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
1:34 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Chopin's Nocturne

Chopin’s music may not sound experimental to our ears today—although David Ford says it’s always had an improvisational character to his ears—but the fact is that he was a musical experimenter who definitely pushed the envelope pianistically. Prior to Chopin, and etude was just a little piano study mostly for practicing piano technique. Chopin brought us the concert etude, a staple in the piano rep today. While he didn’t invent the Polonaise and Mazurka he is the composer who recast the polish folk music into piano form and catapulted both of them into the world arena. 

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Arts
12:59 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Triad Arts Weekend: July 19, 2013

Jeff Howlett's new film documenting the proto-punk music of three brothers.
Drafthouse Films

Triad Arts Weekend: July 19, 2013

First, we go proto-punk. Before The Sex Pistols, or The Ramones, there was A Band Called Death. That’s the name of a new music documentary coming to the Triad this weekend. Our Technical Producer Eddie Garcia explores the musical and personal relationships of the Hackney Brothers with Charlotte film maker Jeff Howlett. Next Peter Kairoff is back at the keyboard with Frederick Chopin's Romantic piano music. Hear how it evokes early Italian opera, the expressive nature of the serenade, and so much more. And we wrap up today’s program at… Elsewhere. That’s Greensboro’s living museum, and it’s the site of an amazing musical experiment. What would happen if you composed a piece of music using nothing but found objects, polled your audience on how your piece should be performed, and then invited the room full of non-musicians to perform your work? Southern Constellations fellow Andrew Raffo Dewar will answer that question and everything else you ever wanted to know about Material Music.

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Arts
10:07 am
Fri July 19, 2013

"Broadway's Best" Comes to the Triad

Broadway's Best Theatre Company of North Carolina

Once upon a time summer stock theatre was thriving here in the Triad, but those days appear to have passed us by…until Broadway’s Best Theatre Company of North Carolina. The professional theatre group recently signed a lease agreement to turn a Davie County ACE Hardware store into a nifty 250 seat, state-of-the art performance space, and offer a sophisticated, professional summer stock season of select musicals and plays over a 10-12 week summer season.

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Arts
8:45 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Elsewhere's Southern Constellations Artist-in-Residency Invites Audience to Become Performers

Southern Contellations artist Andrew Raffo Dewar composing a graphic score in the Elsewhere living musuem.
Carroll

Triad Arts as Broadcast at 8:35am and 5:44pm

Listen to David Ford's complete interview with Andrew Raffo Dewar.
Southern Constellations is a National Endowment for the Arts funded curatorial project now in its first season at Elsewhere, Greensboro’s living museum. The fellowship program brings six dynamic artist teams from across our region for special residencies at Elsewhere that explore experimental art in the South. Composer, soprano saxophonist, ethnomusicologist, educator, and arts organizer Andrew Raffo Dewar  is the fourth of six Southern Constellations fellow artists to work on site at Elsewhere. 

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Arts
9:03 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Igudesman and Joo Bring Music Lovers Together Through Humor

The dynamic dup, violinist Aleksy Igudesman anf pianist Hyung-ki Joo.
University of Georgia

 

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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