Second Cup Concert
Natasha Tretheway on National Poetry Month
Listen to Tretheway read her poem "Graveyard Blues" here: In 1996 the Academy of American Poets inaugurated National Poetry Month, to be observed every
Robert Spano Previews ASO 2013-2014 season
Long before we see the slick brochure for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s new season, music director Robert Spano looks at an empty calendar. WABE’s Lois
The Whipping Man's Troubled Seder
The Whipping Man is a play about fractured relationships. Set in the aftermath of the Civil War, the action concerns a wounded Jewish Confederate solider
Holiday Theater for Tough Times
Christmas in tough economic times. That's the theme behind O. Henry’s classic short story, “The Gifts of the Magi.”Today’s tough times made the story seem like a natural choice to Theatrical Outfit. The theater company is presenting a musical based on the story, directed by Heidi Cline McKerley. WABE’s Lois Reitzes sat down with artistic director, Tom Key—and the play’s star, Nick Arapoglou.She started the conversation by asking Key to explain what the play’s all about.
Jasmine Guy On The Mountaintop
The Mountaintop is a play that puts its audience inside of Dr. Martin Luther King’s room at the Lorraine Motel the night before his assassination. AFter directing the show on Broadway, Kenny Leon has brought Katori Hall’s character study to his True Colors Theater Company, in a production led by director Jasmine Guy. WABE’s Lois Reitzes sat down with the director to talk about the show.The Mountaintop is onstage at the Southwest Arts Center now through December 16th. You can find more...
Theatrical Outfit Suggests a Two Drink Minimum
Theatrical Outfit is offering a two drink minimum. No, they haven’t opened a bar down at the Balzer Theater, Two Drink Minimum is a new comedy about the difficult relationship between a son and his mother. Playwright Bill Balzer based the show around his own colorful stories about his mother and recently sat down with WABE’s Lois Reitzes to talk about putting his memories on-stage.
The Challenge of Beethoven: Midori with the ASO
In the 2012-13 season, violinist Midori will celebrate the 30th anniversary of her performing career. She made her debut at age 11 as a surprise guest soloist with the New York Philharmonic in 1982. Today Midori is recognized as an extraordinary performer, a devoted and gifted educator, and an innovative community engagement activist. Last night, Robert Spano opened his 12th — and the Orchestra’s 68th — season with twin peaks of the repertoire: Beethoven’s grand and poetic Violin Concerto...
Poet Laureate Natasha Tretheway on the Spoken and...
A professor of English at Emory University, Pulitzer Prize-winner…oh, and the Poet Laureate of the United States, Natasha Tretheway will be giving the keynote address for the seventh annual Decatur Book Festival.Previously, WABE's Lois Reitzes sat down with Tretheway to talk about the place of literary events large and small in the world of books.Natasha Tretheway will be delivering the keynote address at the Decatur Book Festival. Unfortunately that event is now sold out, but the Book...
Faith and Art Collide in Theatrical Outfit's "Asher Lev"
Theatrical Outfit's latest production, My Name Is Asher Lev, tells the story of a young artist’s struggle for self-expression and self-discovery in his strict, religious household.Based on a novel by Chaim Potok, the story takes place in post-WWII Brooklyn.WABE’s Lois Reitzes spoke with the show’s director Mira Hirsch and lead actor Nick Arapoglou about the big ideas behind the play.My Name is Asher Lev opens Saturday, August 25th and runs through September 16th at Theatrical Outfit.
The Future of Music at Franklin Pond
Ronda Respess opened the doors of her house to young string students in 2001. Since then, students of Franklin Pond Chamber Music have gone on to Ivy League schools and teaching positions and other worthy pursuits.Named for the small body of water just outside artistic director Ronda Respess house, the organization is a year-round program for talented string students ages 11-19. The camp focuses on advanced repertoire and group playing skills. Respess spoke with WABEs Lois Reitzes about how...
"Hot Lips" Visits Atlanta
Actor Sally Kellerman is perhaps best known for her role as Major Margaret Hot Lips Houlihan in Robert Altmans 1970 film M*A*S*H*. She was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for that role and has starred in many films since, including Brewster McCloud, A Little Romance, and the 1986 Rodney Dangerfield vehicle Back to School. Next weekend, Kellerman will be in town for a special screening of M*A*S*H* at the Midtown Arts Cinema, as well as for a series of cabaret shows at Jerry...
Essential Theater Goes Local
Essential Theatre is an Atlanta theatre group with a strong focus on encouraging local works, with local talent. Their newest production, aptly named The Local, is said to be a show of Atlanta, for Atlanta, and by Atlanta. WABEs Lois Reitzes sat down with the shows director, Ellen McQueen, to find out more about this homage to our fair city.Essential Theaters The Local opens tonight on the stage at Actors Express and runs through August 5th. You can find more info here.
Longtime WABE host passes away
A longtime WABE radio host and volunteer has died. Arnold Rosenbergpassed away on Monday at the age of 89. He was one of the earliest voices ever heard on 90.1 FM. Rosenberg is survived by his wife of 68 years, Frances Rosenberg, their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His funeral will be held Thursday at 11:00 amat Arlington Cemetery in Sandy Springs. WABEs Lois Reitzes has this remembrance.
A Time for Angle Dubeau
The Canadian violinist, Angle Dubeau loves conveying the complete spectrum of sounds her violin offers. She has said,Sometimes you will hear my violin whisper, as if divulging a secret. Dubeaus latest recording, A Time for Us, reveals her attraction to film music. WABEs Lois Reitzes spoke with Angele Dubeau about her recent CD.
David Coucheron on Sibelius
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster David Coucheron took center stage back in May to perform the Sibelius Violin Concerto. Tonight, that performance will be featured on our Atlanta Symphony Broadcast tonight at 9 pm. Previously, Coucheron brought his violin down to our studios and spoke with our own Lois Reitzes about the concerto.
Atlanta Music Project Executive Director Dantes Rameau
Venezuelas National Youth Orchestra system, known simply as El Sistema, was founded in 1975. Its goal was to provide a real musical education to kids in under-served communities. Inspired by El Sistema, the Atlanta Music Project promotes music education and social change for local at-risk youth. One of its founders, bassoonist Dantes Rameau, sat down with WABEs Lois Reitzes for a chat about the Atlanta Music Project, and El Sistema.
Stephen King Sees Ghosts
Ghost Brothers of Darkland County had its world premier here in Atlanta at the beginning of April at the Alliance and created quite a buzz around town. Much of it had to do with the big names attached to the project: with music by T Bone Burnett, lyrics by John Mellencamp and written by the master of horror, Stephen King
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