sarahsiskind.com

Winston-Salem native Sarah Siskind is now a Virginia-based singer/songwriter who has been described as utterly captivating. Southern Living magazine calls Sarah “Nashville’s best new voice”. While her music transcends category, it's a blend of the traditional and modern. Sarah has collaborated with artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, and Allison Krauss just to name a few.

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Arts
9:05 am
Tue June 30, 2015

WATCH: Backstage With Triad Arts At EMF

EMF student violinist Caitlin Edwards.
Credit Quique Rodriguez-Pastor

                                   

On Wednesday, July 1st, the Eastern Music Festival (EMF) will once again be bringing world-class soloists, music educators, chamber music and orchestral performers and more to Greensboro for the entire month.

    

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Arts
9:07 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Lees-McRae Professional Summer Theatre Presents "The Denim King: The Moses Cone Story"

Lees-McRae Summer Theatre

Lees-McRae Professional Summer Theatre is celebrating its 31st season with a performance of Oliver the musical through July 3rd, the hilarious Lend Me a Tenor in mid-July, and then in August an original musical with local flare comes to the Lees-McRae College Theatre: The Denim King: The Moses Cone Story

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Arts
12:54 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Live Music at Muddy Creek Café, Delta Arts Center, and Photographer William Christenberry

Muddy Creek Cafe
Bo Grey


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Arts
10:30 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Triad To Do: International Festivals, Spirit System's EP Release, & A Book Reading By Matthew Quick

Spirit System

Today, the Triad Arts Team offers suggestions for your summertime calendar. David begins with talk of the John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival as well as the upcoming National Folk Festival in Greensboro (stay tuned for his interview with Rhiannon Giddens who will be performing there). Eddie shares an EP release party by Triad-based Spirit System.

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Arts
12:26 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Delta Arts Center Presents "We Are The Music Makers" Photography Exhibit

Precious Bryant
Tim Duffy

Next month, Delta Arts Center presents the We Are the Music Makers Photography Exhibit.

It’ll feature photo and audio documentation of Southern Roots musicians and their music as collected by award-winning musician, historian, and producer Tim Duffy. He co-founded Music Maker in 1994 to assist traditional musicians in need, and along the way he’s worked with audio pioneer Mark Levins on, and enlisted the support of luminaries such as Eric Clapton, B.B. King and Bonnie Raitt just to name a few.

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Arts
9:01 am
Tue June 23, 2015

Capturing the Rural South: Photographer William Christenberry

William Christenberry exhibit at Reynolda House
Reynolda House Museum of American Art

For more than 50 years, photographer William Christenberry has toured rural Alabama with his camera, capturing images of the landscape.

His work has been exhibited from MoMA in New York to Reynolda House in Winston-Salem. Christenberry’s photos of rusty, hand-painted signs from the 1940s, sculptures of long abandoned rural churches on stands of red clay, and more invite the viewer to celebrate each object’s beautiful imperfections.

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Arts
10:38 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Live Music at Muddy Creek Café

Muddy Creek Cafe
Bo Gray

Over the past couple of years, The Muddy Creek Café in Bethania has been attracting musicians from Indie rock bands to folk singers. They typically perform on the porch there during the summer months.  Owner Shana Whitehead says the popularity of these free casual evening concerts eventually meant having to turn folks away due to lack of space. Well, no longer. The historic Muddy Creek Café has now expanded to include the Muddy Creek Music Hall in the adjoining building. 

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