Arts

Arts
2:27 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Edward MacDowell

Steinway performer and WFU professor, Peter Kairoff, sheds light on the American composer Edward MacDowell.

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Arts
2:18 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Franz Schubert

Peter Kairoff discusses the many genres for which pianist and composer Franz Schubert wrote during his brief life. 

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Arts
12:10 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Mozart

Peter Kairoff talks about how Mozart achieves his musical balance this week on Kairoff at the Keyboard.

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Arts
11:38 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Domenico Scarlatti

Pianist and WFU professor, Peter Kairoff, explores the life and music of Domenico Scarlatti. 

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Arts
8:18 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Meet the Artist: UNCSA's Dean of the School of Dance Susan Jaffe

UNCSA Dean of the School of Dance Susan Jaffe.
Rosalie O'Connor

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.

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Arts
8:38 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Meet the Artist: Asheville-Based Bluegrass Trio Red June

The members of Asheville-based trio Red June (left to right) are John Cloyd Miller, Will Straughan, and Natalya Weinstein.
Bobby Amoroso

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".

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Arts
3:18 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Stephen Mayer: Comic Expert

Radio Camper Nikki Brooks interviews comic book writer Stephen Mayer

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.  

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Radio Camp
2:53 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Meet the Artist: Dancer Lydia McRae

Radio Camper Libby Philion interviews Professional Dancer Lydia McRae

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.

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Radio Camp
2:07 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Ryan Snyder Explains Why He Said "Yes!" to YES! Weekly

Radio Camper Larry McBride interviews YES! Weekly Music Writer, Ryan Snyder

    

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.

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Radio Camp
1:36 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

"Poetry is Life" for Josephus III

Radio Camper Jack Lee interviews Poet Josephus III

    

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.

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Radio Camp
1:04 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Meet the Artist: Mark Charles Smith

Radio Camper Gabby Costa interviews Mark Charles Smith

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.

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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.

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Radio Camp
11:36 am
Mon July 29, 2013

The African American Atelier, Inc.

Radio Camper Chloe White intently works on editing her news story.

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.

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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?

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Arts
9:13 am
Mon July 29, 2013

National Black Theatre Festival Celebrates 13th Biennial

Crowns Artistic Director Mabel Robinson.
Black Wealth Initiative

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.
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Arts
12:56 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Triad Arts Weekend: July 26, 2013

kenilgunas.com

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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Arts
9:23 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Part 2: Guest Artist, Soloist Lynn Harrell Plays with the Eastern Music Festival This Weekend

Cello soloist Lynn Harrell.

The 52nd annual Eastern Music Festivalin Greensboro continues through this weekend with a tremendous concluding concert by world renowned cello soloistLynn Harrell.

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Arts
8:58 am
Thu July 25, 2013

"Sounds of Summer: Exploring the Tones and Colors of Organs" Continues with Organist Ray Ebert

Organist Ray Ebert.
Hayden Barnes

Sounds of the Summer: Exploring the Tones and Colors of Organs in Winston-Salem began June 9th, with a recital by Co-founder, award-winning organist Timothy Olsen. He performed on the 1971 Charles W. McManis Organ at the Gemeinhaus in Historic Bethabara Park. Sounds of the Summer continues through August 19th and along the way organ lovers sample from the Grooms and Payne instrument at First Baptist Church, the Skinner and Fisk organs at St. Paul’s Episcopal, and many others, performed on by some of the Piedmont’s finest keyboardists.
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Local Performance Broadcasts
3:11 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

EMF: The Human Spirit

Our Summer 2013 local performance broadcast series begins Friday, July 26th, at 8:00 pm.

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Arts
8:33 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Walden on Wheels: A Memoir About Student Debt, Adventure, and Freedom

The cover of Ken's new book Walden on Wheels.
kenilgunas.com

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.  

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Arts
12:27 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Sean Mulligan and Meredith Bain

 

Jonathan Milner teaches AP US Government, Civics and Economics to high school students at the University of NC School of the Arts.

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Arts
11:48 am
Tue July 23, 2013

The Dan River Girls


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Arts
7:50 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Guest Artist, Cello Soloist Lynn Harrell to Play with Eastern Music Festival This Weekend

Cello soloist Lynn Harrell.
Eastern Music Festival

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 of Antonín Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B minor.
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Arts
4:42 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Wayne Henderson and Herb Key

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.

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Arts
4:21 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Caleb Caudle and Haley Dreis

 

Blurt Magazine says Winston-Salem singer/songwriter Caleb Caudle’s new album Tobacco Town is filled with, “…jaw-droppingly fine songs”.

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Arts
9:31 am
Mon July 22, 2013

The Art of Cycling Celebrated in This Weekend's High Point Cycling Classic

High Point Cycling Classic

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. 
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Arts
1:49 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Live in Studio A: Big Ron Hunter and Laurelyn Dossett

Big Ron Hunter in Studio A at WFDD.
Rebecca McNeely

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.

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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

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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Radio Camp
3:34 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Blues-ing Around with Heath Combs

Credit Molly Davis

    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.

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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.

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Radio Camp
3:22 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Meet the Artist: Joshua Moyer, DJ Dichotomy

Credit Molly Davis

  

Making a living in the music industry is hard work, and one triad DJ knows this all too well. WFDD Radio camper Sam Coronado spoke with him and has more.

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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.

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