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.)

 

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 e qual 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 S an 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 80 th 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 d ancer, 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

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

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.

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