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
1:37 pm
Fri August 28, 2015

Going In-Depth With Marcus Miller, Beth McKee, And Triad To Do

 


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Arts
8:59 am
Mon August 24, 2015

Beth McKee's Sugarcane Revival And Hurricane Party Comes To SECCA

Singer/songwriter Beth McKee’s Sugarcane Revival and Hurricane Party with Tommy Malone and Jeffrey Dean Foster comes to the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art – SECCA—next weekend.

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Arts
2:11 pm
Fri August 21, 2015

Saxophonist David Sanborn, Banjo Player Bob Carlin, and Triad To Do

American alto saxophonist David Sanborn.


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Arts
8:42 am
Wed August 19, 2015

Carolina Summer Music Festival Presents New Century Saxophone Quartet

The New Century Saxophone Quartet.

 

The 7th annual Carolina Summer Music Festival is well underway at venues across Winston-Salem.

The performances are presented by Carolina Chamber Symphony Players. Their mission is “to enhance the cultural environment of our community and the region through chamber music, jazz and multidisciplinary programs that are exciting and innovative.”

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Arts
2:40 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

Conversations On Jazz: Marcus Miller And David Sanborn Come To The Triad

Marcus Miller's new album is "Afrodeezia."

The John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival in High Point, North Carolina was established to celebrate the life and music of one of the city's most famous native sons.

Coltrane transformed the jazz world with his unique approaches to harmony, virtuosity, and lasting compositions. Now in its fifth year, the John Coltrane Festival continues to grow and to attract today's leading jazz artists, many of whom embody the legendary saxophonist's contributions.

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Arts
8:33 am
Mon August 17, 2015

Meet the Artist: Composer David McHugh

Composer David McHugh.
Kevin McHugh

Acclaimed composer and former UNC School of the Arts professor David McHugh has recently returned to Winston-Salem from Chicago where he headed the MFA program at Columbia College. 

David Ford spoke with David McHugh. In today's show, we sample some of his recent work, including his "Etude." You’ll hear more about the upcoming premiere of his flute quartet for Tadeo Coelho on Triad Arts Weekend later this year. 

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Arts
12:52 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

Willingham Theatre, La Cenerentola, Hiss Golden Messenger, Behind The Scenes & Triad To Do

Willingham Theatre
Willingham Theatre

Willingham Theatre's Fall Performance Series

These days you’ll find arts events going on year round in Yadkinville thanks to the Yadkin Arts Council, Cultural Arts Center and the Willingham Theatre’s Fall Performance Series. 

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Arts
8:00 am
Fri August 14, 2015

Triad To Do: The Music of Burt Bacharach, Art Amplified, Wes Fest

Wes Fest
Natalie Andrewson

  On today's Triad To Do, David talks Close To You: The Music of Burt Bacharach. Quique has something for your eyes & ears with Art Amplified: A Fusion of Music & Visual Art. Eddie heads to Geeksboro for the Wes Anderson themed art & film festival Wes Fest.

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Triad Arts
12:34 pm
Wed August 12, 2015

Cinderella Sings at Greensboro Opera

UNCG alumnus Baritone Sidney Outlaw in the Metropolitan Opera's production of The Death of Klinghoffer. He returns to the Triad this week to sing the role of Dandini in the Greensboro Opera's production of Cinderella.
Credit Opera Today

Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Cinderella) comes to the Triad this month courtesy of Greensboro Opera.

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Arts
11:58 am
Mon August 10, 2015

A Preview Of The Willingham Theatre's Fall Performance Series

Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience.
McGuigan Photogrpahy

These days you’ll find arts events going on year round in Yadkinville thanks to the Yadkin Arts Council, Cultural Arts Center and the Willingham Theatre’s Fall Performance Series. 

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Arts
12:55 pm
Fri August 7, 2015

Triad Arts Live With The Tyler Nail Trio And David Payne's New Memoir "Barefoot To Avalon"

The Tyler Nail Trio live at Hanesbrands Theatre.


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Arts
8:59 am
Fri August 7, 2015

Triad To Do: "Irrational Man," The National Black Theatre Festival, And SSO4

National Black Theatre Festival

On today's version of Triad To Do, Eddie discusses Irrational Man, the new Woody Allen movie. Bethany recommends you check out the offerings of the National Black Theatre Festival (through Saturday, August 8th), and David talks about this month's Second Sunday on Fourth.   

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Arts
9:03 am
Wed August 5, 2015

The Fiddle & Bow Society Presents Jon Shain

Jon Shain is a folk musician who combines great storytelling and lyrics with fiery guitar technique and a healthy dose of the blues.

During his East Coast tours, he’s opened sold out shows for artists from Little Feat to Keb’ Mo’. He’s headed to the Triad this weekend courtesy of The Fiddle & Bow Society. His latest album “Reupholstered” features a nice blend of styles and sounds from folk and blues, to bluegrass and the great American songbook.

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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

负重 Burdened 52x75cm 2014

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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