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.)

 

Steven Sanchez

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to José Navarrete and Debby Kajiyama about The Anastasio Project, an evening-length multidisciplinary performance which investigates race relations, state brutality and border violence, based on personal experiences of people of color in Oakland; Lido Cantarutti, director of the Italian Film Festival in San Rafael shares details about the upcoming 38th edition, starting next week; musicians Joshua Raoul Brody and Steve Kirk discuss the new cd of Orchestra Nostalgico; and playwright Aaron Loeb talks about his play “Ideation,” which kicks off the 2014-2015 new season for San Francisco Playhouse.  Open Air, broadcast Thursday, September 18, 2014.

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This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with choreographer Jo Kreiter about ‘Multiple Mary and Invisible Jane’, an aerial dance in which she explores the experience of older homeless women in San Francisco. This is a collaboration with journalist Rose Aguilar, who will also be in the studio. Furthermore, conversations with chemist, novelist, and playwright Dr. Carl Djerassi, about his upcoming autobiography and two new plays; and with conductor Dawn Harms about her concert with the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony this weekend. Regular contributor and critic-at-large Peter Robinson brings us up to speed about goings-on at Cal Shakes.

Open Air with David Latulippe, originally broadcast live on Thursday, September 11 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Jamie Wright, Executive Producer of the 2014 San Francisco Improv Festival; American Bass Raymond Aceto discusses his role debut as traveling preacher Olin Blitch, in San Francisco Opera’s production of ‘Susannah’ by Carlisle Floyd; Bay Area DJ/composer Mason Bates shares details about his piece ‘Alternative Energy’, which is performed by the San Francisco Symphony as part of its ongoing Beethoven/Bates Festival; and SF Chronicle's classical music critic Joshua Kosman shares his classical music picks for the month ahead.  Open Air with David Latulippe, originally broadcast on Thursday September 4, 2014 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

Eric Wolfinger

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Hillbarn Theatre's  new Executive Artistic Director Dan Demers, who directs the musical 'Funny Girl', which opens the new season at Hillbarn in Foster City; Desdemona Chiang talks about her directing debut at Berkeley's Aurora Theatre with 'Rapture, Blister, Burn, a witty comedy which examines the pursuit of happiness in the wake of 20th century feminist ideals; Opera San Jose's new Music Director Joseph Marcheso discusses Verdi's famous masterpiece Rigoletto, with which the Company opens its 2014-15 season; and regular contributor Dianne Keogh brings us up to speed about cultural offerings on the Peninsula. Open Air with David Latulippe, originally broadcast on Thursday August 28 at 1pm; listen now or anytime...

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe has a conversation with Michael Urie about his one-man show, “Buyer & Cellar”, opening at the Curran Theatre, which takes us into Barbara Streisand’s basement; Helene Whitson, co-founder and board president of the SF Lyric Chorus, shares details about the ensemble's upcoming concert, with choral works from Maurice Durufle and Joseph Jongen; and  - Open Air serves a healthy helping of choral music this week -  conductor Robert Geary discusses this weekend's performances of Brahms' German Requiem by the SF Choral Society.  Plus, critic-at-large and regular contributor Peter Robinson reviews the movie  Calvary, the Cal Shakes production of Pygmalion, and offers a tribute to Lauren Bacall.  Open Air with David Latulippe; originally broadcast on 21 August 2014.  Listen now or anytime...

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe welcomes San Francisco-born singer and actor Rodney Earl Jackson Jr. to talk about his part in 'Motown, the Musical', which opens at the Orpheum Theatre in SF this weekend; also a conversation with Franco Imperial, Artistic Director of San Jose Taiko, which will perform together with The Bangerz, as part of the Music Moves Festival running through August 24 at ODC; singers Tony Vincent and Jessica Phillips talk about their musical show 'I Heart the 80's' at Feinstein's at the Nikko in San Francisco; and director Susi Damilano and singer/actress Monique Hafen share details about Sondheim's musical 'Into the Woods' at SF Playhouse. Open Air with host David Latulippe; originally broadcast on August 14 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime.

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to Isabel Yrigoyen and Marc Bamuthi Joseph about the  Performance Festival at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, which is part of the "Bay Area Now 7" festival that continues through October; choreographers Pearl Marill and Randee Paufve discuss their contributions to the  “Music Moves” festival at ODC; and cellist Dmitri Atapine joins us in studio to talk about the concluding weekend of concerts by the presenters of Music@Menlo.  Plus, our regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson reviews the movie “A Most Wanted Man” and offers ideas for things to do with visitors to San Francisco.  Open Air with David Latulippe ~ originally broadcast on August 7, 2014 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

  This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with James Darrah about his direction of Mozart’s Don Giovanni for the Merola Opera Program; ODC founder and Artistic Director Brenda Way returns with Deputy Director for Advancement, Christy Bolingbroke, to discuss the upcoming 3-week festival called Music Moves; President and co-founder Paul Andrews from the Slavyanka Chorus shares details about the upcoming Russian Music Festival starting this weekend in San Francisco and Berkeley; and SF Chronicle's classical music critic Joshua Kosman shares his classical music picks for the month of August.  Open Air with David Latulippe, broadcast live on Thursday 31 July 2014. Listen now or anytime...

Stefan Cohen

 

 

This week on Open Air, guest host Kevin Vance will be talking with RAWdance  founders and performers Ryan T. Smith and Wendy Rein about the company’s tenth anniversary season, featuring the world premiere of a work called ‘Turing's Apple’ with music by Richard Einhorn, about British mathematician Alan Turing, known during World War II as "Britain's greatest code breaker"; David Latulippe interviews actor, singer and song writer Cheyenne Jackson about his upcoming performances with the San Francisco Symphony; musician and composer Joshua Raoul Brody will discuss ‘An Evening of Song’, this weekend at St. Cyprian's Church in San Francisco, and regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson shares cultural tips for listeners who are entertaining friends or guests in and around the City this summer. Open Air with guest host Kevin Vance; originally broadcast on Thursday, July 24 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

Kent Taylor

This week on Open Air, guest host Kevin Vance will be talking to pianist Gloria Chien about chamber music festival Music@Menlo, which starts this weekend and runs through August 9;  Bay Area actress and director Milissa Carey discusses a new production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific at Foothill Music Theatre in Los Altos, opening July 24; San Francisco drag queen Heklina shares details about Sex and the City: LIVE!, Featuring San Francisco’s Finest Drag Performers, which starts on July 24 at the Victoria Theatre in San Francisco; and regular contributor Dianne Keogh brings us up to date on cultural events on the Peninsula. Open Air, broadcast live on Thursday July 17, at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to young artists from the Merola Opera Program about their roles in the upcoming production of Andre Previn’s “A Streetcar Named Desire”; conductor David Möschler and singer Caitlin Cobb-Vialet talk about the Youth Musical Theater Company’s production of “South Pacific", Stephan Stubbins, co-Executive Director for Transcendence Theater Company, shares details about the third season of ‘Broadway Under the Stars’ at Jack London State Historic Park; and Peter Robinson offers some summer reading suggestions and activities.  Open Air with David Latulippe; originally broadcast on July 10 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Ben Yalom and Debórah Eliezar, artistic directors of the FURY Factory festival of ensemble theater about the visiting companies from Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and the Bay Area; Sammy Wegent shares details about Speechless Live, an improvised power point presentation spoof at Public Works; we have a conversation with Terry Baum, star of “Hick: A Love Story, the Romance of Lorena Hickok and Eleanor Roosevelt;” and San Francisco Chronicle's music critic Joshua Kosman shares his classical music picks for the month of July.  Open Air with David Latulippe, originally broadcast on July 3, 2014. Listen now or anytime...

This week, actors Rafael Jordan, James Carpenter, and Paul Vincent O'Connor talk about the Aurora Theatre's season closer, David Mamet’s “American Buffalo;” Peter Stein, Senior Programmer for Frameline38 is joined by Jonathan Taieb, director of the film “Stand” which explores Russia’s virulent anti-gay society; Michael Gene Sullivan shares details about this year's San Francisco Mime Troupe's offering; and visual artist Tal Rosner talks about his collaboration with the San Francisco Symphony for performances of Benjamin Britten’s “Four Sea Interludes.”  Plus, critic Peter Robinson offers a film review of “Jersey Boys” and preview of CalShakes at Orinda.  Open Air with David Latulippe ~ 6/26/14 at 1pm.

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This week, conversations with playwright Dezi Gallegos about his one-man show at the Marsh, "God Fights The Plague", and with Christopher White from Mugwumpin.  We’ll also hear about the Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts piece "Number Zero: A Space Opera" at CounterPulse, and get an overview of the 38th Frameline Film Festival from Des Buford, Frameline’s Director of Exhibitions & Programming.  Plus Peter Robinson reviews Modernism at the deYoung and offers a movie review of "Chef".  Open Air with David Latulippe ~ 6/19/14 at 1pm.

This week, conversations with Co-founder and Artistic Director of the Ragazzi Boys Chorus, Joyce Keil, who shares details about the boys’ upcoming concerts here and at Carnegie Hall; Bay Area actress Sharon Rietkirk talks about her role in Stephen Sondheim’s “Marry Me a Little” at Theatreworks in Mountain View; Hershey Felder is back in town, this time as Leonard Bernstein, in a one-man show called “Maestro” at Berkeley Rep.  Also, a talk with Rob Bailis of Cal Performances and composer Uri Caine about the Ojai North concerts this weekend in Berkeley.   Open Air with David Latulippe ~ 6/12/14 at 1pm.

Marco Borggreve

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe speaks with pianist Kirill Gerstein, who is performing Beethoven's second piano concerto with the San Francisco Symphony; composers Mark Alburger and Davide Verotta talk about the upcoming concert 'Across Time and Space' by the SF Composer’s Chamber Orchestra; conductor Dawn Harms tells us about next week’s concert by the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony; actor and playwight Dan Hoyle shares details about his new solo show ‘Each and Every Thing’, opening at The Marsh SF; director Erin Merritt and actor Imran Sheikh discuss the West Coast Premiere of 'BRAHMAN/I: A One-Hijra Stand-Up Comedy Show', presented by The Crowded Fire Theater at Thick House SF. Plus SF Chronicle's classical music critic Joshua Kosman offers his classical music picks for the month of June.  Open Air with David Latulippe, originally broadcast on June 5, 2014 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

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This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe meets with actor Rod Gnapp and Founding Artistic Director JoAnne Winter to talk about “36 Stories by Sam Shepard” which theater company Word for Word is presenting at Z Below; Artistic Director of the Berkeley Festival & Exhibition Robert Cole discusses this year’s festival, which is co-produced with The San Francisco Early Music Society; baritone Michael Todd Simpson is in studio to talk about his leading role in the San Francisco Opera’s company production of “Show Boat”, and director, writer and producer Helen de Michiel discusses her film "Lunch, Love, Community", which screens at the San Francisco Green Film Festival and offers an overview of other offerings at the festival.   Open Air with David Latulippe, originally broadcast live on May 29, 2014 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime.

David Allen

This week on Open Air, guest host Sarah Cahill talks to Artistic Director Celia Fushille from Smuin Ballet about the remaining Bay Area performances of XXCentric, part of Smuin's  Spring Dance Series which closes out the company's 20th Anniversary Season;  solo performer Mark Kenward shares stories from 'Nantucket',  his memoir and solo performance about growing up on the fabled island, currently at the Marsh Berkeley;  Dianne Keogh offers her reviews on theater offerings from the Peninsula and regular contributor Peter Robinson has a literary take on gun culture in the American language.  Open Air, originally broadcast on 22 May 2014 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

Betsy Kershner

This week, Michael Baefsky shares details about the Bay Area Storytelling Festival; conductor Robert Geary offers a preview of this weekend’s Volti chamber chorus concerts, with the world premiere of a piece by composer Ted Hearne, also in the studio; plus Joseph Piazza, conductor of the Golden Gate Men’s Chorus, talks about upcoming concerts and the ensemble’s concert tour to Riga this summer.  Open Air with David Latulippe, originally broadcast on May 15, 2014 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime. 

Throughout the month of May, KALW will broadcast the full 2013-14 season of the Berkeley Symphony, hosted by David Latulippe. This week, Music Director Joana Carneiro leads the orchestra in Australian composer Brett Dean’s “Carlo,” Haydn’s Cello Concerto #1 with guest soloist Peter Wyrick, Associate Principal Cellist of the SFSymphony, and the Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73 of Johannes Brahms.  Monday at 9pm.

Jessica Palopoli

This week, during the Public Radio Party Edition of Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Rebecca Seeman, director of Chamber Chorus Sacred & Profane, about their upcoming Spring concert, which is a tribute to the late and great Swedish choral conductor Eric Ericson; also stopping by is Joana Carneiro, music director of the Berkeley Symphony; and Steven Haines, executive director of Stern Grove Festival will talk about the upcoming season of Grove offerings; and director Amy Glazer shares her vision of “Seminar” currently at the San Francisco Playhouse.  Plus, regular contributor and critic-at-large Peter Robinson offers some cultural reviews and a preview of the Tiburon Film Festival.  Open Air on KALW, originally broadcast on May 8, 2014; listen now or anytime...

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe has a conversation with Dutch conductor and Baroque specialist Ton Koopman, who conducts two weeks of music by JS Bach and son CPE Bach at the San Francisco Symphony; French playwright Samuel Gallet and Cutting Ball Artistic director Rob Melrose talk about about the American Premiere of Communiqué N°10, which is part of the month-long festival Des Voix... Found in Translation 2014, about French film and theater; and comedian, writer, and actor Bruce Vilanch shares details about his role in 42nd Street Moon’s production of Cole Porter’s “Du Barry Was A Lady.”  Plus, San Francisco Chronicle's music critic Joshua Kosman offers his classical music picks for the month of May.  Open Air with David Latulippe, originally broadcast on May 1, 2014. Listen now or anytime...

KALW is a media sponsor for the Berkeley Symphony, which presents its final concert of the 2013-14 season on Thursday, May 1st at 8pm in Zellerbach Hall on the UC Berkeley campus.  Music Director Joana Carneiro will lead the orchestra for Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, the Bay Area Premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen's "Nyx,"  and Kaija Saariaho's "Adriana Songs," with soprano soloist Laura Krumm.  More information at berkeleysymphony.org.  KALW will broadcast the orchestra's entire 2013-14 season of concerts beginning Monday May 5 at 9pm, continuing through

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe meets Cindy Goldfield, who directs “Sleeping Cutie: A Fractured Fairy Tale Musical”, currently playing at Thick House in San Francisco; Nicole Paiement, artistic Director and conductor of Opera Parallèle discusses the melding of Francis Poulenc and Kurt Weill in "Mahagonny Songspiel/Les mamelles de Tirésias"; Programmer Sean Uyehara gives an overview of what the San Francisco International Film Festival has to offer; actors Beth Wilmurt and Michael Ray Wisely talk about their roles in “The Letters” - a suspenseful psychological thriller at the Aurora Theatre; and regular contributor and critic-at-large Peter Robinson stops by with a tribute to Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Open Air with David Latulippe, originally broadcast on April 24, 2014 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

This week, pianist Jeffrey Siegel returns to talk about his latest Keyboard Conversation project:  “The Romanticism of the Russian Soul”; Wayne Hazzard & Dudley Flores share details about Bay Area Dance Week, and Paul Dresher and Amy X Neuberg talk about their upcoming concert at the ODC Theater.  Open Air with David Latulippe ~ 4/17/14 at 1pm.

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to Judy Smith, Artistic Director and co-founder of AXIS Dance Company, and choreographer Linda K. Johnson about the AXIS 2014 Home Season; we hear live music from the Mobius guitar trio, part of the Switchboard Music Festival line-up, and festival co-director Annie Philips talks about the Festival and some of the other performers; conductor Martin Seggelke returns to talk about the San Francisco Wind Ensemble’s last concert of the season; and Peter Robinson helps us celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday, including a preview of this year’s Oregon Shakespeare FestivalOpen Air with David Latulippe, originally broadcast on Thursday April 10, 2014 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime. 

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This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to  actors John Fisher and Donald Currie about their respective roles as Benjamin Britten and W.H. Auden in “The Habit of Art” at Theatre Rhinoceros;  Kevin Burke shares his directorial debut experience with “Hamlet” currently at the Alcove Theater in San Francisco. He’ll be joined by Tim Gahan, the actor playing Prince Hamlet, and Rob Zimmerman, director of the Beverly Hills Playhouse, San Francisco.  Hope Mohr, one of the Bay Area's best contemporary dance makers, talks about her home season at ODC, and San Francisco Chronicle's classical music critic Joshua Kosman offers his music picks for the month of April.  Open Air with David Latulippe, originally broadcast on April 3, 2014 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to actors Dan Hiatt and Michael Stevenson, along with director Josh Costello, about the witty play 'Wittenberg' at the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley;  Sheri Greenawald, director of the San Francisco Opera Center, discusses the upcoming Schwabacher Recitals involving singers from the Merola Opera Program; and San Francisco Symphony's Conductor Laureate Herbert Blomstedt talks about his return to Davies Symphony Hall for concerts which include Nielsen's Clarinet Concerto and Bruckner's Fourth Symphony. Regular contributor Peter Robinson shines his light on some recent and upcoming cultural offerings. Open Air with David Latulippe, originally broadcast on March 27, 2014. Listen now or anytime.

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with San Francisco choreographer Margaret Jenkins and her long-time collaborator composer Paul Dresher, about the 40th Anniversary Season of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts;  Artistic Directors KT Nelson and Brenda Way discuss the ODC Downtown season, also at Yerba Buena;  San Francisco playwright Lauren Gunderson returns to KALW to share details about the SF Playhouse world premiere of her play Bauer, which tells the fascinating story of early abstract painter Rudolf Bauer (1889-1953), a major influence on modern artists like Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. Gunderson is joined by San Francisco gallery owner Rowland Weinstein, who represents the Bauer estate and currently shows the exhibit The Realm of the Spirit - a retrospective of Rudolf Bauer; and regular contributor Dianne Keogh offers a few cultural reviews and highlights.  Open Air with David Latulippe, originally broadcast on March 20, 2014 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

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This week, members of the Farallon Recorder Quartet share details about their upcoming concerts together with soprano Jennifer Paulino and lutenist John Lenti, in Palo Alto, Berkeley and San Francisco; Erich Stratmann, the brains and organizing brawn behind Sing for America (SFA) shares information about the SFA fundraising concert on March 30; actors Andrew Nance and Dana Zook talk about the New Conservatory Theatre’s Bay Area Premiere of “Yellow” by playwright Del Shores; and regular contributor and critic-at-large Peter Robinson muses on the Day of St. Patrick.   Open Air with David Latulippe, originally broadcast on March 13, 2014. Listen now or anytime.

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