Triad Arts Weekend

Fridays at 1pm & Sundays at 4pm

Triad Arts Weekend host David Ford explores the creative process behind an infectious melody, moving drama, evocative poem and much more with the local and visiting artists who enrich our lives here in the Piedmont Triad.

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8:35 am
Wed December 25, 2013

Winston-Salem Youth Chorus

Winston-Salem Youth Chorus
Paul Garber

  Over the past 20 years, children in and around Forsyth County have thoroughly enjoyed their experiences rehearsing with and performing in the Winston-Salem Youth Chorus, under the direction of Founder, Artistic & Executive Director Barbara Beattie. Last month they celebrated their big 20th anniversary concert with a well-attended concert in the Stevens Center.

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1:00 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Triad Arts Weekend Holiday Celebration Part One

Every year around this time there’s an enormous variety of artful holiday traditions going on here in the Triad. Dance, music, theatre, art, you’ll find it all, and frankly, there just aren’t enough hours in the day to attend every event. But today on Triad Arts Holiday Celebration, gonna have our fruit cake and eat it too. First off, we’ll hear lots of outstanding music—holiday favorites, plus some completely original sounds of the season. We’ve also got poems, short stories and essays that explore this magical time of year. The best part is, for the next hour everything you'll hear will be performed by a group of incredibly talented musicians, poets and writers who each call the Piedmont home. It’s a Triad Arts Holiday Celebration.

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1:31 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Jazz Guitar, Handel's Messiah, Another Holiday Film Classic, and More on Triad Arts Weekend

Fall Into Me is this year's Honor Card by artist Bill Mangum. The Honor Card Program raises awareness of the homeless in our state.
William Mangum

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1:55 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Doctor Who Illustrated, NC A&T Choir Live in Studio A, Civil War Monuments, and the Nutcracker

An illustration from Doctor Who the comic.
Kelly Yates

We've got the NC A&T Visual and Performing Arts University Choir with us here today on the show.  They're still jazzed from their two performances for the Obamas at the White House, and they're "Gonna Sing Till the Spirit Moves in Our Hearts" Live in Studio A! Then we take a look back to post-Civil War North Carolina, and the fascinating stories behind our state's many Civil War monuments. Author/photographer/historian Douglas Butler has studied them and discusses them all in his new book.  Later, on the heels of the science fiction television show Doctor Who's 50th anniversary, Eddie Garcia interviews Doctor Who comic book illustrator, Greensboro artist Kelly Yates.  He'll be giving a talk & drawing live at Geeksboro this weekend, so buckle your Tardis seatbelts.  And also, we have the story of a little ole nutcracker that could.  Executive Producer and General Manager of the UNCSA's production of The Nutcracker, Katherine Laidlaw may have all the pocketbooks and the headaches, but she's lovin' it.

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10:49 am
Wed December 4, 2013

The Art of Sharing, A Dozen Dresses, Photography of Fred Stein, Edward Steichen and More

Today on the show it’s all about film, and sharing. So we’ll peak into the minds of those talented artists behind the camera lens, and find out what makes them tick. As is so often the case with great artists, there’s a whole lot of fascinating stuff going on in there, and the time, planning and effort that goes into capturing the perfect image, telling a compelling story, and changing the world, one image at a time. Artist, filmmaker Joel Tauber is on a one man mission to shed light on the act of sharing. Why do we share? Why should we share, and why should we care? Joel’s got some ideas for you to kick around. Performance artist, photographer, Diana Greene is here to share the stories behind A Dozen Dresses, and she’s got a few doozies. Filmmaker Peter Stein has made blockbuster horror film classics like Friday the 13th Part 2, but he’s all about the beauty of the simple black and white image as captured by his father, renowned photographer Fred Stein. When it comes to glamour photography, they don’t come more renowned than Edward Steichen, and they don’t come better informed than Reynolda House curator Allison Slaby.

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1:10 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

UNCSA Fall Dance Concert, Behind the Scenes With Mary Dalton, Typography, and She Loves Me

Kimberly Bartosik.

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1:16 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

NC A&T Jazz, Angus MacLachlan on Film, Immigrant Stories, and Cantus

David Ford with the NC A&T Jazz Ensemble All Stars
David Ford

North Carolina A&T Jazz 
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1:25 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Kripplekrunk, a Czech Folk Tale, and Joel Fan Gives Concert at the Music Academy of NC

Kripplekrunk is Rex McGee's band.

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2:48 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Low and Lower Live in Studio A, Winston-Salem Youth Chorus, and DaDa Poetry on Triad Arts Weekend

Lynn Book (top right photo - left) and Amy Catanzano (top right photo - right) joined David Ford to talk about the poem Ursonata.
Lynn Book and Amy Catanzano

Get ready for some zany musical fun, a hearty tribute to Dada, and kids saying the darnedest things today on the show. Virtuoso cellist Brooks Whitehouse and virtuoso bassist Paul Sharpe let their inner theatrical selves shine right on through with Low & Lower Live in Studio A. And conductor Matthew Troy from the Winston-Salem Symphony is here to help us Discover their many talents. Then, well it’s performance art and poetry like you’ve never experienced before with Lynn Book and Amy Catanzano. They’re truly devoted to Dada, and if you don’t know what that means—stick around and get set to be the life of your next party. Then, nothing puts it all in perspective like a young person. The wonderful young singers in the Winston-Salem Youth Chorus are here to show us the importance of art in our lives. They’ll also be singing the praises of their fearless leader Ms. Barbara Beattie. 20 years of great choral directing and she’s still rockin’ it as hard as ever.

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12:58 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Graphic Design at SECCA, Geek Girl Rising, and Violinist Kevin Lawrence on Triad Arts Weekend

Poster for the Geek Girl Rising panel.

Today on the show we’ll get graphic at the South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem. Their new world class exhibit involving the input of more than 200 artists is Graphic Design: Now in Production. Then, from graphic we get geeky at the Comic Book City Con in Greensboro. Among the many offerings there you’ll find a special panel discussion called "Geek Girl Rising”. Eddie Garcia chats it up with organizer Rachel Scott, and Bethany Chafin talks with two time Eisner award winning artist Hope Larson. And we wrap things up with a break from visual arts banter with Bach—Johann Sebastian Bach to be precise. J.S. was arguably the greatest keyboardist of the Baroque, and he often included harpsichord and organ effects in his writing for strings. Bach’s Sonatas for solo violin provides an excellent example, and violin virtuoso Mr. Kevin Lawrence is here to share the many steep challenges and awesome rewards hidden in this monumental work Live in Studio A.

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1:13 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Lemony Snicket, The Flying Dutchman, Dale Pollock on Film, and Terry Kennedy's New Poetry Collection

Woodie Anderson's cover for Terry Kennedy's New River Breakdown.
Unicorn Press

It’s an afternoon of sophisticated fun with literature, poetry, opera and film on our plate. First, Eddie Garcia chats it up with Daniel Handler. He’s perhaps better- known as author Lemony Snicket, the man behind "A Series of Unfortunate Events", and we feel very fortunate to have him here with us today. Less fortunate perhaps was The Flying Dutchman. He made a deal with the Devil that left him searching the High Seas for a heart of gold—for centuries! On the heels of Richard Wagner’s 200th birthday, Piedmont Opera’s Jamie Allbritten and soprano Carter Scott are here to deliver a happy, but a bit soggy ending. We’ll go Behind the Scenes with film producer, writer and professor Dale Pollock. He takes us right up close to the sometimes disturbing intersection of violence and humor in film. And Bethany Chafin brings us full circle with Triad poet, author, educator Terry Kennedy. His publisher at Unicorn Press and a community of local artists have come together to create New River Breakdown

Lemony Snicket

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2:18 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

They Might Be Giants, The Story of My Life, The Love Language, and More

They Might Be Giants' John Flansburg and John Linnell.
They Might Be Giants

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1:23 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Dracula the Ballet, Expressions of Chopin, and Behind the Scenes with Mary Dalton

Winston-Salem Festival Ballet presents Dracula.
Winston-Salem Festival Ballet.

Today we’re going to linger in the dark for a while before we burst into the sunshine with a singer songwriting living legend who calls the Piedmont Triad home. First, we’ll put on our ballet shoes, perfectly weighted capes, and composer’s cap for an introspective look at the life of a guy named…Dracula. Winston-Salem Festival Ballet’s Gary Taylor and UNCSA composer Chris Heckman are here to tell this gripping love story through the eyes and ears of the Count. Then, we keep the lights down low for our exploration of Chopin Nocturnes. Acclaimed pianist and music historian Pamela Howland is here to share the sumptuous sounds of her Polish hero. Pam’s performances have been given a hearty “thumbs up” (literally) by none other than Sir Paul McCartney—we’ve got the photographic proof. We go “Behind the Scenes” with Wake Forest University Co-Director of the Documentary Film Program Mary Dalton. She’s got director Jane Campion in her sites and you’ll find out why on Triad Arts Weekend.

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1:03 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

The Genuine, UNCSA Films, and Live at UNCG with Greensboro Spartan Jazz Collective

Matthew Allivato, Katelyn Brouwer, Devin Forkel, and Gunnar Nagle are The Genuine.
The Genuine

Today on the show it’s all about the music with not one but two live in studio performances, and in between we’re off to the flickies with an eclectic group of screenings from one of our nation’s finest film schools. First, Bethany Chafin gets genuine with The Genuine LIVE in Studio A. Their new album is out, and it’s already making waves on the iTunes singer/songwriter charts.

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1:24 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Joan Osborne, Aoife O'Donovan, and Matt Haimovitz on Triad Arts Weekend

Aoife O'Donovan will perform as part of 17 Days Festival.
Aoife O'Donovan

When it comes to music, the late great Duke Ellington may have said it best: “There are two kinds of music. Good music, and the other kind”. Today on Triad Arts Weekend, you don’t have to worry about the latter because we’ve got blues, to ballads, Bach and beyond! It’s all part of 17 Days Festival with music, art, theatre and more coming to Greensboro September 20th through October 6th. 17 Days Festival is happening courtesy of Arts Greensboro and this year they’re bringing in more than 130 arts events including a concert by multi-platinum selling recording artist Joan Osborne. Joane Osborne is here today on TAW, as is singer/songwriter extraordinaire Aoife O’Donovan. Fresh of the road with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Aoife’s new CD Fossils was picked as one of Rolling Stone magazine’s "must-hear albums of the summer". And speaking of cellists, how about world renowned, multiple Grammy winner Matt Haimovitz? He’s got an amazing cello tribute to Jimmy Hendrix.

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1:27 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

A Musical 'Train Ride to Perugia', FaithAction International, and Theatre in the Triad

Singer-songwriter Fredd Reyes.
Fredd Reyes.

Today on the show we’ll take a Train Ride to Perugia with Winston-Salem Symphony Music Director Robert Moody as he shares a sneak preview of the orchestra’s exciting 2013-2014 Classic Series. But first, when it comes to growing in our understanding of one another, nothing helps ensure that humanity is central to the discussion than theatre, music and dance. Nobody knows that better than actor, and human rights activist David Fraccaro, and singer/songwriter Fredd Reyes. They’re turning strangers into neighbors at Faith Action International House in Greensboro, and you're invited.

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1:11 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

The Bo-Stevens Live in Studio A and getting Animated with Green Hill Center for NC Art

Billie Feather & Richard Boyd Live in Studio A
Credit WFDD

Today we kick things off with The Bo-Stevens, Live in Studio A! The Winston-Salem based old school country act has a new album out and they treat us to some cuts live, and share their insights on the craft with Technical Producer Eddie Garcia.  Then we get Animated! with not one, but TWO award-winning artists: NC State College of Design’s Marc Russo, and UNC-Charlotte Digital Fabrication Lab’s Ryan Buyssens.

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1:52 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Things Wondrous and Humble, Big Shoes To Fill, and New River Blues Festival

A still life by William Harnett featured in the new exhibit.
Reynolda House Museum of American Art

Today, we begin with things wondrous and humble in one of America’s finest art museums. Then we’ll open up a can of dreams, and scale a treacherous mountain in shoes several sizes too large. And we wrap things up with a good case of the blues on the banks of a New River. Still life that’ll really knock your socks off at Reynolda House, Big Shoes by Open Dream Ensemble, and the 2013 New River Blues Festival are all coming your way.

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1:13 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Jews and Catholics, UNCSA's Cirkus Project, and Jazzen on Triad Art's Weekend

The band members of Jews and Catholics at WFDD.
Alanna Meltzer-Holderfield

Today on the show we once again revel in artistic eclecticism, this time from in-your-face, post-punk, alternative, turn-table shattering rock, to smooth jazz, with just a dash of Cirque du Soleil thrown in for good measure. The Winston-Salem band Jews & Catholics are back with a vengeance, and with a limited run of groovy 12” vinyl LPs. And speaking of groove, Jazzen joins us Live in Studio A. They’ll be groovin’ their way back in time with the smooth sounds of Hall & Oats, the Doobie Brothers and more. And what do you get when you combine the creative genius behind Cirque du Soleil with the bottomless well of student and alumni talent at the UNC School of the Arts? The Cirkus Theatre Project, and original stories that will move you.

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1:54 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Dixieland Jazz, Food and Culture from New Orleans, and Arts Greensboro

Writer, journalist, and food historian Lolis Eric Elie.
Lolis Eric Elie.

First we start off with some authentic sounds of New Orleans, and for that we go way back to the early beginnings of jazz. It’s a style of music known as Dixieland, and the Muddy River Jazz Band was here to tell it Live in Studio A. Writer, journalist, documentary filmmaker, food historian and New Orleans native Lolis Eric Elie keeps the gumbo train going next with a look at his city’s history and its evolving cuisine post Katrina from fabulous Phu to tremendous tacos New Orleans’ style. He’s got a new book Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans and he’s here to share recipes. And Arts Greensboro’s fearless leader Mr. Tom Philion joins David Ford with a sneak preview of 17 Days Arts and Culture Festival. All of this on Triad Arts Weekend.  

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1:57 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Triad Arts Weekend: August 9, 2013

David Ford chats with Josephus III and three young poets headed to the Brave New Voices International Poetry Festival.

  This week it’s an eclectic musical mix with poetry slam, Kairoff at the Keyboard, plus a nod to some of the unsung heroes behind the music making as well. We begin with “The Luthier’s Craft: Instrument Making Traditions of the Blue Ridge” and Bethany Chafin’s conversation with Executive Director of the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, Matt Edwards. Then it’s time for spoken word with some of the Triad’s most talented young poets.

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8:41 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Triad Arts Weekend: August 2, 2013

Helen Simoneau
Steve Davis

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12:56 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Triad Arts Weekend: July 26, 2013

On the first half of today's show, our Associate Producer Bethany Chafin talks it up with author Ken Ilgunas about his new book Walden on Wheels: On the Open Road from Debt to Freedom. Then we head to the open road on two wheels and a sneak peak at The Bicycle: Art Meets Form. It’s the perfect blending of world-renowned custom frame builders, bike derived art, and it’s the first time ever that a USA Cycling National Championship has ever come to North Carolina. Peter Kairoff is back at the keyboard with dynamics in classical music, and organist Ray Ebert is here to share the Sounds of the Summer. Scroll down to hear individual segments.

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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

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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12:55 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Triad Arts Weekend: July 12, 2013

A.R. Ammons, Untitled, 1978

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1:03 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Triad Arts Weekend: July 5, 2013

Gerard Schwarz leads the Eastern Music Festival.
Eastern Music Festival

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9:00 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Triad Arts Weekend: June 28th, 2013

Josephus III

Today  it’s a Triad Arts Weekend poetry and spoken word slam like you’ve never heard before. Featuring Ed Wilson,  Kwame Dawes,  Rhett Iseman Trull,  Joe Mills,  Josephus III, Fred Chapell, Kianga Ford,  A.C. Hardy, Helen Losse and Terri Kirby Erickson.  To top it off, Peter Kairoff will help us understand the beauty of Brahms. 

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11:26 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Triad Arts Weekend: June 21, 2013

Jay Gonzalez, Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley, Brad Morgan, and Matt Patton of the Drive-By Truckers.
Drive-By Truckers

Today we delve into a great hour of summer music.  First up: the unique sound that is the Darnell Woodies.  Their fusion of bluegrass, punk, rock, jazz, and more comes to Studio A.  Then it's Durham-based MC Taylor and Hiss Golden Messenger.  MC is one of the finest songwriters in America today. David Bowie described MC's latest LP Poor Moon as, "...mystical country, like an eerie yellowing photograph."  And then, it's the Grammy Award winning Athens, Georgia based singer/songwriter, producer and front man for the Drive-By Truckers, Patterson Hood.

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1:09 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Triad Arts Weekend: June 14, 2013

The cover of Estrangers' new album, Season of 1000 Colors.

For music lovers in the Triad, this time of year when we all rejoice: the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, Appalachian State’s "An Appalachian Summer Festival"…the list of well-known live music listening opportunities goes on and on each summer. 

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12:52 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Triad Arts Weekend: June 7, 2013

Big Ron Hunter

Today it’s all music all the time and for some good causes too: Roseanne Cash is raising funds for the Blue Ridge Music Center. Singer/songwriter Beth McKee is teaming up with the folks at Beta Verde to help stamp out hunger. The Dan River Girls are all set to keep Winston-Salem’s downtown area just as hip as it wants to be during Second Sundays on 4th. They’re here Live in Studio A with a concert preview. And speaking of Live in Studio A, how about master blues man Big Ron Hunter and award-winning singer/songwriter Laurelyn Dossett together at last! 

Blue Ridge Music Center

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