Open Air

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

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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.

Kwanzaa is celebrated in story and song, for "A Season's Griot" with host Madafo Lloyd Wilson. This year’s program features youth as the special guest griots, reading their own original and traditional stories.  Plus, an original composition by the show’s poet laureate, Beverly Fields Burnette.  Wednesday 12/26 at 7pm, Thursday 12/27 at 1pm. (Your Legal Rights and Open Air return next week.)

This week, host David Latulippe is joined by writer and longtime contributor to “Open Air,” Peter Robinson, for a special holiday-themed show that focuses on well- and lesser-known holiday music - including Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus" sung by Roches (sisters Maggie, Suzy, & Terry) and lesbians (Venus Envy, with some...interesting...word changes).  Plus, Peter's observations on Charles Dickens, the San Francisco Girls' Chorus singing "Silent Night" and some advice for traveling near and far.  Originally broadcast on Thursday, 12/20/12 at 1pm.

An encore presentation of a special that host Alan Farley put together commemorating the 30th annual celebration of All Things Noel.  The broadcast includes highlights from some of the previous 29 years of specials.  Sunday, December 16 at 6pm

On Open Air this week, host David Latulippe takes a look at holiday offerings in the area, both traditional and off the beaten path.  A couple of crones stop by, Terry Baum and Carolyn Myers, to discuss their comedy sketch show, "Crones for the Holidays", a more traditional "Down Home Christmas" preview from the Aurora Theatre, a talk with actor Peter Gallagher, who has a cabaret appearance in SF this weekend, the founders of Sweet Can talk about their circus-like show "Mittens & Mistletoe", and Dianne Keogh shares her cultural picks.  Originally broadcast 12/6/12.


This week on Open Air, KALW’s weekly magazine of arts and cultural events, host David Latulippe talks with members of the women’s vocal ensemble Kitka; with Greg MacKellan, the artistic director of 42nd Street Moon, about their production of “Pal Joey”; with Linda Bouchard, composer and director of "Murderous Little World" at ODC; and with Heklina, who is featured in upcoming drag queen productions of “The Golden Girls: The Christmas Episodes”.  Originally broadcast on November 29, 2012.

Broadcast of the opening concert of the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra from October of this year.  Music director Joana Carneiro led the ensemble in Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, Charles Ives’ “The Unanswered Question”, and the World Premiere of Paul Dresher’s “Concerto for Quadrachord”, played by the composer (pictured) on an instrument he invented.  David Latulippe hosts the broadcast, with special interview features.   Sunday 12/2 at 4pm; Monday 12/3 at 9pm.