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.)

 

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... 

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.

Deen van Meer

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with director Paige Rogers and actress Madeline H.D. Brown about Cutting Ball Theater’s new translation of Sophocles’ tragedy "Antigone"; Conductor Joana Carneiro discusses the upcoming concert by the Berkeley Symphony, with music by Ravel, Brahms, plus the world premiere of orchestral version of Jake Heggie’s song cycle “Camille Claudel: Into the Fire”. Also stopping by is Julian DeGuzman, cast member of the Disney musical "Newsies", currently on stage at the SHN Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco; and critic at large and regular contributor Peter Robinson brings us up to speed about cultural offerings around the Bay Area.

Open Air with David Latulippe, heard live on Thursday, 26 February 2015 at 1pm. 

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with members of the Dark Horse Consort, who are live in the studio to perform music for voice and brass from 17th century Germany, to be heard at concerts in Palo Alto, Berkeley and San Francisco this weekend for the SF Early Music Society; also, a conversation with composer Jake Heggie about the production of his opera "Dead Man Walking" which is being staged by Opera Parallele at YBCA; actor Andrew Nance shares details about the production of "Harbor" at the New Conservatory Theater; and soprano Ruth Ziesak discusses her performance of Brahms' "Ein Deutsches Requiem", with the San Francisco Symphony  under Herbert Blomstedt. 

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, February 19 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime. 

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with director Rhodessa Jones about this weekend’s world premiere of “Xtigone” at the San Francisco African-American Shakespeare Company, together with Sherri Young, AASC Founder & Executive Director; also a conversation with Milissa Carey, who directs Sondheim’s musical “Sunday in the Park with George” at Foothill Music Theatre in Los Altos Hills; Artistic Director Jennifer Boesing of the Youth Musical Theater Company shares details about the production of “Fiddler on the Roof” at YMTC, in which Ethan Ostrow - also in the studio - plays Tevye; plus, critic at large and regular Open Air contributor Peter Robinson offers an ode to Valentine’s Day.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, February 12 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime.  

Beau Saunders

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to composer David Conte, whose music will be performed this Friday by Capella SF at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music; also, choreographer Cid Pearlman shares details about the world premiere of her work Economies of Effort: 1, which opens this week at the Joe Goode Annex in San Francisco; director Daniel Levenstein of Chamber Music San Francisco discusses upcoming concerts in San Francisco, Walnut Creek and Palo Alto; and classical music writer Janos Gereben joins us in the studio to look ahead at musical offerings for the month of February.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; hear it live on Thursday, February 5 at 1pm.

Jim Norrena

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Isabelle Ivy, star of Opera San Jose’s world premiere production of the new opera ‘Where Angels Fear to Tread’ by composer Mark Weiser; also, a discussion with founder and co-director Gary Graves about the 25th season at Central Works in Berkeley, which opens with the world premiere of ‘Enemies: Foreign and Domestic’, by playwright Patricia Milton, who is also in the studio; Conductor David Ramadanoff of the Young People's Symphony Orchestra (YPSO) talks about upcoming Winter Concerts in Walnut Creek; and regular contributor Dianne Keogh brings us up to speed about cultural offerings on the Peninsula.

Open Air with host David Latulippe - heard live on Thursday, January 29 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

Blithe Spirit ~ Amadeus ~ Mostly British Film Festival

Jan 20, 2015
JOAN MARCUS

This week on Open Air, guest host Kevin Vance is sitting in for David Latulippe, and he will be joined in the studio by Executive Artistic Director Dan Demers of  Hillbarn Theatre in Foster City about the new production of Peter Shafer’s play 'Amadeus'; also, actress Susan Louise O’Connor, who plays the part of Edith in Noël Coward's comic play  Blithe Spirit, currently on stage at the Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco;  actor-pianist Christopher Tocco discusses his role in the musical comedy '2 Pianos 4 Hands' at TheatreWorks in Mountain View; and regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson discusses the movie American Sniper, plus the upcoming Mostly British Film Festival at the Vogue Theatre in San Francisco.

Open Air with guest host Kevin Vance; hear it live on Thursday, January 22 at 1pm. 

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to director Jon Tracy about the regional premiere of the new play, ‘Tree’ by Julie Hebert at San Francisco Playhouse, which deals with the delicate balance of race and family; Executive Director Carey McCray and author Kirsten Guenther discuss the first show by the new FOGG Theatre Company, called ‘The Cable Car Nymphomaniac’, which is based on actual events from 1970, when a young woman succesfully sued the city of San Francisco after a cable car accident caused her to become a nymphomaniac. Also, harpsichordist and recorder player Hanneke van Proosdij, who is co-founder and co-director of the ensemble Voices of Music, talks about the upcoming concert program of 17th century Consort Music for recorder, strings and continuo name ‘The Great Poets - From Shakespeare to Dryden’; plus double-bassist and composer Shinji Eshima informs the listeners about some upcoming projects, which include several world premieres of his compositions.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, January 15 at 1pm.

David Wilson

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe’s guests are John Fisher, who directs David Mamet’s play ‘The Anarchist’, a Theatre Rhino production at SF’s Eureka Theatre; also, D’Arcy Drollinger, who is writer, director and one of the stars of ‘Sh*t & Champagne -- A Whitesploitation Comedy with Dance’ at The Oasis in San Francisco; Will Giammona and Chris Morrell talk about the current production of 'Avenue Q' at the New Conservatory Theatre Center; plus regular contributor Peter Robinson joins us with his view on some recent cultural offerings, and gives tribute to English rock and blues singer Joe Cocker, who passed away last month.

Open Air with David Latulippe; hear it live on Thursday, January 8 at 1pm.

Amy Boyle Photography

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with directors/performers Jamie Coventry and Natasha Kaluza about the annual Winter Circus Cabaret ‘Mittens and Mistletoe’; Artistic Director Warren Stewart discusses the upcoming concerts of his baroque ensemble Magnificat in Palo Alto, Berkeley and San Francisco with the Missa Concertata by Italian composer Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676); music director Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg shares details about this weekend's holiday concerts by the New Century Chamber Orchestra in collaboration with the San Francisco Girls Chorus in Berkeley, Palo Alto, San Francisco and San Rafael; and actress/singer Maggie Anderson stops by to talk about her role as Jovie in the Broadway Musical ‘Elf’ which can be seen at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco.

Open Air with David Latulippe, heard live on Thursday, December 18 at 1pm. 

Revels Inc.

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to Artistic Director Magen Solomon about the upcoming holiday concerts of the San Francisco Choral Artists called ‘Postcards from Abroad’, in San Francisco, Oakland and Palo Alto; Music Director Joseph Piazza of the Golden Gate Men’s Chorus discusses the ensemble’s annual holiday program, titled ‘Silver and Gold’ which is presented this coming weekend; Artistic Director David Parr joins us to share details about the 2014 edition of the California Revels called ‘An American Journey’, opening on December 12 in Oakland; and regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson brings the listeners up to speed about recent cultural events.

Open Air with David Latulippe; hear it live on Thursday, December 11 at 1pm. 

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to pianist and composer Burt Bacharach, who will be in town for two performances with the San Francisco Symphony next week; Artistic Director Dan Demers and music Director Tracy Chiappone discuss the upcoming production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Hillbarn Theatre in Foster City; flutist and vibraphone player Roger Glenn shares details about his upcoming concert at Yoshi’s in Oakland; Artistic Director Susan McMane of the Young Women’s Choral Projects of San Francisco talks about the ensemble’s holiday concerts titled ‘Stars of Wonder’; and San Francisco Chronicle’s classical music critic Joshua Kosman shares his top music picks for the month of December.

Open Air with David Latulippe; hear it live on Thursday, December 4 at 1pm.

Justin Lane

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This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Dorothy Manly of the San Francisco Early Music Society, about the new season that starts this coming weekend with concerts by ensemble ‘East of the River’ in Palo Alto, Berkeley and San Francisco. Also, a conversation with director Bill English of SF Playhouse about the new production of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David musical ‘Promises, Promises’; and maestro Eric Kujawsky discusses the performance of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony, this weekend at the Redwood Symphony; and regular contributor and Open Air critic at large Peter Robinson reviews two new movies.  

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

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with actor L. Peter Callender and director Jon Tracy about the Aurora Theater's West Coast premiere of 'Breakfast with Mugabe'; also, Michel Laprise, director and creator of the Cirque du Soleil show 'Kurios' shares his vision on the new production, which starts its US Tour in San Francisco this weekend; playwright Jonathan Spector, director Christine Young and actor Seton Brown discuss 'In from the Cold' that is being staged at the Live Oak Theatre in Berkeley; plus conductor Michael Morgan shares details about the November 22 concert of the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony, for which he is guest conductor.

Open Air with David Latulippe, broadcast live on Thursday, November 13 at 1 pm. Listen now or anytime...

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with French mezzo-soprano Karine Deshayes, who makes her San Francisco Opera debut as Angelina in Rossini’s opera La Cenerentola, or Cinderella. Bay Area composer Samuel Adams discusses his work Drift and Providence, which the San Francisco Symphony will play this weekend, and then perform during five of the nine concerts of the upcoming US Tour. Artistic/Executive Director Stephanie Weisman shares details about the 25-year anniversary of The Marsh: A Breeding Ground for New Performance; and regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson presents his view on the events on this week’s cultural calendar.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, 6 November 2014. Listen now or anytime... 

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to Katherine McKee, music director of the San Francisco Renaissance Voices about the ensemble’s tenth anniversary season, which kicks off this weekend. Opera singer Ronit Widmann-Levy shares details about the cultural programming at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto, which opens this week with 10-time Grammy Award-winning trumpet player Arturo Sandoval; regular contributor Dianne Keogh brings us up to speed on cultural offerings on the Peninsula; and San Francisco Chronicle’s classical music critic Joshua Kosman present his musical picks for the month of November.

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

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with members of the Friction String Quartet who will be live in the studio for an on-air performance; also, conversations with Lance Knobel, founder and curator of Uncharted, The Berkeley Festival of Ideas, and musician Mina Girgis who speaks at the festival; and Rebecca Fisher discusses her new show ‘Memphis on my Mind’, which opens this weekend at The Marsh Berkeley; and regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson ruminates on the month of November, from Remembrance to Thanksgiving...

Open Air with host David Latulippe. Heard live on Thursday October 23 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime… 

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