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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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. 

Giving Thanks

Nov 20, 2012

Host John Birge creates a thoughtful, contemporary reflection on the meaning of Thanksgiving, which this year includes music from pianist Jacqueline Schwab, who provided the music for Ken Burns' "The Civil War." Also, a Thanksgiving blessing from Baxter Black and a visit from poet and former NEA chairman Dana Gioia, plus a tribute to the great writer Nora Ephron, with a warm and funny highlight of her visit last year.    Full program details here.  Thursday at 1pm.  (Open Air returns next week.)

On this week's vocally-rich program, host David Latulippe talks with the dynamic piano/vocal duo Mike Greensill and Wesla Whitfield, who have a run at the Rrazz Room, with Ryan Connolly and Charu Juneja of the Resound Vocal Ensemble, with Kathryn Mueller of Les Sirenes, and with tenor Brian Jagde who is singing in the San Francisco Opera production of “Tosca.”  Plus, Peter Robinson stops by with his cultural picks and pans.  Open Air:  Originally broadcast 11/15/12 at 1pm.  Listen anytime here.

Join host David Latulippe for a talk with Broadway legend Tommy Tune, local theatre royalty Barbara Oliver, Oakland East Bay Symphony music director Michael Morgan, and Austin Forbord who directed and produced the documentary “Stage Left:  A Story of Theater in San Francisco.”  Open Air:  Originally broadcast on Thursday 11/8/12 at 1pm.

This week, Peppino D'Agostino and Marc Teicholz of the Pacific Guitar Ensemble perform live in-studio, pianist David Fray discusses his appearance with the San Francisco Symphony this week, Philein Wang talks about her dance project at ODC, and comedian Bill Santiago offers his take on the forthcoming election.  David Latulippe is your host, for Open Air.   Original broadcast:  10/25/12 at 1pm.

On this week's "Open Air", host David Latulippe talks with baroque violinist John Holloway and harpsichordist Lars Mortensen, who will be performing music from the dawn of the Baroque with dulcianist Jane Gower this weekend in Palo Alto, Berkeley, and San Francisco.  The Peninsula Symphony's music director and conductor, Mitchell Klein, stops by with Eugene Brancoveanu, who will be featured soloist for this week's PSO concerts of the music of Mahler, Schubert, and Corigliano; and conductor Jessica Bejarano offers an update of her recent and upcoming conducting engagements.

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.)


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.