Open Air

Thursdays at 1pm

KALW’s weekly magazine of the performing arts in the Bay Area, featuring live interviews with musicians, choreographers, and actors, with occasional in-studio performances and ticket giveaways.  Produced by Niels Swinkels.

(For segment/guest suggestions, email david@kalw.org.)

 

Pier Andrea Morolli

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with pianist Garrick Ohlsson about his upcoming concerts at Cal Performances, featuring the music of Beethoven, Schubert en Granados. Also, a conversation with actress Adrienne Eller, about her role in ‘A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder’ at the Golden Gate Theater in San Francisco; and Norwegian bayan (classical accordion) player Geir Draugsvoll offers a studio performance in anticipation of his featured role in this week's Berkeley Symphony concert.  Plus, a touch of music of the holiday season from local composers.

Open Air with host David Latulippe. Hear it live on Thursday, December 3 at 1pm.

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe visits Normand Latourelle, Artistic Director of the equestrian extravaganza ‘Odysseo’, which opens this week under the White Big Top near AT&T Park. Also, an in-studio performance by cast members of ‘Ad Libitum’, a contemporary flamenco performance, this weekend at Fort Mason in San Francisco, for Theatre Flamenco, the second oldest dance company in the Bay Area. Conductor Stephen Paulson stops by to discuss the upcoming concert of community orchestra Symphony Parnassus; and Bay Area Musicals (BAM) founder Matthew McCoy informs the listeners about ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’,  the first show of BAM’s inaugural season, opening on  November 28 at San Francisco’s Marines’ Memorial Theatre.

Open Air with host David Latulippe. Hear it live on Thursday, November 19 at 1pm. 

Todd Tankersley

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with playwright Amy Freed and director Art Manke about ‘The Monster Builder’, which opened last weekend at the Aurora Theatre. Actors Carrie Paff and Gabe Marin share details about ‘Stage Kiss’, a romantic comedy by Sarah Ruhl at the San Francisco Playhouse; Broadway star James Snyder drops by to talk about his role in the touring production of ‘If/Then’ at the Orpheum; composer Stacy Garrop and conductor Bob Geary talk about the world premiere of ‘Terra Nostra’, a multi-part oratorio for chorus, children’s chorus, string orchestra, piano, percussionists and soloists, commissioned and performed this weekend by The San Francisco Choral Society. Plus, regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson muses on the month of November.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; Heard live on November 12, 2015 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to the members of Klezmer trio Veretski Pass about the presentation of their new cd during KlezCalifornia’s Yiddish Culture Festival, this weekend at the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay. The trio will perform live in the studio. Also, a conversation with conductor Michael Morgan about his role as guest conductor in the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony’s upcoming concert. Composer and Music Director Josh Kohl of the Seattle-based Degenerate Art Ensemble checks in via phone to share details about the ensemble’s upcoming performance of Predator Songstress, which tells the modern-day story of an anti-heroine in search of her stolen voice, this weekend at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. And Bay Area Cabaret founder and director Marilyn Levinson discusses the current concert season at Bay Area Cabaret.

Open Air with host David Latulippe. Hear it live on Thursday, November 5 at 1pm.

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Greg MacKellan, Artistic Director of 42nd Street Moon about their production of Noel Coward's 'Sail Away', which he directs. Also, details about the upcoming concert of the San Francisco Wind Ensemble; and a conversation with playwright Sharmon J. Hilfinger and actor Damon Sperber, about the BootStrap Theater Foundation’s world premiere of “Arctic Requiem: The Story of Luke Cole and Kivalina” - a multi-faceted theater production which explores greed, corruption, prejudice and pollution in an arctic Eskimo village. Regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson has movie reviews on ‘Bridge of Spies’ and ‘Brooklyn’.

Open Air with host David Latulippe. Heard live on Thursday, October 29 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

Jim Norrena

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki, who is in her second week as guest conductor of the San Francisco Symphony. Also visiting is Setar player and violinist Saideh Eftekhari, who is participating in the OneBeat Music Festival, this weekend at Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga.

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to Musical Director Diego Garcia about the Spreckels Theatre Company's production of "The Light in the Piazza", and he brings soprano Jennifer Mitchell along; Paul Flight, artistic director of the California Bach Society talks about Bohemian composer Jan Ditmas Zelenka, whose "Missa Votiva" will be performed this weekend; choreographer Risa Jaroslow, composer Scott Johnson and musician Paul Dresher talk about the music for the West Coast premiere of Jaroslow's "Resist/Surrender" at ODC Theater; and dancemaker Kim Epifano takes to the streets for San Francisco Trolley Dances along the the Muni T line.

Open Air with David Latulippe, hear it live on Thursday October 15 at 1pm.

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to Frank Sinatra Jr about his performance in Santa Rosa. Performance artist Rosy Simas joins us to discuss the Bay Area premiere at ODC Dance of We Wait in the Darkness, a multimedia movement poem and solo dance that recounts painful family and tribal history. Father and son actors David and Asher Sinaiko stop by to talk about their respective roles playing father and son in Cutting Ball's season opener Life is a Dream. Plus a brief conversation with Music Director Joana Carneiro about the new season of the Berkeley Symphony which opens on October 14.

Open Air with David Latulippe, heard live on Thursday October 8 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime. 

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to soprano Susanna Phillips, who will sing Barber’s 'Knoxville’ with the SF Symphony Orchestra this week. Aerial dance maker Jo Kreiter discusses the world premiere of her choreography 'Needles to Thread: Dancing Along These Lines in Continuum Alley’, the third and final installment in a trilogy about urban poverty. Translator and theater director Michelle Haner discusses FoolsFURY’s North American premiere of 'The Unheard of World', a dark and eccentric fantasy by celebrated French playwright Fabrice Melquiot. She is joined in the studio by composer and multi-instrumentalist Dan Cantrell who wrote the musical score for the play. And regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson enlightens us with a few film reviews.

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

Jim Norrena

  This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with playwright Patricia Milton and composer Caroline Altman about their original musical comedy “Moments of Truth,” being staged by 3Girls Theatre Company;  Mugwumpin co-founders Christopher White and Joe Estlack talk about their two-man take-down of the Hollywood disaster film genre at the Intersection for the Arts - "Blockbuster Season;" Smuin Ballet's Artistic Director Celia Fushille shares details about the dance company’s new season; and Ann Randolph talks about her acclaimed solo show “Loveland,” which returns to The Marsh.  Plus, arts contributor Dianne Keogh with an update on cultural offerings on the peninsula.  

Open Air with David Latulippe; heard live on September 24, 2015 at 1pm. Listen now orr anytime...

Fei Cai

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe has a conversation with Randy Rollison, Executive Director of Intersection for the Arts on the celebration of the 50th anniversary of his organization. Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis joins in via phone to talk about his play 'Between Riverside and Crazy', on stage at A.C.T. through September 27. And actor/singer Jeffrey Brian Adams shares details about the musical 'Dogfight', at SF Playhouse through November 7, in which he plays the lead character. Open Air's Critic At Large and regular contributor Peter Robinson shines his light on several theater productions around the Bay Area.

Open Air with host David Latulippe. Heard live on Thursday September 17 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime. 

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to singers Brian Mulligan and Stephanie Blythe, who star in SF Opera's premiere of Stephen Sondheim's musical Sweeney Todd, conducted by Patrick Summers, who is also part of the conversation. Choreographer Lizz Roman, dancer Chris Black and musician/singer Nicole Laby join us in the studio to share details about 'This Beautiful Space - Dancing@ CIVICORPS', opening tomorrow in Oakland, through September 26; and also joining us in the studio is singer Anne Kanengeiser, who performs the role of Madame Giry in The Phantom of the Opera, currently at the SHN Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco. 

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday 10 September at 1pm. Listen now or anytime. 

  

On this week's Open Air, you’ll learn about the Opera San Jose performances of “Tosca” from conductor Joseph Marcheso; pianist Keith Porter-Snell talks about his collaboration with the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony this Saturday; and a live performance by flutist/electronicist  Daniel Riera, appearing Saturday at the Red Poppy Art House.  

Plus, Peter Robinson shares a film review and has Shakespeare suggestions for the waning days of summer. Open Air with David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 1pm. Listen anytime...

 On this week's Open Air, you'll hear about the Hillbarn Theatre's production of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" from actors David Blackburn and Tracy Chiappone; and about the new seasons of the San Francisco Wind Ensemble and the Aurora Theatre, which opens its season with the Bay Area Premiere of Marisa Wegrzyn's Mud Blue Sky - we'll hear from the three female leads who star as flight attendants in the production, Rebecca Dines, Jamie Jones, and Laura Jane Bailey. Also, a live studio performance from Brenden Guy and the On Found Sound String Quartet, prior to their Saturday appearance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.  

Open Air with David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe has conversations with Jean Kellogg, executive director of the Merola Opera Program and apprentice stage director Mo Zhou, about Merola's Grand Finale performance on Saturday August 22nd at the SF Opera House. Also, Paul Andrews, founding director of  Slavyanka Russian Chorus, about upcoming performances of Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil (Vespers), this weekend in Palo Alto, San Francisco and Berkeley. Violinist Geoff Nuttall of the St. Lawrence String Quartet checks in to talk about his ensemble's latest recording and European tour with the San Francisco Symphony; and regular contributor Peter Robinson discusses two movies, and lists a number of activities at your local Public Libraries around the Bay. 

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday August 20 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

William Frederking

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe is back to talk to Julia Rhoads, founder and artistic director of Lucky Plush Productions, about 'The Queue', a performance that is equal parts dance and theater, this weekend at ODC in San Francisco. Also, a rehearsal visit with the American Bach Soloists and their production of Marin Marais's opera "Sémélé" from 1709, performed for the first time outside of Europe at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music this weekend, as part of the ABS Festival & Academy; Robert Cole, president of the San Francisco Early Music Society shares details about the Society's upcoming 40th anniversary concert season; and regular contributor Dianne Keogh updates us on happenings on the Peninsula. 

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, August 13; listen now or anytime...

This week on Open Air, guest host Kevin Vance meets with Ain Gordon, director of SHORE, a dance theater production by Emily Johnson/Catalyst that is equal parts feast, volunteerism, story and performance, this weekend at ODC in San Francisco. Also a visit from Tom Donahoe, Chair of the Jazz at Lesher Center committee, who discusses the fourth season of jazz performances at the Lesher Center in Walnut Creek, ongoing through August 29. And general contributor Peter Robinson has a conversation with Russ Rehm, director of the Stanford Repertory Theater, about the upcoming summer festival which is dedicated to the work of playwright, actor, director, songwriter, lyricist, singer, dancer, painter and novelist Noel Coward

Open Air with guest host Kevin Vance; heard live on Thursday 6 August 2015 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime.

This week on Open Air, guest host Kevin Vance has  conversations with Jeffrey Thomas, Music Director of the American Bach Soloists, about the ABS Festival & Academy from August 7-16 at the SF Conservatory of Music, and including the first complete performances in North-America of the opera Semele by French composer Marin Marais (1656 – 1728). Also with cellist Hannah Addario-Berry, who joins us in the studio to discuss her upcoming Scordatura Project, for which she commissioned four young composers to write a new piece for solo cello in response to one of the most important works in the solo cello repertoire: Zoltan Kodaly's seminal Sonata for Solo Cello from 1915. Composer Lisa Renee Coons joins her to discuss her composition 'Myth's Daughter', one of the new works. Plus, regular contributor Janos Gereben highlights a number of upcoming and ongoing musical events in the Bay Area. 

Open Air with guest host Kevin Vance; heard live on July 30 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime. 

This week on Open Air, guest host Kevin Vance talks to violinist Arnaud Sussmann, who is guest artist at the Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival that is currently underway in Menlo Park; Kelly Sicat, Director of the Artists Residency program at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, discusses 'Rock the Garden', the Artist Residency Alumni Celebration and Performance on Friday, July 24. Director Milissa Carey shares details about the  production of Stephen  Sondheim's musical 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum', which runs through August 9 at the Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College;  and regular contributor Peter Robinson has tips for sailing enthusiasts around the San Francisco Bay. 

Open Air with guest host Kevin Vance; heard live on Thursday, July 23 2015 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime. 

This week on Open Air, guest host Kevin Vance talks to actress  Cassie Silva, who plays the part of Mrs. Wormwood in 'Matilda, the Musical', currently at the SHN Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco. Also, a conversation with Bay Area Playwrights Festival producer Karen Altree Piemme about the 38th edition of the Festival, and with playwright Kara Lee Corthron, whose play 'Welcome to Fear City' is one of the seven finalists being performed at the Festival. Plus, cellist and founding Artistic Director David Finckel shares details about the 13th Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival and Institute, which focuses on the music of Franz Schubert, with fifty events on three stages in Atherton and Menlo Park. 

Open Air with guest host Kevin Vance; heard live on Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime.

This week, you'll hear about the Central Works-commissioned musical "Project Ahab, or Eye of the Whale" from creators Gary Graves, Ben Euphrat, and John Patrick Moore; conductor Robert Geary talks about the 10th Golden Gate International Children's & Youth Choral Festival; SF Symphony Principal Trumpet Mark Inouye gets jazzy for Summer and the Symphony; plus a visit with Dave Dobrusky, the music director of SF Playhouse's production of Stephen Sondheim's "Company." Open Air with David Latulippe, heard live on Thursday, 7/9/15 at 1pm. Listen now anytime... 

This week, an update from the final days of Frameline39 from Executive Director Frances Wallace, joined by filmmaker Jack Walsh; a visit with superstar soprano Nina Stemme, who will sing Leonore in the San Francisco Symphony concert performances of "Fidelio;" summer musical offerings in Jack London State Park via Stephen Stubbins, one of the founders of the Transcendence Theatre Company; and Peter Robinson offers suggestions for summer reading on land, sea, and air.  Open Air with David Latulippe, heard live on Thursday 6/25/15 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

This week, violinist David Harrington shares details about a three-day festival of concerts that Kronos Quartet  & Kronos Performing Arts Association is presenting in honor of composer Terry Riley’s 80th birthday next week, which will feature four world premieres; Sarah Cahill shares details about her special piano tribute to Terry Riley this Friday as well; Peter Stein, Senior Programmer for Frameline talk about this week’s screenings for Frameline39: the San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival; and pianist Jonathan Biss talks about Beethoven.  He’s performing with the San Francisco Symphony this week as the symphony closes its season with a massive Beethoven festival.  Open Air with David Latulippe, heard live on Thursday, 6/18/15 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

This week, San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley and conductor Nicola Luisotti talk about the World Premiere of the SF Opera co-commissioned opera “Two Women;” Steven Haines, Executive Director for Stern Grove Festival will be joined in studio by Grammy winning Christian Tumalan, director of Pacific Mambo Orchestra; the Real Vocal String Quartet returns for a live studio visit ; and Peter Robinson shares cinema reviews.  Open Air with David Latulippe, heard live on Thursday, 6/11/15 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe has a conversation with dancer, actress and comedienne Ananda Bena-Weber who returns to her hometown with her solo show, Fancifool!, on stage at Z Below through June 14. Also, information about the annual Walking Distance Festival on June 5 and 6, which kicks off ODC 2015 season; and about the upcoming concert of the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony on June 6 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Plus, tenor Bryan Hymel discusses his upcoming debut at San Francisco Opera as Aeneas in Berlioz’ epic work Les Troyens. Joining him is conductor Donald Runnicles who leads the production, which opens on June 7.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, June 4 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime... 

Margo Moritz

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to conductor Ming Luke of the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra about upcoming concerts of Verdi’s Requiem and next year’s 50th Anniversary of BCCO; also visiting is Magen Solomon, artistic director of the SF Choral Artists, who shares details about upcoming concerts together with Grammy Award winning jazz violinist Mads Tolling, who joins us in the studio; playwright, performer, juggler, and clown Sara Felder stops by to discuss in her new solo show 'Melancholy, a Comedy’, currently at The Marsh San Francisco; choreographer Hope Mohr and her collaborator Christian Burns talk about the upcoming, eighth Spring Season of her company Hope Mohr Dance, and regular contributor Dianne Keogh takes a look ahead at summer activities for kids interested in performing arts.

Here are Dianne's links: Hillbarn Theatre in Foster City; TheatreWorks Silicon Valley; City of Palo Alto Children's Theater; San Carlos Children's Theater; Peninsula Ballet Theatre in San Mateo; Peninsula Symphony in Los Altos

Open Air with David Latulippe, hear it live on Thursday, May 28 at 1pm.

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe is joined by the members of the Black Cedar trio, Kris Palmer, Nancy Kim and Steve Lin, who will perform music for flute, cello and guitar live in the studio. Director Glenn Havlan shares details about the production of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, by the Theater of Others at the Kelly Cullen Community Auditorium, still showing on May 22, 23,  24, 29, 30 and 31. On the phone is writer, performer, & playwright Echo Brown to talk about her solo show Black Virgins Are Not For Hipsters, currently at The Marsh San Francisco. Comedian and satirist Will Durst discusses his latest one-man show, “BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG”, this weekend at the Theatre on San Pedro Square in San Jose, and on June 5 and 6 at the Belrose Theatre in San Rafael. And regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson went to the movies and offers his views on ‘Dior and I’, ‘Iris’ and the exhibit 'Botticelli to Braque, Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland', currently at the De Young Museum in San Francisco. 

Open Air with host David Latulippe; hear it live on Thursday, May 21 at 1pm. 

Chase Ramsey

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This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Ivan Vera and Paul Asplund of the SF Contemporary Music Player’s Soundvoice project, which culminates in the day-long concert and exhibition at the Center For New Music, this coming Sunday. Director May Adrales discusses San Francisco Playhouse’s world premiere, ‘Trouble Cometh’ by acclaimed playwright Richard Dresser and she brings along actor in Patrick Russell, who plays the lead role. More theater with playwright Andrew Saito and director Rob Melrose who share details about Cutting Ball Theater’s world premiere of ‘Mount Misery: A Comedy of Enhanced Interrogations’. Plus, writer/performer Scott Barry talks about his new solo comedy show ‘Rise’, in which fantasy bargains with reality as one man desperately tries to regain his lost mojo.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; hear it live on Thursday, May 14 at 1pm. 

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... 

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