David Latulippe

Announcer, Arts & Cultural Host

David Latulippe is host of Open Air, KALW's weekly radio magazine of the performing arts, as well as for Explorations in Music, and the Berkeley Symphony broadcasts.   He has also hosted and produced the radio series From the Conservatory, Music from Mills, and Music at Menlo, and is principal guest host for Revolutions Per Minute. 

In addition to work in radio and voiceover, he is a vocalist, flutist, and piccolo player.  He has been heard in various orchestral and chamber music settings with the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony, the Peninsula Symphony Orchestra, Golden Gate Opera, the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra and the BC Orchestra, and has performed internationally as soloist and with orchestras in Austria, Ireland and Taiwan.  He has also narrated such children’s classics as Peter & the Wolf and Tubby the Tuba.

While living in New York, David was heard on New York City’s signature public radio station, WNYC, as host for news and classical music programs.  He was music consultant to director Mike Nichols, for his HBO productions of Wit and Angels in America.  Recent commercial work include on and off-camera projects for Oracle, Cisco, Roundtable Pizza, RadioShack, Yahoo!, and the Marin Dreamhouse Raffle, among others.

David lives in San Francisco with his partner of 28 years, Ronn Seely, and two ceaselessly entertaining cats named Midge and Steve.  Visit his website.

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The Alexander String Quartet and Dr. Robert Greenberg examine the String Quartet in a time of War - featuring the music of Benjamin Britten and his contemporaries.  Hosted by David Latulippe.  Mondays at 9pm.

Interview with film director Roger Ross Williams, talking about his latest documentary "God Loves Uganda".

Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich examine the power of mass media to create panic. Recorded live at the Fitzgerald Theater, Jad & Robert revisit one of the most controversial moments in broadcasting history: Orson Welles' 1938 radio play about Martians invading New Jersey.  Radiolab ~ Tuesday 10/29 at 10pm.

This week, host David Latulippe talks with Rosanna Gamson, creator of 'Layla Means Night', a provocative new work based on the Scheherazade legend that creates a Middle Eastern haunted house over all three floors of ODC Theater. The original score is created by Persian master musicians Houman Pourmehdi and Pirayeh Pourafar, who will be performing live in the studio, together with singer Alireza Shahmohammadi. Plus, conductor Joshua Gersen and producer and journalist Steven C. Smith, who is an expert on film composer Bernard Herrmann,  discuss live performances by the San Francisco Symphony accompanying classic Hitchcock films.  And Peter Robinson offers some background on the Halloween holiday and traditions.  Open Air, originally broadcast on Thursday October 31 -Halloween- at 1pm. Listen now or anytime.

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This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Macedonian pianist Simon Trpčeski, who is performing  with the San Francisco Symphony, playing Prokofiev's Piano Concerto nr. 3; director Mitchell Altieri talks about the naturalistic horror stage play “Grand Guignol” that he is directing at Z Space, and we have a live in-studio performance by members of  Klezmer trio Veretski  Pass, which will be performing this weekend in Berkeley as part of KlezCalifornia’s Yiddish Culture Festival.  Plus, a preview and ticket giveaway for this weekend's Peninsula Symphony performances.  Open Air ~ Originally broadcast on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

October 23, 2013

Oct 23, 2013
  • Sunrise ~ 7:27am;  Sunset ~ 6:21pm
  • Moonset ~ 11:45am; Moonrise ~ 10:00pm - 85% visible, waning
  • Tides at the Golden Gate ~ High: 3:58am/2:30pm; Low: 8:40am/9:20pm

Special Celebrations today...

  • Cambodia Peace Treaty Day-  Cambodia

  • Chulalongkorn Day - Thailand

  • Day of Proclamation of the Republic - Hungary

  • Swallows Depart from San Juan Capistrano Day

  • National Boston Cream Pie Day

October 23, 2013

Oct 23, 2013
  • Sunrise ~ 7:27am;  Sunset ~ 6:21pm
  • Moonset ~ 11:45am; Moonrise ~ 10:00pm - 85% visible, waning
  • Tides at the Golden Gate ~ High: 3:58am/2:30pm; Low: 8:40am/9:20pm

Special Celebrations today...

BART is back!

Oct 22, 2013

BART service has resumed as of 4am Tuesday.  Having reached a tentative agreement, train service has resumed.  Expect limited capacity for the morning commute, with full service by afternoon.  Supplemental transit service remains available.

October 22, 2013

Oct 22, 2013


  • Sunrise ~ 7:26am;  Sunset ~ 6:21pm
  • Moonset ~ 10:56am; Moonrise ~ 9:10pm - 91% visible, waning
  • Tides at the Golden Gate ~ High: 3:05am/1:49pm; Low: 7:51am/8:34pm

Special Celebrations today...

  • International Stuttering Awareness Day
  • Medical Assistants Appreciation Day
  • Smart is Cool Day
  • National Nut Day

On this day in...1746 - The College of New Jersey was officially chartered. It later became known as Princeton University.

Host David Latulippe talks with playwright Basil Kreimendahl, whose absurdist play Sidewinders receives its World Premiere opening the Cutting Ball Theater’s 15th season.  Director Graham Smith also a part of that conversation. Female impersonator Randy Roberts shares details about his musical appearances at the Alcove Theater and Martuni’s.  Plus music previews of this weekend’s San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music’s sixth annual San Francisco Music Day, a musical feast happening at the SF Conservatory of Music.  Open Air ~ Thursday 10/17 at 1pm.

Interview with bankruptcy attorney Leon Bayer.

This week, choreographer Bill T. Jones discusses highlights from his long career in dance, and details about the exhibition of his works and other events that are part of the month-long celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Also, members of the local early music group Ostraka share part of their program for the opening of the San Francisco Early Music Society's 2013-14 season, and critic Peter Robinson offers a sneak preview of the major David Hockney exhibit that opens on October 26 at the de Young Museum Open Air with David Latulippe, originally broadcast on Thursday, October 10 at 1pm.

The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook, Michael Feinstein, explores the legendary songs of 20th century America. This new series surveys the passage of American Popular Song throughout the American landscape, evolving with each artist and performance. Host Michael Feinstein welcomes a new guest each week to explore the genre of American Popular Song, examining how these great songs have evolved through the years, changing with each interpretation and artist.  New on KALW!  Fridays at 1opm.

Tom Toro

This week, host David Latulippe is in conversation with composer and vocalist Lisa Bielawa about the "Crissy Broadcast" - a site-specific composition that will be performed by hundreds of musicians at Crissy Field in San Francisco later this month; Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado shares details about his concert programs with the San Francisco Symphony which explores the music of Felix Mendelssohn and Thomas AdesLauren Gunderson and Marissa Wolf discuss their roles as playwright and director of "The Taming" at Crowded Fire Theater - a timely take on political rhetoric; and SF Chronicle's music critic Joshua Kosman offers his classical music picks for the month ahead.  Open Air, originally broadcast on Thursday October 3, 2013 at 1pm.

This week, host David Latulippe talks with Bay Area actors Craig Marker and Gabe Marin talk about their roles in the SF Playhouse production of Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo; composer Michael Daugherty talks about his residency with the New Century Chamber Orchestra; actor/director Russell Blackwood shares details about Shocktoberfest 14 at the Hypnodrome, which will commemorate the 125th Anniversary of the Jack The Ripper Murders; and we wrap up the Architecture and the City festival which closes this weekend with Home Tours.  Open Air, originally broadcast on Thursday September 26 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime.

Ira Glass spends an hour with KALW News Director Holly Kernan geeking out about radio, with stories about the early days of radio, Radio Havana in the Mission, and the first bi-lingual radio program.  Today at 5pm.

Kevin Berne

This week, host David Latulippe talks with actor and vaudevillian Geoff Hoyle about his solo-performance “Geezer” which is back at The Marsh SF; Tony Award winning director Frank Galati discusses his adaptation of the musical  “1776” currently at ACT, and acoustical consultant Josh Cushner talks about his upcoming workshop on Acoustic Wayfinding, developed together with blind architect Chris Downey, about how to improve architectural design in such a way that the visually impaired can successfully navigate buildings without exclusively relying on technology. Plus, regular contributor Peter Robinson shares his memories of poet Seamus Heany and broadcaster David Frost.  Open Air, originally broadcast on Thursday, September 19 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime.

Stanford professors of philosophy John Perry and Ken Taylor with Mark Rowlands from the University of Miami, author of "Can Animals Be Moral?" - Tuesday at Noon.

Dave Weiland

KALW is pleased to continue its exclusive broadcast partnership with the Berkeley Symphony by presenting its concert from March 28, 2013.  For that final concert of their 2012-13 season, music director Joana Carneiro led the orchestra in the world premiere of Steven Stucky's "The Stars and the Roses" with tenor Noah Stewart singing orchestral settings of the poetry of Czeslaw Milosz, and Anton Bruckner's epic Symphony No.4 "Romantic".  KALW's David Latulippe hosts the broadcast.  Monday, September 16 at 9pm.

This week, Bay Area Cabaret founder and director Marilyn Levinson talks to host David Latulippe about the Cabaret's 10th Anniversary Season that opens with a Gala on September 21 at the Venetian room of the Fairmont; New Voices composer Zosha Di Castri shares her music and details about the West Coast Premiere of her work, Lineage, being performed this week at the San Francisco Symphony; and we continue our Architecture and the City series with architect Mark Cavagnero, who talks about the 50th anniversary of the iconic Marin County Civic Center, and the new building for SFJAZZ, which he designed.  Open Air with David Latulippe. Open Air, originally broadcast on  Thursday 9/12 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime.

This week, host David Latulippe talks with conductor/violinist Dawn Harms about the upcoming concert of the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony and her work at San Francisco Opera; local historian Lorri Ungaretti enlightens us about San Francisco's Sunset District for the ongoing Architecture and the City festival; and bass Ildar Abdrazakov talks about his title role in SF Opera’s production of Mephistopheles.  Plus, SF Chronicle music critic Joshua Kosman offers his classical picks for the month ahead, and Dianne Keogh shares her take on, amongst others, the production of Monty Python's Spamalot at Hillbarn Theatre in Foster City.  Open Air, originally broadcast on Thursday, September 5 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime.

247th day of 2013, 118 days remain

Sunrise: 6:43    Sunset: 7:34pm

Moonrise: 6:00am    Moonset: 6:58pm , 2% visible

Tides at the Golden Gate:

Low:  5:24 AM  / 5:34pm

High: 12:10pm / 11:45pm

Special Celebrations...

Civil Servant's Day - Venezuela
Newspaper Carrier Appreciation Day - US

On this day in...

246th day of 2013, 119 days remain

Sunrise: 6:42    Sunset: 7:36pm

Moonrise: 5:02am    Moonset: 6:26pm , 6% visible

Tides at the Golden Gate:

Low:  4:54 AM  / 4:58pm

Special Celebrations...

This week, host David Latulippe talks with Margie O'Driscoll, Executive Director of the American Institute of Architects, San Francisco chapter, for a preview of the month-long Architecture and the City Festival; Deborah Cullinan talks about her new job as Executive Director of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Charith Premawardhana shares some info about the Classical Revolution chamber music festival, happening in various venues during the month of September.  Plus, Peter Robinson highlights some fall offerings from PBS. Open Air, Originally broadcast on Thursday, August 29. Listen now or anytime.

Historic archival coverage of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom – as it was heard on the Educational Radio Network on August 28, 1963.  

Hear Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech in its original context – as well as John Lewis, Roy Wilkins, Walter Reuther, and Bayard Rustin and songs by Mahalia Jackson and Marion Anderson.
KALW extends its thanks to WGBH in Boston for making this archival material available for us to broadcast on this historic anniversary.

On this week's Revolutions Per Minute, guest host David Latulippe chooses some vinyl from his high school days in addition to music from Claude Debussy, Arnold Bax, and Jean Francaix.  Revolutions Per Minute ~ Sunday 8/25 8-10pm.

235th day of 2013, 130 days remain

Sunrise:  6:33am  ~ Sunset: 7:52

Moonset: 9:29am ~ Moonrise: 9:18pm ~ 95% visible

Tides at the Golden Gate: 

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This week on Open Air, conversations with playwright George Brant, whose new work “Grounded” is being staged at SF Playhouse - we’ll also have actress Lauren English on hand; conductor Robert Geary shares thoughts on his upcoming concerts with the SF Choral Society of Haydn’s “The Seasons”; Word for Word co-founders Susan Harloe and JoAnne Winter discuss their production of ‘In Friendship: Stories by Zona Gale’; and guitarist Julio Reyes offers a live preview of his upcoming concert at Old First Church (perhaps with a spontaneous collaboration with host/flutist David Latulippe).  Op