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.

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Frances Wallace, Director of Strategic Partnerships & Programmer for Frameline, talks about the 37th Frameline Film Festival, cast members from "Sylvia" talk about their production of the A.R. Gurney play at the Ft. Mason Theatre, and Dalit Hadass Warshaw shares her theremin music that will be performed with members of the San Francisco Symphony.  Open Air with David Latulippe, originally broadcast 6/20/13 at 1pm.

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This week, baritone Nathan Gunn and composer Mark Adamo talk about the San Francisco Opera premiere of Adamo’s “The Gospel of Mary Magdalene”; actors from the Aurora Theatre talk about their season closer “This is how it goes”; and composer Eleanor Aversa with music director Magen Solomon discuss the upcoming San Francisco Choral Artists' concert, which will feature world premieres by Aversa, Jos

Photo: Curtis Finger


Music Director Joana Carneiro leads the orchestra in Rachmaninoff’s “Symphonic Dances, Op. 45,” the world premiere of “Alfama” by Portuguese composer Andreia Pinto-Correia, and the Lutoslawski “Cello Concerto” with cellist Lynn Harrell.  Recorded live at Zellerbach Hall on February 7, 2013.  David Latulippe is your host.  Sunday at 4pm, Monday at 10pm.

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The musicians of the San Francisco Symphony will present a Solidarity Concert in support of the musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra and musicians of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, who have been locked out for seven months while negotiating contract agreements.  San Francisco Symphony Principal Bassoonist Stephen Paulson will conduct:

  • COPLAND: Fanfare for the Common Man
  • BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
  • HOLST: St. Paul’s Suite
  • TCHAIKOVSKY: Fifth Symphony

Monday, April 29, 2013 at 7pm

This week, conversations with KT Nelson and Brenda Way of ODC/Dance, to talk about their Downtown Season; the award-winning wind quintet The City of Tomorrow will be in the studio for a live performance; a preview of this week’s Peninsula Symphony concerts; plus critic Peter Robinson explores some of the idiosyncrasies of St. Patrick’s Day. David Latulippe is your host.  Originally broadcast on Thursday, March 14 at 1pm.

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This week on Open Air, conversations with director Chris White and sound designer Teddy Hulsker of the Bay Area theater group, Mugwumpin, who will share some of the apocalyptic detail in their latest endeavor, The Great Big Also; a live performance of manic dance music from members of the early music group Cançonièr.  Plus, a look at the classical music month ahead with music critic Joshua Kosman.  David Latulippe hosts. 

On this week’s Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with composer Nolan Gasser and librettist Carey Harrison about their new family opera, The Secret Garden, created by Cal Performances and  SF Opera.

Update, 2/28/13:  Bill Bennett collapsed on stage during the final performance of the Strauss "Oboe Concerto" on Saturday.  It is with a heavy, heavy, heart that I now report his passing, as announced by the San Francisco Symphony. -David   (My talk with him happens at @45min into the linked audio of Open Air from 2/21/13.)

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On this week's Valentine Edition of Open Air, host David Latulippe ignores the "holiday" completely while talking to pianist Stephen Hough, who is performing Liszt with the San Francisco Symphony this week, but broaches the subject with comedian Kurt Bodden, and gets some historical and literary background about valentines from our regular contributor, critic Peter Robinson.  

Originally broadcast on Thursday, February 14 at 1pm.

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This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Nicole Paiement, director of Opera Parallèle, which is presenting Ainadamar, the 2003 opera opera  by Osvaldo Golijov, inspired by the confrontation between poet Federico García Lorca and the Fascist regime during the Spanish Civil War, and with Andrew Whitfield, assistant conductor and chorus master of Opera San Jose, which is presenting Verdi's "Il Trovatore in a massive production inspired by Game of Thrones."  For the first Thursday of the month, SF Chronicle music critic Joshua Kosman offers a preview of the month ahead in

Host David Latulippe talks with playwright Anthony Clarvoe of the Aurora Theatre who talks about the World Premiere of his play “Our Practical Heaven,” and Jeanne Johnson of the early music ensemble “Music of the Spheres” shares details about their upcoming concerts, which are being billed as a “Valentine from the French Baroque.”  Violin soloist James Ehnes talks about his SF Symphony performances of Lalo's "Symphonie Espagnole, and the superiority of the SF Symphony is extolled (vs.


KALW continues its exclusive partnership with the Berkeley Symphony for a broadcast that was recorded in Zellerbach Hall in December, dedicated to longtime KALW host, Alan Farley.  Music Director Joana Carneiro leads the symphony in Robert Schumann's "Symphony No.2," Gyorgi Ligeti's "Piano Concerto," with Shai Wosner as soloist, and the World Premiere of Berkeley native Dylan Mattingly's "Invisible Skyline."  David Latulippe hosts the broadcast.  Sunday at 4pm; Monday at 9pm.

This week, host David Latulippe talks with pianist/composer Jake Heggie, who will be performing later this week with flutist Carol Wincenc and mezzo-soprano Quinn Middleman at Music at Meyer,  with singer/entertainer Clint Holmes, who is appearing at the new Rrazz Room, and with Reinette Senum, who is in town for her one-woman show about her wanderings in the wilderness of Alaska .  Originally broadcast on Thursday, January 24 at 1pm.

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This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with pianist Jeffrey Siegel about his “Keyboard Conversations” project, and with Peter Callender, who is directing the African American Shakespeare Company’s production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”.  Plus, critic Peter Robinson updates us on local arts events.  Original broadcast date Thursday, January 17 at 1pm.

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This week, host David Latulippe talks with mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin who opens the 10th anniversary season of Music at Meyer.  Also, a talk with the creative energies behind the world premiere of "Your Body Is Not a Shark," a performance piece encompassing dance, live music, and sound collage.

This week on Open Air, KALW’s weekly magazine of Most Things (Culturally) Considered, host David Latulippe talks with Lauren English, starring in “Bell, Book & Candle” at the SF Playhouse, with Cutting Ball Theatre’s Ben Fisher, and with Bay Area Fado Singer Ramana Vieira who will appearing next week at La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley.  And for 2013, a new feature:  on every 1st Thursday of the month, San Francisco Chronicle music critic Joshua Kosman will offer his cultural picks for the month ahead.   Original BroadcastThursday 1/3/13 at 1pm. 

All of the passion and magic of Tango comes to the Peninsula Symphony stage, with Quartet San Francisco and colorful tango dancers Sandor & Parissa.  January 18 in Redwood City and January 19  in Cupertino.  KALW's David Latulippe will provide a pre-concert talk at 7pm at each venue.