Open Air

Thursdays at 1pm

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

Open Air April 12

Apr 10, 2012

Alan talks with Mike Strunsky, the head of the Ira and Leonore Gershwin Trusts, about the exhibit  "Treasures of the Gershwin Archive" at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, and  the revue "The Man That Got Away: Ira After Gorge," which plays there this weekend. He also talks with comedian and social critic Will Durst, who is performing his show "Elect to Laugh" at the Marsh in San Francisco weekly until the election.

Open Air April 5

Apr 3, 2012

Alan talks with Margaret Schaefer, who has produced a new translation of Schnitzler's "Anatol" for the Aurora Theatre, and with actress Delia MacDougall, who plays all the women in the production. He also talks with performer Marilyn Pittman about her one-woman show, "It's All the Rage,"which she is playing at The Marsh in San Francisco.

On Open Air this week, host Alan Farley talks with composer/bassist Shinji Eshima about "Raku", his score for the San Francisco Ballet.  Plus, the conclusion of a conversation with composer/conductor Carl Davis about his music for the epic silent film, "Napoleon".

Open Air March 29

Mar 26, 2012

Alan talks with composer Shinji Eshima about his score for Yuri Possokhov's "RAkU" for the San Francisco Ballet, and he concludes his conversation with composer/conductor Carl Davis, who created the score for Abel Gance's silent masterpiece "Napoleon."

On this week's Open Air, host Alan Farley talks with conductor/composer Carl Davis, who has created the score for the upcoming showings of Abel Gance’s epic silent film, Napoleon, which will be screened at the Paramount in Oakland this weekend as part of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival.   Alan also visits with members of Musiaque, a group of musical peacemakers from the Middle East.  Thursday at 1pm.

Open Air March 22

Mar 19, 2012

Alan talks with composer and conductor Carl Davis about his score for Abel Gance's silent masterpiece, "Napoleon," which he is conducting for screenings of the epic for  the next two weekends at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland.

Friday at 10pm Alan Farley continues his series of programs on the lyrics of Ira Gershwin with Gershwin biographer Philip Furia.  This week, they conclude their look at "The Firebrand of Florence," the musical based on the life of Benvenuto Cellini that Ira wrote with Kurt Weill. They also discuss "The Shocking Miss Pilgrim," the film for which Ira wrote lyrics to music by his late brother George. (Voicebox returns next week.)

Pictured: Earl Wrightson as Cellini, with Beverly Tyler, from the 1944 Broadway production of "The Firebrand of Florence".

Open Air March 15

Mar 13, 2012

Alan talks with pianist Jeremy Denk, who is playing a featured role in the san Francisco Symphony's American mavericks Festival, performing music of Henry Cowell and Lukas Foss. He also talks with Russell Blackwood, Artistic Director of Thrillpeddlers, about their revival of "Hot Greeks," the 1972 Cockettes'  musical comedy.

Open Air March 8

Mar 7, 2012

Alan talks with composer and performer Meredith Monk, who is participating in the San Francisco Symphony American Mavericks Festival, and with Michael Gene Sullivan, who is directing "Julius Caesar" for the African American Shakespeare Company. Dianne Keogh also stops by to talk about some recent cultural events.

On this week's Open Air, Alan Farley talks with composer and performer Meredith Monk.  Monk has a prominent role in the San Francisco Symphony's American Mavericks Festival.  He also visits with Michael Gene Sulllivan, who is directing "Julius Caesar" for the African American Shakespeare Company.   Here the broadcast anytime this week via KALW's Local Music Player.

Alan Farley talks with filmmaker Eva Soltes about her documentary "Lou Harrison - A World of Music," which will premiere at the Castro Theatre next week.  Hear the Open Air broadcast anytime this week here.           Thursday at 7pm, the filmmaker talks with Eric Jansen on Out in the Bay.

Open Air March 1

Feb 27, 2012

Alan talks with filmmaker Eva Soltes about her documentary "Lou Harrison - A World of Music," which has its premiere next week at the Castro theatre. Ronald Chase also stops by to talk about recent cultural events.

Open Air February 23

Feb 22, 2012

Alan talks with conductor Rinaldo Alessandrini and pianist Olivier Cave, who are making their debuts with the San Francisco Symphony this week. The program consists of Haydn's Symphony No. 104, Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 25 and Mozart's Symphony No. 39.

Open Air February 16

Feb 15, 2012

Alan talks with Maestro Edo de Waart, who is conducting the San Francisco Symphony this week for the first time in fifteen years, and is now the Music Director of the Milwaukee Symphony.O

Open Air February 9

Feb 8, 2012

Alan's guests are song stylist Paula West, who is celebrating her new CD with a concert at Herbst Theatre on Saturday, and baritone Torlef Borsting, who is singing the role of Giorgio in Opera San Jose's production of Verdi's "La Traviata." Peter Robinson also stops by to talk about recent cultural events.

Host Alan Farley talks with vocalist Paula West about her new CD “Live at Jazz Standard” recorded with the George Mesterhazy Quartet, and with baritone Torlef Borsting, who is singing in the San Jose Opera production of La Traviata.

Listen anytime this week via KALW's Local Music Player.

Open Air February 2

Jan 31, 2012

Alan talks with Josiah Polhemus, Artistic Director of Stagebridge and playwright Joan Holden about the world premiere of her play "Counter Attack," that the company is presenting. He also talks with Lucy Gaymer about the Mostly British Film Festival, which opens tonight. 

Open Air January 27

Jan 28, 2012

Alan talks with Joy Carlin, who is directing "Body Awareness" for the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley, with her daughter Nancy, who is directing "Arms and the Man" for Center Repertory in Walnut Creek, and with Nancy's husband, actor Howard Swain, who is appearing in "Body Awareness." Dianne Keogh also stops by to talk about recent cultural events with Alan.

Sunday, January 22 from 4-6pm.   Music Director Joana Carneiro leads the orchestra in Brahms' "Symphony No. 3", the Bay Area Premiere of Enrico Chapela's "Li Po", and the Shostakovich "Cello Concerto No. 1" with cellist Johannes Moser.   Alan Farley is broadcast host, with an interview feature with soloist Johannes Moser.  (concert recorded 10/27/11 in Zellerbach Hall)

Open Air

Jan 17, 2012

Thursday, 1/19 at 1pm.  Alan talks with conductor Pablo Heras-Casado, who is leading the San Francisco Symphony this week in a program of music by Stravinsky, Ravel, Dallapiccola, and de Falla.

Open Air

Jan 17, 2012

Thursday, 1/19 at 1pm.  Alan talks with conductor Pablo Heras-Casado, who is leading the San Francisco Symphony this week in a program of music by Stravinsky, Ravel, Dallapiccola, and de Falla.

Recorded in London, Alan's guest is musician and actor Stefan Bednarczyk, who performed at the annual Noel Coward Birthday Celebration and was music director for a new musical version of The Importance of Being Earnest.  

Host Alan Farley talks with violinist Christian Tetzlaff, who is playing the Gyorgy Ligeti Violin Concerto this week with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony.

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