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.)

 

Kevin Berne.

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to Casey Lee Hurt and Ian Merrigan from the creative team of ‘The Unfortunates’, a darkly comic musical that currently plays at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater in San Francisco. Also, a conversation with Laura Ellis, Cherie Hill and Kendra Barnes, about the Black Choreographers Festival, which presents its Next Wave Choreographers Showcase this weekend at Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco; and Danish-Israeli violinist Nikolaj Znaider shares details about his upcoming performances of the Nielsen Violin Concerto with the San Francisco Symphony under French guest conductor Stéphane Denève.  

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 1pm. Listen now  or anytime...

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with violinist/conductor Pinchas Zukerman about his current stint at the San Francisco Symphony; cast members Jennifer Forni and Kirk Dougherty from Opera San José’s discuss their current production of Bizet’s opera ‘Carmen’; SF Jazz Director Randall Kline and Opera Parallèle Artistic Director Nicole Paiement share details about their joint production of Terence Blanchard’s ‘Champion: An Opera in Jazz’, which opens next week; musicians Tanya Tomkins and Eric Zivian, founding directors of the Valley of the Moon Music Festival discuss the upcoming Schubert concert at the Green Music Center’s Schroeder Hall at Sonoma State University; And regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson muses on Valentine’s Day.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, February 11 at 1pm.

Lance Huntley

This week, director L. Peter Callender talks about the African American Shakespeare Company production of George C. Wolfe’s contemporary, devastating and satirical masterpiece, "The Colored Museum;" you'll also hear about the Cutting Ball Theatre's production of "Ondine" from playwright Katherine Sherman.  Charith Premawardhana updates us on Classical Revolution happenings, we'll have a visit with conductor Masaaki Suzuki, who is making his San Francisco Symphony conducting debut, and regular contributor Peter Robinson previews the Mostly British Film Festival screenings at the Vogue Theater in San Francisco.  Open Air with David Latulippe ~ Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 1pm.

David Allen

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Joe Estlack and Marilee Talkington about the world premiere of ‘Little Erik’ at the Aurora Theatre Company. 

Freely adapted from Ibsen’s Little Eyolf, this new play, developed at Aurora, grapples with the unsolvable mysterious forces that bind marriage, family, nature, and technology to our deepest hopes and dreams. Also, a conversation with conductor Edwin Outwater, who leads an eclectic program with an ‘exotic’ theme at the San Francisco Symphony, including works by Weber, Busoni, and Hindemith, and Saint-Saëns and featuring pianist Stephen Hough. And we hear from the lead actors from Hillbarn Theatre’s upcoming production of ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’, opening on January 22. 

Open Air with David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, January 28 2016 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

Gas Lamp Productions.

This week on Open Air, guest host Kevin Vance has an unexpected visit from radio veteran Bob Edwards to discuss his latest venture: podcasting. Violinist and recipient of the 2016 Jeffrey Thomas Award, Tatiana Chulochnikova stops by to talk about her upcoming performances with the American Bach Soloists, and she also plays a Toccata by Bach, live in the studio. We hear about the Palo Alto Player’s production of Arthur Miller’s play ‘Death of a Salesman’ from director Kristen Lo and actor Tim Farrel, who plays Willy Loman. Critic at large Peter Robinson talks about the play ‘Satchmo at the Waldorf’, currently at ACT in San Francisco. And: long time contributor Dianne Keogh says goodbye…

Open Air with guest host Kevin Vance. Heard live on 21 January 2016. Listen now or anytime…

Nguyen Nhat Hoang

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with pianist and actor Hershey Felder who is back in the Bay Area, this time with his one-man show portraying Irving Berlin at Theatreworks Silicon Valley.  Director Bill English stops by to discuss the SF Playhouse production of Jennifer Haley’s ‘The Nether’, which explores the moral and psychological implications of human relationships in an increasingly technological age. Oscar-nominated and Emmy-Award-winning composer Vân-Ánh Võ talks about the premiere of ‘The Odyssey – from Vietnam to America’, a new musical epic about the personal and spiritual journeys of the Boat People escaping war, the resilience of the human spirit and the price of freedom.  And director D’Arcy Drollinger shares details about the return of campy reverse-drag version of ‘Star Trek Live!’ at The Oasis.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on January 14, 2016 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime.

Afshin Odabaee

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with choreographer Raisa Punkki about the premiere of her dance performance "Salve Regina", a new work that explores the female form and spirit with an original score by Mark Hertensteiner, starting this weekend at NOH Space in San Francisco. Also, a conversation with Chuck Levine, one of the Board members for Jack London State Historic Park, about the Centennial celebration for Bay Area native son and writer Jack London. Soprano Patricia Racette joins in via phone, in honor of the Merola Distinguished Alumni Award that she receives tonight from the Merola Opera Program. Plus, regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson remembers singer Natalie Cole, who passed away on New Year’s Eve, and he also muses on New Year's resolutions and offers some movie-going suggestions.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on January 7, 2016 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime.

This week a special Christmas Eve edition of Open Air - host David Latulippe shares part of last week’s concerts presented by the New Century Chamber Orchestra with the San Francisco Girls Chorus, "Holiday Lights", with music by JS Bach, Charles Gounod, traditional carols, and a touch of PDQ Bach, recorded live at the Herbst Theater here in San Francisco on Saturday, December 19, 2015.

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with San Francisco comedian Lisa Geduldig about the 23rd Annual ‘Kung Pao Kosher Comedy: Jewish comedy on Christmas in a Chinese Restaurant’ in San Francisco, with headliner Wendy Liebman joining in via phone from Los Angeles. Also, a conversation with Luis Bravo, creator and director of ‘Forever Tango’, starting on December 20 for a three-week engagement at the newly remodeled Herbst Theatre. Dancers Michelle Dorrance and Rina Mehta stop by to discuss ‘Speak’, a collaborative performance that brings together Indian Kathak and American Tap dance forms at Z Space this weekend; and San Francisco Symphony Chorus member John Vlahides talks about the many activities of the Chorus in this busy holiday season.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; hear it live on December 17, 2015.

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe is joined by raconteur and funnyman Will Durst for talks with actor Jason Graae, who stars as Ebenezer Scrooge in 42nd Street Moon’s production of the witty musical ‘Scrooge in Love’.   Also, highlights of the holiday concert season which includes a screening of "It's A Wonderful Life" and "A Broadway Christmas with Brian Stokes Mitchell" with the San Francisco Symphony. Baroque Ensemble Magnificat's conductor and artistic director Warren Stewart is back to talk about the ensemble's performances of a Mass for the First Sunday of Advent by Johann Sebastian Bach, this weekend in Palo Alto, Berkeley and San Francisco.  Plus regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson reports on the state of the theater scene in London and has some reviews and upcoming events that deserve attention. 

Open Air with host David Latulippe. Hear it live on Thursday, December 10 at 1pm.

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.

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