Open Air

Thursdays at 1pm

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

On Thursday morning, KALW broadcast an on-air tribute to Alan Farley including dozens of messages from listeners and members of the arts community of the Bay Area, stories from Alan's friends and colleagues as well as calls from people around the community the opportunity to call in and sharing their appreciations and recollections of Alan.

 

Alan Farley, 1936-2012.

Alan Farley passed away at a friend's home in San Francisco early Sunday morning.

On this week's Open Air, host David Latulippe talked with tenor Saimir Pirgu, who is singing in the SF Opera production of Bellini’s “The Capulets and Montagues”, and with Bill English, director of SF Playhouse, to discuss their new season and season-opener:  the rock musical, “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson," now playing.  Plus Peter Robinson stops by with an update of recent cultural events.  Listen anytime here (originally broadcast 10/11/12).

On this week's Open Air, host David Latulippe visits with tenor Stephen Costello, who is making his San Francisco Opera debut as Greenhorn in their production of Jake Heggie’s “Moby Dick”, with conductor Vasily Petrenko, who is conducting the San Francisco Symphony this week, with Paul Dresher, who has a premiere with the Berkeley Symphony, and with the Sierra Ensemble, a chamber ensemble that is appearing on the Old First Concerts series this Friday.   Listen anytime here (originally broadcast 10/4/12).

This week on Open Air, KALW's weekly program of arts and cultural affairs, host David Latulippe visits with Samuel Carl Adams, who is having his work "Drift & Providence" premiered by the San Francisco Symphony this week.  Plus, a talk with Rob Melrose and James Carpenter of the Cutting Ball Theatre, which opens its 13th season with a celebration of the chamber plays of August Strindberg.  (Original broadcast 9/27/12.)

On this week's "Open Air," KALW’s weekly magazine of arts and cultural events, guest host David Latulippe visits with the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, the flute/guitar duo Black Cedar, which is guitarist Steve Lin and multi-flutist Kris Palmer, and with soprano Melody Moore, who is singing this week with the New Century Chamber Orchestra.  (Originally broadcast 9/20/12.  Listen here now.)

"A Hungarian Excursion"- Guest Conductor Edwin Outwater, with soprano soloist Jessica Rivera and the San Francisco Girls Chorus present the World Premiere of Gabriela Lena Frank's "Holy Sisters." Also on the program: Kodály's "Dances of Galánta" and Bartók's "Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta."  David Latulippe is guest host.   Sunday from 4-6pm.  (Bullseye and Selected Shorts return next week.)

Guest host David Latulippe talks with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Del Tredici about his upcoming Old Firsts concert with pianist Marc Pelloquin, and with actor Ric Salinas, who is appearing in the premiere of “Placas:  The Most Dangerous Tattoo” by playwright Paul S. Flores.  Peter Robinson also drops by to share some cultural happenings.  Open Air ~ Thursday at 1pm, available for listening anytime this week via KALW's Local Music Player.

Ira Glass visited with guest host David Latulippe to talk about "This American Life" and his new film with Mike Birbiglia, "Sleepwalk with Me".  Plus, Peter Robinson provided some cultural pre- and re- views. 

David Latulippe, in for Alan Farley, talks with violinist Pinchas Zukerman, who is performing the Bruch "Violin Concerto No.1" as part of the season-opening concerts of the San Francisco Symphony this week, under guest conductor Symon Bychkov.  He also talks with John Epperson, whose alter-ego, Lypsinka, opens at the Rrazz Room this week with "The Passion of the Crawford".  Broadcast from 9/6.

Alan Farley continues his exploration of the lyrics of Ira Gershwin with Gershwin biographer Philip Furia.  For these broadcasts, they sample "The Firebrand of Florence," which Ira Gershwin created with Kurt Weill, plus a look at the songs in the film, "The Shocking Miss Pilgrim."   Hear the broadcast anytime via KALW's Local Music Player.

Shakespeare Santa Cruz

Aug 23, 2012

Guest host David Latulippe presents Alan Farley's interviews with Marco Barricelli, Artistic Director of Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and Michael Morpurgo (rerun), author of the original story that inspired "Warhorse." David also talks with Dianne Keogh about recent cultural events. Thursday at 1 PM.

Barrington Pheloung is the composer of the original theme for the "Inspector Morse" television series, and he scored all 33 episodes. Today he is doing the same for the "Inspector Lewis" and "Endeavour" series. I visited him in his studio in England in 1997 for this program, where we see him at work on a "Morse" episode, and hear some of his other music. First broadcast in 1997. Thursday 1 PM.

The Zofo Piano Duo, Keisuke Nakagoshi and Eva-Maria Zimmerman, visit with host Alan Farley, and share excerpts from their new CD “Mind Meld – Works for One Piano, Four Hands.”  Airs Thursday 8/9 at 1pm. 

(After broadcast time, listen anytime until 1pm on 8/16 via KALW's Local Music Player.)

ZOFO Duo

Aug 6, 2012

Alan talks with the members of the ZOFO Duo, pianists Keisuke Nakagoshi and Eva-Maria Zimmermen, and plays excerpts fro, their new CD, "Mind Meld: Works for One Piano, Four Hands." Thursday at 1 PM.

This week on Open Air, Alan talks with author Michael Morpurgo, who wrote the original story that is the basis for the play Warhorse, and with conductor Eric Kujawsky (pictured), who is leading a performance of the Berlioz Requiem this weekend at Davies Symphony Hall, a performance that will feature a 200+ voice chorus and large orchestra.  Airs 8/2 at 1pm.  Listen anytime until 8/9 via KALW's Local Music Player.

"Warhorse" and Berlioz

Jul 30, 2012

Alan talks with Michael Morpurgo, who wrote the book "Warhorse,"that became the basis for the hit Play and movie. He also talks with Maestro Eric Kujawsky, who is conducting a performance of the Berlioz Requiem this weekend at Davies Hall. Thursday at 1 PM.

Andrea Marcovicci

Jul 24, 2012

Alan talks with singer Andrea Marcovicci, who is appearing at the Rrazz Room in San Francisco, and has a baseball chat with Chronicle columnist Bruce Jenkins. Peter Robinson also stops by to talk about recent cultural events. Thursday at 1 PM

Music and Theatre

Jul 19, 2012

Alan talks with cellist Alisa Weilerstein, who is playing the Dvorak concerto this week with the San Francisco Symphony, and wirh producer Mark Huestis, who is producing a new mounting of "Marat/Sade." in San Francisco.

Summer and the Symphony

Jul 11, 2012

Alan talks with conductor Michael Francis, who is leading three weeks of concerts in the San Francisco Symphony's "Summer and the Symphony" series. Thursday at 1 PM.

Alan talks with Elizabeth McKoy, founding Artistic Director of the Berkeley Playhouse, and singer Vernon Bush, who is playing the title role in "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," which opens at the Playhouse next week. Alan also concludes his conversation with Maestro Giuseppi Finzi, who is conducting the Schwabacher Summer Concert of the Merola Opera Program this week.  Broadcast 7/5 at 1pm.  Listen anytime through 7/12 via KALW's Local Music Player.

Alan Farley talks with baritone Nathan Gunn, who is starring as Papageno in the San Francisco Opera’s production (in English) of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”.  Giuseppe Finzi, resident conductor of the SF Opera, stops by to talk about the upcoming Merola opera students’ concert, and he’ll also visit with Michael Gene Sullivan of San Francisco Mime Troupe.  Open Air:  Listen anytime through 7/4 via KALW's Local Music Player.

Alan talks with baritone Nathan Gunn, who is singing Papageno in the San Francisco Opera's current production of "The Magic Flute," with Michael Gene Sullivan, who has written the S. F. Mime Troupe's new show "The Greater Good, or the Last Election," which opens on July 4, and with Maestro Giuseppi Finzi, Resident Conductor of the San Francisco Opera about the Schwabacher Summer Concert of the Merola Opera students, taking place on July 5.

Alan talks with mezzo Michelle DeYoung, who is singing in "Bluebeard's Castle"at the San Francisco Symphony this week, and wirh Steven Haines, Executive Director of the Stern Grove Festival, which is celebrating its 75th season, which opens on Sunday.

Alan talks with playwright and performer Dael Orlandersmith, who is appearing in her new play, "Black n Blue Boys/Broken Men" at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and with baritone Quinn Kelsey, who is appearing in Verdi's "Attila" at the San Francisco Opera.

Alan talks with playwright Mark Jackson, who is directing his new play "Salomania" at the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley.

Open Air May 31

May 29, 2012

Alan talks with conductor David Robertson, who is leading the San Francisco Symphony this week, and with Susi Damilano, who is directing Martin McDonagh's "A Behanding in Spokane" at the S. F. Playhouse.

Open Air May 24

May 22, 2012

Alan talks with violinist Hilary Hahn, who is playing with the San Francisco Symphony this week, and with Artistic Director Rob Melrose and playwright Anthony Clarvoe about the New Experimental Plays festival at Cutting Ball Theatre.

Open Air May 17

May 15, 2012

Alan talks with Brian Mulligan, who is singing the role of Richard Nixon in "Nixon in China" at the San Francisco Opera, and chats with the Chronicle's Bruce Jenkins about the baseball season.

Open Air May 10

May 8, 2012

Alan talks with John Mangum, Director of Artistic Planning for the San Francisco Symphony, about their "Barbary Coast and Beyond" concerts this week, featuring music from the gold rush to the Panama-Pacific Exposition. He also talks with composer Ellen Zwilich about the world premiere of the violin concerto she has written for Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, which takes place this week with the New Century Chamber Orchestra. And Ronald Chase stops by to chat about recent cultural events.

On Open Air, KALW's weekly magazine of arts and cultural events, host Alan Farley's guests are conductor Jane Glover (pictured), who is leading the San Francisco Symphony this week in the Brandenburg Concertos and other "Baroque Delights" ; Stephanie Rhoads, from the cast of "Zorba" at 42nd Street Moon; and Anne Elias and Mark Ellinger from Cutting Ball Theatre, who talk about their production of "Tenderloin."  Thursday at 1pm.

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