Gina Gambony

Host/Producer of Communique, Outreach, & Pinch-Hitter

Gina Gambony hosts and produces Communique, WHQR's weekday interview segment. Communique can be heard weekdays on 91.3 at 8:50am & 4:44pm and on 92.7 at Noon. Gina has been a member of WHQR since 1998 and began hosting Classical Music, Morning Edition, and All Things Considered  for the station in 2013.

Gina earned her B.A. with Honors in Philosophy & Religion after studying at University of North Carolina Wilmington and completing a year of advanced study at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Philosophy Institute (Belgium). She is also a certified English and Social Studies teacher for secondary students. Prior to working at WHQR, Gina spent her time primarily in the non-profit realm, including Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts (Director of Education & Outreach), UNCW Office of Cultural Arts (Director of House/Audience Services), Corvallis Arts Council (Teaching Artist & Arts Integration Specialist), and Dreams of Wilmington (Teaching Artist). She also taught for Cape Fear Community College, plus English and Drama in local middle schools. In 2010, she brought the first large-scale puppet festival to Wilmington as the Director of the Port City Puppet Festival, which earned the designation as the #1 Arts Event in 2010 by Wilmington Star News. Gina is a co-director and founder of Wilmington's first theatre company for people with developmental disabilities: Theatre for All! 

Gina has used her voice for commercials, cartoons, storytelling, puppetry, and theatrical productions since childhood. She's delighted to use the skills and experience acquired through her work in public service and the arts to be a part of the WHQR team. She won 2nd place in KCRW Santa Monica's International 24-Hour Radio Race in 2016 in her independent audio enterprise. You can listen to her winning piece here

Ways to Connect

Wilmington Wine & Food Festival

The Wilmington Food & Wine Festival runs Friday through Sunday, May 18-20 at the Bellamy Mansion. The event is tented up and ready for Mother Nature. A dozen restaurant dishes, 150 wines, plus various beers and liquors will be available for tasting.

100 voices (plus orchestral accompaniment) onstage at the Wilson Center at 4:00pm ... 70 musicians (plus guest euphoniumist) onstage at Kenan Auditorium at 4:30pm. Both on Sunday, 5/20. A pair of simultaneous well-appointed concerts, and music lovers will have to choose one. 

StepUp Wilmington (formerly Phoenix Hometown Hires) works to eliminate barriers to employment experienced by people with gaps in education, criminal records, transportation needs, and history of substance abuse. The group's annual Luncheon is Wednesday, 5/16 at UNCW's Burney Center.

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Commentator Nan Graham says her Mama said no one in her family could play a musical instrument or do math. Sadly, it was a self-fulfilling prophecy. 

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If you've never heard Romeo's Tune, it's not too late. It's all over the internet-and Steve Forbert is in Wilmington tonight (Thursday, 5/10). Rumor has it that he takes requests. 

Ronald Sachs International Music Competition

The Ronald Sachs International Music Competition is Friday and Saturday at UNCW's Beckwith Recital Hall, featuring a performance by the three judges Friday night at 7:30 and the final 3 competition performances Saturday night at 7:30. Masterclasses are Friday daytime competition begins Saturday morning. 

Kids Making It

 

The Building Brighter Futures Luncheon by Kids Making It (KMI) is Thursday, May 10 at 11:00am at the First Baptist Church Activities Center on Independence Blvd. The guest speaker is Kevin O'Connor from This Old House-and Charlie Silva is coming from Boston as well.

It's that time ... Jazz at the Mansion, monthly jazz concerts on the Bellamy Mansion Lawn. The first concert is Thursday, May 10 at 6:30pm. 

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A retired Wilmington physician wants "Conservation Burial" to become a part of the New Hanover County landscape. On Tuesday, May 8, four experts in Conservation, Green, and Natural burial are holding a symposium on the topic at Waterman's Brewing Company in Wrightsville Beach.

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Pender Spring Fest-games, food, music, dancing, and booths full of 100% Pender County goods (no traveling vendors). Rochelle Whiteside started this shindig 40 years ago in Burgaw and it's still going strong.

Port City Playwrights' Project

Port City Playwrights' Project (PCPP) presents Resilience, a collection of 3 new one-acts. Performances are May 3-20 at Cape Fear Playhouse on Castle Street at 7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays & 3:00pm Sundays.

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Florence Foster Jenkins was a terrible singer. People have mocked her for decades, but does she deserve the derision? The play Souvenir, produced by Cube Theatre at Thalian Hall, tells her story from the perspective of the man closest to her in the end-her Pianist, Cosme McMoon.

On Friday, May 4, Vocalist Nicole Thompson will be our guest for "A Little Lunch Music," joined by Pianist Sylvia Ritchie and Bassist Barry Langston. Selections include music by Mozart, Handel, Bernstein, Lerner & Loewe, and Arlen. 

The Bunker Boys in Mt. Aireyl Millie-Christine in Welch's Creek; the Hilton girls in Charlotte. Three sets of conjoined twins, famous in their day, lived, and died, here-in the mountains, piedmont, and low country of North Carolina. 

Cameron Art Museum

The Cameron Art Museum throws the Family Festival this Saturday, 4/28. Art activities will be going on all over the CAM facility--clay, painting, printing, doodling, origami, music, yoga-and more. 

PACE-Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly-was introduced to North Carolinians by Wilmington's Elderhaus 10 years ago. To mark the anniversary, Elderhaus PACE holds an Open House this Saturday from 10:00am-2:00pm.

Forward Motion Dance & Cape Fear River Watch

Forward Motion Dance presents Arts Sensation with Wilmington Big Band and a variety of dance, this Saturday, April 28 at Thalian Hall. This will be the 3rd year Cape Fear River Watch will receive all ticket sale proceeds.

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The Wilmington Jewish Film Festival screens award-winning features, documentaries, and shorts at Thalian Hall through May 6. Food and conversation follow every film. 

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The Flytrap Frolic is Saturday, April 21, 9:00am-1:00pm at the Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden, 3800 Canterbury Road. This free event is for all ages-and especially for young people, who will enjoy facepainting, games, crafts, and the live animal exhibit.

Wilmington Symphony Orchestra

Wilmington Symphony Orchestra presents its final concert of the season Saturday, April 21 in cooperation with UNCW's Opera Outreach Program: Mozart's 2-act opera Don Giovanni, the part comic, ultimately tragic tale of the licentious "gentleman" Don Juan. 

 

The Coastal Carolina Cabaret of St. Paul's Episcopal Church holds its springtime fundraiser at the Scottish Rite Temple on Saturday, April 21: An Evening in Paris. This fundraiser for 4 Wilmington charities is tres chic-food, drink, art, and dancing with Al DiMarco's Big Fat Accordion Band.

Sometimes you have to play the trump card. Especially if Jimmy Carter is involved.

Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler loves the classics, reading, and managing her family’s independent bookstore in Downtown Wilmington.

Commentaries on WHQR don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Media, its editorial staff, or its members.

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Cape Fear Jazz Society (CFJS) presents its 18th Annual Scholarship Concert this Friday, April 20  at 7:30pm at Beckwith Recital Hall. The feature this year is a celebration of UNCW's Jazz Department Faculty. 

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This Thursday, 4/19, the annual Pro Musica concert presents music by Andrew York and Jeffrey Van. Performers are Robert Nathanson (guitar), Nancy King (soprano), and Danijela Zelzelj-Gualdi (violin), joined by the North Carolina Guitar Quartet and UNCW Chamber Choir directed by Joe Hickman.

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Listen to Sydney Penny and Cathy Poulos talk about this year's Azalea Garden Tour from the Cape Fear Garden Club, April 13-15.  Eleven gardens are in the mix and tickets include entry to Cape Fear Museum.

Off the beaten path of the Azalea Festival is ...  a play about the Azalea Festival: The Azalea Festival Queen is a comedy written by Joel Perry.  It's onstage at TheatreNow on 10th & Dock Streets through April 28.

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Sharecrop is a documentary featuring interviews with 10 individuals who were involved in sharecropping during the segregation era, from Wilmington, NC to the Mississippi Delta. Rare archival footage and photos are also presented throughout.  

HAYA Band

HAYA Band brings Mongolilan instruments and song for a concert at Thalian Hall on Sunday, April 8. The music is traditional (including the magical throat singing), yet has a contemporary "world music" feel. Listen here.

The Vivaldi Project

 

Tallis Chamber Orchestra presents a concert Saturday, April 7 at 7:30 pm at St. Paul's Episcopal Church featuring two special guests: Cellist Stephanie Vial and Violinist Elizabeth Fields. Vial and Fields are founders of The Vivaldi Project.

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Big Dawg Productions presents the popular all-woman play by Nora & Delia Ephron: Love, Loss, and What I Wore, based on Ilene Beckerman's book by the same name. The show runs April 5-22 at Cape Fear Playhouse.

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