For more than forty-six years The University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ acclaimed Nutcracker production has been one of the Triad’s most eagerly anticipated events of the holiday season. Last year, guest artists Veronika Part (Principal, American Ballet Theatre) and Charles Askegard (Principal, New York City Ballet) danced the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier Prince at the performances in the Stevens Center. The UNCSA Nutcracker Orchestra accompanied the performances under the baton of Charles Barker, Principal Conductor of American Ballet Theatre. It was the first production of The Nutcracker under the leadership of UNCSA’s new Dean of the School of Dance Susan Jaffe. Susan was the principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre for 20 years. She spoke with David Ford about her career.
Last July the Asheville-based trio Red June visited the Triad for a special outdoor CD release party and concert. The bluegrass, beer and BBQ event took place at Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, and it featured John Cloyd Miller on guitar, mandolin and vocals, Natalya Weinstein on fiddle and vocals, and Winston-Salem native Will Straughan on guitar and vocals. Will played for years in the Emma Gibbs Band before moving to the mountains. Red June’s new CD is Beauty Will Come, and the tune we've sampled today is a hauntingly beautiful one from the album that Will wrote. It’s called "Soul’s Repair".
Comic books continue to be popular across the country. Comic-con in San Diego, presents conventions and events celebrating the ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. The number of new summer block busters based on comic book characters is growing each year, and that enthusiasm for comics is alive and well here in the Triad.
Radio camper Nikki Brooks recently met with Greensboro’s Stephen Mayers. He’s the comic writer and manager of Acme comics.
Many people don't associate ballet with hip-hop, but this Kernersville ballerina wishes she could do both. WFDD Radio Camper Libby Philion had a chance to sit down and talk with aspiring dancer Lydia McRae.
Since its beginnings 8 years ago, Yes! Weekly magazine has become a vital part of the Triad media scene, with breaking news stories and comprehensive cultural writing that has won both statewide and regional awards. Ryan Snyder is the music writer at Greensboro-based YES! Weekly. He’s worked in all facets of media from radio/TV to print journalism to public relations. In addition to his work with Yes! Weekly, he’s a copywriter and editor for a large Greensboro Internet marketing company.
For spoken word, visual, and performance artist Josephus, “Poetry is Life”. The traveling poet and educator often mixes his poetry with R&B and Jazz. Josephus writes a column for the newspaper Go Triad, and his voice is heard weekly over the Triad airwaves as host of 90.1FM's The Poetry Café.
WFDD Radio camper Jack Lee recently got a chance to speak with him.
Composer and guitarist Mark Charles Smith is a native of Greensboro, North Carolina. His compositions have been performed in diverse venues across nine different states.
Smith recently took time from away from his work as composer, recording artist and educator to speak with WFDD Radio Camper Gabriela Costa.
Mr.Smith came to meet me in the Cultral Art Center, where he took lessons for guitar with Camie Rowen. He came in wearing a NASA Shirt and khaki shorts. I began by asking how he began his fascinating career.
The definition of “atelier” is “workshop or studio”, but the African American Atelier in the Cultural Arts Center in downtown Greensboro is much more than that. WFDD radio camper Chloe White recently sat down with Gallery Assistant Manager Loumecia Koonce.
When I first saw Loumecia Koonce, I could tell she was a very optimistic person. As I walked up to her, a big warm grin spread across her face. I wondered what inspired her to be in this position?
The National Black Theatre Festival is for eyeryone, and they’re saving a seat just for you at this year’s international celebration and reunion of spirit in Winston-Salem. The 13th biennial NBTF opens Monday, July 29th and will run through August 3rd with an enormous variety of theatrical performances including dramas, comedies, musicals, and choreoplays. More than 140 performances of new works—like Adam: The Story of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., and Black classics like Knock Me A Kiss back by popular demand and performed by the finest professional Black theatre companies from across the country and abroad. This year’s North Carolina Black Repertory Company will present a production of Crowns, a moving a celebratory gospel play written by Regina Taylor. It’s directed by Artistic Director, and internationally recognized Broadway choreographer/dancer Mabel Robinson. She’s joined by Executive Director Geraldine Patton.
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.
Ken Ilgunas was first published in 2009. His article appeared on the news site Salon.com and was titled "I live in a van down by Duke University." At the time, Ilgunas was getting his Master's in Liberal Studies at the University, and striving to stay out of debt. The article broke the silence on one of his methods for remaining debt-free - secretly living in his Ford Econoline van. Ken now has a new book out titled Walden on Wheels: On the Open Road from Debt to Freedom. The book is relevant, honest, and inspiring, and while it addresses his adventures in vandwelling, it tells other important stories as well. Ken joined Associate Producer Bethany Chafin at WFDD, and she began by asking him to describe the three sections of Walden on Wheels.
The 52nd annual Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro continues through this weekend with a tremendous concluding concert by world renowned cello soloist Lynn Harrell. On Saturday night, July 27, at 8:00pm on the campus of Guilford College, EMF Music Director Gerard Schwarz will lead his friend, and the Festival Orchestra in a performance ofAntonín Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B minor.
Guitarist and luthier Wayne Henderson is one of today’s leading guitarists with 3 national tours with Masters of the Steel String Guitar, a National Heritage Award, Carnegie Hall and Prairie Home Companion concerts under his belt just to name a few highlights. This living legend will be pickin’ and grinnin’ for us with his pal Herb Key Live in Studio A.
This weekend in High Point will be the first time a USA Cycling National Championship has ever come to North Carolina. That’s great news for cycling fans and art enthusiasts. In addition to hosting both the Women’s and Men’s Pro National Criterium Championships, the area surrounding the downtown transportation terminal will come alive with bicycling-inspired art. Theatre Arts Galleries in the High Point Theatre presents "The Bicycle: Art Meets Form", an Invitational Exhibition juried by Green Hill Center’s Edie Carpenter.
The world's happiest bluesman, Big Ron Hunter has performed in Europe, Lincoln Center in New York, and at festivals throughout the United States. Coming up next weekend he’ll be part of UNCSA’s Music Academy of the American South which runs from June 14-16th on the UNCSA campus and Old Salem Museum and Gardens in Winston-Salem. Blue Summit: Interviews and Performance is Sunday afternoon, June 16th at 3:00pm with Big Ron, Boo Hanks and Logie Meachum.
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.
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.
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.
Some people grow up dreaming of becoming a musician. Others actually become one. But recently, WFDD Radio camper Samantha Walker spoke with a triad man who said never saw himself as a musician, performing songs people enjoy hearing.
On a windy day in the Hearn Plaza of Wake Forest University, bearded Heath Combs settled on a wooden bench, guitar in hand. Combs is part of the Twin City Buskers a Winston-Salem band that plays blues, swing, and country music. Combs explains why he became a musician.
I met with Joshua Moyer, a tall spiky haired musician at Hearn Plaza on the campus of Wake Forest University. Since 2006, he's been a professional DJ. He's performed in Florida, Pennsylvania and parts of North Carolina.