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
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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Arts
1:36 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

The Love Language, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, and Taylor Brown

Stuart McLamb of The Love Language.
Jason Arthurs


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Arts
6:05 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

Meet the Artists: Tim Miller and Tré Easton

 

Imagine being able to develop a unique performance from the ground up with the mentorship of an internationally acclaimed performance artist. That’s exactly what a group of 17 Wake Forest University students enjoyed back in 2013 over a three-week residency with Tim Miller and their production of VOX. The student ensemble work was based on their own personal stories, experiences, and memories.

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Arts
8:55 am
Tue June 16, 2015

Kernersville Little Theatre Presents "The Pajama Game"

Cast member Ann Davis-Rowe

 

    

The factory floor is open, and the scene is set for romance and song in The Pajama Game.

Kernersville Little Theatre is closing out its 38th season with this classic American Musical. 

The Pajama Game begins on June 19th, with performances through June 28th. Cast member Ann Davis-Rowe and director Michael Kamtman set the scene with Triad Arts executive producer David Ford.

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Arts
2:21 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Songs of Water, Tiny House Expedition, Bio Ritmo, and Peppercorn Theatre

Songs of Water


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Arts
11:48 am
Fri June 12, 2015

Hispanic Arts Initiative Presents "A Bailar - Let's Dance"

Ricardo Diquez & The Tropic Orchestra

The Hispanic Arts Initiative continues its mission of using the arts as a platform to create positive awareness about Latino culture.

Through its signature events like Punto de Vista—Latino Perspectives, and newly formed collaborations with organizations like Delta Arts Center and the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, Hispanic Arts Initiative continues to engage our community in meaningful ways. This weekend they’ll present their very first in what will be a series of events titled “A Bailar—Let’s Dance”.  

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Arts
10:24 am
Thu June 11, 2015

Bio Ritmo Brings Classic Salsa Style to Second Sundays on Fourth

Bio Ritmo

“Original music written in the classic salsa style”, that’s what the band Bio Ritmo brings to Winston-Salem this weekend as part of Second Sundays on Fourth.

Afro-Caribbeans who have migrated to the States enrich every aspect of the arts here, and Bio Ritmo connects us all to Latin dance music and its shift from the big-band mambos of the 1950s to the cutting-edge sounds and smaller bands that began appearing a couple of decades later in New York.

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Arts
9:22 am
Wed June 10, 2015

Peppercorn Theatre Begins Summer Series

Peppercorn Summer 2015 Company
Anna Rooney

Peppercorn Theatre celebrates 5 years of imagination with their summer series June through August at the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem and Hanebrands Theatre. 

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Arts
9:19 am
Mon June 8, 2015

Meet the Artist: Body Painter Amber Michael

Amber Michael

Amber Michael is a makeup artist specializing in special effects, beauty makeup and body painting.

She's won several awards for her body painting, placing 2nd in the Emerging Artist Category at Living Art Greensboro and 4th at Living Art America in Atlanta, Georgia. In September she’ll compete in the International Bodypaint Competition Living Art Greensboro as part of the Gate City’s 17 Days Festival.

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Arts
3:39 pm
Fri June 5, 2015

Mean Mary Performs at Muddy Creek Music Hall

Known around the world for her lightning-fast fingers on banjo, fiddle, and guitar, haunting vocals, and intricate story songs, Mary James or Mean Mary as she’s known is the perfect fit for The Fiddle and Bow Society in Winston-Salem.  Her original music nods in the direction of folk-rock, bluegrass, and blues, but the skilled multi-instrumentalist has a truly unique musical voice that’s all her own. We sample from Mean Mary’s most recent album: Year of the Sparrow.

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Arts
10:30 am
Wed June 3, 2015

Chamber Music on the Hill Summer Program Teaches Both Musical and Non-Musical Lessons

Chamber Music on the Hill

Cellist and educator Grace Anderson is celebrating 10 years as Artistic Director of the Triad Chamber Music Society in Winston-Salem. Violinist and educator Sarah Johnson began Chamber Music on the Hill (CMOTH) more than 25 years ago on the campus of the then School of the Arts.

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Arts
9:22 am
Tue June 2, 2015

Celebrating 150 Years Of Freedom With 2015 Juneteenth Africana Festival

Leo Rucker

On June 19th, 1865, slaves in Galveston, Texas—the last place in America where slavery existed—learned of their freedom for the first time.

Just one month earlier at what we know today as the St. Phillips Church in Old Salem, Union troops arrived to enforce President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation there. The Union chaplain read general order number 32: “….to remove the doubt in the minds of the people of North Carolina…that all persons held as slaves are now free”.

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Arts
8:45 am
Mon June 1, 2015

Summer Evening Concert Series At Blue Ridge Music Center In Full Swing

The main stage.
Blue Ridge Music Center

The Blue Ridge Music Center recently announced its Summer Evening Concert Series Schedule with artists spanning all styles of traditional Appalachian music from the accordion-infused Indie-Americana sounds of The Amigos which kicked off the series last Saturday, to The Sherman Holmes Project’s moving blend of blues, gospel, and soul coming up this weekend. 

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Arts
1:56 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Winston-Salem Symphony, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Land Ho!, and Guitarist William Tyler

Winston-Salem Symphony Music Director Robert Moody.

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Arts
9:12 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Meet the Artist Behind "Slow Burn" Exhibit at SECCA

"Shutter" by Josephine Halvorson.
Josephine Halvorson

American artist currently residing in Rome, Josephine Halvorson paints outdoors.

She typically finishes a canvas in a single session that may span an entire day. During her intense painting periods of post-industrial machines, architectural structures, or discarded objects, Josephine develops interesting associations with her subjects, and all while discovering new things about herself.

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Arts
8:53 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Winston-Salem Symphony Ends Season With Bruckner and Mahler (and Moody)

Robert Moody
Winston-Salem Symphony

This weekend, Winston-Salem Symphony Music Director Robert Moody ends his 10th anniversary season with a concert featuring music by Bruckner and Mahler.

Under Maestro Moody’s tenure, the symphony has extended its reach with pops concerts, Kicked Back Classics and Discovery Series concerts for kids. They adopted the Winston-Salem Youth Symphony, expanding the number of orchestras, and offering free community concerts, all while remaining in the black. 

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Arts
8:58 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Music for a Great Space and EMF Present Chris Brubeck, John Salmon, and The French Connection

John Salmon
Daniel Rice

The performance series Music for a Great Space continues tonight with an unusual concert spanning genres, nations and generations.

Chris Brubeck, the Grammy nominated composer, pianist, trombonist, bassist and son of the late great Dave Brubeck, will perform in an intimate combo setting with a group of French jazz masters, and his longtime friend, UNC Greensboro piano professor John Salmon

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Arts
8:43 am
Mon May 25, 2015

Creativity Knows No Age: Second Spring Arts Hosts May Festival

Second Spring Founder and President Nancy Hall
Rebecca McNeely Capture Public Relations and Marketing

Second Spring Arts is gearing up for its May festival celebrating senior involvement is the visual arts, music, dance, literature and more.

Second Spring Arts makes arts of all types accessible for seniors and highlights the connection between the arts and the health and wellbeing of older individuals. They also promote research along those lines. 

This year’s Festival kicks off Friday night, May 29th at the Milton Rhodes Arts Center and Hanesbrands Theatre in Winston-Salem. It’s free and open to the public.

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Arts
12:17 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Clay Howard, Letters From Home, NC Brass Band

Clay Howard
Suzi Nelson

Clay Howard

Winston-Salem-based rock n roll singer/guitarist Clay Howard's new CD of original music is titled Who the Hell is Clay Howard? Its an album of classic rock inspired tunes that was created in collaboration with Minneapolis musician/producer Brynn Arens. The album is available on Amazon.com where it has been ranking high on the Hot New Releases charts. You can catch Clay Howard opening up for Smash Mouth at Ziggy's in Winston-Salem later this summer on July 21st.

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