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.)

 

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.

Open Air May 3

May 1, 2012

Alan's guests this week are conductor Jane Glover, who is leading the San Francisco Symphony this week in Bach and Handel,  and Anne Elias and Mark Ellinger from Cutting Ball Theatre, talking about their production of "Tenderloin."

Open Air April 26

Apr 24, 2012

Alan talks with Susanna Malkki, who is making her conducting debut with the San Francisco Symphony this week in music of Grisey, Prokofiev and Sibelius. He also talks with clarinetist and composer Beth Custer, whose Ensemble is performing in Davis After Hours Friday night after the Symphony concert.

Open Air April 19

Apr 18, 2012

Alan talks with conductor Stephane Deneve, who is conducting the San Francisco Symphony this week in a program of music by Roussel, Saint Saens and Stravinsky, and with conductor James Marcheso, who is leading performances of Gounod's "Faust" for Opera San Jose.

KALW's exclusive broadcasts of the Berkeley Symphony continues on Sunday, April 22 at 4pm.  Guest conductor Jayce Ogren leads the ensemble with Sarah Cahill as piano soloist for Lou Harrison's "Piano Concerto".   Also on the program, the West Coast Premiere of Lei Liang's "Verge" and Sibelius' "Symphony No. 5".  Alan Farley hosts, with intermission interviews.

Learn more about this concert via the BSO's program notes, including a YouTube clip of Sarah Cahill talking about the Harrison Concerto.

On this week's Open Air, host Alan Farley talks with comedian and social critic Will Durst, who is doing a weekly show at The Marsh called “Elect to Laugh” now through Election Day.  He'll also visit with Michael Strunsky, the head of the Ira and Leonore Gershwin Trusts, to talk about “The Man That Got Away:  Ira After George”, the new musical revue opening at the JCCSF.  Thursday at 1pm.

Open Air April 12

Apr 10, 2012

Alan talks with Mike Strunsky, the head of the Ira and Leonore Gershwin Trusts, about the exhibit  "Treasures of the Gershwin Archive" at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, and  the revue "The Man That Got Away: Ira After Gorge," which plays there this weekend. He also talks with comedian and social critic Will Durst, who is performing his show "Elect to Laugh" at the Marsh in San Francisco weekly until the election.

Open Air April 5

Apr 3, 2012

Alan talks with Margaret Schaefer, who has produced a new translation of Schnitzler's "Anatol" for the Aurora Theatre, and with actress Delia MacDougall, who plays all the women in the production. He also talks with performer Marilyn Pittman about her one-woman show, "It's All the Rage,"which she is playing at The Marsh in San Francisco.

On Open Air this week, host Alan Farley talks with composer/bassist Shinji Eshima about "Raku", his score for the San Francisco Ballet.  Plus, the conclusion of a conversation with composer/conductor Carl Davis about his music for the epic silent film, "Napoleon".

Open Air March 29

Mar 26, 2012

Alan talks with composer Shinji Eshima about his score for Yuri Possokhov's "RAkU" for the San Francisco Ballet, and he concludes his conversation with composer/conductor Carl Davis, who created the score for Abel Gance's silent masterpiece "Napoleon."

On this week's Open Air, host Alan Farley talks with conductor/composer Carl Davis, who has created the score for the upcoming showings of Abel Gance’s epic silent film, Napoleon, which will be screened at the Paramount in Oakland this weekend as part of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival.   Alan also visits with members of Musiaque, a group of musical peacemakers from the Middle East.  Thursday at 1pm.

Open Air March 22

Mar 19, 2012

Alan talks with composer and conductor Carl Davis about his score for Abel Gance's silent masterpiece, "Napoleon," which he is conducting for screenings of the epic for  the next two weekends at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland.

Friday at 10pm Alan Farley continues his series of programs on the lyrics of Ira Gershwin with Gershwin biographer Philip Furia.  This week, they conclude their look at "The Firebrand of Florence," the musical based on the life of Benvenuto Cellini that Ira wrote with Kurt Weill. They also discuss "The Shocking Miss Pilgrim," the film for which Ira wrote lyrics to music by his late brother George. (Voicebox returns next week.)

Pictured: Earl Wrightson as Cellini, with Beverly Tyler, from the 1944 Broadway production of "The Firebrand of Florence".

Open Air March 15

Mar 13, 2012

Alan talks with pianist Jeremy Denk, who is playing a featured role in the san Francisco Symphony's American mavericks Festival, performing music of Henry Cowell and Lukas Foss. He also talks with Russell Blackwood, Artistic Director of Thrillpeddlers, about their revival of "Hot Greeks," the 1972 Cockettes'  musical comedy.

Open Air March 8

Mar 7, 2012

Alan talks with composer and performer Meredith Monk, who is participating in the San Francisco Symphony American Mavericks Festival, and with Michael Gene Sullivan, who is directing "Julius Caesar" for the African American Shakespeare Company. Dianne Keogh also stops by to talk about some recent cultural events.

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