Open Air

Thursdays at 1pm

KALW’s weekly magazine of all things - Culturally - considered. 

Molly DeCoudreaux

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This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe’s guests are: Lisa Steindler, the Artistic Director of Encore Theatre Company, and actress Taylor Jones, who stars in the world premiere of Hookman, a new play by Lauren Yee, at Z Below in San Francisco. Also visiting is Sarah Bush, artistic director of the Sarah Bush Dance Project and the creator of Rocked By Women, a 75-minute multimedia dance theater performance with original composition and sound design by Julie Wolf, this weekend at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts in Oakland; regular contributor Janos Gereben takes a look at ethnic music around the Bay, and about Romeo and Juliet at the San Francisco Ballet; and critic at large Peter Robinson previews Shakespeare productions that are coming up this summer around the Bay Area.

Open Air with David Latulippe; hear it live on May 7, 2015 at 1pm. 

This week on Open Air, guest host Kevin Vance talks to conductor Donato Cabrera, about his upcoming concerts and tour with the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, and about his concert, this weekend, with the California Symphony featuring the world premiere of a work by composer-in-residence Dan Visconti, who will also be in the studio; UK composer Tarik O’Regan stops by to discuss the US premiere of his opera ‘Heart of Darkness’ in a new production by Opera Parallèle at Z Space in San Francisco, opening on May 1, and singer/actor A.J. Holmes, who plays Elder Cunningham in the musical The Book of Mormon, shares details about the successful musical by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, which is back at the SHN/Orpheum in San Francisco.

Open Air with David Latulippe, heard live on Thursday, April 30 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime... 

Alessandra Mello

This week on Open Air, guest host Kevin Vance talks to composer Stacy Garrop and conductor and artistic director Robert Geary of the San Francisco Choral Society about the world premiere of The Rise of Humanity, the second movement of Garrop’s composition Terra Nostra; also, a conversation with baritone Matthew Hanscom, member of Opera San Jose’s resident ensemble, who sings the role of Papageno in the current production of Mozart’s Magic Flute; African-American Shakespeare Company’s artistic director L. Peter Callender and Bay Area jazz maestro Marcus Shelby discuss the world premiere of Isfahan Blues, a new play inspired by Duke Ellington’s 1963 tour of Iran, produced in cooperation with Golden Thread Productions; and regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson talks about Bay Area bookstores and gives some recommendations for summer reading. 

His tips for summer reading are:

The Road to Character - David Brooks

H is for Hawk - Helen Macdonald

The Lady from Zagreb (Bernie Gunther) - Philip Kerr

Dead Wake - Erik Larson

All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr

For questions: SF Literary Society 415-381-6671

Open Air with guest host Kevin Vance; heard live on Thursday, April 23 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime. 

David Allen

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to Tom Ross and Joy Carlin, about Aurora Theatre Company’s production of ‘Talley’s Folly’, the first play of ‘The Talley Trilogy’ by one of the most prolific and revered American playwrights of the 20th century, Lanford Wilson; also a conversation with artistic director Lisa Bielawa of the SF Girls Chorus about the West Coast premiere of Kinderkreuzzug, an anti-war cantata by German-Turkish composer Ralf Yusuf Gawlick, based on a text by Bertolt Brecht; Russian-German pianist Igor Levit discusses his debut with the San Francisco Symphony, led by conductor Pablo Heras-Casado, in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major, K.271; plus, soprano Morgan Harrington talks about her performance at the Sing for America concert at the Palace of Fine Arts this weekend.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday March 16 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with actor and comedian Geoff Hoyle about his new solo show ‘Lear’s Shadow’, currently showing at The Marsh in San Francisco; also Ryan Blauvelt, board member and percussionist of the San Francisco Wind Ensemble, about this weekend’s concert at Aragon High School in San Mateo, which concludes the SFWE’s third season; also, music director Mark Sumner of the UC Alumni Chorus stops by to share details about their performance of Orff's ‘Carmina Burana’ at the Berkeley Community Theater, in collaboration with Smuin Ballet; plus, regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson discusses the new movie ‘Woman in Gold’ and art lectures at the Palace of the Legion of Honor.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; hear it live on Thursday April 9 at 1pm.

Lenny Gonzales

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe welcomes Annie Philips, co-director of the Switchboard Music Festival, to discuss this weekend’s festival at the Brava Theater in San Francisco, and she brought the members of the Real Vocal String Quartet who will also play live in the studio; also, Greg MacKellan, Artistic Director of 42nd Street Moon stops by to talk about a new production that he directs of the musical Nick & Nora, its first since the 1991 Broadway premiere; husband and wife team Conrad Bishop and Elizabeth Fuller from The Independent Eye visit to discuss their adaptation of Shakespeare’s King Lear for which they built and operate (as rest of the cast) almost 30 self-built puppets, ranging in size from finger puppets to life-size specimen; plus, regular contributor and Classical Music Writer Janos Gereben looks ahead at interesting musical events in the month of April.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday April 2 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to the members of early music ensemble Artifice, who give a live taste of their upcoming concerts for the SF Early Music Society in Palo Alto, Berkeley and San Francisco, titled ‘Resonance of Salzburg’; conductor Michael Morgan and composer/vocalist Diana Gameros share details about the ‘Notes from Mexico’ concert by the Oakland East Bay Symphony; comedy juggler Frank Olivier joins us in the studio to talk about his ‘Twisted Cabaret and Pandemonium Vaudeville Show’ at the Great Star Theater in San Francisco; and Open Air critic at large and regular contributor Peter Robinson takes a look at the season of spring, and at Sean Penn’s new movie ‘The Gunman’.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, March 26 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

Jessica Palopoli

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to Johnny Moreno and Carrie Paff who are in the cast at San Francisco Playhouse’s production of “Stupid F**cking Bird”, the regional premiere of an irreverent take on Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull”; also in the studio is singer/actor Tim Wagner, sharing details about his upcoming performance in San Francisco; Zachariah Spellman, Principal Tubist for the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, joins us to discuss his upcoming performance as soloist with the Peninsula Symphony in Aurora Australis, a concerto for didgeridoo and orchestra by composer Ron Miller; and regular contributor Dianne Keogh brings us up to speed on some of the cultural offerings on the San Francisco Peninsula.

Open Air with host David Latulippe, hear it live on Thursday afternoon, March 19 from 1-2pm. 

This week on Open Air host David Latulippe has conversations with conductor Matilda Hofman about the upcoming performances by the Left Coast Chamber Players of Kurt Rohde's chamber opera Death with Interruptions; conductor Dawn Harms of the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony stops by  to talk about this weekend’s concert with music by Brahms, Weber and Marko Bajzer (b. 1989); ODC Dance artistic directors Brenda Way and KT Nelson share details about “Dead Reckoning”, a new choreography by  KT Nelson, created in close collaboration with cellist Joan Jeanrenaud, which is part of the 44th season of ODC/Dance Downtown; and regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson has a closer look at St. Patrick’s Day and wonders what it means to be Irish.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday March 12 at 1pm. 

Mark Leialoha

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe has conversations with artistic director Warren Stewart of Magnificat, about upcoming concerts with oratorios by French Baroque composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier; also with actress Jeri Lynn Cohen and actress/co-artistic director Susan Harloe about Word for Word’s full theatrical production of Stories by Alice Munro: “The Office” and “Dolly”; assistant director Kirsten Peacock shares details about the production at Theatre Rhinoceros of Breaking the Code: The Alan Turing Story; director Ellie Shapiro informs us about the The Jewish Music Festival and its 30th - and final - season; and music writer and regular contributor Janos Gereben discusses current and future musical events around the Bay Area.

Open Air with David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday March 5, 2015 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime.

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