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.)

 

Christina McNeill

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to Bay Area playwright Kathy Rucker about her new play Crystal Springs, which will receive its world premiere at the Eureka Theatre this month, and deals with the challenges of parenting in the digital age; Music Director and Conductor Duane Carroll shares details about the Contra Costa Wind Symphony’s upcoming Spring Concert titled Mountains & Canyons; solo performer Jill Vice discusses her “Best of Fringe” award-winning show, Tipped & Tipsy, currently running at The Marsh SF; and San Francisco Chronicle's classical music critic Joshua Kosman shares his classical music picks for the month of March.  Open Air with David Latulippe, originally broadcast on Thursday March 6, 2014 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to Paul Flight, Artistic Director of The California Bach Society about their upcoming concerts with 'German Cantatas circa 1700'. Also, Valérie Sainte-Agathe, Music Director and Principal Conductor of the San Francisco Girls Chorus, discusses the chorus’s collaboration with the San Francisco Symphony and MTT for Mahler's Third Symphony and the upcoming staged performance of Benjamin Britten's Noye's Fludde; Bay Area actor/director Milissa Carey talks about her directing role for the Foothill Music Theatre production of Little Shop of Horrors, and regular contributor and critic-at-large Peter Robinson shares his Oscar picks and insight on how the ultimate selection process works.  Open Air with David Latulippe, originally broadcast live on Feb 27, 2014 at 1pm.

SF Chronicle

This week, host David Latulippe talks with SFArtsED artistic director, Emily Keeler about the young cast involved in the upcoming production of L'il Abner at the Eureka Theatre; jazz vocalist Paula West shares details about her gig at Feinstein’s at the Nikko; Lisa Steindler, Artistic Director of Z Space talks about  the world premiere of Hundred Days, a folk rock odyssey conceived and composed by The Bengsons; and San Francisco playwright and performer Charlie Varon talks about his solo comedy show ‘Feisty Old Jew’ at The Marsh SFOpen Air with David Latulippe, originally broadcast on February 20, 2014 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime.

This week on Open Air with David Latulippe, Laura Elaine Ellis and Kendra Kimbrough Barnes talk about the month-long celebration of the Black Choreographers Festival: Here & Now, now in its 10th year; Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma shares details about her appearance this week with the San Francisco Symphony, where she plays the Violin Concerto in D minor by Jean Sibelius (1865-1957); we’ll learn from producer Geoffrey Nolan and actors Will Trichon and Ted Zoldan about The Speakeasy, a Boxcar Theatre production at an 'undisclosed location', which recreates an authentic Prohibition-era saloon; and regular contributor Peter Robinson offers his thoughts on Valentine’s Day. Open Air with David Latulippe, originally broadcast on February 13, 2014 at 1pm. 

Photo: David Allen

This week, host David Latulippe talks to actresses Jamie Jones and Stacy Ross about their roles, respectively as mother and teacher in Gidion’s Knot, now playing at the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley; we have a backstage visit with pianist Hélène Grimaud, who is in town to play the Brahms piano concerto no 1 with the San Francisco Symphony;  performer/comedian Marga Gomez talks about her tenth solo play, Lovebirds, currently presented at The Marsh SF; and San Francisco 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, February 6, 2014 at 1pm.

This week on Open Air with host David Latulippe, a live studio performance by the Galax Quartet with contralto Karen Clark; this weekend they are performing a program that pairs avant-garde music from the 16th century with new music, for the San Francisco Early Music Society; Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov shares details about his performances this week with the San Francisco Symphony; Dianne Keogh offers her take on some recent cultural happenings; plus, regular contributor Peter Robinson covers the latest filmed Jack Ryan thriller and offers a personal memory of American folk singer and activist Pete Seeger, who passed away earlier this week at age 94.  Open Air with David Latulippe, originally broadcast on Thursday January 30, 2014 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime. 

Sarah Roland

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to Liberty Bradford Mitchell, oldest daughter of Artie Mitchell, one of San Francisco’s infamous Mitchell Brothers. She tells the story of growing up on the fringes of an X-rated world in The Pornographer’s Daughter, now being produced at Z Below. Director Yury Urnov and actor David Sinaiko share details about the Cutting Ball’s production of Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi, a parody of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, which is considered a precursor to Surrealism and the Theatre of the Absurd. Plus, award-winning actor Brian Copeland is on the show to talk about the world premiere of his solo show The Scion, opening at The Marsh. It is a tale of privilege, murder, and...sausage. Also, the music of local singer/songwriter Matt Montgomery, which will be featured in a special concert with the Awesome Orchestra, this Sunday in Oakland. Open Air with David Latulippe, originally broadcast on January 23, 2014 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime.

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This week on Open Air, actor and trumpet player Philip Watt discusses “Chetty’s Lullaby” at Stagewerx, about the tragic downfall of legendary  jazz musician Chet Baker; San Francisco playwright Lauren Gunderson shares details about her new stage play "Silent Sky", which is currently in production at TheatreWorks and tells the story of Henrietta Leavitt, an early 20th century female scientist who made startling discoveries in the 'man’s world' of astronomy;  and director Bill English talks about the first West Coast production of “Jerusalem” at San Francisco Playhouse, Jez Butterworth’s epic Tony and Olivier award-winning play. Regular contributor Peter Robinson talks about the San Francisco Public Library and gives some of his picks for the Mostly British Film FestivalOpen Air with David Latulippe, originally broadcast on January 16, 2014 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime.

This week, host David Latulippe has conversations with Artistic Director Kevin Fryer and lecturer Bruce Lamott about Live at Mission Blue in Brisbane, whose opening concert features the male vocal group Clerestory; Theatre Calgary Artistic Director Dennis Garnhum talks about his stint at ACT directing George Bernard Shaw’s 'Major Barbara'; and Dancemaker and Artistic director Liss Fain shares details about 'After the Light', the latest production of her company, Liss Fain Dance. Plus, Peter Robinson, our bon vivant and man about town, updates viewers on the opening of season 4 of Downton Abbey and his take on a couple of current movies: American Hustle and PhilomenaOpen Air with David Latulippe, originally broadcast on January 9, 2014. Listen now or anytime. 

On the first Open Air of 2014, host David Latulippe talks to composer/DJ Mason Bates, who is featured at the SF Symphony's Re/current festival, together with music from Beethoven. Also, Theatre Rhinoceros' director John Fisher discusses the Bay Area premier of Sondheim's musical Road Show at the Eureka Theatre; violist Anthony Martin talks about the New Esterhazy Quartet's performances of symphonies by Haydn, Mozart and Cherubini in arrangements for string quartet. And SF Chronicle's classical music critic Joshua Kosman presents his music picks for the month of January. Open Air, originally broadcast on January 2, 2014 at 1pm. Listen Now or Anytime.

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to Artistic Director Warren Stewart of the Magnificat Baroque Ensemble about upcoming performances of 'A Venetian Christmas Mass' in Palo Alto, Berkeley and San Francisco, featuring music from Giovanni Gabrieli and Claudio Monteverdi; Bay Area Cabaret star Craig Jessup stops by to discuss his show 'A Swell Noel', playing at the Aurora Theater in Berkeley, in which he sings selections from composers like Noel Coward, Stephen Sondheim, the Gershwins and Rodgers and Hart; and regular contributor Peter Robinson presents his favorite movies, books and words of the year and gives a take on All Things Christmas. Open Air, originally broadcast on December 19, 2013. Listen now or anytime.

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Bay Area singer/songwriter Michelle Schmitt, about her annual benefit concert for Meals on Wheels at SF Jazz; Meals’ Communications Manager and Chief Storyteller Vivien Kim Thorp also joins us; Also, Doug Litwin of the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band shares information about the wackiest Nutcracker on earth: the 2013 Dance-Along Nutcracker, together with actor/dancer Kelly Collins; and we have David Parr, Artistic Director of the California Revels, together with actor Robert Sicular, who plays John Manners, the 9th Earl of Rutland in The Christmas Revels: The Spirits of Haddon Hall, at the Scottish Rite Theater in Oakland. Open Air, originally broadcast on December 12, 2013 at 1pm. Listen Now or anytime. 

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with stage director Andrew Nance and actor Robert Rushin about the US stage premiere of My Beautiful Laundrettewhich is set in the tumultuous years of Margaret Thatcher's England, at the New Conservatory Theatre Center; San Francisco Symphony's Associate Principal Cellist Peter Wyrick shares his thoughts on taking a solo turn with the Berkeley Symphony in Haydn's Cello Concerto no. 1; the SF Chronicle's classical music critic Joshua Kosman discusses his musical picks for the month of December; and Open Air's critic at large Peter Robinson contributes a segment on Tin Pan Alley. Open Air with David Latulippe, originally broadcast on December 5, 2013 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime.

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to Dr. Timothy Seelig, Artistic Director and Conductor of the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, about upcoming Holiday concerts and the rest of the 36th concert season. Baritone Stephen Saxon discusses more choral music by the Stanford Symphonic Chorus, which is collaborating with the Peninsula Symphony for performances of Ernest Bloch’s Sacred Service, and  baritone Lucas Meachem talks about his role of Figaro in the current San Francisco Opera production of Rossini's “Barber of Seville”.  Open Air, originally broadcast on Thursday, November 21 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime.

This week on Open Air, Aurora Theater Artistic Director Tom Ross and veteran Bay Area actor, director, and teacher Robert Parsons share details about Aurora's current production, A Bright New Boise; conductor Cyrus Ginwala offers a preview of this weekend’s Bay Area Rainbow Symphony concerts, and critics-at-large Peter Robinson and Dianne Keogh share their take on cultural happenings in the Bay Area. Open Air with David Latulippe, Originally broadcast on Thursday November 14 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime.

This week, host David Latulippe talks with Martin Seggelke, conductor and Artistic Director of the new San Francisco Wind Ensemble, about the upcoming concert on November 16; Actor Sean Thompson, who currently plays the lead role in the 42nd Street Moon production of Rodgers and Hart's musical I Married An Angel  stops by, together with stage director Greg MacKellan; conductor Michael Morgan reflects on the 25th anniversary season of the Oakland East Bay Symphony, and SF Chronicle classical music critic Joshua Kosman offers his concert picks for the month of November.  Open Air with host David Latulippe, originally broadcast on Thursday, November 7, at 1pm. Listen now or anytime.

This week, host David Latulippe talks with Rosanna Gamson, creator of 'Layla Means Night', a provocative new work based on the Scheherazade legend that creates a Middle Eastern haunted house over all three floors of ODC Theater. The original score is created by Persian master musicians Houman Pourmehdi and Pirayeh Pourafar, who will be performing live in the studio, together with singer Alireza Shahmohammadi. Plus, conductor Joshua Gersen and producer and journalist Steven C. Smith, who is an expert on film composer Bernard Herrmann,  discuss live performances by the San Francisco Symphony accompanying classic Hitchcock films.  And Peter Robinson offers some background on the Halloween holiday and traditions.  Open Air, originally broadcast on Thursday October 31 -Halloween- at 1pm. Listen now or anytime.

NY Times

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Macedonian pianist Simon Trpčeski, who is performing  with the San Francisco Symphony, playing Prokofiev's Piano Concerto nr. 3; director Mitchell Altieri talks about the naturalistic horror stage play “Grand Guignol” that he is directing at Z Space, and we have a live in-studio performance by members of  Klezmer trio Veretski  Pass, which will be performing this weekend in Berkeley as part of KlezCalifornia’s Yiddish Culture Festival.  Plus, a preview and ticket giveaway for this weekend's Peninsula Symphony performances.  Open Air ~ Originally broadcast on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

Host David Latulippe talks with playwright Basil Kreimendahl, whose absurdist play Sidewinders receives its World Premiere opening the Cutting Ball Theater’s 15th season.  Director Graham Smith also a part of that conversation. Female impersonator Randy Roberts shares details about his musical appearances at the Alcove Theater and Martuni’s.  Plus music previews of this weekend’s San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music’s sixth annual San Francisco Music Day, a musical feast happening at the SF Conservatory of Music.  Open Air ~ Thursday 10/17 at 1pm.

This week, choreographer Bill T. Jones discusses highlights from his long career in dance, and details about the exhibition of his works and other events that are part of the month-long celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Also, members of the local early music group Ostraka share part of their program for the opening of the San Francisco Early Music Society's 2013-14 season, and critic Peter Robinson offers a sneak preview of the major David Hockney exhibit that opens on October 26 at the de Young Museum Open Air with David Latulippe, originally broadcast on Thursday, October 10 at 1pm.

Tom Toro

This week, host David Latulippe is in conversation with composer and vocalist Lisa Bielawa about the "Crissy Broadcast" - a site-specific composition that will be performed by hundreds of musicians at Crissy Field in San Francisco later this month; Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado shares details about his concert programs with the San Francisco Symphony which explores the music of Felix Mendelssohn and Thomas AdesLauren Gunderson and Marissa Wolf discuss their roles as playwright and director of "The Taming" at Crowded Fire Theater - a timely take on political rhetoric; and SF Chronicle's music critic Joshua Kosman offers his classical music picks for the month ahead.  Open Air, originally broadcast on Thursday October 3, 2013 at 1pm.

This week, host David Latulippe talks with Bay Area actors Craig Marker and Gabe Marin talk about their roles in the SF Playhouse production of Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo; composer Michael Daugherty talks about his residency with the New Century Chamber Orchestra; actor/director Russell Blackwood shares details about Shocktoberfest 14 at the Hypnodrome, which will commemorate the 125th Anniversary of the Jack The Ripper Murders; and we wrap up the Architecture and the City festival which closes this weekend with Home Tours.  Open Air, originally broadcast on Thursday September 26 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime.

Kevin Berne

This week, host David Latulippe talks with actor and vaudevillian Geoff Hoyle about his solo-performance “Geezer” which is back at The Marsh SF; Tony Award winning director Frank Galati discusses his adaptation of the musical  “1776” currently at ACT, and acoustical consultant Josh Cushner talks about his upcoming workshop on Acoustic Wayfinding, developed together with blind architect Chris Downey, about how to improve architectural design in such a way that the visually impaired can successfully navigate buildings without exclusively relying on technology. Plus, regular contributor Peter Robinson shares his memories of poet Seamus Heany and broadcaster David Frost.  Open Air, originally broadcast on Thursday, September 19 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime.

This week, Bay Area Cabaret founder and director Marilyn Levinson talks to host David Latulippe about the Cabaret's 10th Anniversary Season that opens with a Gala on September 21 at the Venetian room of the Fairmont; New Voices composer Zosha Di Castri shares her music and details about the West Coast Premiere of her work, Lineage, being performed this week at the San Francisco Symphony; and we continue our Architecture and the City series with architect Mark Cavagnero, who talks about the 50th anniversary of the iconic Marin County Civic Center, and the new building for SFJAZZ, which he designed.  Open Air with David Latulippe. Open Air, originally broadcast on  Thursday 9/12 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime.

This week, host David Latulippe talks with conductor/violinist Dawn Harms about the upcoming concert of the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony and her work at San Francisco Opera; local historian Lorri Ungaretti enlightens us about San Francisco's Sunset District for the ongoing Architecture and the City festival; and bass Ildar Abdrazakov talks about his title role in SF Opera’s production of Mephistopheles.  Plus, SF Chronicle music critic Joshua Kosman offers his classical picks for the month ahead, and Dianne Keogh shares her take on, amongst others, the production of Monty Python's Spamalot at Hillbarn Theatre in Foster City.  Open Air, originally broadcast on Thursday, September 5 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime.

This week, host David Latulippe talks with Margie O'Driscoll, Executive Director of the American Institute of Architects, San Francisco chapter, for a preview of the month-long Architecture and the City Festival; Deborah Cullinan talks about her new job as Executive Director of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Charith Premawardhana shares some info about the Classical Revolution chamber music festival, happening in various venues during the month of September.  Plus, Peter Robinson highlights some fall offerings from PBS. Open Air, Originally broadcast on Thursday, August 29. Listen now or anytime.

photo: David Allen


This week on Open Air, conversations with playwright George Brant, whose new work “Grounded” is being staged at SF Playhouse - we’ll also have actress Lauren English on hand; conductor Robert Geary shares thoughts on his upcoming concerts with the SF Choral Society of Haydn’s “The Seasons”; Word for Word co-founders Susan Harloe and JoAnne Winter discuss their production of ‘In Friendship: Stories by Zona Gale’; and guitarist Julio Reyes offers a live preview of his upcoming concert at Old First Church (perhaps with a spontaneous collaboration with host/flutist David Latulippe).  Op



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